Cottage & Lakefront Living Show - Grand Rapids

March 22-24, 2024


Kameron Lee, Kurated

Kameron Lee started Kurated (formerly K. Lee Design Services) in 2020.  Kurated began in its infancy as a design assistance company.  Partnering with designers nationwide, helping them complete mood boards and online design projects.  From there we grew into Luxury Brand Ambassadors.  We specialize in assisting interior designers, furniture retailers, and trade partners with heirloom quality sourcing.  Our educative approach in categories such as Quality, Sustainability, and American Made products has helped over 100+ different organizations increase local and domestic sales dramatically.  Breaking away from the stand “sale, sale, sale” model, we opt to represent brands that have stood the test of time, family, and friendship.

Rich Kogelschatz, Heartland Builders

Rich Kogelschatz, owner of Heartland Builders; which is an on-your-lot custom builder and specializes in building on lakes and tear downs, will share some of the lessons he has learned over 25 years of building cottages and homes. Our journey began by building spec homes; however, once we built our first custom home the rest was history. Today we are proud of how we evolved – but we are especially proud that our mission has remained the same: to inspire our clients and ensure that building your dream home is one of the most incredible experiences of your life.  Rich was the Past President of the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids in 2009 and 2010, and the Past President of the Home Builders Association of Michigan in 2014.  In his spare time, he sits on the Executive Board of Dwelling Place, a non-profit housing developer in Grand Rapids.

Adam Rought, Green Shield Deck Builders

Born and raised in Greenville, Michigan, Adam grew up helping his father flip houses. He learned about building construction at an early age and took that knowledge to the next level as a certified Real Estate Inspector. After years of seeing the worst in home construction and decks, Adam decided to build his own home, which included a 1,000 square foot deck. It was then that he discovered his love for decks and he seized the opportunity to help launch a new deck building company, Green Shield Deck Builders. That was four years ago and he hasn’t regretted a moment of helping others achieve their dream deck design

David Carrier, Carrier Law

Happily married. Father of 4. Oldest brother of 8. Lawyer for over 30 years. Graduated Notre Dame. Two law degrees: J.D., Boston University School of Law. Master of Laws, Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center. Captain, U.S. Army. Jumped out of perfectly good airplanes for my country. Airborne! Years of Pentagon duty. Years of big firm time. 30 years practicing law my way. Millions of dollars in life savings preserved, protected, defended from probate, excess taxes and nursing home poverty.

Cara Middleton, Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Cara Middleton, owner of Freshwater Vacation Rentals, will speak to both guests and owners about the ever-changing vacation rental industry. For owners, Cara will reveal how to maximize your second home investment. She will explain how to do it yourself, when to ask for help, short-term rental strategies and common pitfalls of the industry. With eighteen years of experience, you will be able to apply her insights to your 2nd home. In addition, Cara will give guests suggestions on how to pick your ideal vacation rental, what to look for, and how to avoid extra fees. With tips from her own personal practices, realistic examples, and the occasional funny story, you will be sure to enjoy exploring the short-term rental industry.

Sand Pirate, Janet Schrader

Janet Schrader is the founder of Sand Pirates: Sand Sculpting, Photography, & Beach Art, started in 2006.  She spends her summers on the beaches of Michigan, teaching, sculpting, and enjoying all that the lakeshore has to offer.  After successfully fighting a severe battle with cancer, Janet found comfort walking the shoreline of Lake Mi. Looking for answers among the beach treasure (beach glass, rocks, fossils, & driftwood) Schrader found more than what she was looking for. What she found was a new way of life, a new philosophy, and a new career.

Come to the show and see in person, how living by the lake has changed her life.