Hilary Underwood, Sales/Project Manager
Growing up I was surrounded by remodel projects, which I can solely thank my parents for. So even though my search for a college degree started out undecided, I followed my heart and concentrated on what I loved; Interior Design. I received my Bachelor’s Degree at UW-Stout; majoring in Retail Merchandising & Management with a concentration in Interior Design. Right out of college I began selling flooring. I worked with customers on all sizes of projects in the Rochester Area. While seeking a job where I could work closer to our home in Owatonna, I was fortunate enough to become an Advantage Cabinets team member in 2006. I started out managing the showroom & eventually migrated into a role as an assistant designer at Advantage Cabinets & sales for Bookwalls. I learned a lot from the many people I have worked for/with over the years. I am so excited to join the sales team at ACI again and to be able to serve the community with all their design & cabinetry needs!
I reside in rural Owatonna with my husband, Jayme and our 3 daughters. We are active members of our 4-H club in Steele County and enjoy camping all over southern Minnesota. My favorite pastimes are anything crafty & creative to keep my daughters busy, running in a variety of 5K races, and being with family & friends.
I hope to get the opportunity to work with you!
Janita Paulson, Sales/Project Manager
I joined Advantage Cabinets in November 2014. I have 24+ years of project sales and customer service experience. I enjoy spending time understanding the customer needs and getting to know you.
My Mission and dedications is to help you find and design a custom cabinet solution for your needs that is not only Functional and aesthetically pleasing but built with superior quality and will withstand everyday use, all at a good value.
I live in Medford and am married to my husband Brian. We have 3 children and a 2 year old granddaughter. Our younger children keep us busy with sports and community activities in and around the southern part of the state. I look forward to meeting and helping you with your project needs no matter how big or small.
Shawn Kunz, Sales/Project Manager
Deb Gillard, Sales/Project Manager
Scott Kubicek, Owner
I was born and raised on a family farm south of Owatonna. My first job was helping neighbors with anything from baling hay to mowing lawn. After graduating from high school, I went to the University of Minnesota and graduated after two years with an Associate Degree in Diversified Ag. After working a couple of years in the Ag industry I had a desire to do something that would challenge me but also be in an area of work that I enjoy. I applied for a job at Advantage Cabinets and did not get the position. A few months later another opening came up and I applied again.
I joined Advantage Cabinets in December 1994. I began working as an installer and counter top builder. This was great because I got to build things and see the great product that we were making installed in people's homes. After buying the company in January of 1996, I continued to work in production for many years until the company grew large enough that we needed more management. I currently oversee the entire company and focus on the Sales staff. I am fortunate to have hired quality employees that handle most of the daily operations and I can now focus on strengthening our company for the long term.
I have 4 active children. I enjoy seeing them do well in school and learn things that I do not even know. I also get the opportunity to lead, coach, chaperon and just be involved with the many different activities that they do. I also enjoy snowmobiling, boating, camping, or anything out doors.
Ron Kubicek, HR Manager and Schedule Coordinator
I have been with Advantage Cabinets since March of 2005. I was hired to fill the role of our Production Manager due to the growth in our employee numbers. Currently, I manage our day to day operations including personnel, payroll and safety. I graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a B.A. in Business Management with a Finance emphasis.
I have been married for 28 years and most of my time is spent chasing around my 7 children! I am also a Trustee at my church. I have served on an active Naval ship (USS England, CG-22, guided missile cruiser), I received the 4-H Gold Key award when I was in 4-H and I managed to fail my driver’s test the first time – but only because the car broke down and the examiner and I had to walk back to the testing location!