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Jerry Wilkins

President & CEO

I have a passion for developing and working with a team of talented people to achieve superior goals.

Being the "Driver" here at Custom Kitchens by John Wilkins, Inc. has given me the opportunity in my career to work with some of the most gifted and wonderful people in our industry, not to mention our wonderful clients who allow us to perform at our very best.

Having grown up in our family business, I have had the opportunity since childhood to develop a full understanding of the remodeling industry and how to manage our company successfully. to maintain our high standards of quality and customer service. The legacy of experience and our design/build process ensures the highest standards of quality and customer service.

My career has been a pleasure, and the new challenges are always exciting.

Qualifications:

  • Over 40 years experience in design, project management and general contracting in both commercial and residential construction, remodeling and design.
  • General Contractor, 1990
  • EPA Certified Renovator, 2010
  • Factory Certified Installer by Subzero- Wolf, 2012

Hobbies/Interests:

Cooking, Vintage cars and a passion for our company and the wonderful people we meet and work with.

Joy Wilkins, CKD, CBD

Certified Kitchen Designer and Certified Bath Designer

I love my job as a designer because I enjoy the challenge of creating a dream space for my clients to enjoy. The process beginning with existing space, ending with a beautiful finished product and all the steps in between, is a terrifically rewarding experience. The people I get to work with; our clients, our staff here at Custom Kitchens, and our craftsmen are a pleasure to work with and every day has something exciting to offer.

Qualifications:

  • 35 years experience at Custom Kitchens designing residential interiors
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design, Minor in Construction Management, Colorado State University, 1982
  • Certified Kitchen Designer –NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) 1985
  • Certified Bath Designer – NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) 1993
  • Co-owner of Custom Kitchens with Jerry Wilkins since 1990
  • Proficient in Auto CAD
  • Harvard equivalent from the “School of Hard Knocks” ie experience

Hobbies/Interests:

I enjoy making jewelry and other beautiful things from found objects, recycled materials, antiques, retro treasures, etc. It’s always a challenge to take something that’s tired and turn it into something useful and beautiful, much like my kitchen and bath designs!

Nader L. Feidy, CKD, CR

Executive Officer, Project Manager and Certified Kitchen Designer

I am blessed to be working in the field of design and construction. Every remodel is a challenge, and challenges generate great ideas and clever solutions.

Working at Custom Kitchens for over 25 years gives me a chance to work with the most talented staff in the industry, together with the most amazing clientele!

I like structure and efficiency. I am serious at times and goofy at times. I love my family, and I love being a grandfather! I love my friends, I love music, I love to cook, I love to eat out, I love animals...I don’t eat meat ,I love red wine and I love the game of soccer!

I see my job as a sports game. I work with team players, and we always score and win! The best thing about my job is that moment when the client looks at the remodel and says "Wow! You guys are the best!"

Qualifications:

  • Over 30 years experience in Residential and Commercial Design, Construction, and Project Management
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, NYIT, New York, 1985
  • Certified Remodeler -NARI (National Association of Remodeling Industry) 1996
  • Certified Kitchen Designer -NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) 1997
  • California State General Contractor (inactive license) 1999
  • EPA Certified Renovator, 2010
  • Factory Certified Installer by Subzero- Wolf, 2012
  • Certified Project Manager, California State University, Hayward, 2015

Hobbies/Interests:

Writing poetry, working out and cooking

Andrew Cheak, AKBD, UDCR

Project Manager, Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer and Universal Design Certified Remodeler

Creative problem solving and wood working is one of the greatest and most enjoyable aspect of our work, as well as the opportunity to work with excellent people in some of the most beautiful homes in the Bay Area.

Qualifications:

  • Over 30 Years experience in Design, Construction and Project Management
  • California State General Contractor (inactive license) 1990
  • Cal State Project Management Certification, 1998
  • Carpenters Union Superintendent Certification, 2000
  • Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer –NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) 2008
  • Universal Design Certified Remodeler –NARI (National Association of Remodeling Industry) 2011
  • EPA Certified Renovator, 2010
  • Factory Certified Installer by Subzero-Wolf, 2012

Hobbies/Interests:

Art, Outdoor Activities, and Motorsports

 

 

 

 

Eric Jackson, AKBD

Project Manager and Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer

I love working with our customers to make their dreams a reality and the challenges that come with working on older homes, the seamless merging of old and new.

Qualifications:

  • Over 30 years experience in Design, Construction and Project Management
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cooper Union 1988
  • Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer- NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) 2008
  • EPA Certified Renovator,2010
  • Factory Certified Installer by Subzero-Wolf, 2012

Hobbies/Interests:

Art, Architecture, Mountain Biking, and Rock Climbing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karmela I. Dizon, CKBD

Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer

Being detail-oriented and a creative enthusiast, my role as a designer gives me an opportunity to utilize my passion by helping our clients fulfill their dreams from concept to completion.

In every project, it gives me a delight and satisfaction to witness the transformation of each space and improvement of our clients’ lifestyles through functional design and quality work.

Being in charge of greeting and meeting people in the showroom, organizing events and networking, I very much enjoy learning about people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Qualifications:

  • Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer- NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) 2016
  • 5 years experience in Kitchen and Bath Design
  • Associate in Science Degree in Interior Design, Chabot College, Awarded with Distinction, 2012
  • Certificate of Achievement in Interior Design, Chabot College 2012
  • Certificate of Achievement in Kitchen and Bath Design, Chabot College, 2012
  • Passed IDEX (Interior Design Exam California) 2012
  • Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer- NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) 2014
  • Proficient in AutoCAD and 3D Rendering (Chief Architect)

Hobbies/Interests:

Drawing, Sketching, and Cooking by making my own recipes and trying new kinds of food (except anything spicy!)

