Chris Galvin kitchens & baths designer at Gappsi smithtown long island

by / Saturday, 01 October 2011 / Published in Uncategorized
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Christopher J. Galvin
Growing up I never considered a career in design. I had hopes of playing football for the NY Giants, however I never played organized ball until my late teens. While away at college I tried out for a semi-pro team upstate and became the starting defensive end. I thought about writing The Great American Novel, but managed only to publish a handful of poems, essays and a one act play. Like Hemingway my literary skills paralleled a love for boxing, but, while my ring exploits make wonderful anecdotes, they have little to do with exemplary skill in the “sweet science.” I fell into a sales position in the Kitchen and Bath industry in the summer of 1987 and I have been in the industry ever since. I started out on the wholesale level, selling over a million dollars’ worth of Formica countertops each year to the chain stores of the day, Pergaments, Rickels, Channels, along with a litany of mom and pop kitchen and bath stores and lumberyards, throughout the Tri-State area. I made an excellent living for a college drop-out, but did not feel fully acclimated until I taught myself to design kitchens and baths, and started working directly with homeowners and builders. Over the years I worked for several of the large scale operations, including Kitchen Depot, Expo Westbury, and I helped launch the Perimeter’s concept at Riverhead Building Supply. Ultimately I gravitate to doing it my way, which is a customer-centric approach. Over the years I owned two separate businesses, 15 years apart, Low Cost Kitchen and Bath of Huntington Station, and Christopher’s Kitchens in Babylon. What I gained from all those experiences you could not learn at Wharton, if you stayed on to get your MBA. At the age of 48, with a wonderful supportive wife and two beautiful children, Mia 7 and Liam 6, I am no longer delusional about playing professional football, or fighting for the Heavyweight Championship of the World, but I am still inclined to think about writing The Great American Novel, until I realize I am living it instead.

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