Start the conversation Management Team Rick Graap Originator / Owner Originator / OwnerX Rick Graap Rick is our Founder, CEO and an inspired Creative. He started as a retailer then formed CDS. Working as a Creative Designer in the beginning he is now an expert in retail strategies, brand development and understanding the human element as it relates to the shopping experience. He helps retailers lay the foundation for their products using innovative planning and creative communication techniques; it is his passion. Rick started Commercial Design Systems in his garage as a one-man operation. He has grown the company to what it is today by embracing empowerment and trusting his team every day. The grocery industry has been his life starting at a young age when he began growing and working all aspects of the retail store process to gain a deep knowledge of the industry at all levels. Personally, when he is not consulting, he is always designing, enjoying the local wine industry and supporting his family. Inspired. Retail Strategist. Brander. Creative… A Passion for Life. Tim Payne General Manager General ManagerX Tim Payne It takes hard work to run a crew of people when you have ever-changing deadlines and tasks but Tim handles it all with a great attitude, which is also reflected by his team. Tim’s favorite part of the job is prototyping – taking an idea and creating something tangible or jumping in and helping the crew by getting his hands dirty when deadlines are tight. Tim has been working since he was 15 years old and has built up a wealth of knowledge from his time in the masonry profession and residential construction. After eight years in the masonry profession he was in charge of all aspects of the business and as a result learned a tremendous amount about problem solving, ethics and hard work. When Tim isn’t helping the team out, he’s spending time with his wife and two kids. They are undoubtedly with family and friends, barbecuing and living the Oregon dream on the seven sunny days a year.