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Markraft Welcomes Chris Edwards as Executive Director

October 26th, 2018 | Posted in Blog, News | Tagged , ,

 

Wilmington, NC – MarKraft President Cee Edwards welcomed Chris Edwards as the Executive Director of the Apex Division of MarKraft Cabinets. Their like names are more than just coincidence – the two cabinetry professionals are brothers. In fact, Cee Edwards credits his brother with getting him his start at MarKraft.

When he was a college student, Chris Edwards spent a summer delivering cabinets for MarKraft. In 1994, Chris joined the company as a full-time sales person. By 1999, he was helping CEO Joe Jacobus open and manage MarKraft stores in other locations – first Shallotte, then Myrtle Beach.

During his early tenure at MarKraft, Chris encouraged his younger brother, Cee, to join the company too. The rest, as they say, is history. Cee Edwards, now President of MarKraft, never left. His brother, Chris, did leave in 2001 to explore other facets of the industry.

After his early years at MarKraft, learning the dealer channel of the cabinetry industry, Chris Edwards worked for MasterBrand Cabinets and UltraCraft. In addition to corporate roles like Regional Sales Manager, Chris also founded two independent rep agencies with large, high volume territories spanning North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Throughout his career on the ‘other side of the business’, Chris always maintained a strong relationship with MarKraft as a customer of the products he represented. In fact, the relationship was so strong that Chris introduced MarKraft executives to another of his customers, Apex Cabinets. That introduction eventually translated into MarKraft’s acquisition of the Apex-based business in 2017.

MarKraft President Cee Edwards says: “We’re delighted that the timing was right for Chris to return to the MarKraft family. His breadth of knowledge in the industry makes him ideally suited for his role as director of the Apex division. He understands every facet of the industry, and because he’s worked in both the builder direct and dealer channels, he has a wealth of contacts. Most importantly, Chris understands the MarKraft culture. I am confident that Chris will lead the Apex location to new heights.”

Chris Edwards adds: “I have the greatest respect for Joe Jacobus (MarKraft CEO) who taught both Cee and me the business. Cee has built a great team with strong integrity. And, I’m honored to now have the opportunity to work alongside my brother, coaching and growing a new generation as Joe once groomed us.”

About MarKraft: An established leader in cabinetry design and installation services, MarKraft has over 115 employees across states in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. MarKraft supplies cabinetry, countertop and design elements for kitchens and baths, working with professionals in all phases of building – architects and designers, builders and contractors, decorators and homeowners.

Visit Markraft online or call (910) 793-0202.
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