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Meet Pat Rakes of Ideal Cabinets

If you ask an employee of Ideal Cabinets what it is like to work here, they will undoubtedly tell you that it is “the best place they have ever worked.” There is an atmosphere at Ideal that makes working here a joy and not a labor. (I’m not kidding – it’s true). A big part of that comes from the leadership of Ideal Cabinets, and the tone that is set by the leaders, especially Pat Rakes. Someone once said that “Leadership is about being of service to others, not being served by others. To be a leader is to be...
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Meet Virginia Rakes of Ideal Cabinets

The gold standard that has stood the test of time for Fifty Years of successful business at Ideal Cabinets is a reflection of Virginia (Jenny) Rakes; it is who she is from her elegant manners to her welcoming downhome charm. As Ralph Lauren once said, “A lot of hard work is hidden behind nice things.” The products offered by Ideal Cabinets and its specialty services to customers are definitely “nice”. Much of the daily hard work is still executed by Virginia Rakes. She defines this quote! While her talents are many, she has humbly taken care of any task at...
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Meet Ken Rakes of Ideal Cabinets

It’s the people that make the difference. How often have we heard that old adage? Well, it has never been truer said of anyone than of the founder of Ideal Cabinets, Ken Rakes. He made a difference fifty years ago when he founded Ideal Cabinets, and he is still making a difference every single day. If you had to summarize Ken in two words, it would be “Ken Cares.” Ken cares about his family. Ken cares about his business, and about the lives of his employees. Ken cares about his customers. He just cares about people. It is who he...
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Meet Dean Saltus of Ideal Cabinets

Meet Dean Saltus, the Assistant Manager of our Christiansburg store. Dean is a quiet, easy-going gentleman. There are a lot of ways to describe Dean, but perhaps Dennis Washington said it best with his famous quotation, “He’s like a quiet strength. He’s a strong man, when you get him, you get his best.”  Dean is originally from Connecticut, but moved to Virginia in his early twenties.  Because of working with his father, as a home builder and contractor, Dean centered his talent on technical drawing. Early in his career, he became well-skilled and was able to design and build his...
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Meet Connie Horne of Ideal Cabinets

Meet Connie Horne, the Office Manager of our Christiansburg Store.  She is the gentle welcoming voice that you will hear when walking into our Christiansburg showroom, or calling the store.  Connie is very friendly and outgoing, and loves greeting the customers.   She makes everyone who comes into the store feel at ease with her kindness and down-home charm.  She makes new customers feel welcome, and returning customers feel like they are visiting an old friend.  She gives the store a warmth and a feeling of home that makes people want to continue to come back to see us.    ...
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