The Huber Decor Team

Nancy Rankin, President/CEO

Nancy Rankin’s 25 years of design, sales, and management experience have culminated in a variety of design based ventures.  As owner and CEO of Blooms by Essential Details, Huber Décor and Idea Source, she enjoys building relationships to develop and maintain national accounts while also working to promote small, local and independent businesses.  Nancy has a special interest in supporting other women entrepreneurs and in mentoring young professionals. She received her B.A. in Merchandising Apparel and Textiles with a minor in Economics from the University of Kentucky. Her flair for cultivating creativity and individual style is apparent in the unique culture reflected by all of her successful businesses. Nancy, her husband, Danny, and their two children live in a log home in rural Shelby County where they frequently host events for family and friends.  The Rankins are also avid youth and college sports enthusiasts and enjoy various church activities.

Q:  Share one of your favorite quotes.

A:  “Ability is what you are capable of doing.  Motivation determines what you do.  Attitude determines how well you do it.” Lou Holtz

Q:   What is your favorite sound?

A:   It is a tie…one of my kids saying “mom” or my husband saying “hey babe”.

Q:   What is your favorite room in the house?

A:   My closet, since the only thing I collect is shoes and clothes.

Q:   Which would you prefer as a second home: mountain cabin, beach house or big city condo?

A:   I live in a cabin already and I am not much of a beach person.  I would go with a warehouse style loft or old house type condo in a cool city like Denver or New Orleans.

Q:   What is your least favorite household chore and why?

A:   I HATE to garden/landscape, even though I love cutting flowers to arrange or picking fresh vegetables which my husband has grown. 

Susan Zehnder, Chief Development Officer/Partner

Susan was born in Naples, Italy and was raised in Louisville. She studied interior design at the University of Louisville and architectural drafting design at Louisville Technical Institute. Early in her career she worked for a local commercial design firm and later at KFC doing both domestic and international restaurant design and development. She also worked for manufacturers of building and restaurant furniture products before joining the Huber Decor family of companies thirteen years ago, and today is part owner of each brand. Susan is married to Ron Zehnder and has two college-aged sons. Free time is spent on the fields watching her sons play sports, walking, reading, travel, and she has recently taken up boating. She is a member of Northeast Christian Church, a co-founder of Make-A-Wish Kentucky, and is a former president and long-time volunteer of the Dream Factory.

Q:   What is your favorite room in the house?

A:   My great room looking out on the Ohio River where I watch the sunset. 

Q:   What expression do you use far too often?

A:   It will work out (it always does...just maybe not to your liking)

Q:   Name something on your bucket list.

A:   Top item is returning to Naples, Italy, my birthplace.

Q:   If you could own only 1 pair of shoes what would they be and why?

A:   My Frye Engineer boots.  Rain, hail, sleet or snow - they are amazing!

Q:  What was your first job?

A:   Best job ever- lifeguard at the Holiday Inn

 

Shawn Mouser, VP Finance/Human Resources

Shawn Mouser is a financial controller with over 15 years of experience in all areas of accounting for diverse industries including interior design, retail, steel, vending and a private country club. Her expertise and work with a variety of software systems reinforce her continued goal of strengthening workflow production, budgeting, research, problem-solving and workforce management. Shawn has a B.A. in Business from Midway College where she solidified her enthusiasm for continued education.  She lives with her husband and two daughters in a small, rural community and enjoys reading, traveling and sports.

Q:   What is your greatest guilty pleasure?

A:   I love to eat the chocolate coating off of a swiss cake roll then unroll the cake and eat it with a fork.

Q:   What expression do you use far too often?

A:   “This doesn’t make any sense”  which also happens to be a fairly accurate summary of my job.

Q:   What is the best pick-up line you have ever used that worked?

A:   I don’t think I’ve ever used one but my husband picked me up by saying, “Hey, are you gonna be stuck-up or are you gonna talk to me?” We celebrated our 20th anniversary this year.

Q:   If you could own only 1 pair of shoes what would they be and why?

A:   Flip flops... the beach, summer...’nuff said.

Q:   What was your first job?

