Founder and President
A Pasadena native, Cynthia is founder and President of CBA. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley with a major in English and a minor in Fine Arts, she started her career in New York in book publishing and originally intended to be a writer.
After living in New York for over two years, she moved to the Netherlands where her interest and involvement in architectural remodeling, renovation and space planning began. She found she had a strong talent for construction and design, rebuilding and remodeling several of her own homes in the Netherlands where she lived for 15 years.
After returning to the United States, Cynthia studied interior design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. She also attended UCLA for architecture courses with remodeling and space planning as her goal, as well as taking every course offered by the National Kitchen & Bath Association with kitchen and bath remodeling as a specialty.
She started her own company, Cynthia Bennett and Associates, Inc. in 1981, and became a general contractor in 1983. Cynthia has served on the board of the American Building Contractors Association, the Pasadena ASID, and is a 20-year member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. She is a past board member of the Pasadena Playhouse, and currently serves on the board of the Pasadena Arts Council and the Festival of Women Authors.
Cynthia is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers and a Certified Interior Designer in the state of California. She holds both a personal general contractor’s license as well as a corporate contractor’s license in the state of California.
In addition to design and construction, Cynthia’s interests are landscape design and gardening, Pilates, reading, writing, and travel. She resides in Pasadena in a smart/green home built by her firm in 2003, surrounded by a garden that has been featured on multiple tours.
Goli Karimi, Allied ASID Member
Goli joined the company in 1993 with a background in interior/architectural design and residential construction. Goli earned a BA in Interior Architecture from the University of Louisiana and completed her course work for a Master’s Program in Landscape Architecture at LSU. Goli oversees the architectural design, estimating and construction departments at CBA. Her functional and creative space planning and practical construction experience is applied to all CBA commissions. Goli served on the Board of Pasadena Chapter of American Society of Interior Designers during 2003-2005. Her love of nature and outdoors is expressed through volunteering for the Eaton Canyon Nature Center for the last 15 years.
President, CBA Technology
Michael Fehmers is President of CBA Technology, and he brings with him over 15 years of experience in the home automation industry.
Fehmers graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Psychology. He earned his MCSE Certification in Network Administration, and he is a licensed C-7 Low Voltage Systems Contractor.
Prior to forming CBA Technology, he was associated with home automation firms DSI Entertainment Systems (now Via) and Guild Low Voltage.
His major industry awards include Best Master Suite – GOLD – 2013 from Electronic House, Best Media Room – GOLD – 2011 from the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA), Best Integrated Home (Level IV) – GOLD – 2011 from CEDIA, and Best Home Theater/Media Room – PLATINUM – 2011 from the Consumer Electronics Association’s TechHome.
Michael has a natural curiosity for gadgets and technology and is always on the lookout for the latest and greatest. He has a natural talent for explaining complex systems in a way that the layman can understand.
Michael currently lives in sunny Mar Vista with his lovely wife and two boys..
Accounting and Personnel Manager
Chris has been working hard to keep the company books since 2006. He enjoys amateur astronomy, reading about ancient cultures and science fiction, traveling, outdoor activities and music (plays and teaches guitar). He has two university degrees: a BS from the University of Rochester, New York and a BA in accounting from the American University in Cairo, Egypt. While studying and working in Cairo, Chris met his wife, who was working as a local tour guide to the famous temples and ruins. They plan on children in the near future, but until then, enjoy their toy poodle.
Robert has experience in cabinetry, machining, welding, locksmithing, plumbing, electrical, specialty finishes, hardware design, fiberglass fabrication, masonry, heavy equipment operation, and many others. These skills make him well suited to ensure quality craftsmanship as he works with our sub-contractors to come up with innovative solutions for our custom projects. His goal is to provide our customers with the highest quality product possible in an efficient time frame. Robert enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
Carolien Fehmers CID
Director, Interior Design
Carolien is the Director of the Interior Design division at Cynthia Bennett & Associates (CBA).
Carolien studied at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and the University of California, Santa Barbara and received her CID certification in March 2012. Carolien joined CBA in 2007, and her experience and ability have transformed the interior design portion of Cynthia Bennett & Associates into a thriving division. “When I started doing interior design, it felt so natural and I realized that this is where I belonged,” Carolien states.
Her approach is to listen carefully to her clients and interpret their wishes into designs that will make their lives both more beautiful and functional. She tries many designs, paint colors and fabrics before making final selections with the client. Carolien is a perfectionist, and she wants the colors, fabrics, floor coverings and furniture to be just right, often creating custom paint colors and custom furniture pieces to satisfy the palette. Her work has been featured in four Pasadena Showcase House projects and several Pasadena ASID Home Tours.
Carolien attributes her strong color sense to the intense color studies she enjoyed during her years in the cosmetics industry, working for Lancôme, Shiseido and Aveda. She also was in fashion and eyewear sales for companies such as Gucci, Karl Lagerfeld and Sonia Rykiel, managing a large territory of accounts from San Diego to San Francisco.
When she is not working, Carolien is often found riding her horse or working on beautifying her home.
Galeb first joined CBA in 2005. Since graduating from Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA in Architectural Design, he has focused on single family homes and high end residential design. His responsibilities include all aspects of the design process, including measuring, research, proposed layouts, working drawings, details and generating necessary documents for permitting. An avid music lover, you can be sure to find him enjoying live music in his time off. He also loves to discover hidden treasures throughout the city, especially restaurants and unlikely spaces.