Matt Schmitz – Warehouse Representative
Matt is here to help customers select the best quality lumber to meet their needs. He has over 17 years in the lumber industry and over ten years in delivery coordination services. In his free time, he enjoys camping and biking riding with his wife.
Chet Nance – Assistant Manager
Chet grew up on a small farm outside of Edmond, Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a BA in Business Administration – Finance. He met his wife Kristy and moved to Fort Collins Colorado in 1986 where they raised two sons. Chet has a long history of sales and business administrative service experience with local businesses in construction and industrial sales.
Lenny Scovel – Shop Supervisor
Lenny began his woodworking career shortly after moving to Colorado in 1985. He studied Construction Management at Colorado State University, and his professional portfolio includes a dozen historic storefronts in Old Town Fort Collins and throughout the state. After he blows the dust off, Lenny is an actor and enjoys camping, biking and collecting and playing European board games.
James Brookman – Sales Associate
James is busy working behind the scenes to help Sears-Trostel engage and serve our customers. James background includes merchandising manager for JC Penney, visual merchandiser in the wine and spirits industry, jewelry display, gallery exhibition, and event design. He is a scenic designer for OpenStage in Ft. Collins. James received a nomination for the Henry Lowenstein award for excellence.
Vince Wilson – Warehouse Lead
Vince is responsible for making sure the warehouse stays stocked up and helping customers get the lumber products they need. He studied Woodworking and Furniture Design in college and sometimes teaches turning at Red Rocks Community College. In his spare time, he likes working in his shop where he specialized in turning.
Sam Lafleur – Warehouse Associate
Sam works in the warehouse and is there to get customers the lumber they need. Previously working in a variety of environments such as grounds maintenance and microchip manufacturing, Sam is primarily self-taught in everything from woodworking to quantum physics. Outside of work and when he isn’t advancing his knowledge, he relaxes by creating things, meditating, and watching the occasional TV show.
Andrew Curtis – Sales Associate
Andrew Curtis is one of Sears Trostel’s highly trained sales consultants. Born and raised in Colorado, Andrew is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in business. He enjoys spending time with his wife and son, and also owns a small woodworking business located in Fort Collins.
Jet Manalo – Sales Associate
Jet, has been with Sears Trostel for ten years working in Production and Sales. He genuinely enjoys working with people. Before he came to Sears Trostel, he spent 14 years building and installing staircases. Jet has coached Little league baseball and Lego Robotics, but his true passion is riding his mountain bike.
AJ (Aaron Jensen) – Sales Associate
Aaron or “AJ” is one of the members of our team that is trained to sell and demonstrate all Festool tools. He has a degree as an Architectural Draftsman from Front Range Community College here in Fort Collins. For several years he was a member of the Rocky Mountain Woodturners and has demonstrated at their annual symposium a couple of times.
Katharine Fitzgerald – Sales Associate
Before Sears Trostel, Katharine had worked as a jack-of-all-trades for several small businesses. Now she continues to wear many hats as a Sales Associate. Originally from Virginia, Katharine moved to Colorado in 2014 to receive her MA in Communication Studies from Colorado State University. In her free time, Katharine writes fiction, collects house plants, and enjoys awful movies.
Liz Carter – Administrative Assistant
Liz helps with the back house operations at the Riverside retail location. She holds a BFA in industrial design with an emphasis in furniture design. Currently, she is working towards a degree in Human Resources. Liz spends her free time with her husband and daughter exploring the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
Chris Harris – Sales Associate
Chris is responsible for providing excellent customer service while guiding customers through sales and work orders. Chris has experience in construction from framing and trimming to custom fireplace builds. He spends most of his free time making custom wood furnishings and studying classic wood joinery.
Bob Jefferies – Custom Shop Assistant
Bob, as the custom shop assistant, is here to cut, mill, sand, plane, route, glue, work on intricate projects like custom arch casings and moldings — or to be available to pick his brain. He enjoys sharing his 20 years of professional woodworking experience with those that come into the shop. You can find him around Fort Collins playing his mandolin with several bluegrass bands.