Mike & Suzanne Schumann
Mike and Suzanne founded Traditions in 1987 in a newly renovated building on the corner of Selby and Dale, in St. Paul’s historic Ramsey Hill neighborhood. Suzanne has the creative vision and passion for home furnishings and design that gives Traditions its unique sense of style. Mike provides the back office, computer, and marketing expertise that keep the wheels turning.
David joined Traditions in 2007. Interior Design runs in his blood, having worked in his father’s upholstery shop while growing up in Kentucky.
David has been a resident of Naples since 1999. His biggest frustration is the inability to take his Golden Retriever Cede for walks on the Naples beach.
David has furnished numerous homes for clients in Port Royal and other prestigious Naples neighborhoods, as well as worked on award winning design projects in his native Louisville and the surrounding towns in southern Indiana.
Karen joined our Naples store as a Design Consultant in the Fall of 2012. Originally from Maine, Karen moved to Manhattan in the 80s to study art history and design. In 1992, Karen came to Naples for a six month visit, and never left.
Prior to joining Traditions, Karen worked in the fine art world as a gallery director and appraiser. For the last seven years, she was primarily focused on the post-war contemporary art investment market. With a passion for Interior Design and her art background, Karen is looking forward to helping clients bring their homes to life.
Kersten joined our Naples, FL staff in early 2012 after graduating from the University of Maryland with a BA in Graphic Design and Communication.
In addition to working on customer design projects, Kersten assists in developing Traditions’ marketing programs, including graphic design for our advertising, maintaining our web site and is the creative source behind our Facebook presence. In her spare time, Kersten enjoys lounging at Naples’ pristine beaches.
Mary joined Traditions as a college intern in 1987. She has the distinction of being our 1st employee! Over the years, Mary has served in every conceivable role in the company, from Sales Person, to Bookkeeper, to Merchandiser…..
Currently Mary is responsible for merchandising and managing and the day to day operation of both of our Minnesota stores. In addition, Mary is an integral part of Suzanne’s buying team to ensure that Traditions is the fashion leader in bringing the freshest looks and styles to the Twin Cities home furnishing market.
After 20 years moving around the world as an Air Force spouse, Rhonda settled down in St. Paul and joined Traditions in 1997. As an Air Force Academy graduate, her son Ryan carries on the family tradition, flying KC135 tankers in support of our troops around the world.
Over the years, Rhonda has furnished numerous luxury home models for builders in the Twin Cities. She has also worked on a wide variety of major interior design projects, including furnishing a number of stately homes on St. Paul’s Summit Avenue, as well as helping customers with vacation homes in South Carolina, Florida, and Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands.
Carolynn joined Traditions in 2008 after ten years in the home furnishings industry. A two time state tennis champion, pool shark, and left wing hockey player, Carolynn is the person to call if you need a ringer.
Her background in Art History, is a great asset when working on design projects for the many historic homes in the Twin Cities area.
After many years in the home furnishings industry, Kathy joined Traditions in 2008. She has assisted customers with a wide variety of interior design projects, including redecorating a home for the Summit Avenue House Tour, remodeling a lake home in Wisconsin, and furnishing a residence on Lake Minnetonka.
Most recently, Kathy has had numerous projects helping empty nesters downsize into condominiums, which provides many challenges in balancing the desire to hold on to cherished memories, while rescaling one’s lifestyle to fit a more compact environment.
Rita is the newest addition to the Traditions team in St. Louis Park. Before joining Traditions as a Design Consultant, Rita spent 10 years as an executive staffer for the CEO of the National Institute of Health Policy, a program of the University of St. Thomas.
Rita and her husband Bill, live in an 1880 Italiante-style house with a storied past in historic downtown White Bear Lake, providing an outlet for Rita’s passion for Interior Design and Historic Preservation.
Sharon has been with Traditions since 1996. She runs our office and is responsible for all of the details that need to happen for furniture to get from the factory to our customer’s homes in a timely and efficient manner. On the side, she is the go-to person at Traditions for the latest movie tips.
Maggie joined the Traditions family in 2011. Formerly the Director of Finance for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota, Maggie now works her magic in our office, helping to place and schedule orders with our vendors. Maggie grew up in Massachusetts, but moved to Minnesota 30 years ago with her husband, whom she married on her lunch break. When she isn’t busying herself with work or family, you can find Maggie knitting anything warm or cozied-up reading novels.