Our Master Storage Designers together have over 90 years of designing experience. Just as no two people are alike, no two closets are alike. For over 30 years, we’ve manufactured and installed over 16,000 customized storage solutions.
In 1993 Cheryl and Leo Meyer opened Organization Matters Inc. after purchasing assets from an existing closet company that was a franchisee of the national industry leader. Since then, they have manufactured each and every closet and storage system right here in Louisville, KY. Around that same time, Steve Kahn, a seasoned closet designer from New York City relocated and joined the team. In 2001, Cheryl’s daughter, Kristi, joined the family business as a designer. Both Steve and Kristi have a large following of raving fans.
In February of 2012, after nearly 20 years of improving spaces all over Kentucky and Southern Indiana, Cheryl and Leo saw that Louisville needed a more affordable custom storage company. So they renamed their business “Cardinal Closets – Where Organization Matters.” As a purely local business, Cardinal Closets pays no royalty or franchise fees, thus passing those savings along to you. At that time the showroom continued to be in the Shelbyville Road Plaza.
In 2020 Cardinal Closets relocated their showroom to a larger 2,400 square foot space off Hurstbourne Pkwy, one block south of Shelbyville Road and are able to showcase more closet and storage displays and the newest options for their growing clientele.
Cheryl Meyer began her closet career in 1988 working for a small independent closet company in Louisville. Five years followed and she and her husband began Organization Matters, Inc. and operated the business under a franchised national brand name. For the past 12 years they have operated it as an independent local closet company. Cheryl has come full circle. As President of Cardinal Closets, she oversees the entire operation, but still loves to meet with clients and design any type of storage space. She has served three years on the National Advisory Board to the Closet Institute of America, an industry association for independent closet companies. She has been a featured speaker at a national closet industry convention. She has been active in the Building Industry Association of Louisville for 30 years, Women in Networking for 33 years and is a member of Louisville Independent Business Association. She and her husband Leo have 8 children and 15 grandchildren! Now you know why they called the business “Organization Matters.”
Kristi Kunaschk is the Lead Storage Designer with Cardinal Closets. She helps people get the most out of their storage space by working directly with the client to design a solution that meets their needs and budget. Since she began her career with Cardinal Closets in 2001, she has helped thousands of people enjoy their space again. She is certified in all areas of the home and has designed beautiful media centers, home offices, lavish pantries, luxurious dressing rooms as well as closets of all sizes and types. She is the “go-to” person for thinking of solutions outside the box and helping customers realize their vision. Kristi is the expert/trainer in the use and application of our CAD drawing system. “ I truly love helping people find their joy again. Closet spaces are often the “catch-all” of our lives and one of the spaces that we become the most frustrated with. Many believe that they don’t have the time or money to change the very thing they dread. I love to watch the expression change on their face when they see that I can fix their problem and it doesn’t cost a ton of money! I can hear the exhale of relief. I like to think that I’m helping couples, parents, families, and individuals alike with their own self-care.” Kristi and her husband, Jim, have been married for over 18 years, have four children and reside in beautiful Floyds Knobs, Indiana. Outside of designing storage spaces, Kristi is a 4-H Club Leader and Parent Volunteer, and a Cub Scout Den Leader.
Laura Meyer is often the voice you hear on the phone or the face you see in the showroom. As our “Indispensable Assistant,” she works diligently behind the scenes to ensure every customer’s experience is second to none. Laura is responsible for all the customer communications, processing all of a project’s paperwork as well as all the bookkeeping. As another member of the Meyer family, she is proud to work for Louisville’s only independent closet company. Laura, her husband and two sons can be found on summer weekends boating. She also enjoys cross-stitching and reading.
Leo Meyer is the owner of Organization Matters, Inc. dba Cardinal Closets and is responsible for all the production and installation of our European style cabinets. His meticulous craftsmanship is the result of many years of varied experiences. He loves the opportunity of a challenge and the chance to meet our customers. Leo is a master of many skills including spending over 20 years working as a Senior Systems Analyst for Humana, GE and IBM. He is a loyal University of Louisville Cardinal fan and alumni from Electrical Engineering school. During his spare time he can be found working on a house project or boating.
Jeff Russell is the Assistant Production Manager. Jeff works in our production facility manufacturing each component that will later be installed for your project. Jeff is also one of the installers who is well trained to handle any work site issues that might arise and to work quickly and thoroughly until you are totally satisfied. He will treat your home with care and respect. Jeff’s hobbies include Nascar racing, grilling, and watching University of Kentucky sports. He and his wife have four children.
Steve Kahn, our beloved Senior Storage Designer, passed away on April 11, 2023 at the age of 92. Steve had been with Cardinal Closets since day one when they began 30 years ago. Steve began designing storage spaces in his native New York City in 1987. Six years later he and his wife relocated to Louisville and he joined the Meyers, continuing his career in closet design. Steve won many awards for his fantastic customer service including a national award for “Most Lavish Praise for a Designer” and a Special Recognition Award for his many years of dedication and contribution to the closet industry. Steve is best remembered for loving his customers as friends and being a dedicated and loyal member of our closet family.