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Employee Spotlight

Julie Glew Crouch - General Manager

Working in the design industry was always a passion of mine. To follow through on that passion, I dedicated my education to Interior Design and Business studies at East Carolina University. I have served many roles in the various Custom Home family of stores throughout the years, and currently am General Manager over Custom Home Furniture Galleries, Custom Home Staging and Designs and niche. Décor and Gifts. As a true Carolina Girl I cannot get enough of the beach, and I have converted my husband into an equally big lover of the Coast! On any given weekend you can find us somewhere near the salt water, with our two fur babies Nattie and Minnie in tow.

Rodney Pallang - Store Manager

I have lived and worked in Wilmington for 26 years. I've been in the furniture industry for 32 years, over eleven years with Custom Home Furniture Galleries. My time off is spent watching and enjoying my children growing up in Wilmington.

Mike Carlough - Operations Manager

I have been a part of the team at Custom Home Furniture Galleries since 2006. I started out as part of the warehouse team making deliveries, then managed our customer service department, and then on to operations manager. I have learned a great deal about this ever changing industry over the years and every day brings another new experience. I have lived in Wilmington since 1993 and this is my home. Most of my time is spent having fun with my wife and two children! I am also an active musician. I play many instruments, but mainly guitar. I have always enjoyed being a musical artist. I look forward to working with everyone and making some new friends in the process.

Ben Currie - Customer Service

I have been at Custom Home Furniture Galleries since 2013. After excelling in furniture repair I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity in customer service, I enjoy doing it each day. I am an avid fisherman, there is nothing I love more than my wife, and being on the water. I look forward to helping our customers, and making sure every experience with our company is a good one.

Audie Wages - Assistant Warehouse Manager

Wilmington has been my home since 2005. I started at Custom Home Furniture in 2019 as a warehouse employee. I quickly learned the operations of the warehouse and advanced to my current position as Assistant Manager. I have enjoyed growing in my role and look forward to my future with the company. In my spare time I like to watch & play sports, hangout with friends & family, and play with my handsome dog, Jack.

John Rainey - Sleep Shop Manager

It only took me a few years after graduating from the University of Delaware in the mid 80’s that the North was not for me. Having family here in Wilmington, I was very familiar with the area after vacationing many times and knew this was the place for me. I’ve been in Wilmington now for half of my life and have been in the mattress industry for 35 years. I feel blessed that John and Kevin Gray hired me to manage the Sleep Shop in 2012. The most satisfying part of my job is when customers come back in the store and thank me for helping them select a mattress which has improved their quality of sleep. I look forward to being a part of Custom Home for many years to come.

Lindsay Casteen - Sales Associate

I have been a sales associate with Custom Home Furniture Galleries now for 3 years and within those three years, I have obtained my two year degree in interior design at Cape Fear Community College. I plan to use my design skills to help any clients of mine that are in need of new furniture and to make their home look like what they have been searching for. In my spare time I like to spend time with friends, family and my handsome dog Beau.

Brenda Ellingson - Sales Associate

I am originally from High Point, NC. I attended High Point University and grew up around the furniture industry. I have been a design consultant with Custom Home Furniture Galleries for 12 years but have 40 plus years working in a furniture or design capacity. In my spare time I like to travel, am an avid reader and a creative cook. I also enjoy giving back to my community through volunteering.

Jane Excell - Sales Associate

I have enjoyed being in the furniture business as a design consultant for 30 years, the last 12 with Custom Home Furniture Galleries. I have lived in Wilmington since the age of 2 and have never found any reason or desire to leave this little bit of paradise! People from all over the country are finding out about our wonderful area and moving here in droves! I truly enjoy meeting them all, as well as those who have lived here for ages, helping them put together the home of their dreams. With so many choices to make, often times a client can be overwhelmed by the entire process. I can help them figure out their most essential priorities and walk them through the entire process. During my off time I enjoy being with my family and friends, my church family, cooking, reading, working all the puzzles in the daily newspaper, and going to the beach or pool!

Isabelle Ireland - Sales Associate

My background with retail furniture sales began over 30 years ago when I obtained my bachelors degree in Interior Design from Florida International University in Miami, Fl. I designed model homes for builders, and had an extensive residential private clientele for several years which transitioned to showroom sales at DCOTA in Dania Beach, Fl (Design Center Of The Americas) . I am privileged to be a part of the sales team with Custom Home and enjoy building new relationships with customers whether the goal is to replace existing furniture, or designing a new space to create an environment of their utmost expectations.

Nicole Elsaesser - Sales Associate

Born and raised in the Netherlands, I moved to the USA in 1989 and lived in Connecticut for many years before moving to Wilmington in 2015. I have been in a family furniture business for over 20 years, having learned every angle of the business from design to sales and marketing. I strive to create spaces that are functional, friendly and beautiful. In my spare time, I like to travel as much as possible and spend time on the beautiful beaches in the Wilmington area with family and friends.

Mary Ivan - Sales Associate

I graduated from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with my Bachelors Degree in Interior Design and have been designing spaces for over 25 years. I enjoy working with clients from construction to installation of the final design. My portfolio includes commercial and residential projects as well as model merchandising. I am new to Wilmington and in my free time enjoy cooking, sports, music and the beach!

