Kurt attended Western Illinois University where he majored in History and Political Science. Kurt’s love of creating something where there was previously nothing was developed at an early age by working with his father on various building projects. Kurt began apprenticing as a carpenter in 1989, and completed the Buffalo Building Trades Council Craft Worker training program in 1992 with proficiencies attained in the areas of Carpentry, Plastering, and Painting. Kurt managed his own business performing Custom Building and Historical Restorations from 1999-2007. Kurt relocated to Asheville in 2007 and began working for Carlton-Edwards in 2011.