Steve Strauss, AKBD is president of Whitehall, Pennsylvania-based Direct Kitchen Distributors. Steve has been a part of the family business since he started as a delivery person at the age of 12 and moved up through, installation, sales and design. All through high school and college, he continued working in the business. Over the years, he has been involved with every facet of the kitchen and bath business, becoming president of the company in 1992. Steve is an active member of the BKBG and a past board of directors’ member of the organization which is a national group of kitchen and bath dealers committed to excellence in their field. He is also certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association as an AKBD (Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer)
David Strauss is the Vice-President of DKD. Dave also started his career at an early age, working with his father and brother, building homes under the company name of C.C. Strauss & Sons Construction. He then was general manager of F.W. Wint Lumber Co. and Home Center where he was responsible for all operations, including kitchen and bath remodeling. He already had many years of experience in all phases of design and construction when, along with his wife and young son, he started his own kitchen/bath business in 1981. Clients appreciate Dave’s vast knowledge and infinite patience when the time comes to make design and product choices that will set their kitchen or bath apart from the rest. He only does extraordinary.
Renee Strauss has worn many hats during DKD’s history. Out of necessity, in the company’s early years, she was the truck driver/delivery person. Renee would go to the cabinet factory, often accompanied by her German Shepherd riding shotgun, load a kitchen or two onto the cube van and deliver them to customers’ homes along with her son, Steve, after he got home from school. If there were appliances along with the cabinet order, they would wait till Dave was finished designing or installing for the day so the three of them could manage to carry the appliances, including refrigerators, into customers’ homes. As DKD grew and more employees joined the company workforce, Renee’s duties changed from delivery to secretarial duties to showroom decorating and marketing. Throughout the years, she has always been available to talk to clients in the showroom, who wanted some extra input on their design and product choices. Often asked for her “honest opinion from a woman’s perspective” her formal training as a teacher and counselor is always helpful.
Bryan Diehl has been a valued member of the Direct Kitchen Distributors staff for more than 25 years. He is an excellent installer with a work ethic second to none. Clients comment on his pleasant demeanor and his skill in communicating what to expect during each step of the project. Bryan’s manner and appearance make everyone completely comfortable welcoming him into their home. Most importantly, he treats clients’ homes with the utmost respect and is ever mindful of their concerns.
Kim Watson owns that very friendly voice you hear when you call Direct Kitchen Distributors in the mornings. She is in charge of purchasing, accounts receivable/payable and generally keeping the DKD office running smoothly. Kim is the Strausses’ niece and has been working in the company since 1997. She will make sure you are directed to the proper person and goes above and beyond to assist customers with whatever they need.