Meet Our Staff
Alpaca to Apparel is a family owned and operated business based in Luxemburg, Wisconsin. Our staff has a passion for providing you with an exceptional experience every time you visit.
Owner and President Benjamin C. Kornowski
Ben has vast knowledge of the alpaca industry around the world. He has spent extensive time in Peru working with the top producers and artisan knitters who make the exclusive garments Alpaca to Apparel has to offer. Ben is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, where he studied marketing and management. In college, he studied the importance of culture in an organization and takes great pride in the culture created at Alpaca to Apparel. Ben is available at the Luxemburg or Fish Creek locations.
Ben has served on the board of directors of the Kewaunee Chamber of Commerce for the past 5 years. When the summer season is complete, Ben is always working to keep Alpaca to Apparel successful by updating his products and styles.
Senior Management Alexandria M. Richard
Alex has a plethora knowledge of all the meads, beers and ciders at Alpaca to Apparel. When sampling, Alex likes to tell you all the interesting facts, myths and origins of the ancient beverage known as mead. Sometimes in Fish Creek, she can be found taking the alpacas out for a walk around town.
Alex graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh with a degree in Special Education. She is a high school teacher in the Green Bay Area Public School District. Alex spends her free time coaching girls basketball and volleyball and teaching Sunday school to 3rd and 4th graders.
CFO Brian J. Vogeltanz
Brian has been advising for Alpaca to Apparel and helping out at the Fish Creek location for many years. He can now be found more frequently at our Fish Creek location. Brian has extensive knowledge in family farms, alpaca and other farm creatures. He can assist in with any of the items in the store.
Brian also believes community involvement is important is is an underwriter at a community bank, Kewaunee School Board President, Secretary of the Kewaunee Chamber of Commerce and serves on Kewaunee Area Scholarships, and the City of Kewaunee Economic Planning Committee.
Assistant (to the) Senior Manager Andrew J. Richard
Andrew is our newest full time employee at Alpaca to Apparel. He is always ready to share his knowledge about the vast collection of items in the store. He enjoys taking care of the alpacas when they are visiting Fish Creek. When Andrew is working, you will most likely see a Brewers game on the TV, so feel free to stop in to talk baseball.
Andrew is currently attending the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh. He is majoring in communication, with a minor in business. In his free time, Andrew enjoys watching and playing sports with his friends.
Vice President of Facilities Austin L. Richard
Austin has been a strong force in creating the culture of Alpaca to Apparel. On top of being a jack-of-all-trades in maintenance/electrical work, he is well educated with the products that are at Alpaca to Apparel. Austin is willing to step in to work the Alpaca to Apparel booths at the many festivals in Door County. He enjoys socializing with the customers and sharing his knowledge of the many beers, meads and ciders offered at the store.
Austin is the Head Groundskeeper at the Kewaunee School District. He does not have a lot of free time, as he is the head coach for the 5th and 6th grade football program and the middle school track/field coach. Austin is a volunteer firefighter and teaches Sunday school for 1st and 2nd graders.
Elderberry Acres Charles & Kelly Kornowski
Charles & Kelly own the 120 acre farm in Kewaunee County that the female alpacas and their cria graze on. Kelly and is an avid gardener growing thousands of bulbs of garlic a year. She says that the most rewarding aspect of being part of Alpaca to Apparel is people that she has the privilege to meet. Charles enjoys taking part in many of the behind the scenes activities at Alpaca to Apparel. He enjoys growing grapes and cutting wood from the forests at on the farmstead.
Sandy Ridge Farm Paula J. DeJardin
Paula owns the family farmstead in Kewaunee, WI that hosts Alpaca to Apparel's male haucaya alpacas. Along with the alpacas, Paula inhabits the farm with her two sisters, Alice and Judy and brother in law Mike. Judy and Mike help with the animals, while Alice crochets many blankets and scarves available at Alpaca to Apparel locations.
Paula also has extensive experience traveling to all parts of Peru and meeting with some of the best produces and raisers of alpacas.
Grandma Phyllis A. Olson
Even though Grandma Phyllis passed away in October 2018, her knowledge of needle work and sewing is still transforming operations at Alpaca to Apparel. She was and still is a important member of the Alpaca to Apparel family and is greatly missed.