A:   When I was 14 I babysat at church on Wednesday nights during choir practice.  I was paid $10 per night... and they took out taxes!

Abby Papenfuss, Interior Designer

Abby Papenfuss is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a degree in Interior Design.  She started as an intern with Huber during the summer of 2012, and after seeing her potential, she was hired full-time.  This is Abby’s first job and she has spent her time impressing clients with her talent.  Abby lives in Louisville and has an older sister who followed her dreams to California. Abby’s path is yet to be written and she is excited to see what the future holds for her career.

Q:   If the office was a box of crayons, what color crayon would you be? 

A:    I would definitely be Macaroni and Cheese, just sounds like fun!

Q:   What is the most bizarre thing that has happened to you on a business trip? 

A:   On my very first business trip with Huber Décor I was taken on a “private jet”, which turned out to be a puddle jumper, all the way to Cabot, Arkansas.  The plane sat all of 6 people, including the pilot and co-pilot!

Q:   What is your favorite room in the house?

A:   My favorite room in the house would be the sun room.  I love to sit on the couch under a big cozy blanket, open the windows, and drink a cup of coffee.

Q:   Name something on your bucket list.

A:   One thing on my bucket list is to go to Disney World.  I never got the chance to go when I was younger, and even though I won’t be a kid when I experience it, I feel as if it would bring out the kid in me!

Q:   What is your least favorite household chore and why?

A:   My least favorite household chore would definitely have to be washing windows, because no matter what, they are never perfectly clean and that just drives me crazy. 


Adam Vincent, IT Manager

Adam Vincent has worked with Huber Décor since 2011.  He received his Business Management & Structure Degree from Murray State University.  In addition to his love of technology, Adam has a passion for his family and music.  Adam and his lovely wife, Katie, have three children, Noah, Roy, and Mae.  Adam is musically gifted and can play just about anything that he can get his hands on - guitar, piano, banjo, violin, cello and many more.  In his spare time, Adam enjoys eating out and being involved in his church, Sojourn Community.

Q:   Fist bump, High Five, handshake or hug? 

A:   Handshake for my guy friends, side hug for my lady friends and the hand-shake-pull-in-for-a hug-3-slaps-on-the-back for my really good friends.

Q:   Share one of your favorite quotes. 

A:   It’s a deep thought so it doesn’t count, but it goes like this : “If I ever get really rich, I hope I’m not really mean to poor people, like I am now.” – Jack Handy

Q:   What is your favorite piece of technology?

A:   That I Own:  my phone.  That I’m Hoping for:  The Oculus Rift (It’s the first viable consumer Virtual Reality headset)

Q:   What is your favorite sound?

A:   Drop D on a Martin Herringbone 35 or 28, it doesn’t matter.

Q:   What was your first job? 

A:   Premier Cigar Co. – Dipped the first ever retail Maker's Mark Cigar! 


Laura Doll, Research & Photo Specialist/Logistics

Laura Doll has been with Huber Decor since 2005.  Prior to Huber, she managed a custom picture framing shop for ten years. Laura has a Bachelor’s degree in Art from Rollins College and a Master of Fine Arts degree in metal-smithing from Washington University in St. Louis. She is the proud owner of a rescued cat.    

Q:   If the office was a box of crayons, what color crayon would you be?

A:   Periwinkle

Q:   What is your favorite sound?

A:   Jim Cuddy's voice (one of the lead singers of Blue Rodeo)

Q:   Share one of your hidden talents.

A:   I play Scottish tenor drum with the Louisville Pipe Band.  (Bagpipes and drums)  I played for 4 years with one of the top ranked band in the US and I still compete at the highest level in my solo competitions.

Q:   What is your favorite room in the house?

A:   The kitchen - I love to bake!  (And I have won several blue ribbons for my baking at the KY State Fair.)

Q:   What was your first job?

