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Our Team

Our people make the difference. With more than 100 years of collective experience, CI's dynamic team is a diverse group of specialists dedicated to providing creative problem-solving, expert project execution, clear and honest communication, and first-class service at every level. We’re driven by a commitment to professional integrity, uncovering new possibilities, innovating in the fields of design and construction using the latest technology, and approaching the most challenging projects with positivity and enthusiasm.

Our unified team is here to manage every detail in the multifaceted process of creating exhilarating interiors that transcend trends and turn heads.

Michael Miller

Principal
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It begins with passion. Michael Miller founded CI in 2009 with a relentless desire to create a residential renovation firm unlike any Chicago has seen. Merging his multifaceted experience in the fields of architecture, design, engineering and construction with his personal passion for the art of building, Michael envisioned an innovative company that offers the highest quality, customized turnkey interiors to high-end clients by providing every service from concept to completion.

Since its inception, Michael has drawn on his entrepreneurial and organizational skills, technical education, and jobsite experience to guide all stages of CI’s projects from conceptual design through construction. Michael entered the industry in 1994 after graduating from the Universal Technical Institute with a specialization in electrical application. He had a decade-long career designing and installing mechanical systems while getting to know all of the trades at construction sites before making the move into high-end renovation projects. Under his leadership, CI has garnered numerous international design awards and grown into a world-class team capable of completing a broad range of projects—from 10,000-square-foot single-family homes to 1,500-square-foot luxury condos in Chicago, Dallas, Miami and beyond—with the same meticulous attention to quality and detail.

In his spare time Michael most enjoys traveling the world to experience different cultures’ art, architecture and design—passions that all feed into his commitment to keeping CI at the cutting edge of the industry.

Jennifer brings more than 15 years of experience to CI. She is involved with every phase of the design process, including programming and initial concept, space planning, schematic and design development, construction administration, site management, furniture and finish selection, and construction documentation. She brings detail-oriented design and a unique sensibility to her projects. Her experience includes the management and design of high-end residential projects and luxury hotels both domestically and internationally, seeing these projects from initial conception to completion. Jennifer holds degrees from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and Harrington College of Design. She enjoys traveling, practicing yoga and meditation, and seeking out new restaurants.

JENNIFER AUBRY

Design Director
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Kelly takes ownership of projects to independently push them forward with oversight from the design director, helps with new business initiatives, and manages junior design staff. Her daily tasks as senior designer include surveying existing conditions for projects and creating construction documentation, plans, detailed elevations, section drawings, and material schedules. Kelly holds a BFA degree from Harrington College of Design and NCIDQ certification. With almost a decade of experience, her background includes interior architecture and finish selection, space planning, furniture sourcing, palette creation, and construction drawing documentation. She loves the outdoors, good food and beer, and planning her next dream vacation to her favorite destination: anywhere and everywhere.

Kelly Somrek

Senior Designer
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Daniel brings a refined eye and a deep understanding of interior architecture to his role as senior designer. No detail is too small as Daniel manages concepts from ideation to completion. A day in the life may include site surveying, personalized home customization, specifying finishes and equipment, collaborating with local artisans, and detailed construction documentation. Daniel holds a BFA degree from The Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago and has nearly a decade of experience in high-end residential interior architecture. He specializes in construction documentation in AutoCAD, architectural detailing, project management and sourcing local craftsmen. In his free time, Daniel can be found at his piano, in the kitchen, or enjoying his latest travel destination.

Daniel Bapst

Senior Designer
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312.279.2766 x701

Kate assists the Design Team with many facets of designing high-end residential spaces. She works on concept design, design development, construction documentation and specifications. Kate also sources and orders furnishings and works with clients throughout the duration of their projects. Kate brings new sources to the design team and enjoys finding new vendors and artisans to collaborate with. Originally from New Zealand, Kate grew up in the Netherlands and England. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.Arch degree and is working toward her architecture license. Kate is passionate about design, art, fashion and culture and is always looking for inspiration to bring to CI’s projects. In her free time, Kate enjoys quilting, DIY projects, yoga, and reading.

Kate Brown

Junior Designer
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Megan joins CI after working on high-end residential projects at a top Chicago architecture firm for several years. She works closely with the design team on design development, construction documentation, space planning, material sourcing and specifications, guiding clients through the design process, and identifying new trends and opportunities in the design industry. Currently working toward her architecture license, Megan earned her bachelor’s degree in architectural studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s in luxury management from the ESSEC Business School in Paris and SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan. She is passionate about travel and finding design inspiration all around the world.

Megan Musgrave

Junior Designer
mmusgrave@centaurinteriors.com
312.279.2776

Greg is a licensed architect who oversees the execution of projects by managing schedules, budgets and site teams to ensure the highest quality of construction. In a hybrid role, he also serves as a project architect, collaborating with the design team on the full scope of projects and helping to create an efficient design process that turns limitations into opportunities. Greg has a degree in environmental design from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.Arch degree from the University of Michigan. He has practiced architecture at various firms in New York, Colorado and Chicago, giving him vast knowledge of construction from the architect’s point of view. Greg is also an avid golfer who loves to snowboard, travel all over the world and hone his skills in the kitchen.

