John and Rae Packard head up our NY Team of professionals. John Packard’s love of cabinet making and restoration was born during a trip abroad as a young man. Inspired by the craftsmen whose shops he had seen in Florence, Italy, Packard took a job working in Greece on a wooden yacht as an opportunity to gain hands-on experience. He maintains a passion for wooden boat restoration to this day.
When Packard returned to the States, he sought an accomplished cabinetmaker to learn the fundamental skills of the craft. In Sea Cliff, New York, Packard found such a craftsman. As a young apprentice, he developed and mastered the skills and design ability which have sustained his passion and enthusiasm for 40 years. The variety of projects undertaken fueled Packard’s imagination, and his ability to create furnishings of all styles.
Packard seized the opportunity to expand his repertoire of products into the kitchen when the market grew to demand fitted furniture in place of mere boxes of wood for kitchen cabinetry to his metro New York clientele. Over the subsequent years, many strategic alliances with vendors in parallel industries became deeply rooted, enabling an opportunity to take Packard’s design talent to a broader base clientele. Packard wed his knowledge of fine design with quality craftsmanship modifications to provide a more affordable product. In 2010, Packard expanded and duplicated the New York model with an experienced partner, Kevin Smith, in North Carolina. The showroom is located in Hendersonville, NC, and services the western North Carolina area, with a focus the Asheville – Greenville, SC, corridor.
Rae Packard joined the staff in 1989 as a kitchen planner. She combined her education in architectural history with a talent for design at Packard Cabinetry as their lead Certified Kitchen Designer. Packard has a natural ability to draw from the clients their functional needs and aesthetic wants, and in a way that involves them in the process from the very start.
She uses her artistic skills and experience to incorporate the client’s vision and functionality requirements into a beautiful kitchen, bath, or living space design with great attention to detail. These skills, combined with an understanding of complete project development, allow Rae to work with teams of professionals at every stage of the project, from the architect to the contractor.
Rae’s professional certification from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) has provided the opportunity for continued learning, along with the academic training and ability to infuse the rest of the design team at Packard Cabinetry with the same knowledge.
Packard’s work is featured in national and regional publications, such as Traditional Home™, Long Island’s magazine of premier design, architecture and lifestyle House, Better Homes, and Houzz, the largest collection of interior design and decorating ideas on the internet for kitchens and baths. In addition, she received recognition in 100 Best Designers in the United States.
Jess Slefko was born & raised on Long Island. She is a 2013 graduate of NYIT where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Interior Design. From a young age, she had a keen interest in the design and arts. Her mother, an art teacher, encouraged her to pursue this interest into her adult life and career. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family. She married her “high school sweetheart” and is the mother of two young boys.
Jess describes her job as helping clients to find the perfect balance between functionality & style. She underscores the importance of keeping up with the most current design trends. Her satisfaction in her work comes from creating her clients’ dream spaces within their budget.
Her design philosophy is to always think creatively, to always be free and have fun.
Toni Cinquemani has been in the Kitchen and Bath Industry for over 8 years.
She studied Interior Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where she grew her passion for Design and Art.
She is a mother of two little boys. Her joys in life are family time, art, and kayaking.
Beau supervises Packard’s promotional and marketing efforts, coordinates our logistics on a day to day basis, and acts as a liaison to our esteemed clientele, ensuring their satisfaction with Packard’s services and products.
He is a 2014 alumnus of St. John’s University in Queens, NY, from which he graduated Magna cum Laude with a B.A. in Sociology.
It is Beau’s aim to help Packard employ detailed market analysis, information technology, and first hand insights from our customers to succeed in the NY Metro area’s 21st century marketplace.
Felipe Iniguez is the lead installer for Packard Cabinetry.
His technical expertise and oversight on the jobsite allow us to maintain our own high standards and to exceed our customers’ expectations.
When not working, Felipe enjoys time with his two sons and likes to visit museums in Manhattan.
Chris Cruz has been an invaluable asset on Packard’s A-team since 2013. He is a master woodworker specializing in detailed finishes and furniture restoration. When not working he enjoys tending his garden and spending time with his family.