A lifelong resident of the West Michigan area, Courtney is currently working on her degree in Advertising and Public Relations at Grand Valley State University while working as a marketing intern for The Stow Company. Constantly busy with several student organizations and as a terrible dawdler, she can usually be found sprinting across campus five minutes after class has started. Courtney’s interests include carbs of any size or shape (pasta preferred), reading, spoiling her parents’ dog Olive rotten, and clarifying what public relations actually is to her relatives. A self-proclaimed packrat, her greatest organizational challenge is her bedroom closet (which is so bursting with odds and ends that it currently refuses to close).
Mike has been part of The Stow Company marketing team since 2005. He grew up along the shores of Grand Traverse Bay in Northern Michigan and graduated with a marketing degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids. Now settled in West Michigan, Mike and his wife are new parents and enjoying all the blessings and challenges that come with homeownership and a raising a young child. Outside of work, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and friends, being involved at his church, exploring new and emerging technologies, and playing golf and hockey. Mike's greatest organizational strength is his ability to keep control over his e-mail inbox.
With 13 years experience marketing products that create cleaner and more attractive spaces, Angela believes a stress-free life can be achieved with good planning and good Chi. She manages to find a healthy balance between her career, marriage, children, and all of their school and extra curricular activities while maintaining an organized home and life. Along with her husband, they are on a quest to be better environmental stewards and are teaching their children about the importance of living sustainably and responsibly. She is an avid reader of home magazines, enjoys watching HGTV and DIY network (thank goodness for TIVO), spending time with family and friends, and participating in outdoor activities such as hiking, golfing, biking, swimming, and fishing (as long as someone else baits the hook). Her greatest organizational challenge is keeping the paper clutter that consists of piles of schoolwork and incoming mail under control, while also having the strength to part with (and recycle, of course) the ever-growing stacks of magazines.
With over 25 years of experience designing furniture and environments, Jon is the design manager at The Stow Company. He believes that a well designed space can strongly influence the interaction within. His interests include travel by canoe, dark warm coffee, quick cold water trout, old Volkswagens, cameras and times in the northern woods. His greatest accomplishments are his two children. “When I see them walking through the house singing a song to themselves, I feel like my wife and I are doing something right,” he says. His greatest organizational challenge is to create an environment that enables his kids to be creative and free without trashing the place.
Rick enjoys playing sports (especially golf), landscaping, local politics, and spending as much time with family and friends as possible. He is easily irritated by people who drive under the speed limit in the passing lane on the highway. He loves 80’s music & all types of food, ranging from Mexican to Polish and everything in between. Rick finds his organizational strength in organizing his garage; he claims to actually enjoy it—that’s something that not many people can say.
Born and raised in Bay City, Michigan, Jacquie ventured over to West Michigan after graduating high school to attend Ferris State University where she studied Visual Communications. She lives in Grand Rapids with her husband where he works and attends school full-time––he’s very busy. Together they are learning to master the art of marriage, budgeting, small spaces and finding a little time in between to relax. As a graphic designer, Jacquie finds creative ways to communicate The Stow Company’s message through print, web, and multimedia. Outside of making Stow look good, Jacquie enjoys socializing, watching television, ballroom dancing, friends and the rare but wonderful time she gets to spend with her family. Her greatest organizational challenge is getting other people to stop messing up things that she has previously organized.
After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Interior Design, Brie began working as a design intern at The Stow Company. Traveling is a passion of hers and while in college she had the opportunity to study abroad in Asia as well as travel to Europe – something that taught her an immense amount about both culture and design. When it comes to home organization, she has been trained by a self proclaimed “neat freak” – her mother. Currently, Brie’s greatest organizational challenge is trying to minimize her belongings (specifically the clothing type) as she prepares to move out of Michigan after she gets married next summer. Until then, Brie feels blessed to be working at The Stow Company and enjoys living on the beautiful shores of West Michigan.