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Meet The A1 Team!

"GOOD TEAMS BECOME GREAT ONES WHEN THE MEMBERS TRUST EACH OTHER ENOUGH TO SURRENDER THE ME FOR WE" ~ Phil Jackson

The A1 team is comprised of a wonderful collection of talent, character & experience who all share a passion for, both, people and furniture. Here you will find out a bit more about who we are, what we do and possibly something most don’t know about us. Feel free to reach out to anyone of us and let us know how we can best serve you!

ADMINISTRATION & CUSTOMER SERVICE TEAM

These Amazing People Manage Many of the Important Details of the Day-to-Day Operations of A1… All While Keeping a Smile.

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Cary Croissant

Admin/Customer Service

Where were you born & where do you live now: Born in Madison, WI and I still live in this beautiful city!

What is Important to You? Putting my Family first. Listening and learning from people.

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2010

What are 2 things you like about working at A1? I love the people I work with and getting the chance to see the excitement of customers purchasing furniture for the first time. I also love the loyalty from customers and the Cannarella family.

Something Few People Know About You: I'm a pretty open person, not many secerts!

What are your favorite foods? I will always be in the mood for some Prime rib and a great salad.

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Elaine Waraczynski

Administrative Assistant

What Kinds of Things Do You Enjoy? Sewing, reading, baking and photography

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2008

Where were you born & where do you live now: Augusta, WI & Madison, WI

Why Do You Work At A1? Close to home & Family owned

Something Few People Know About You: All 3 of my children served in the military (Army, Navy, Marines)

WAREHOUSE TEAM

Without a doubt , Our Store (And The Furniture) Would Literally Fall Apart If It Wasn’t For Our Awesome Warehouse Team.

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Don Cruickshanks

Warehouse Technician

What Kinds of Things Do You Enjoy? I collect and operate antique model trains and I’m learning to play bagpipes.

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? Way back…

Where were you born & where do you live now: Milton, MA & Madison, WI

Why Do You Work At A1? Get a lot of exercise in the warehouse and discount furniture.

Favorite Foods: Prime rib and Salmon steaks

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Dio Yao Hugues

Warehouse Technician

Where were you born & where do you live now: Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Live in Madison, WI

What is Important to You? Bring my family here and use my degree

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2015

Something Few People Know About You: I'm funny. I like to hang out and discover new places. I always keep smiling. :)

What are your favorite foods? Anything with rice, chicken and/or fish with vegetables.

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Chris Welsh

Warehouse Manager

Where were you born & where do you live now: Reding CA & Madison, WI

What is Important to You? Family, Work, Fishing, Football

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2015

Two Things Like about Working At A1? Freedom to express my talents & I enjoy the warehouse & management team.

Something Few People Know About You: Collect sports cards, since the age of 12.

Favorite Foods: Anything with rice, chicken and/or fish with vegetables.

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Everett Lund

Warehouse Technician

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2016

What are 2 things you like about working at A1? Small family business

Where were you born and where do you live now? Naperville, IL / Deforest, WI

What are your favorite hobbies? Skiing & glassblowing

What are your favorite foods? Sushi & pasta

What is something most people don't know about you? I am most comfortable with ski’s on my feet.

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Mike Mulkey

Warehouse Technician

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2015

What are 2 things you like about working at A1? The people and the work out.

Where were you born and where do you live now? Chicago, IL / Sun Prairie, WI

What are your favorite hobbies? Family & playing drums

What are your favorite foods? Pizza and anything cooked on the grill

What is something most people don't know about you? If I told you than everyone would know.

SALES TEAM

A Breath Of Fresh Air From ‘That Sales Guy’ Your Grandma Warned You About. Our sales team has almost 100 years of collective furniture & mattress expertise. We come from all walks of life, but all share in common an easygoing, relational-style sales approach that has garnered A1 with the highest repeat & referral business of any furniture store in town.