Joan Manor - Sales Associate

I have been in the furniture industry for over 35 years. I enjoy helping customers in the design process. It is very satisfying to see the end product come together thru our combined efforts. When I am not working I enjoy time with my family, my pets, and going to the beach.

Shirley Outlaw - Sales Associate

I have been in the furniture industry for over 20 years and have spent the last four years with Custom Home. I find it rewarding to assist clients in making a house into their home. Besides decorating, I also enjoy swimming, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Sharon Stokley - Sales Associate

I have been in the furniture industry over 35 years, previously with Murrow Furniture Galleries then joining Custom Home Furniture Galleries. After graduating from the UNCG School of Design I became a professional member of the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). My focus is to create a space that fits the way the client lives as well as reflecting their personal style and space. With my uncanny sense of color coordination and space planning, I am able to help my clients visualize either a single room or their entire home. In my spare time I love to work in the garden, practice yoga and spend time with my husband Dennis and our two dogs Jaden and Zoey.

Eddie Belk - Sales Associate

I am originally from Gastonia, NC. I have worked in the furniture industry for the last 21 years. I enjoy assisting my clients with their selections and seeing it all come together. While not working, you'll most likely find me spending time with family and friends on the pier or on the beach.

Haven Morrison - Sales Associate

I am a firm believer that when you walk into your home you should feel the warmth and comfort and be happy to there. Relaxation and stylish, casual environments - that of course are pet and child friendly - are the key! I work hard and will go the extra mile to have happy clients who will then refer me to their friends! I am a proud graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in Interior Design. I have been designing interiors, working with new construction, renovating homes, doing color consultations and staging all of my career since graduation. I was born in North Carolina - grew up in Dallas Texas -then moved back to NC in high school and stayed. I have lived and worked from Blowing Rock to Nags Head and even on Ocracoke. My spare time is spent with my two rescue dogs, friends, family, and always outside whenever possible on the water, in the mountains, working out, traveling and entertaining. Wilmington is a fabulous place to live and I am privileged to be a part of this wonderful area and community.

Jasmine Sredanovich - Sales Associate

I have lived in Wilmington for over 20 years and I love it here! I started my design career in textiles and its been a natural progression to incorporate furniture. I have a passion to make a house a home for every client, whether that means starting from the ground up or adding that one showcase piece to an existing space. My time away from work is spent on the beach or with my children, likely on the soccer field:)

Katherine Tompkins - Sales Associate

I really enjoy meeting people and finding just the perfect, beautiful, problem solving items to enhance your home. I have over 30 years of sales and design experience in the home furnishings industry; no project is too hard. Being new to the Wilmington area I have enjoyed exploring all it has to offer. My free time is spent with my fur friend and of course the beach!

Stephanie Smith - Sales Associate/Design Consultant

I have been in the furniture industry since 2018 and have enjoyed every moment of it. I have a passion for helping clients design their space with function in mind and finding the perfect pieces to accent their home. I am a proud graduate of Penn State University and a veteran of the United States Army. I was born in North Carolina and grew up outside Richmond, VA. After graduating from college, I moved to Wilmington, NC and have lived and worked from Blowing Rock to Wilmington, NC. During my time off, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, especially my little nieces and nephews.

Katie O'Neal - In-Home Designer

Originally from Troutman NC, I moved to Wilmington fall of 2015. In the spring of 2018 I graduated from Cape Fear Community College with an Applied Science Degree in Interior Design. I’ve been a part of the Custom Home Staging and Design team since my final semester of college. I’ve harbored a love for art and design for as long as I can remember. Seeing the beauty in the forgotten or overlooked is where I thrive, so it seems fitting that I would describe my style as a melting pot, a little bit of everything. I tend to gravitate towards wicker/rattan, soft blues/pinks, and textured neutrals.

“Why Interior Design?” It’s such a simple answer for me; because it embodies home. The words home and haven coexist in my mind and carry such a heavy weight in why I chose this career path. Home should be the place we feel safest, the place we feel our most authentic selves. It’s where families bend and grow through all the precious and fleeting phases of life together. Being a small part of that process, helping a client see the potential of a home, is rewarding beyond measure. This isn’t just a job for me; it’s a passion and a love that grows with each and every new experience and challenge.

Rachael Somplasky - In-Home Designer

I spent a majority of my career in sales and marketing for large corporations upon my graduation from Temple University but I always knew something was missing. I decided to start a lifestyle blog in 2016 as a way to help feed my creative side and it has truly been a life changing experience. I was able to cultivate my love of home decor and spent hours researching all that I could on interior design. After a few years of helping family, friends and blog readers pick out the perfect curtain panels, wall colors or rugs for their homes I began creating digital e-design packages and inspiration boards. While my path to interior design isn’t exactly conventional I know it’s exactly where I’m meant to be and I am thrilled to be a part of the Custom Home Staging & Design team.

While I am not lusting over beautiful furniture pieces I can be found spending time with my husband, toddler and two doodle dogs. We moved to the area in the spring of 2018 and we instantly fell in love with coastal NC and all it has to offer.