Get to Know Callier and Thompson

Bob Strate Q&A

Bob Strate

How would you describe your role on the Callier and Thompson team?

Co-Owner/Sales Manager/Company Cheerleader

Share with us one unusual thing many people may not know about you?

I love Brussel Sprouts. My wife hates them. Whenever she isn’t going to be home for dinner, I make a point to grab some from the store and cook them at home just for myself.

What is one piece of advice or statement you want to make about the kitchen and bath industry (or remodeling)?

Open and honest communication between all parties involved will be a major factor in how well the remodel will go

What do you like most about working for Callier and Thompson Kitchens, Baths, Appliances?

The entire Callier and Thompson family. We truly have an amazing group of people, all with different talents and skills. I couldn’t be more proud to work with them.

Where did you grow up?

St Charles, MO

What motivates you to work hard day in and day out?

Our team here at CTKB and our customers. I owe it to them to do the very best day in and day out. If I don’t then I have failed and I don’t like to fail.

What makes you laugh the most?

My grandkids and our black lab, Roxy

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

Bought a business

What is your favorite kitchen appliance and why?

My Wolf built in coffee system. Because………um coffee. Need I say more?

Do you have family or pets?

Beautiful and supportive wife- Anne/ daughter – Madison/ son- Jake /granddaughter – Annabelle/ grandson Brady/ grandson – Benjamin / Roxy our black lab

What do you do for fun in your spare time?

Spend time with friends and family. We love to attend Blues games and live music shows. When the weather is nice, my wife and I enjoy spending time outdoors doing just about anything.

What is your favorite game or sport to watch and/or play?

Hockey – watch / Golf - play

What’s your favorite tradition or holiday and why?

Thanksgiving – It’s all about reflecting upon the things for which you are thankful. It’s a great day to spend with family and friends. Oh and of course, the food.

What is your favorite thing to do in St Louis?

(Too difficult to pick one) Blues Hockey, local breweries, Jazz St Louis, dining out, St Louis Zoo, Botanical Garden

How long have your been in the kitchen and bath industry?

21 years

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Surround yourself with good people, give them the tools to do their job, take care of them, and they will take care of you.

If you have to sing Karaoke, what song do you pick?

I don’t do Karaoke

Are you a cat person or dog person?


If you could have an unlimited supply of something, what would it be?


What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time 20 years?

Don’t sweat the small stuff

What is your favorite season and why?

Spring/ I enjoy when the weather finally starts to improve and everything begins growing again.

What are you most grateful for?

My Family, my friends, and our wonderful team here at Callier & Thompson.