A:  Graphics Intern with the Department of Planning and Zoning for the City of Orlando, Florida

 

Lynne Wilson-Gault, Director of Design Services

Lynne Wilson-Gault has worked at Huber Decor since 1993.  She started her career at Huber working in the Frame Shop.  After a short time, Lynne was promoted to Frame Shop Manager, later transitioning into Sales, ultimately attaining her current position. Lynne graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with an emphasis in photography and ceramics. Lynne and her husband have a “fire cracker” daughter. In her spare time, Lynne enjoys riding American Saddlebred Horses, and teaching her daughter to ride.  She also enjoys crafting and using her creativity.

Q:   What is your greatest guilty pleasure?

A:   A good hand rolled cigar and mixed drink, when on vacation in Key West.

Q:   What is your favorite sound?

A:   When my daughter says "Mommy", but a close second is a horse nickering!

Q:   Share one of your hidden talents.

A:   I can shoot a bow and arrow (taught by my Dad). I won 2 Eagles tickets at a bar for hitting the bull’s eye.

Q:   What is your least favorite word?

A:   Moist: I hate feeling clammy and moist!

Q:   If you could own only 1 pair of shoes what would they be and why?

A:   Just shoot me now! That would be the end of life for me!

 

Rebecca Smith, Creative Director

Rebecca Smith joined the Huber Décor family in 2003 as a frame shop employee.  As she learned and gained experience, she was promoted to frame shop manager, then to Purchasing Manager, and is currently the Creative Supervisor. 

Rebecca grew up in a little rural town outside of Syracuse, NY.  She graduated from the School of Art and Design at Purchase with a BFA in painting.  While in school she was able to study abroad in Italy.  Soon after graduating she moved to Louisville, KY where she continues to make and sell her artwork.  In her spare time she enjoys working on her one hundred year old house, gardening, hanging out with friends, and of course, creating art!

Q:  If you could choose a different name for yourself, what would it be?

A:   Madonna, or Cher. It depends on my mood.

Q:   Have you ever hugged a llama?

A:   Yes! At Henry's Ark!

Q:   What is your favorite room in the house?

A:   My bedroom (even though it's haunted)

Q:   Which would you prefer as your second home: mountain cabin, beach house, or big city condo?

A:   Beach house.

Q:  What was your first job?

A:   Stacking wood for my father.

 

Leslie Sheehan, Project Manager

Leslie Sheehan has been with Huber Decor since October 2014, working in purchasing department and as a Project Manager. She has many years of experience in customer service, purchasing, sales and marketing. Leslie has a B.S. in Organizational Leadership & Learning from University of Louisville & a Business Administration degree from Valencia Community College in Orlando, FL. She was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and moved to Orlando, Florida where she lived with her husband for 13 years. After their daughter was born in 2003, she was finally able to convince her husband that Louisville is the BEST place to raise their kids so they returned to Louisville in 2005. Leslie is an active volunteer with her daughter's many activities and at her church, Southest Christian. Leslie has been a lifelong fan of all things UofL sports, enjoys playing golf in her limited free time, attending her weekly women's Bible study and spending time with her family.

Q:  What is your favorite sound?

A:   Sounds cliche, but the sound of my daughter laughing brings an instant smile to my face.

Q:   What's your favorite room in the house?

A:   The kitchen always seems to be the place that people gravitate towards and I love being around people. I also love to cook when I have time.

Q:   If you were given $100 how would you spend it?

A:   Although I am always fighting this urge, I would probably take my daughter shopping for something she really doesn't need from Justice or Bath and Body Works.

Q:   What is your greatest fear?

A:   I am seriously afraid of spiders and snakes. I admit that I act like a child when I come across one.

Q:  What was your first job?

A:   Ice cream scooper at Baskin Robbins in Oxmoor Mall...those were the days! I really miss wearing my brown uniform with pink and orange polka dots...

 

 

Raul Salas, Vice President of Operations

 

Q:  How long can you hold your breath?

A:   About 65 seconds, because I used to swim.

Q:   If you had a theme song for every time you walked in a room, what would it be?

A:   Don't Worry, Be Happy.

Q:   Name something on your bucket list:

A:   Visit Brazil during Carnivale.

Q:   What's the best pick up line you ever used?

A:   I cannot recall, it's been too long!

Q:  What is your greatest fear?

A:   I don't have any fears.

 

Simon, Exterminator/Sleep Specialist