History of Kurtis Kitchen
1968 – Kurtis was founded by Louis Kuretzky with a single location for wholesale counter-tops and stock kitchen & bath cabinets.
1969 – Louis’ sons Howard & Marty Kuretzky joined the business
1971 – Kurtis opened its first retail showroom in Detroit providing on-site inventory to service to do-it-yourself clients and small contractors
1986 – Louis retired. Marty took responsibility for all wholesales sales and Howard took charge of operations and retail sales.
1994 – Wayne Weintraub joined as VP of Operations to help facilitate growth & success with necessary business changes. The growth required a move to a larger warehouse and distribution facility in Livonia.
1999 – Kurtis developed a full-service installation division providing carpentry, electrical, plumbing, drywall, tile, etc.
The third generation of the Kurtis family is now in place and Kurtis’ future relies on innovative ideas and family-owned values.
Currently, Kurtis has 4 locations in southeastern Michigan and unlike any other retailer, Kurtis has a manufacturing facility which offers cabinet modifications and makes custom countertops including granite, laminate and Corian.
Howard started at Kurtis Kitchen at its inception in 1969. Over the past 46 years he has done every job pertaining to the operations, manufacturing and sales for the company. In 1994, Howard became President of Kurtis after the retirement of the founder, Louis Kuretzky. He has been affiliated with many different organizations and industry related buying groups. As one of the founding members of the KraftMaid Cabinetry Dealer Council, Howard has been instrumental in helping to shape the direction KraftMaid Cabinetry services its dealers nationwide. His knowledge and industry experience on a national level has brought Kurtis to where it is today – a respected leader in the Kitchen and Bath industry.
Wayne came to Kurtis in 1994 with 11 years of experience in exterior building products from U.S. Steel, and 10 years of experience in advertising and marketing with Entertainment Publications. Wayne is responsible for Advertising & Marketing, Information Technology, recruiting and corporate communication for Kurtis. His marketing programs have enabled Kurtis to be recognized by Kitchen & Bath Design News with an Industry Leadership Award for the “Most Innovative Kitchen or Bath Retail Marketing Effort”. He has helped to position Kurtis as one of the most trusted providers of cabinetry and kitchen & bath remodeling services in the greater Metro-Detroit area.
Aaron is the 3rd generation of Kuretzky at Kurtis and has been working here since he was in his teens. After finishing school, Aaron concentrated on the installation aspects of kitchens and bathrooms, managing the crews and working on making our processes more efficient. These fundamental skills were put to good use when, over the next 7 years of his career, he transitioned to the design and sale of kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects. This occurred during our economy’s toughest times, and taught him how to provide customers with the greatest value for their investment. Now a partner, one of his primary tasks is to create the vision and provide the implementation of our new and remodeled showrooms – while maintaining the family standards and traditions that have guided us through the years.
David graduated from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business with honors. He is a very determined, hard-working man with a passion for life and uses his well-developed business skills to run our Wholesale division. His previous experience was in the Entertainment Industry and so he brings a unique perspective to Kurtis that has helped to re-shape many of our programs. We are very grateful to have his knowledge and skills.