Teammates began in a basement in 1995.
But unlike the start-ups of the dot-com boom, its pioneers weren’t navigating unexplored territory. As top salesmen at Desks, Inc., Michael Berkery and partners knew the furniture business well.
Becoming entrepreneurs helped them understand their client in a whole new way, shifting their style from selling to consulting. And this has made all the difference.
Over the years, Teammates has evolved again and again, exceeding client expectations with a creative edge, flawless products, industry expertise and impeccable client relationships.
What’s in a name?
Our name speaks to our core philosophy of prioritizing client relationships. Being more strategic and less ego-driven. It humbly demonstrates our boutique size. And to this day, it helps every Teammates employee remember what we’re all about.
Employees at Teammates.
Small. Sleek. That’s us.
Companies we answer to.
Design-oriented, tech-friendly product lines.
Cans of LaCroix in the fridge, on average.
It takes a team of very talented associates to develop projects from concept to completion. Small, sleek and seriously experienced- that’s us!! Our name, Teammates, speaks to our core philosophy of prioritizing client relationships and being more strategic and less ego-driven.
We are proud of our beautiful new showroom in the Belmar Retail Center in Lakewood, Colorado. Not only does our space showcase the latest and greatest in industry trends for our clients, but also serves as a collaborative, comfortable, and inspiring environment for our teammates.
Meet The Team.
Carla graduated from the Art Institute of Colorado with a BA in Interior Design, is LEED AP certified, and has been at Teammates since 2007. As a designer, she enjoys space planning and likens it to playing an especially challenging game of Tetris. But she loves the rest as well—finish selection, presentations and digital renderings. Carla is a self-proclaimed cat lady (three and counting), coffee nerd (she and her husband roast their own) and online learning junkie (think podcasts and Coursera).
Whitney graduated from Colorado State University in 2010 with a BS in Interior Design and a minor in Business Administration. Plus a semester abroad at Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence Italy. After two years at Design One Interiors (Breckenridge, Co), she joined Teammates in 2012. Whitney loves to problem-solve with a creative kick and her anti-sales client approach is a crowd-pleaser. She is devoted to her yellow lab Macy, and can’t turn down a good TV series on Netflix.
Jeff is a bit of a kidder. Except when it comes to simplifying decision processes, where he becomes very, very serious. He’s got over 23 years in the contract furniture business (14 here at Teammates) and studied business and broadcasting at Colorado State University awhile back. Jeff manages accounts like a mean, but absolutely friendly, problem-solving machine. He is fond of watching football, eating clam chowder out of a bread bowl and wearing thick socks. All at the same time.
Kristen began her career at Teammates in 2005. Her excellent communication skills, sales experience and strong work ethic has helped earn the trust of dozens of Teammates clients over the years. Kristen received her BS from Indiana University and is LEED AP certified. She is a wine-enthusiast and mother of two.
Long ago in a galaxy far, far away, Jake sat next to Teammates CEO Michael Berkery in English Rhet. He came on board in 1998 and we can’t seem to succeed without him. Twenty-four years experience in the contract furniture industry means he’s mastered the sales cycle, manages installation crews with one hand tied to his ski pole, and has some seriously entertaining company stories in his back pocket. Jake has two daughters, eats wings when no ones looking and likes to hum the Rocky theme song under his breath.
Design is in Devin’s blood. Her “nonna” was a residential interior designer and a big influence in her life. She graduated from Stephens College with a BFA in Interior Design and a minor in Business Marketing, and is LEED AP certified. Devin lived her whole life in Missouri until 2015, when she and her husband decided it was the mile high city or bust. She has an equal love for squirrels, turtles, bearded dragons, ferrets, dogs, birds, snakes and hamsters, and she has owned at least one of each.