Greg Horen, AIA

Project Manager
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Joseph assists the project management team with the overall construction of CI’s customized residential remodeling projects. In his role, Joseph coordinates directly with clients, designers and consultants while helping to direct the site superintendent, field labor and other construction personnel in planning, coordinating and safely executing top-quality work in accordance with the building rules and regulations, contract documents, schedule and budget. He earned his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. A Chicago architecture enthusiast, Joseph also enjoys swimming in Lake Michigan, cycling, visiting museums and trying cuisines from around the world.

Joseph Prager

Assistant Project Manager
jprager@centaurinteriors.com
312.279.2766

Mercedes rounds out CI’s concept-to-completion interior services by working with the design team to curate fine art for completed homes. She assists with art placement and staging and acts as a liaison between artists, designers and clients. As art director, Mercedes will grow CI’s in-house contemporary fine art gallery, sourcing and signing new artists, and hosting events and exhibitions. She is also a member of the team at the cutting-edge digital art platform Apollo. A graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in fashion merchandising and design, Mercedes comes to CI with a background in luxury fashion that includes roles with Tom Ford, David Yurman and Intermix. Her hobbies include cooking, travel, integrative nutrition, and health and wellness.

Mercedes Alonzo

Art Director
malonzo@theapollo.com
312.279.2776

Christina manages marketing and communications at CI. She uses her creativity and diverse skill set to oversee the creative for advertising, proposals and other marketing materials; administer the website, keeping it up to date with current company projects, information and photos; and manage CI’s online marketing through social media. After graduating from Columbia College with a bachelor’s degree in advertising, Christina worked for a digital design company. She has experience being in an innovative environment, managing an office and administering online marketing tools. Keeping CI up to date with all media and marketing networks is her ongoing goal. Christina is a family girl and loves watching football.

Christina Pascente

Marketing and Communications
cpascente@centaurinteriors.com
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Veronica oversees all financial, accounting and reporting activities for CI. She applies her business acumen and accounting expertise to ensure a project’s financial data conforms to the standards and procedures of the company. She is responsible for preparing the various financial reports required for each project, job cost accounting, accounts payable/receivable, monthly financial statements, accounting reviews and annual audits. In conjunction with the president, Veronica has enhanced the accuracy of CI’s reported financial results and strives to maintain a streamlined process to support the company’s financial success. In her spare time, Veronica enjoys cooking healthy meals and spending time with her family.

VERONICA VELEZ

Controller
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Karli is CI’s creative director for the Miami region. She leads all aspects of new and potential projects from concept to completion, including space planning, schematic and design development, furniture and finish selection, and construction documentation. Karli began her career in Chicago more than 15 years ago and has a globe-spanning portfolio of work that ranges from private residences throughout Florida to hospitality projects in New York, Puerto Rico and Qatar. Karli graduated with a BFA degree from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She is an experienced interior designer with knowledge of architecture, FFE and coordination of budgets and schedules. When she is not designing, Karli loves traveling and trying new restaurants.

KARLI MATEJA

Creative Director
kmateja@centaurinteriors.com
312.279.2766

Pepe Telles serves as CI’s superintendent and senior carpenter. His duties include constructing, installing, and repairing structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenter’s hand tools and power tools. He takes on the task of ordering the correct amount of materials needed on the job site and makes sure all the equipment, shop area and work site are orderly and safe. Pepe is a hands-on leader, managing in-house field labor and subcontractors to complete tasks where the project manager is not required. He has the ability to troubleshoot and problem-solve any design issues that are presented during construction. A great asset to the CI team, he is always present to assist other team members when needed.

Pepe Telles

Superintendent / Senior Carpenter
jtelles@centaurinteriors.com
312.279.2766

"I am so thankful my architect recommended Centaur Interiors to me. Mike Miller, the owner, has a unique combination of interior designer taste, and the knowledge/background as a general contractor. As a result, CI is able to pull off projects that others couldn't dream of implementing. They pay attention to every detail, and they put so much pride in their work from start to finish."

- Brad S., Owner, Art Home

"I have enjoyed the pleasure and honor of working with the team at Centaur Interiors for the past five years. In my 34 years as a broker in the Chicago real estate market I have worked with many of the city's top interior designers and luxury builders; Centaur Interiors is best of the best. Execution is exquisite."

- Debra Dobbs, Broker, Quartzite Home

"It has been a true honor partnering with Centaur Interiors on their extraordinary projects. Their style, quality, service and attention to detail sets them apart. They create luxury spaces that are thoughtfully designed and perfectly executed. Simply stunning. They consistently go above and beyond to exceed their clients expectations."

- David Kotowsky, Owner, Hydrology

"Excellent experience with Centaur Interiors on an extensive remodel of my condo in Chicago. New kitchen, master bath, flooring throughout and paint. CI very carefully chose the best flooring after early samples were rejected. Touch-up and punch list items were dealt with on a timely basis. Overall very satisfied, would recommend highly."

- David C., Owner, Gallery Home