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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 Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2008

Why Do You Like Working At A1? A1 is close to home and family owned.

Where were you born & where do you live now: I was born in Augusta WI and now live in Madison.

What is Important to You? Family

Something Few People Know About You: I have my own sewing business and all 3 of my children are or were in the Military.

Favorite Foods: Pizza, Snickers (frozen)

Hobbies: Sewing, reading, photography.

Do you have a favorite product, brand, or style that A1 sells? If so, what is it and why? I'm still learning about all of the awesome brands and products we carry. It's tough to pick a favorite.

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Kelsie Kufahl

Data Entry

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2018

Why Do You Like Working At A1? I liked that A1 is family owned. I also like the snacks at our Saturday meetings.

Where were you born & where do you live now: Mad City, born and raised!

What is Important to You? Empathy for others.

Something Few People Know About You: I was in the circus.

Favorite Foods: Ramen

Hobbies: Magic the Gathering

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Catherine Bartels

Marketing Administrator

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2018

Why Do You Like Working At A1? The team at A1 is like a family. There is something new going on everyday and everyone is so helpful.

Where were you born & where do you live now: I'm an Iowa native and currently live in DeForest, WI.

What is Important to You? Family. I love to be outdoors and travel with my husband.

Something Few People Know About You: I am terrified of people in mascot costumes.

Favorite Foods: My whole family loves popcorn. I eat popcorn almost everyday.

Hobbies: I live for my hobbies. I enjoy everything from running and playing sports to sewing, theatre, and gaming.

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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Arsene Sea Akala

Warehouse Technician

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2011

Why Do You Like Working At A1? At A1 its like working with family. Its great place to work. Great people.

Where were you born & where do you live now: I'm from the Ivory Coast (West Africa) and currently live in Fitchburg, WI.

What is Important to You? Family.

Something Few People Know About You: Always happy.

Favorite Foods: African Food called Attkieke.

Do you have a favorite product, brand, or style that A1 sells? If so, what is it and why? England

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Chris Welsh

Warehouse Manager

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2016

Why Do You Like Working At A1? Being apart of a growing company.

Where were you born & where do you live now: I am from California.

What is Important to You? Coors Light and sleep.

Something Few People Know About You: I am a open book.

Favorite Foods: Any kind of fish.

Do you have a favorite product, brand, or style that A1 sells? If so, what is it and why? I am a fan of Ashley.

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Levi barger

Warehouse Technician

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2017

Why Do You Like Working At A1? It's a fun place and something new happens every day.

Where were you born & where do you live now: I'm from Oregon, WI and now live in Madison.

What is Important to You? Family, my cat, bicycles.

Favorite Foods: Pizza, chicken, steak, & potatos

Hobbies: Bicycles & welding

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Will Miller

Warehouse Technician

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2017

Why Do You Like Working At A1? I enjoy the flexible hours and the good workout.

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

What is Important to You? My family and helping nice people.

Something Few People Know About You: I do music, photography, and video edits

Favorite Foods: Sea food and Soul food

Hobbies: Hip-hop & VIP parties

Do you have a favorite product, brand, or style that A1 sells? If so, what is it and why? Ashley & Coaster

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Stephen Endo

Warehouse Manager

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2019

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, Verona

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2009

Why Do You Like Working At A1? Working with and for our customers. I enjoy being part of the A1 family.

Where were you born & where do you live now: Wisconsin.

What is Important to You? Family. I have a soft spot for my two grandchildren.

Favorite Foods: Grilled foods/meats veggies and some fruit.

Hobbies: Golf and photography.

Do you have a favorite product, brand, or style that A1 sells? If so, what is it and why? Enjoy selling our customizable lines like England and Paliser because you are searching for the perfect fit for the customer.

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Kim Amidon

Furniture and Mattress Specialist, West

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2017

Why Do You Like Working At A1? I love that we are locally owned and provide a low pressure shopping experience.

Where were you born & where do you live now: I was born in Elkhorn, WI and live in Madison.

What is Important to You? Of course family comes first, I love to help people, I love animals, I pride myself on being a team player.

Something Few People Know About You: I was a three time All-American softball player.

Favorite Foods: Thai, pizza and BBQ.

Hobbies: Golf, Bowling, Camping.

Do you have a favorite product, brand, or style that A1 sells? If so, what is it and why? Flexsteel...the best in the business and so fun to help design!

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Beth Iotte

Furniture & Mattress Specialist, West

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Penny C.

Furniture & Mattress Specialist, Verona

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Mike Bloom

Furniture & Mattress Specialist, East

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Jim Ness

Furniture & Mattress Specialist, East

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2008

Why Do You Like Working At A1? I feel like I'm part of the family here and I like how A1 takes care of their customers.

