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September 3, 2019

Tim Seldal

Tim joined the Acucraft Team in 2019. He has been in the fireplace industry since 2001 and has been factory certified in 10+ different brands of fireplaces and 4 brands of grills in addition to being NFI (National Fireplace Institute) certified. He’s been an installer,…

September 3, 2019

Hugh Moua

Hugh joined the Acucraft Team in 2018 as a Field Support Specialist. His previous experience in installing wiring and troubleshooting complex wiring systems have made him an asset to Acucraft’s Technical Support Team! When he’s not on-site with a customer you can find him teaching…

August 11, 2019

Matt Rickheim

Matt joined Acucraft in 2018 as a Fireplace Designer. Matt brings a diverse background to the Acucraft Engineering Services Team including: aerospace, telecommunication, power generation and water treatment design experience. Outside of work you’ll find him spending time with his wife and three fabulous children…

August 11, 2019

Robin Shepherd

Robin has been with Acucraft since 2014 as a Fireplace Designer. His favorite movie is “Boondock Saints,” and in his spare time you’ll find him snowboarding or gaming. His most memorable Acucraft project was a custom gas peninsula fireplace for a family in California, he…

August 11, 2019

Chad Mackrell

Chad joined Acucraft in 2017 as a Project Manager. He was born and raised in St. Cloud, MN and married his high school sweetheart! When he’s not overseeing fireplace projects you’ll find him outdoors spending time with his two kids or playing cards with friends.…

August 11, 2019

Laura Beseman

Laura joined Acucraft in 2017 as a Bookkeeper. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration and two minors in Economics & Entrepreneurship bringing with her a vision for change and growth. When she’s not crunching numbers at the office you’ll find her and her…

August 11, 2019

Kerry Goenner

Kerry joined Acucraft in 2016. With over 20 years of customer service experience, Kerry brings an infectious can-do attitude and always puts the customer first. As a Minnesota native, when she’s not working with vendors and doing inventory you’ll find her snowmobiling or camping with…

August 11, 2019

Danielle Holen

Danielle joined the Acucraft Team in 2018 and brings with her over 10 years of fireplace experience. When she’s not working with our Engineering Services Team you’ll find her frolicking outdoors with her Corgi, Odin! She also enjoys traveling (she’s been to Disney 5 times…

August 11, 2019

Wyatt Hippie

Wyatt joined the Acucraft Team in 2018. His passion for customer service and wealth of technical knowledge make him the perfect fit for Technical Support! In his free time Wyatt enjoys spending time with his fiance and 4 year old son. They spend time hunting,…

August 11, 2019

DJ Phaneuf

DJ joined Acucraft in 2017 as a Manufacturing Engineer specializing in drafting and design. He grew up in Clearwater, MN and loves being outdoors. When he’s not working you’ll likely find him fishing, hunting, riding ATVs, and enjoying water sports, or working on tooling with…

August 11, 2019

Randy Heckmann

Randy joined Acucraft in 2018. As a Minnesota native, Randy married his high school sweetheart and has three wonderful children. Aside from selling fireplaces, he enjoys volunteering at his church, coaching soccer, spending time with his family and being outdoors as much as possible. His…

August 11, 2019

Missy Ramberg

Missy has been with Acucraft since 2014. Her favorite movie is “The Theory of Everything” and when she’s not blogging, designing new marketing materials or digging through analytics you’ll find her cooking and spending time with her family. Her most memorable fireplace project was a…

August 11, 2019

Adam Redberg

Adam has been with Acucraft since 2013. His favorite movie is “American Sniper” and when he’s not at work you’ll find him hunting, fishing or snowmobiling. His most memorable fireplace project was the custom gas outdoor fireplace for TGI Friday’s. He designed, built and installed…

August 11, 2019

Nic Gianino

Nic joined Acucraft in 2018 and brings with him more than 15 years of experience in purchasing, assembly, fabrication and operations. Nic graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and graduated Cume Laude. Nic oversees all aspects…

August 11, 2019

Ben Krump

As a University of Minnesota alum with over 10 years of experience working with businesses, contractors and end-users, Ben is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and finding creative solutions for all of his clients. He has worked with architects and contractors on hundreds of…

August 11, 2019

Jill Kubitschek

Jill has been with Acucraft since 2014. She also answers to “Jilly Bean,” “Willy,” or “Wilson” and loves romantic/sappy movies! Her favorites include: any Nicholas Spark production, The Wedding Date, Pretty Woman and Top Gun. In her spare time she enjoys dinner with friends, shopping,…

August 11, 2019

Mackenzie Hanson

Mackenzie joined Acucraft in 2018; she brings with her a high level of customer service, organization and support for our Fireplace Advisors. Her favorite movie is Elf, which she can quote almost in entirety. Mackenzie is also a big animal lover and volunteers with her…

August 11, 2019

Mark Kennedy

Working with a client to custom build a fireplace that will exceed their dreams and expectations is what Mark looks forward to every day at Acucraft. He enjoys matching the perfect fireplace to the project and following through from design to installation to satisfied customer!…

August 11, 2019

Mike Hannan

Mike has been with Acucraft since 2014, but has worked in the Hearth Industry for over 15 years. Mike started out as an installer but has since spent most of his time as an estimator and in sales. He enjoys finding solutions to challenging installations…

August 11, 2019

Chris Maxson

Chris has owned Acucraft since 1997 and is extremely passionate about fireplaces and exceeding customers’ expectations in all areas: delivering innovative solutions, revolutionary designs, and fast response times. He equally enjoys working on complex gas fireplace designs (the “never been done before” kind) and partnering…