Imperial Grand Poobah
Owner — Journeyman Carpenter
Kristin began his career as a carpenter many moons ago, specializing in renovations. He developed genuine skill installing hardwood and enjoyed the challenge of custom work such as inlays and decorative flares. He developed a fantastic client base through referrals and they started asking him if he had a store where they could shop for their hardwood. This is how Absolute Hardwood Flooring was born. Kristin and his wife of 16 years, Keely, opened their company in 1998, and moved into the current showroom in 2004. They expanded in 2008, opening the walls to the space next door, doubling the showroom in size.
Something pretty amazing happened in between, though. In April of 2007, they welcomed to the world their pride and joy, their beautiful twins (boy and girl). Kristin, Keely, Kurley and Kiki Krokis are the family that Absolute is based on. Just joking, the twins are Ava and Jude! (But you were thinking they were a bit crazy for a second, right?!) No joke about family values, though.
Kristin is a beloved leader here at Absolute and instils our mission in everything he does. If he’s not at the office or meeting with clients, depending on the season, he may be out shooting a buck with a crossbow or hitting a hole in one at the Northern Bear (he has actually done both!)
Owner — Controller
Despite the fact that Keely is obviously very busy with 6-year old twins at home, she is still extremely involved in the day to day operations of Absolute. In the company’s infancy, Keely spent many hours in the showroom using her dynamite décor skills to assist clients with product selection. She completed courses in interior decorating and loves finding the most unique and beautiful flooring options. Keely heads up our accounting department, taking care of accounts payable and receivables, payroll, and human resources. Keely also monitors our sales team and is an amazing cheer leader! Keely is great to have on your side when you are working on a budget, because she loves scouting out the best deals in town! She is a valued member of the team and always makes herself available for phone calls and emails (even if the twins are having a double sleepover!)
Keely loves travelling, The Beatles, shopping online, cooking amazing meals for her family and generally keeping very busy!
Kim Harder, BA, DID
General Manager — The Décor Divas Team Leader
Kim takes care of our “front of house” operations, including managing our clients’ showroom experience, décor consultations, and quoting for residential flooring. She has a background in wedding and event design, and has completed a Diploma of Interior Design, through the Interior Design Institute in Vancouver. This means that not only can she help you find the perfect floor, but she can also throw one heck of a party!
Kim completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Alberta, with a major in Psychology, however, this skill does not mean that she can read your mind. She loves to sing and dance, and will do so on request, so it’s best not to request it…unless you really, really, really love Lady Gaga. Kim loves spending time with her one true love, Pierre, and her two pit bulls, Zeke and Marlowe.