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.
Vince Wilson – Sales Associate
You'll find Vince at the front counter 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 specializes in turning.
Andrew Curtis – Warehouse Lead
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.
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.
Katie Tingle – Administrative Assistant
Katie is a recent transplant from her native state of Georgia. Her experience as a collegiate basketball coach and working with students are valuable assets here at Sears Trostel. Great organizational skills and Katie's team player attitude provide support for co-workers and customers alike. She enjoys camping, hiking, biking, and watching University of Georgia football games with her partner, dogs and friends.