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Guy Zaricor

Furniture & Mattress Specialist

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2009

What are 2 things you like about working at A1? Low stress & you are treated like family

Where were you born and where do you live now? Racine, WI & Oregon, WI

What are your favorite hobbies? Golf, cooking, and baking

What are your favorite foods? Pastries and a good grilled steak

What is something most people don't know about you? Swam across Rock Lake at age 12

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Todd Tucker

Furniture & Mattress Specialist

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2010

What are 2 things you like about working at A1? The people I work with & being treated like family

Where were you born and where do you live now? Sterling, IL & Bellville, WI

What are your favorite hobbies? Going to all types of sporting events and going to the movies

What are your favorite foods? Seafood and pasta

What is something most people don't know about you? My grandfather was Ronald Reagan's third cousin

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Randy Van Ness

Furniture & Mattress Specialist

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2007

What are 2 things you like about working at A1? The people and the low-pressure atmosphere

Where were you born and where do you live now? Portage & Portage WI

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Alex Parsons

Furniture & Mattress Specialist

What Kinds of Things Do Your Enjoy? Local Live Music, Community Events, Family & Friends

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2014

Why Do You Work At A1? Working for a family business vs. a corporation and he low pressure sales environment. Love that they are very involved in the community.

What Is Something Few People Know About You? My grandfather played he bishop that approved the exorcism in the “Exorcist”.

What are your favorite foods? With Madison having some of the best regional restaurants…anything local!

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Ron Miller

Furniture & Mattress Specialist

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2014

Why Do You Work At A1? Low Pressure Sales

Where Were You Born & Where Do You Live Now? Deforest, WI & Madison WI

Something Few People Know About You: I love music & I can carry a note.

Favorite Foods: French dip & anything grilled

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Robin Truesdill/Phillips

Furniture & Mattress Specialist

What Kinds of Things Do You Enjoy? Decorating, jewelry making, cooking, shopping, collage art, reading

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2008

Where were you born & where do you live now: St. Louis, MO

Why Do You Work At A1? The friends I’ve made here and really the family who owns it

Something Few People Know About You: I’m a shopping aficionado. I went to Southern Illinois University and my degree is in Dental Technology.

Favorite Foods: Candy.

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Beth Iotte

Furniture & Mattress Specialist

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MANAGEMENT TEAM

Starting At The Very Top, You Will Find Each Person Is Deeply Committed To Our A1 Values of Honesty, Relationship, Best Price & An Insatiable Passion For Customer Satisfaction.

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Ralph J. Cupelli

Store Manager (West)

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2006

What are 2 things you like about working at A1? Being treated like family, meeting all types of people

Where were you born and where do you live now? Salida, CO & Madison, WI

What are your favorite hobbies? Teaching my son new things, softball, camping, watching the Brewers, spending time with my family

What are your favorite foods? Steak and potatoes, cheeseburgers and pasta of anykind

What is something most people don't know about you? I really enjoyed being a co-ed cheerleader my senior year of high school

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John Gilmore

Marketing Director

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2011

What are 2 things you like about working at A1? I have a ton of respect for the people I work for. No hot air, no pressure, no “fluff” approach to helping people purchase furniture

Where were you born and where do you live now? Eureka, CA & Sun Prairie, WI

What are your favorite hobbies? My family, Reading, Helping others

What are your favorite foods? Gimme the “Tour of Italy” at Olive Garden anytime or anything from In-N-Out. Steak, crab meat and I have an ongoing weakness for French Fries.

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Andrew Nefstead

General Manager

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2016

What are 2 things you like about working at A1? Friendly environment & working with the owner.

Where were you born and where do you live now? Waupun, WI / Madison, WI

What are your favorite hobbies? Family, my 3 dogs, customer satisfaction

What are your favorite foods? Fish, pork chops and a nice salad

What is something most people don't know about you? My brain is a sports encyclopedia.

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Jeff Phillips

Store Manager (East)

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Paul Cannarella

Owner

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