This post was originally written in 2014, however we do keep it updated with current employees and EWCrew bios! We want you to know who you’re working with just like we want to know who you are!
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the #EWSalvage team! Because many of you have asked, we decided to do a little introduction post about the entire staff here! We’re a small, close-knit team and you’ll notice that even though we all work at Earthwise, we all came to work at a salvage company for different reasons.
Kurt (aka The Worktrauskas) is the owner of Earthwise! He enjoys mushroom hunting and fishing (we enjoy eating his scavenged mushrooms and fish). He’s an avid traveler, scuba diver, and salvage hunter. He opened Earthwise the same year his son was born. Oh and did I mention he has a degree in Marine Biology? That’s our Kurt!
Kadence is [insert whatever title here for whichever “hat” she has on at this moment]…? I’m pretty sure she LIVES at Earthwise but on the rare occasion she’s not at Earthwise (or doing something for Earthwise) she’s probably running. She’s
prepping for recently completed her first half marathon and is now training for her next one! She also loves to cook fancy-but-good-for-you foods, takes beautiful pictures of everything, enjoys brunch, farmer’s markets, and weird oddity or antique shops. She has an affinity for vintage taxidermy and bizarre, unusual organic foods.
Lacy is the Seattle Store Manager. She started as the intern 3 winters ago and never left. Finally, Earthwise hired her to make it easier on everybody. She is a project-aholic and has sooo many projects she had to start a blog to give her the motivation to finish them. She loves thinking creatively with salvage, crafting, sewing and went to school for Interior Design.
Elise is the Tacoma Store Manager! She is the ideal Earthwise customer: working on projects around her home and greenhouse with salvaged materials whenever she’s not working. She loves camping and hiking and enjoying time with her dogs. She’s also a metal worker and creates beautiful jewelry! You might have seen her wares at the Nitty Gritty Tacoma Art Show this past October – it’s never too late to buy on Etsy.
Aaron is the Acquisitions Manager at Earthwise in Tacoma. Aaron spent 26 months in Uganda building a Canopy Zip-line while in the Peace Corps. He loves to hike and has been to the top of Mt Rainer AND Mt Sabinyo. He JUST moved to Tacoma and loves exploring his new home with his (also new) dog, Clyde! Aaron will be the entertainment at this year’s company holiday party as he can walk around on his hands. But can he ice skate?!
Diana (aka The Lighting Lady) has been at Earthwise for 8 years!! She’s currently the longest tenured employee AND is the only employee to have worked at the old location besides Kurt. In addition to lighting, she LOVES working with glass and building new stained glass projects from many a broken but that were unsalvageable. She brings her pieces in from time to time for consignment, so be on the watch for her beautiful works of art.
Matt is a Seattle transplant from New Mexico and can be found at Earthwise in Seattle on the weekends. He loves to build and typically builds any and all fixtures for the displays. In addition to working at EW, he is a music DJ, builds model aircraft, and indulges in the fine arts of video gaming and voracious graphic novel reading.
Jeff is the muscle of the salvage process, he is the Seattle salvage crew lead. He is very familiar to the construction and deconstruction of homes because in his spare time he repairs and restores his West Seattle home. He’s been a fisherman, a rancher, AND a lumberjack!
Yes, our ONE salvage crew removes, picks-up, transfers, and delivers ALL of the materials between both stores! We actually have TWO crews now – find out more! These guys are talented!
Mike C. is the Tacoma salvage lead & crew. He is a Certified Wildland Firefighter and enjoys working out to stay fit for the really heavy salvaged items – he likes to “pump the iron.” Mike has been in gymnastics since he young and prides himself on his spider monkey-like tendencies. He has a GIANT cassette tape music collection and loves to sing along with all the jams.
Brandon is the Assistant Store Manager in Seattle and part-time graphic designer at Earthwise. He has a freelance graphic design business and plays guitar in a band called Wavy Caps. He loves micro brews, Jazz music, and cold weather…he did grow up in Colorado after all.
Mark is the other half of the Seattle salvage crew. He used to work for a local company making painstakingly detailed figurines from some very well-played video games. More on that another time. He likes space, science, reuse and history.
There you have it! We will keep this page updated with new additions as they arrive! (While we’re at it, have you checked out the job openings at EWSavalge, lately? Your bio would be a PERFECT fit here after all). We like to work hard while having fun! And don’t worry, as the saying goes, “You don’t have to be crazy to work here. We’ll train you.” Have a great holiday!