Meet the Staff
Sean & Lauri Kennedy - Managers
Sean joined the family business shortly after marrying the eldest daughter, Lauri. He comes from a background in construction and in production management. Prior to joining the Cracker Mill he owned and operated his own drywall construction company. He has also held positions with two other companies as a production manager.
 
Since joining the Cracker Mill, Sean has been responsible for the service and installation of thousands of stoves and fireplaces as the lead technician and installation manager. He particularly enjoys the process of selling and building fireplaces for our clients and he maintains his certfications as an industry professional and oversees our service and installation crew. He is also our lead fireplace sales consultant.
 
Many of our clients have been pleased to find such a knowledgable professional available to help them with thier local remodel or new construction project. Sean is instrumental in helping all of our fireplace and stove clients get the most out of thier new fireplace. If you are planning a new "fire space" project in the future you need to take advantage of what the Cracker Mill has to offer with Sean and his team of professionals. Visit our Gallery pages for some pictures of his crew in action.
 
Lauri is the oldest of three Wemple daughters. She has been working in the store since she was a young teenager. Like her mother, Janet, she does a great job of keeping the store a comfortable and welcoming place to shop for gifts and fireplaces.
 
Lauri went to college here in the Catskills, as did her parents, and afterwards she stayed with the family business as a bookkeeper and in customer service. Lauri can help you figure out how much a new stove and chimney will cost, or help you find that special gift for your friends or family. She has inherited her familys friendly personality and she loves to help our clients in any way she can. She has a natural eye for what looks nice and she has helped many a customer over the years decorate their new fireplace or stove hearth. If you're looking for a way to upgrade the look of your old fireplace or stove, come see Lauri for ideas.
 
Sean grew up in Seattle, WA, and married Lauri, who grew up here in Shokan, in 1987. They both decided to stay close to home in the Catskills and help their parents grow the family business. They plan to keep the Cracker Mill a nice place to work and do business right on into the next generation. They share the family values of their parents, Jerry and Janet Wemple, and will continue to provide the friendly service upon which they have built their reputation.