Michael Hartel

Before finding his passion for kitchen remodeling and construction, Michael Hartel received his Ph.D in Materials Science from the University of Florida. After working in the semiconductor industry for 4 years, he decided to make his passion for real estate and construction into a full-time career. He soon realized there was a huge need for a new and reliable cabinet and countertop company after experiencing horror stories with many local vendors.


In 2016, Cabinet IQ was born with a mission to become the hero for clients’ kitchen remodeling projects. It all started with the flagship store in Cedar Park, TX opened in 2016. Two more showrooms were opened in South Austin (2021) and East Austin (2022). With his engineering background to document and improve processes as well as his natural leadership abilities, Cabinet IQ has grown to 5 staff kitchen designers and a total staff of 24 rockstars.

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Cabinet IQ has become a household name in the Central Texas area and is the highest rated company of its kind according to all online review platforms. Some of Michael’s accomplishments include:

  • Austin National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI) Contractor of the Year in 2019

  • NARI Certified Remodeler Award in 2020

  • Austin Business Journal’s Fast 50 award in 2021 for the 18th fastest growing company in Central Texas
  • Austin NARI Vice President in 2021

  • Austin Business Journal’s Fast 50 award in 2022 for the 17th fastest growing company in Central Texas

  • American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) 2022-present

  • National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) 2018-present

  • Austin NARI President 2023

Our Guide to the
Perfect Kitchen

As the founder of the highest-rated cabinet and countertop company in Austin, Michael knows how to help you achieve the best value for your money. Are you a homeowner ready
to get a new space that matches your true style? Learn more about the kitchen remodeling process as Michael walks you through the three main steps toward a perfect kitchen.