Mark grew up on an almond ranch in Madera, Ca where he learned the value of hard work from his father, an almond farmer and career Highway Patrol Officer. Mark and his wife Lynette met in College and after they were married they settled in the central valley. Mark spent several years as a heavy equipment operator running and repairing scrapers. After constructing a few custom built fireplaces for family and friends, Mark decided to start a business manufacturing wood stoves and fireplace inserts. Over 30 years later Mark is proud to have a family business that warms thousands of homes each year. Mark appreciates the loyalty and faithfulness that he see at work and in life. A scripture verse that Mark loves is 2 Chronicles 16:9, "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong to those whose hearts are loyal to Him."
A native of the Northwest, Lynnette was born in Seattle and grew up near Lake Washington in Bellevue. She attended Western Baptist Bible College in Salem, OR where she happily received her MRS. degree on September 3rd, 1976 when she married Mark. While raising their 3 children, Lynnette has worked in the family business, shipping, accounting and she even spending some time in the assembly department. Now she spends time traveling with Mark on sales trips and really enjoys getting out and visiting with local stove shops. At home Lynnette runs the "family day care" by watching her grandkids while the moms are in the office and she also enjoys flower gardening. Lynnette values a good listener because it shows that a person really cares.
With his father as an iron worker, Jason quickly learned his way around a fabrication shop. Growing up, Jason remembers sweeping the floors and working on small welding projects. In 1997, after spending some time as an auto mechanic, Jason began working for Kuma as a welder. Jason eventually became an NFI certified stove installer and worked as an HVAC journeyman for the company. As sales increased, Jason moved into customer service and today is the Sales Manager for Kuma Stoves. Jason and his wife Rachel have 3 children: Jonathan, Bailey, and Alijah. After work, you can find Jason at the local R/C field flying planes or playing softball in his hometown of Spirit Lake, ID. Jason strongly believes that, "You should do things the right way and to the best of your ability - or don't do them at all."
Jack grew up in the family business and remembers helping his dad install security doors and wrought iron fencing during the slow summer months. In 2000, after earning his Associates degree from Moody Bible Institute, Jack joined the Kuma team full time as a welder. Jack spent 10 years building wood stoves and is now the Production Manager for the company. Jack and his wife Lisa, have 2 young daughters who love camping and boating on the beautiful lakes of North Idaho. Jack also enjoys competition BBQ on the Kuma Platinum Pellet Grill and is part of the "The Pit Tenders", Kuma's award winning BBQ team.
Lisa is a proud mother of 3 children, wife of Tim Franey, full time caregiver for Grandma Joe, and accounting secretary here at Kuma Stoves. Lisa is Mark and Lynnette's only daughter and has helped in the family business since the age of 10. She loves working with family and friends at Kuma and besides work she enjoys gardening, sewing, and boardgames. Lisa lives by the truth found in 1 John 3:18, "My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth."
Tim is Mark's son-in-law, hunting partner and resident comedian here at Kuma Stoves. When asked about working at Kuma, Tim said he is so excited to come to work every day that he only gets 2 hours of sleep a night..... then he gets about 6 more early the next morning. Tim loves the idea of producing a product that will warm peoples homes for a lifetime and has been hard at it for 12 years. Tim oversees the final assembly of our products and has developed a keen eye for quality assurance. Tim lives in Spirit Lake, Idaho with his wife Lisa and their 3 children, Dahlia, Daisy, and Honor. In life, Tim values the kindness that he sees in others and belives that "It's not what you say you believe - It's what you do, you believe".
Born in Longview Texas, Doug came from a military family that moved around the country before settling in the North Idaho area. After working as a residential electrician for 11 years, Doug joined the Kuma team in the fall of 2005 and has worked his way up to the head of the fabrication and welding department. Doug is a proficient welder and CNC press brake operator. Doug enjoys the good attitudes that he encounters every day working at Kuma Stoves. Doug and his lovely wife, Elizabeth have 2 young boys that enjoy camping and swimming in the outdoors of North Idaho. In his downtime, Doug can be found reading Vince Flynn novels or enjoying classic war movies such as Where Eagles Dare.
After marrying Jason over 15 years ago, starting a family of 3 kids including twins, and helping raise the next generation of Kuma executives, Rachel still finds the time to work in office here at Kuma. Rachel handles the logistics of Kuma's outbound freight and she makes sure that when stoves are ready to go, they are gone! Rachel likes the positive environment she sees every day at Kuma and she believes that anyting worth doing is worth doing right. When she gets some free time, Rachel can be found running, reading or doing a bit of crochet.
Jason was born in Florisheim, Germany and spent his early years in Southern California before his family settled in Northern Idaho. Jason and his wife Tamara just had their first baby and along with family time, Jason enjoys rock climbing and cliff diving. Jason has 4 years of experience working for Kuma as a welder and a final assembly technician. Jason appreciates honesty, ribeye steaks, and being part of a small company that is growing quickly. Jason is encouraged by Romans 8:31, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Josh works in the finish department for Kuma Stoves and has developed excellent skills as a paint technician. Josh has been with Kuma for 1 year during which, he earned his associates degree from the local community college and completed EMT training. Even with a lot on his plate, he shows himself to be thoughful and attentive to every job that he encounteres at Kuma. He will be attending Masters College in the fall to work on a degree in sports medicine.
The oldest of 9 children, DJ knows that you have to take time to enjoy the simple things in life. For DJ and his wife, Cameo, the simple things are anything outdoors from hunting and shooting to fishing and backpacking. DJ has 5 years of fabrication experience working as a Die-Setter and Machinist Apprentice. In 2015, DJ joined the Kuma team as a stove builder and has discovered a real passion for welding. When DJ's life is made into a movie, his character will be eating a lot of wild game, blowing stuff up, and will probably be played by Jason Statham.