Where were you born & where do you live now: Born in Madison and now live in Oregon, WI.

What is Important to You? Guitars, kitties, and trucks.

Something Few People Know About You: I moved an old Victorian house.

Favorite Foods: Cheeseburgers.

Hobbies: Music and Songwriting.

Do you have a favorite product, brand, or style that A1 sells? If so, what is it and why? A good mattress that will give you a good night sleep will start your day off better.

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Randy Van Ness

Furniture & Mattress Specialist, East

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2007

Why Do You Like Working At A1? The people and the customers.

What is Important to You? My family and my dog.

Do you have a favorite product, brand, or style that A1 sells? If so, what is it and why? I really enjoy my Simmons mattress.

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Rick Carlson

Furniture & Mattress Specialist, East

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2018

Why Do You Like Working At A1? I enjoy working and meeting new people and fulfilling their dreams for their home.

Where were you born & where do you live now: I'm from Minneapolis, MN and currently live in McFarland, WI.

What is Important to You? Dogs, heavy metal, and my wife

Something Few People Know About You: I had a hole in one and bowled a 300 within 24 hours.

Favorite Foods: Italian food.

Hobbies: Golf, dog walking, and fishing

Do you have a favorite product, brand, or style that A1 sells? If so, what is it and why? Mattresses because it is so important for your health

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Marcia Gavigan

Furniture & Mattress Specialist, East & Verona

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2019

Why Do You Like Working At A1? I appreciate A1's comfortable and knowledgable style of sales as well as the availablility of products for every decorating taste.

What is Important to You? Family & Friends

Favorite Foods: Mexican food

Hobbies: Travel & Dining

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Darcy Fellinger

Furniture & Mattress Specialist, East

What Year Did you Start Working at A1?

Why Do You Like Working At A1? A1 really cares about the customer's happiness and I enjoy the people I work with.

Where were you born & where do you live now: I'm from Denver, Colorado and now live in Middleton, WI.

What is Important to You? Family, friends, and my awesome dog, Raji!

Something Few People Know About You: I was adopted at the age of 20.

Favorite Foods: Lasagna & Pizza

Hobbies: Pool, darts, & poker

Do you have a favorite product, brand, or style that A1 sells? If so, what is it and why? I love selling mattresses because the right mattress can change a person's life.

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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Paul Cannarella

Owner

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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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Brenda Freemyer

Business Office Manager

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2017

Why Do You Like Working At A1? Family Owned and Honest Enviroment

Where were you born & where do you live now: I was born in Columbus, WI and moved back after 15 years. It's home!

What is Important to You? My family. Material things are just that, but my family and friends that I call family will always be my number #1.

Something Few People Know About You: I used to make wedding cakes in my free time.

Favorite Foods: I could literally eat pizza everyday.

Hobbies: Yard art, singing and camping with my friends.

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Jerry Dzierlinga

Customer Service Manager

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2018

Why Do You Like Working At A1? I enjoy the people that work around me and the customers I work with.

Where were you born & where do you live now:I'm from Columbus, WI.

What is Important to You? My family.

Favorite Foods: Hot dogs

Hobbies: Boating

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Jeff Phillips

Store Manager, East

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Ralph Cupelli

Store Manager, Verona

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2005

Why Do You Like Working At A1? The Cannarella family treat us like family and are always looking to "pay it forward" to the communities we live and work in!

Where were you born & where do you live now: I'm from Salida, CO and currently live in Cross Plains, WI.

What is Important to You? Family. Most of my friends I also consider to be family.

Something Few People Know About You: I was a cheerleader my Senior year in high school and learned how to do a back flip!

Favorite Foods: Steak, crab cakes, and pasta

Hobbies: Anything that gets me outdoors with my kid and woodworking.

Do you have a favorite product, brand, or style that A1 sells? If so, what is it and why? I am absolutely in love with my Flexsteel sectional!

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Todd Tucker

Store Manager, West

What Year Did you Start Working at A1? 2010

Why Do You Like Working At A1? I enjoy my co-workers. The owners treat you like family.

Where were you born & where do you live now: I was born in Sterling, IL. I now live in Madison.

What is Important to You? My family and close friends are very important to me.

Something Few People Know About You: My grandfather and President Ronald Reagan were cousins.

Favorite Foods: Seafood.

Hobbies: I like anything associated with the 1975 movie JAWS and collect JAWS movie merchandise.

Do you have a favorite product, brand, or style that A1 sells? If so, what is it and why? England because of all the options

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