Michael is a Los Angeles native, but has been embracing the Rocky Mountain lifestyle since the early 80s. Prior to co-founding Teammates in 1995, he was an account manager at Desks, Inc. His authentic client approach has built long-term professional relationships, while his soft leadership skills have made Teammates employees feel like family. At Fort Lewis College, Mike majored in music and was the drummer in a country-western band called Highway Robbery. Mike says he really loves his wife, daughter and son, but his most prized possession is a Corona key chain beer opener acquired on a surfing trip to Baja at age 16.
Debbie joined Teammates in February 2001. She monitors the progress of an order from start to finish, using complicated software to verify accuracy, factory status, shipping, delivery and installation. Debbie is a detail gal who manages crises and smooths ruffled feathers with incredible skill. But there’s no rest for the weary, because apart from the Real Housewives marathons and song-writing sessions at the piano, Debbie, via trail cams, traps, Facebook and a small community of animal lovers, helps people find their lost pets!
Lisa has a Bachelors in Computer Information Systems as well as a Masters in Organization Management from Tusculum College. As detail-oriented as they come, Lisa runs the IT, HR, admin and finance departments, and has been an employee at Teammates since 2003. When not working hard, Lisa also volunteers with the North Fork Fire Protection District. She loves being outdoors camping, boarding, and hiking—ideally with some peach gummy rings in her pocket.
Dawnyele got her degree from Northern Arizona University and arrived on the Teammates scene in 2011. She’s one of those people you wish could follow you around all day managing your projects, providing reminders, and working closely with your clients. Her logistics and problem-solving skills are just that good. Dawnyele has been (and in some cases, still is) a mother, a respiratory therapist, a vintage car owner, and an iced tea drinker.
Todd has been delivering, servicing and installing office furniture since 2001. He is pretty much everyone’s customer service dream, and climbed the ladder to be supervisor at one of Denver’s leading furniture installation companies. Todd tends to save the day by (and save Teammates money) with raw talent and MacGyver magic. He is an avid camper, paint-baller, and favorite uncle.
With a BS in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Colorado, and plenty of experience (she settled at Teammates in 2002), Kimberly is a master problem-solver and likes to keep her creative edge sharp. She is LEED AP certified, and despite an average five hours of sleep, manages to effectively oversee the whole darn design department. When not chasing around her two sweet girls, you might catch her redesigning her home or vacationing in the San Juans.
Anne Lysander’s commercial interior career began back in 2006, at GE Lighting. Honing superpowers in sales and business development, she worked in GE’s Chicago, Los Angeles, and Denver offices before joining Humanscale in 2014 and then Teammates in 2016. As a native of Louisville, Kentucky, Anne’s love for mint juleps falls just below her devotion for her husband, daughter, and Golden Retriever. She finds Pinterest overwhelming, sleep underrated, and a nice chardonnay pretty darn perfect.
Amber spent four years as a designer and two years in sales before arriving at Teammates in 2017. She received her BA from the Art Institute of Colorado, but is now embracing account management. And Amber is one tough cookie. As a child, she was so feisty she earned the nickname “Rambo”. Now playing nicely in Capitol Hill with her boyfriend and dog, Olive, Amber likes coffee in the AM, wine in the PM and Netflix binge-watching anytime.
Hans grew up in a cabin without electric heat or running water somewhere near Steamboat, CO. So he not only brings 20 years of furniture installation and project management experience to the Teammates table, but also knows a thing or two about dog sledding, wood-chopping and skiing as a means of transportation. Hans studied computer information systems from Colorado Christian University. He’s a natural peacekeeper, a father of two and likes his beer like his beard: red, brown or blonde.
Megan joined Teammates in 2017. With 16 years in furniture and design, and as an active member of the Green Schools Initiative for the USGBC, she’s incredibly passionate about this industry. Megan received her BFA in design from the University of Kansas and is also LEED certified and NCIDQ certified. She is an avid reader, a Top Chef watcher, and a stay-positive-under-pressure sort of gal. Megan claims that the Jayhawk is her spirit animal and will drink any beer that’s on tap. Especially in March.