11.27.2019 Sharon Spano, Ph.D.

Faith and Strong Values In a Family-Owned Business, with Keith Vellequette

 

Keith Vellequette is the Owner, Founder and Lead Designer of KBF Design Gallery, a full-service, interior design and remodeling company that has been consistently identified as one of the top 500 remodeling firms in the nation by Qualified Remodeler. The Qualified Remodeler Top 500 award remains the leading benchmark of growth and success among remodeling firms since 1978. The firm has also been awarded the Best of Houzz for the last three years.

Keith brings over 25 years of experience in design and remodeling interiors in Central Florida. He opened the KBF showroom in its current location in Altamonte Springs, Florida over 13 years ago. Keith has been providing the greater Orlando area with custom kitchen and bathroom remodeling design services under the KBF name for more than 28 years.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • How firsthand experience with the struggles of major remodeling jobs inspired Keith to found KBF Design Gallery
  • What sets KBF Design Gallery apart from its competition, and why Keith created powerful values and standards of service for his family-owned business
  • How Keith gained his sense of entrepreneurship from his father, and what crucial lessons he learned from watching his father run his business
  • Why Keith believes it isn't necessary to know everything about your industry to run a successful business, and why he believes in learning by doing
  • How Keith's faith informs his business leadership and decision-making, and how he integrates his faith and family into his work
  • Why Keith brought his wife and kids into his work at KBF Design Gallery, and how he involved them in the decision-making process of scaling the family-owned business
  • How Keith and his family team realized that it was time to scale their business and move to a larger retail building
  • How Keith and his family handled the process of succession in their business
  • What Keith's long term plans for himself and for the business are, and what Keith considers to be the essence of the work KBF Design Gallery does
  • What concerns Keith has for the future of his business and for aggressive and overreaching government regulation
  • Why Keith believes it is important to listen to, follow and honor the passion you have for your work

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Published by Sharon Spano, Ph.D. November 27, 2019