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 extensive 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 recent 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 we have 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 he is not at Alpaca to Apparel you can find him working with students as a substitute teacher or working on projects on the farm.
Senior Management Alexandria M. Richard
Alex has extensive knowledge of alpacas and alpaca fiber. She enjoys walking the alpacas and you can find her at our Fish Creek or Luxemburg location. Her favorite alpaca is Willow because of the tough love relationship they have. He has a wandering mind and requires more attention than others when they are walking.
When Alex is not at Alpaca to Apparel, she enjoys her winters as a special education teacher. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her German Shepard Reagan and watching movies.
Customer Service Associate Andrew J. Richard
Andrew is our intern at our Fish Creek location. He can help with any alpaca related questions you might have. He is attending the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh and studying Business Administration.
Customer Service Associate Austin L. Richard
Austin assists at both our Fish Creek and Luxemburg locations. His favorite item in the store is the mead. Mead is fermented honey alcohol. On a day Austin is working in the store you will find him sharing conversations and pouring mead samples for guests and himself too.
Away from Alpaca to Apparel, Austin believes community involvement is key. He volunteers at the local schools as a cleaner, middle school football, and track coach. He is also on the local fire department.
Customer Service Associate 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 and alpaca. 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.
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. They all get involved with the farm as well. 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
Born in 1920 Phyllis has extensive knowledge of needle work and sewing. She is no longer able to be present in the store but her knowledge of the textile world is still transforming operations at Alpaca to Apparel. She passes away in October 2018 and she is greatly missed.