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Katie is our lead designer and the brains behind the whole KTG Design operation. Katie started off young, volunteering to decorate the family Thanksgiving table by the age of 8, much to the chagrin of her parents. Katie decided to take her knack for design to the next level and received a degree in Interior Architecture from UC Davis. She went straight into a design career after graduation but shortly after decided to travel and live abroad, working very hard (debatably on her tan). Since then however Katie dove headfirst into all things design and small business owning. She is pioneering the modern cabin movement, incorporating muted earth tones and natural elements & textures. Katie works with both architects and contractors to bring her unique vision to life, with projects ranging from large scale residences to commercial businesses. Katie currently resides in her hometown of Truckee with her husband and fellow KTG member Drew and two fur babies Olive & Spud (also fellow KTG team members).
Drew wears many hats on the KTG Team. In addition to being one of the first points of contact for new clients, Drew is our business manager, warehouse manager, and Katie’s favorite team member (no harsh feelings as the two married in 2020). A proud Truckee native, Drew took a brief hiatus up north to attend the University of Oregon where he earned a BS in Human Physiology. Having felt like that wasn’t enough schooling, Drew went on to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from George Fox University (Did we mention Drew is also our in-house Physical Therapist?). After returning to Truckee, Drew (re)met and later married Katie, became a bulldog enthusiast, and rearranged their house furniture too many times to count per Katie's request. Although some might call him crazy, Drew decided to pivot from practicing as a full-time PT to dive headfirst into the family business by joining the KTG Team. Never looking back, he has become one of our most valuable team members, partly for the heavy lifting tasks and keeping Katie in line, but mostly for his willingness to do whatever is needed to propel the business forward while always keeping a smile on his face. Seriously, the guy never stops smiling.
Jill joined the KTG family in January of 2021 and quickly fell in love with Phase One of design and bringing client’s dream homes to life through 3D modeling, the construction process and final furniture install. Jill is (also) a Truckee native with a multi-generational entrepreneur spirit that brings constant energy and positivity to the team – including her golden retriever/in-house office dog, Harlow, who frequents the KTG Instagram stories. Jill took a brief break from her hometown to attend Cal Poly, SLO, but ultimately, the mountains called her home. Upon her return, she wasted no time building a portfolio in public relations, personal entrepreneurship, and devoting her spare time to coaching varsity volleyball at Truckee High School. Outside of the office, you’ll either find Jill exploring in the woods with Harlow, or in the kitchen whipping up a new recipe. As a true people person, Jill weaves the KTG Team together with a selfless leadership and willingness to take on any new project or design challenge.
DemiRae joined the KTG crew as a Junior Interior Designer in May of 2021. Since then, she has dove into Phase One of the design process focusing on 3D modeling, finish designs and schedules. With strong ties to the local plumbing industry, she revels in the beauty of plumbing finishes and fixtures for client’s homes. With a Business – Project Management degree from Chico State University, she has the necessary skill set to propel a blueprint into a client’s dream home. After travelling through numerous countries, DemiRae decided to reside in Truckee with her husband and black lab, Benelli. When not posting on KTG’s social media, DemiRae can be found SUP’ing at Donner Lake or skiing at Squaw Valley. With an up for anything attitude, fierce determination, and an eye for detail, DemiRae has proven to be a strong asset to the KTG Team doing whatever it takes to execute our projects at a high standard.
As yet another Truckee local, it was easy to make her way home. Before joining the team in May of 2023, Leigh headed east to the Big Apple to pursue her first love and career studying ballet with the Joffrey Ballet School. After four years of studying and touring across the US and Europe, Leigh started her professional career with Nevada Ballet Theatre in Las Vegas - bringing her one step closer to home. After moving home, Leigh continued to pursue creative fields of work through her work at KTG and teaching youth ballet. At KTG Design, Leigh quickly found a new love for the creative process of 3D modeling and seeing project come to fruition.
Prior to joining the KTG team in June of 2023, Lucy was a former Jewelry Designer and Gemologist living and working in New York selling diamond jewelry across the US, Canada and Europe. She returned home to Lake Tahoe during 2020 and fell back in love with the mountains and traded her city stint for the long term, small town lifestyle. Since moving back, Lucy has pivoted her attention to another true love - Interior Design - and it runs in the family. Lucy quickly grasped the processes of 3D modeling, perhaps thanks to her experience with jewelry CAD design. Lucy dove head first into project installs during her first few months, finding the process of seeing the visions become reality and soaking in the details. Out of the office, Lucy loves backcountry skiing & hiking the trails with her dog, Pip, and working on her farm in Sierraville, taking breaks to bake something tasty!
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