The kitchen business is in Tom Hartman’s blood; he’s never done anything else. Born and raised in Denver, Tom was indoctrinated through his father, P.G. Hartman—a kitchen industry visionary known for process and perfectionism. He had his own drawing board by age eight, and spent much of his childhood immersed in the nuts and bolts of the business. Then, when P.G. died suddenly in 1974 of a heart attack, Tom (still in high school) joined his mother and sister to take over the family enterprise. Tom went on to study business at the University of Colorado, Denver, and become a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) in 1987.
An admitted "detail fanatic," Tom is known throughout the industry for his "evil eye"—his ability to walk into a space and tell instantly if something is out of balance. Drawing on the deep expertise of his mentorship with P.G. and his own experience, he has been instrumental in nurturing Denver-area designers and continues to forward the industry as a whole. In 2002, he brought bulthaup, a European luxury brand respected internationally for quality and precision, to Denver. Since that transition, he has come to embrace the minimalist beauty of the Bauhaus design philosophy.
Tom officially took the reins of Kitchen Distributors in 2008, upon his mother’s retirement. The consummate innovator, he remains passionate about every aspect of the business, from compassionate employee relations to meticulous project installation—and dedicated to continuing the legacy of Kd.’s proud 60-year heritage.
An outgoing and insightful problem-solver, William believes in balancing logic and creativity to find innovative solutions to challenges of all kinds. William holds a degree in languages from Metro State College, and an Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Baking and Pastry from the New England Culinary Institute. In the 1980s, he launched Feastable Catering in Texas, and opened a nouveau cuisine restaurant, The Secret Garden, in Camden, Maine.
Today, as Designer and Showroom Director at bulthaup Denver, William "lives" the classic Bauhaus design motto: unity between art and technology. He is inspired by the timeless architecture of Walter Gropius, Georg Muche and Frank Lloyd Wright. His award-winning work has been featured in numerous local, national and international publications, including Modern In Denver, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, Luxe, Trends, and Home magazines. He has received awards from Sub-Zero/Wolf, Viking, the American Society of Interior Designers, the National Kitchen & Bath Association and the Colorado Home Builders Association.
Growing up in the midwest and moving to Colorado in 2005, Brett E. LaHay earned a Bachelors of Interior Design from the Art Institute of Colorado. After working at both interior design and kitchen design firms, she discovered a passion for the kitchen and bath specialty. In 2008, she was hired as a project and design coordinator for Kitchen Distributors' bulthaup showroom, where she developed a well-rounded approach to design through kitchen and bathroom planning, project coordination, development of client presentations with 3D renderings and learning the full spectrum of kitchen design.
After almost 5 years at the bulthaup showroom, Brett was promoted to be a Project Designer for Kitchen Distributors. Her purpose is to create a harmonious relationship between the client's individual style and a truly functional and organized kitchen living space. She has a love for timeless design and is thrilled to be pursuing that passion at one of Colorado's leading industry innovators.
As a Senior Designer at bulthaup Denver, Jed Mackenzie is following a lifelong passion for art and design. He finds inspiration daily, and draws upon his European travels for design cues. Jed studied at Fort Lewis College, where he majored in business administration and minored in art. His work has been featured in numerous local, national and international publications, including Modern In Denver, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, Luxe and Trends magazines. He has received awards from Sub-Zero/Wolf, Viking, the American Society of Interior Designers, the National Kitchen & Bath Association and the Colorado Home Builders Association.
Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe said, "Less is more." Robert Venturi said, "Less is a bore." Jed’s design philosophy is that form follows function, but that it isn’t defined by it. He sees challenging spaces as opportunities to encourage creativity, and likes to create focal points to draw the eye in, while maintaining balance and proportion. Jed imagines his client in the space, and visualizes the experiences that will happen there—his goal is to realize a client’s vision and exceed their expectations with innovative solutions that inspire them!
Elisabeth has been creating beautiful kitchens in Colorado for more than 16 years. After obtaining a Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design in 1993, she took an internship at a small kitchen design firm in Denver. She quickly learned that she had an absolute passion for high-end kitchen design, and began to search for the perfect outlet for her abilities.
She found Kitchen Distributors in 1996, and has been fulfilling her dreams — and her clients’ — ever since. Elisabeth is committed to creating spaces that reflect her clients’ personalities and compliment their style, and to making the process as joyful as possible. As a senior designer at Kd. for nearly 15 years, Elizabeth has had work featured in local and national publications—including Great American Kitchens, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles and Luxe Magazine — and has been honored in local home shows and contests. Her projects span a wide range of styles, from classic to contemporary.Awards and Recognitions
Frank grew up in El Paso, TX where he began his career helping to build custom homes with his grandfather. It was on a job site here that he saw his first blue print from an architecture firm, and knew what he wanted to do with his life. He attended Phoenix Institute of Technology for drafting and later Southwest Institute of Technology for interior design. After working with an electrical engineering firm for 5 year, and an architectural firm for 7 years, he picked up and moved with his family to Colorado.
A master of both two and three-dimensional drafting, Frank’s talents shine through his work. His obsession with detail and tireless work ethic shows in every print. He creates the first representation of the Kd vision for our clients, and is instrumental in helping them see this before any work has been done. The passion he has for his work comes from creating this vision for our customers and is one of the reasons Kd goes above and beyond to realize our client’s dreams.
Chalea Fields began her career in kitchen design by attending The Art Institute of Colorado where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design. In early 2013, she joined the Kd team at the bulthaup showroom as a Project and Design Coordinator. Chalea enjoys implementing her creative design skills through her work on some of Colorado’s finest kitchens. Inspired by architectural icons such as Philip Johnson's Glass House, Chalea is drawn to clean lines, functionality, and exquisite craftsmanship – all essential elements of the bulthaup philosophy. She is driven to create spaces that are viewed and experienced as distinctive, intelligently designed, and aesthetically pleasing. Her support is integral to the ongoing pursuit of Kd’s team for perfection in design.
Morgan grew up in New England, split between suburban Boston during the school year, and the coast of Connecticut during the summer. He moved west for college, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from The University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. When asked why he wanted to work with kitchens, he said, "The kitchen has always been my favorite part of a house. Growing up with two brothers, the kitchen was the center of our household. It is the heart of you home, and I have always been drawn to that."
As Director of Marketing, Morgan is responsible for implementation and management of the company’s strategic marketing plan and stewardship of the company’s brand within the competitive kitchen design industry. His new perspective will help to keep Kitchen Distributors on the cutting edge, and help continue the 60-year family legacy of excellence in service and kitchen design.
Originally from Wisconsin, Kat moved to Denver in the summer of 2009 and enrolled at The Art Institute of Colorado where she earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Interior Design. After graduation, she worked for a model home design firm for two years where her duties included creating buyer profiles to target specific buyers, developing designs for certain target lifestyles or interests, space planning, merchandising, and installations for many model homes. It was here that she realized she wanted to design for individuals, working hand in hand with them to create a comfortable, livable, and unique space.
Kat loves exploring texture, pattern, and color to bring life and personality into a room, and is inspired by contemporary designs that have a reclaimed and industrial feel. She feels that every project has a specific character that needs to be found, and it’s the design team’s job to show that in the space. She is excited to put her skills and knowledge to work, helping to create beautiful and timeless designs with the Kitchen Distributors team.