Press Release
July 29, 2019

Ryan Micklus assumes company ownership.

Albany, NY – Creative Materials Corporation, a supplier of tile, brick, stone, paver systems, and other related building materials for the commercial construction industry, announces a transition of ownership that continues its status as a privately held company.  As the company prioritizes its focus on growth and looks toward the future, ownership has transferred from Don and Michele Kellish, Founders, to Ryan Micklus, President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO). With this change in ownership, Don and Michele Kellish have stepped down as CEO and Executive Vice President, respectively, and Micklus will take over leadership of the company with the support of his executive team.

Creative Materials Corporation was founded in Albany, NY in 1993. The company focuses exclusively on the supply of building materials to commercial projects, specializing in consolidating procurement for large multi-unit brand clients with a national footprint and large-scale individual commercial projects.

Micklus, who is the Kellish’s son-in-law, originally joined the Creative Materials team in 2013 as Executive Vice President and was elevated to President in 2016. Prior to joining Creative Materials, Micklus spent over seven years as a practicing attorney specializing in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity, and business and financial transactions. His experience helping to lead acquisitions and divestitures allows him to have unique insights into various growth strategies as well as best practices across a multitude of industries.

 “The ownership change retains the company’s privately held structure, its future, its growth trajectory,” said Don Kellish. “Now in Creative Materials’ 26th year, I’m excited that we can continue our legacy of exemplary client-oriented service. It was important to Michele and I that we leave the company in the hands of a leadership team that would retain our strong values and heritage. We have every confidence that Ryan and his team will do just that.”

Don Kellish is also the founder and CEO of Creative Stone Corporation (,  which began operations in 2017. He now plans to focus his efforts on that company which is located in South Florida and supplies cut-to-size natural stone and porcelain/ceramic tile to large-scale commercial projects in South Florida. 

 “I look forward to continuing the legacy started by Don and Michele of finding exceptional talent to provide industry-leading service solutions to our clients.  Our success is rooted in our philosophy of being a “We Care” company, and I’m humbled to be continuing that tradition,” said Micklus.


About Creative Materials Corporation

Creative Materials Corporation is a supplier of tile, brick, stone, paver systems, and other related building materials for the commercial construction industry. Utilizing extensive experience supplying materials to commercial construction projects, Creative Materials guides architecture firms, developers, and corporate multi-unit brands through product specification and the successful supply of materials to each and every project. Creative Materials adds value to client’s projects by offering an unmatched combination of product sourcing capabilities, nationwide supply chain solutions, and excellence in service. A committed, consultative approach enables clients to create with confidence.

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