Michael E. Rau
2216 Maple Street
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
(757) 717-5775


 I acquired extensive hands-on experience working for various construction companies from 1977 to 1981. I formed my own company, Habitats, in April, 1981. I subcontracted finish carpentry and cabinet work from several local companies. I changed the name of this company to Kimberly Exhibits in 1988 to reflect the focus of my work, which had become museum and gallery exhibit media. Combined, these companies have successfully executed over one hundred separate projects, in every area of commercial, industrial, marine, and residential carpentry and woodwork.

In 1991, I was offered an opportunity to work in radio, which I did until January of 1994. I then went back into woodworking, and have since done several small projects of varying complexity for different clients.

While I am proud of all my work, some have been of a higher profile than others. The most notable are listed below.

1997: * Cabinet and furniture specialist for Howdy Bailey Yachts, a builder of high- end sailing and motor vessels.
1996: * Managed the fixture construction and maintenance program, and then participated in the installation of seventy-eight seasonal retail stores in thirteen states for Brewster Glassmith, a retail chain based in Virginia Beach. This was a temporary position which terminated upon completion of the installation.
1991: * Constructed three 19th century quasi-reproduction pieces as exhibit media for the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Gallery in Colonial Williamsburg.
1990-91: * Constructed several specialty tooling molds for Fiberglass Products, Inc., Chesapeake, Va.
1989: * Miscellaneous contracts included producing cabinetry and related woodwork for a private gallery in Norfolk, the Adam Thoroughgood House in Virginia Beach, and for well known local woodworker and educator, Myron Curtis.
1988-89: * The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk:
Contracted as Kimberly Exhibits to construct Victorian reproduction display cases in the new Institute of Glass, and the pedestal exhibit system in the Art Nouveau Gallery.
1986-88: * The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk:
Under employment contract to the museum to engineer and construct display cases and related systems and conduct further renovations in several of the older galleries including: the Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Indian/Islamic, African, Far Eastern, and Pre-Columbian.
1986: * Chesapeake General Hospital, Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake:
For Amark Corporation. All cabinets and counters in new pediatric wing nurses' station.
  * Goodman and Company, SMA Tower, Norfolk:
For Amark Corporation, all finish woodwork on 9th, 10th, and 11th floors inc. doors, windows, panelwork, multi-media systems, etc. Asst. supervisor for crew of eight. Other responsibilities included crew training, joinery design, planning and execution of production methods, and hardware specification and installation.
1985: * Primm and Company, College Place, Norfolk:
for Baylor Corporation. Major interior remodeling of existing space inc. dismantling, walls, and finish woodwork.
  * Hess' Department Stores, all locations:
for Amark Corporation. Interior fixtures for rehabilitation of Rices stores following Hess' buyout.
1984-85: * Great Neck Farms, Virginia Beach:
for Concordia Enterprises. Interior trim inc. mantlepieces and colonial- style stairrails in 14 custom homes.
1984: * Little Richard's Raw Bar, 21st and Atlantic, Virginia Beach:
for Pandell Builders. Cabinets, bar, and interior wall finishes.
  * Taki's Gyros, The Waterside, Norfolk:
for Pandell Builders. Cabinets and shelving systems.
  * Pasta and Company, The Waterside, Norfolk:
for Pandell Builders. Cabinets and shelving systems

EDUCATION:   Undergraduate studies at McGill University, Montreal, P.Q., Canada. Course major in Architecture, minor in Computer Sciences.
* Ongoing education in wildlife rescue, handling, and rehabilitation.
* Emergency Medical Technician Certification Course, 1983
* Certificate in Rape Crisis Counseling, 1981.
* CETA on-the-job training program, Portland, Maine 1978 for historic      building restoration.
  • Harborfest Committee (1982-1985)
  • Harborfest Executive Committee (1986-1987)
  • Southeast Virginia Artists' Association, Afr'Am Fest Committee (1985, 1987, 1989)
  • Cultural Experiences Unlimited, Puppetfest, (1985)
  • Downtown Norfolk Development Corporation (now Downtown Norfolk Council) Night On The Town Committee (1984-1987)
  • Jewish Community Center, Kid's Fair Committee (1988-1989)
  • Virginia Marine Science Museum, Volunteer, Marine Stranding Team, (1991-1995)
  • Natchel' Blues Network, Board of Directors (1989-1992); Production Coordinator (1988-present); Elizabeth River Blues Festival Committee (1985-present)
  • Coalition for the Protection of American Values, Board of Directors (1992-1996)
  • Wildlife Response, Inc., Board of Directors (1992-93)
  • United We Stand, America, State Board of Directors, District Board of Directors, State Communications   Director, (1992-93)
  • Virginians Against Handgun Violence, Board of Directors (1996-present)


NOTE: Appropriate personal and professional references are available on request.