In the housewares business for over 40 years.  He joined his father in the family business after serving as Captain U.S. Marine Corps in Japan, Vietnam and the U.S. Worked in production and marketing management for 4 years in a California housewares company. Went on to establish several brands of high-end housewares brands in the Pacific Northwest including: Cusinarts, OXO and Jura-Capresso. Peter headed formation of the San Francisco Gourmet Cookware Show. He is a charter member and former Chairman of the Board of International Housewares Representatives Association Board of Directors. He co-published two cookbooks for Starbucks including Starbucks Passion for Coffee. Formerly served on the Board of Directors Boys and Girls Club.



Jacob Bang-Knudsen recently earned  the title Certified Professional Manufacturers Representative by MRERF, the Manufacturers Representative Educational Research Foundation. Sales Associate. Prior experience: product demonstrations, store detailing, showroom sales. He is a member of the Board of Directors International Housewares Representatives Association. Counselor Boys and Girls Club, lifeguard and swimming instructor, water polo coach. Production Assistant at Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Graduated from University of Washington in 2001.



Paul was awarded the Purple Heart Medal during service in Iraq with First Force Recon Company, U.S. Marine Corps.  He is both dive and jump qualified as a Marine Reconnaissance Specialist.  After 5 years overseas with elite special operations units he returned to his Bainbridge Island, Washington home to work as Emergency Medical Technician with the volunteer fire department, and was elected Fire Commissioner.  He has worked at retail as Assistant Manager of Starbucks and in wholesale at a California housewares manufacturing company.



Our Office Manager, Kristal, has been with Bang-Knudsen for 6 years. Kristal’s background includes over 6 years of retail experience; including managing a music retail store and print/shipping facility. Kristal also studied Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design at Mira Costa College. She enjoys managing and coordinating all aspects of the office environment. On her time away from work she looks forward to time with family, volunteering at her children’s school, DYI projects and the outdoors.



Angela comes to us with 10 years of retail experience and a background in both buying and planning. Most recently Angela was Assistant Buyer of Tools and Gadgets at Sur La Table. Prior to Sur La Table Angela worked as Assistant Sales Representative, Maidenform, Inc. working with major accounts such as, Nordstrom, Macy’s and Fred Meyer. Additionally, Angela was a Planner at Federated Department Stores. Prior related experience included: Catalog Merchandiser, Eddie Bauer, Retail Buyer, Nike, Inc.,  Assistant Buyer, Nike, Inc. Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Oregon.


Jeff Helmick

Jeff joins Bang-Knudsen as our newest Sales Associate.

Jeff completed 4 years’ service in the U.S. Navy as a Military Police Officer, where he was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for achieving an excellent rating during a technical proficiency inspection.

He graduated from West Virginia University with a BS in Political Science then went on to earn a Master of Business Administration, with Project Management emphasis at City University of Seattle.

Jeff’s civilian career experience includes restaurant management. Most recently Jeff was Project Manager and Sales Associate in the pet vitamin and supplement industry.

Jeff and his family reside in Bainbridge Island, Washington.