Thip Tran

Office Manager and Bookkeeper

Managing the finances has always been second nature to me. My love for numbers started at a young age when my dad first taught me multiplication when I was only 5 years old. After that, math was always my best subject in school. When it comes to work, whether it’s client invoicing or balancing the bank books, my attention to detail and organization ensures the smooth day to day running of the office.

Qualifications:

  • Over 20 Years in Office Administration
  • 16 Years in office management and bookkeeping
  • 11 Years in Real Estate

Hobbies/Interests:

In my spare time, I enjoy spending it with my kids and cooking. I am a proud mother of 3 beautiful girls and raised them to be good citizens and proper ladies. Food is also my passion, and I love to experiment with different ethnic dishes and unusual ingredients.

 

 

 

 

 

Francis Combes, AKBD

Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer

As a native of Dijon, France, I was exposed to architecture and design in my early childhood. My parents would take us to visit a museum or a castle on Sundays, and my grandparents would organize large family trips to Rome, Florence, or Istanbul. I didn't know how privileged I was until later. Today, I look forward to visiting places around the Bay Area and the world that are significant with respect to art and architecture, which is a passion and experience that I love to share with my children.

Likewise, I humbly hope to return the favor to my clients while designing their spaces. I like to incorporate details and images that linger at the back of my mind such as wonderful proportions, unusual color schemes or fabulous design elements.

Qualifications:

  • Over 15 years experience in Interior Design and Interior Architecture
  • UC Berkeley: Certificate in Interior Design and Interior Architecture, Awarded with Distinction, 2005
  • Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer – NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) 2014
  • Proficient in 3D Rendering (Chief Architect & Revit), AutoCAD, and Photoshop

Hobbies/Interests:

Passion for Lighting, Colors, and Photography

 

 

 

 

Lisa Narum, CKBD

Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer

As a designer, I look at my projects like a puzzle, and I love puzzles.  There are so many pieces involved, but once they are laid out and in place, something beautiful is created. We also have a really fantastic showroom with working high end appliances which come in handy during lunch time.

Qualifications:

  • Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer- NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) 2016
  • 3 years experience in Kitchen and Bath Design
  • Bachelors of Science in Interior Design, Minor in Business, Ohio State University, 2012
  • Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer – NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) 2015
  • Proficient in AutoCAD and 3D Rendering (Chief Architect and 2020)

Hobbies/Interests:

Sewing and fashion, working out (swimming, running, kick boxing), brunch with bottomless mimosas, and the Ohio State Buckeyes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Founded in 1950 by John Wilkins, Custom Kitchens provides a one-stop shop approach for all your home construction & remodeling needs. Generations of homeowners have enjoyed our showroom's friendly atmosphere, worked with our award-winning design team and realized the benefits of our design/build process.

Our high standards set us apart as a leader in home remodeling. We believe in jobsite cleanliness, green building practices, consistently completing work on time and supervising all projects closely. We take our reputation for excellence seriously, and we are gratified to see so many former clients come back and pursue more projects with us. In fact, our clients are our best spokespeople and many of them have even become family friends. Whether you're a new client or have been with us for years, your investment in your home, quality of life and future are all very important to us.

HISTORY

John Reese Wilkins: a pioneer in the remodeling industry
During the Depression, John's family moved from Idaho to Oakland. John was working as a fireman, but when the San Francisco Bay Area had its post World War II housing boom, he took on side jobs as a carpenter. Not only did he have a talent for designing and building homes, but he recognized a growing potential for kitchen & bathroom specialization. John left his job at the fire department and started Custom Kitchens by John Wilkins, Inc.

In the 1950's, there were no formal standards for kitchen and bathroom design for the modern era. Many homes still had features common to Midwestern life where seasonal food storage & preparation revolved around farming. John observed that families were using the kitchen as a gathering place for family and friends. Recognizing the change in family lifestyles, John responded to his clients needs and pioneered the of act of moving walls in order to expand kitchen space. His designs included the first dishwashers, garbage disposals, microwaves, built-in refrigerators and proper ventilation.

Recognizing the change in family lifestyles, John responded to his clients needs and pioneered the open floor plan, removing walls to unify the kitchen and family rooms.

Responding to changing times: the birth of the Master Bathroom Suite
John realized that there was a growing need for more privacy in the bathroom area. He helped his clients rearrange their floor plan layouts to expand their bedrooms and create the "Master Bathroom Suite". For the first time, the grownups of the household had a separate tub and shower areas, walk-in closets and dressing areas with proper lighting.

In 1958, out of desperation for innovative cabinetry, John started his own cabinet shop. He built features that his clients needed but simply couldn't find in 1950's kitchen and bath designs. Word of John's stunning cabinets quickly spread, and the shop became a great success. By the end of the 1960's, Custom Kitchens by John Wilkins, Inc. had become a household name in the San Francisco Bay area.

The company and its contemporary projects were featured in national magazines like Better Homes and Gardens, Sunset and Architectural Digest. In 1990, John retired to the family ranch in Idaho and sold the company to his son, Jerry Wilkins.

Today, Custom Kitchens by John Wilkins, Inc. is still family owned. The showroom is still in Oakland, on Telegraph Avenue, the same location where John first opened his doors in 1950.

THE TEAM

Jerry Wilkins

President & CEO

Joy Wilkins

Designer

Nader Feidy

Executive Officer

Andrew Cheak

Project Manager

Eric Jackson

Project Manager

Karmela Dizon

Designer

Thip Tran

Office Manager

Lisa Narum

Designer