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


What are a few of your favorite things?

Spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, coffee, craft beer, attending sporting events, live music


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 most?

My granddaughter


Do you have family or pets?

Beautiful supportive wife- Anne, daughter – Madison(25), son – Jake(22, granddaughter – Annabelle (3), and Molly the family dog


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 I enjoy drinking coffee


If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

WARNING – may slip on wet surfaces


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 (Parks, zoo, botanical gardens, outdoor dining, etc)


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


What is your favorite thing to do in St Louis?

Tough to pick just one…..Blues Hockey, local breweries, Jazz St Louis, dining out, St Louis Zoo


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

Since 2001


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?

“Tequilla” due to the lack of lyrics. Nobody wants to hear me sing. It’s awful


If you were a professional baseball player, what song would you choose for your “walk up song”?

Kashmir by Led Zeppelin


If you had to teach a class on one thing, what would you teach?  

Kitchen Appliances or How to compose a diplomatic email


Are you a cat person or dog person?