Posts Tagged ‘Mark Seigle’

Seigle’s Works Together for Habitat for Humanity

November 25, 2013

In November a team of Seigle’s employees joined together on a Saturday using their time and talents to help build a Habitat for Humanity home. The group met up at the Elgin home for an exclusive Seigle’s build day putting a ton of hard work into the home: doing carpentry, siding, soffits, trim installation, and painting.

Habitat for Humanity Northern Fox Valley builds homes, community, and hope in Carpentersville, Elgin, St. Charles and the surrounding area. They believe everyone should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

Enjoy a few photos of the team from build day. We are very proud of everyone for giving up a day off for this important cause!

Group Photo:
Front row: Mark Johnson (General Manger), Mark Seigle (President), Allyson Sanchez (Office)
2nd row: Chris Johnson (spouse), Robin Seigle (spouse)  Jeff McCrory (Sales)
3rd row: Jon Sanchez (spouse), Bonnie Burmesch (spouse)
4th row: Judy Badgerow (office), Sandy Pennington (office), Nic Burmesch (Warehouse/driver), Ed Chiarugi (Assistant manager)

Mark Seigle Climbs the Willis Tower for a Cause

November 6, 2013

Recently, Mark Seigle, President of Seigle’s Cabinet Center, climbed the 2,109 steps and 103 flights of the Willis Tower. You might ask, is he crazy? While we’re sure there are some out there who would answer yes, in this case, he had a few great reasons. “Not only was this a fundraiser for a very deserving cause, it was a personal challenge to see if I could climb the largest set of stairs in the United States,” said Seigle. He was climbing to raise money for The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the #1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America, as ranked by the US News & World Report, which offers high quality patient care and treatments that improve and eliminate the effects of injury, disease and debilitating health conditions.

In case you are wondering, he was, in fact, able to finish the climb. He completed it in 30:57 minutes, which is great, considering it takes the average participant 30-45 minutes to complete. He also didn’t train specifically for the climb, although he routinely works out and loves to ride his bike. (The record time is 13:09, set in 2009. Mark has a little way to go to beat that record!)

Here’s a picture of Mark making the climb. He’s listening to Classic Rock, cranked to the max.

Mark Seigle

This was Mark’s first time participating, but it he enjoyed it so much that it probably won’t be his last.

Way to go, Mark! If you appreciate the cause, you can still donate to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago here.

Why LinkedIn Thinks Knowing Mark Seigle is Better Than Knowing Kevin Bacon

February 13, 2013

If you’re looking to connect with those in the homebuilding, remodeling or kitchen cabinetry industries, start by connecting with our President, Mark Seigle.  LinkedIn lists Mark’s profile as one of the top 1% viewed in the nation, and yet Mark’s connections are almost entirely focused in the Chicagoland area.  So forget Kevin Bacon — for now.   If you want to be on the inside of our industry, connect with Mark and you’ll be connected to a world of home building and remodeling leaders.

Mark Seigle LinkedIn

Proud to Have Provided Cabinets for Elgin’s Artspace Lofts

November 2, 2012

Artspace, a 55-unit live/work housing development for artists in downtown Elgin has started welcoming tenants. This $14.5 million project is meant to attract artists to affordable housing in downtown Elgin, while at the same time revitalizing downtown and establishing Elgin as an arts community. The project is developed by Artspace Projects, Inc., a nonprofit developer of arts facilities. We are proud to have provided the kitchen cabinets for these cool new residences.

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The building includes housing, gallery space, a community room, a playground, courtyard, and commercial space. Learn more about the project, including how to apply to live there if you are an artist, at their website.

Artspace is made possible by federal tax credits and state affordable housing tax credits from the Illinois Housing Development Authority. In addition, our own Mark Seigle raised $500,000 in the private sector for the project, as he believes in the power of this community to contribute to a vibrant downtown and enhance Elgin’s cultural offerings.

United Way of Elgin Announces Newest Lifetime Director, Mark Seigle

June 29, 2011

The United Way of Elgin has announced the election of Mark Seigle as the fifth and newest Lifetime Director on the United Ways board of directors.  He joins a distinguished list of Elgin leaders including Charles Burnidge, Tom Rakow, Jack Shales, and Mike Shales.

Mark has been involved with United Way of Elgin for over 18 years.  He served 13 years on the Board of Directors, beginning in 1993 and ending with his retirement in 2006.  During that time, he served as Campaign Chair in 1994, becoming the first chair to raise over $2,000,000! He also served a two-year term as Board Chair from 2004 to 2005.  Since leaving the board, Mark has continued to be an active volunteer and advocate for United Way of Elgin.   He and his wife Robin are members of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, which is a national recognition program for United Way donors who give $10,000 or more each year.

Mark currently serves as the CEO of Seigle’s Cabinet Center here in Elgin.  He is also involved with The Seigle Family Foundation which supports charitable programs in Elgin and the surrounding communities.

Read the original article on United Way of Elgin’s website here.

Mark Seigle Featured in Chicago Tribune

March 26, 2010

Mark Seigle of Seigle’s Cabinet Center was recently featured in a Tribune article illustrating a trend of business owners who initially sold their businesses only to buy them back in the end rather than see the brand disappear under new ownership.

In 2005, Mark Seigle and his brother Harry sold Seigle’s Building Centers to Stock Building Supply after owning the home-building-supply business for over 60 years. The company had grown to $350 million in sales and 1,300 workers at 11 locations before being sold

Not willing to see the company disappear under the new ownership, Seigle eventually bought back the cabinetry arm of the business in July of 2009. Concern about saving the jobs of the company’s employees was an important factor in making the decision to buy back the cabinetry division. Many of these were career employees who had worked for the company for decades and were about to lose their jobs. His new company – name Seigle’s Cabinet Center – was able to save 23 of those jobs with the promise of saving more.

Seigle formed an alliance with PRO-Build – a supplier of lumber, windows, trusses and doors – and saved an additional 40 to 50 sales and management positions. Currently, Seigle’s shares three Chicagoland locations with PRO-Build, including Wheaton, Yorkville and Chicago at North and Clybourn. The headquarters and distribution center is located in Elgin.

Making this business successful came down to the fact that Seigle always adapted a hands-on approach with employees. He was comfortable on his own turf and knew everyone by name. While the lack of involvement may have been what caused business under the new ownership to suffer, Seigle’s personal interaction solidified his business relationships and ultimately made the business successful.

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