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Our Team

 

MEET THE TEAM

 
 
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Gary J. Rudolf

Owner

As the principal designer at Cherry Creek, Gary brings with him over 26 years of experience directly in the kitchen and bath industry, as well as over 34 years in the construction industry. He has demonstrated over the years an ability to create spectacular designs that capture the vision of his clients.

Gary has the distinction of being licensed as a Certified Kitchen Designer by the National Kitchen & Bath Association. The CKD certification is acquired only after 7 years of experience in the industry and a rigorous 2-day exam which tests not only the candidates construction knowledge but also evaluates their ability to solve design issues in a creative and functional manner.

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Garrick A. Rudolf

General Manager

Garrick has an extremely broad knowledge of the construction process, and has personally built several homes performing all phases of the construction. His calm and reassuring personality is an essential ingredient during the construction process.

In addition to his construction background, Garrick has a discerning and creative eye that’s always looking for the creative solution. His sense of color and proportion are always sought out by our team and add that critical element that we call “sensitivity to detail.”

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Nicole Wolters

Lead Designer

Nicole graduated from Iowa Lakes Community College, receiving her Associate Science degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design(CADD). It wasn’t long after she became a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato holding a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. Nicole is now an interior design assistant and brings all she has learned to work everyday.

Specializing in space planning and utilization, and her eye for detail, she is a great addition to our team.


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Christina Sample

Lead Designer

Christina has passionate enthusiasm for the design process coupled with an attention for detail. Using her strong spatial skills, she creates highly functional spaces for her clients while maintaining a beautiful design that reflects the client’s vision of how they want the space to look.

Since graduating from Century College in 2014, Christina has earned the certification of Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer (AKBD) through the NKBA and was a winner of a 2015 Current Choice Award of Crystal Cabinet Works’ 2015 Crystal Design Awards.

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Tim Penkhus

Field Technician

Tim was born and raised in Mankato and joined Cherry Creek in 2017. Holding his MFA from Minneapolis College of Arts and Design, he brings his vision, creativeness and expertise to all projects. Previous to working at Cherry Creek, Tim worked for several years as a cabinet and countertop installer. Today, Tim’s time is spent in midst of all projects, installing, demoing, troubleshooting and talking to the customers. Tim’s favorite part of the job is, of course, the finish carpentry.

In Tim’s downtime, you can find Tim on the slopes, sailing his boat or making something amazing out of wood.

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Kirk Hartmann

Field Project Manager

Born and raised in Gibbon, MN  on a small dairy with his two older brothers, Kirk is the newest addition to field support, starting in 2019.  Kirk went to Ridgewater College in Willmar for carpentry, receiving his diploma in 2012. Since then he has built new homes, added additions, remodeled kitchen and bathrooms, along with constructing pole sheds. Kirk continues to do the same for Cherry Creek with additional responsibilities of; establishing timelines for projects, scheduling subcontractors, communication with designers and continuous contact with customers.  So far Kirk’s favorite project is the second floor addition that Cherry Creek is doing currently.

Ice fishing, goose hunting, helping on the family farm and exploring new places with his girlfriend are some of his favorite pastime activities.

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Josh Osborne

Field Technician

Josh comes to us from St Peter, where he still resides today. Josh started with Cherry Creek in 2017 and brings a plethora of different experiences from his past positions; from drilling limestone to production of countertops to customer service.  Add that, with his degree from the University of Minnesota in Sport Management and Human Development. Josh is very detailed and keeps Cherry Creek’s projects  more organized and seeks out new and better ways for us to work. Trim work is Josh’s favorite thing to do on the job site.

Josh’s favorite pastime is woodworking.  Josh, along with his twin brother and father formed, Osborne Artwork, where they create everything from hand carved wood bowls, sculptures and so much more.  All their creations are literally one of a kind. Google them for their work…simply amazing!

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Chantal Heetland

Office Administrator

Born and raised in Fairmont but living in different areas of Southern Minnesota and after attending college in Long Beach, California for Business and Interior Design.  Chantal has worked as a General Manager of hotels, Director of Sales and Catering, a Legal Assistant and in Human Resources.  She brings many diverse aspects of knowledge to the team from her different experience and different business endeavors.  She constantly continues to learn by taking classes in marketing, human resources, leadership and human interaction.

Chantal lives in Mankato with her husband; they have six children and two dogs.  She is also a realtor and co-owner of Jersey Mike’s Subs.  In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, boating, motorcycling, anything outdoors and spending time with family and friends.  

Chantal also volunteers throughout the community and is a captain for the Cavaliers with Greater Mankato Growth.

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Alicia Kranz

Designer Trainee

Alicia, the newest member to Cherry Creek, comes to us from a small town in southern Minnesota, now living in Mankato.  She graduated from Bethany Lutheran College, where she also played competitive tennis.  She was a team member at Cambria, where the interest in design was sparked.  Assisting customers with their projects and helping them in the design process is what Alicia loves to do.  Having her own photography business, Alicia comes to Cherry Creek with a creative eye, vision, professionalism and a natural ability to communicate design.   

When Alicia doesn’t have a camera in her hand, you will find her with a cup of coffee reading a book, walking her dog, attending sporting events or at the farm spending time with family.  Make sure you stop by akphoto.org to see her wonderful gallery of photos.

Alicia’s community involvement includes, Young Professionals with the Greater Mankato Growth, playing local tennis tournaments with the GMCTA and Rising Tides.