Kurt Kristynik grew up in Cypress, TX and played football and baseball at Cy Falls HS. Upon graduation, he played baseball at Texas Tech University and Lubbock Christian University. During that time, he also coached baseball in the summer programs for Cy Falls HS and Lubbock Monterey HS. Upon graduating from Lubbock Christian in 2000, he served as a graduate assistant coach for Texas Tech University while completing his Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration.
In December of 2001, he began working at Buffaloe Floors and Up as a salesman/project manager as the 3rd generation to join the family business. He maintained that position until April of 2014 when he accepted a position as a full-time baseball coach in Livingston, TX where he served as both the head coach and general manager of the Texas Slam Baseball Academy. During that time, he oversaw all operations at the facility, player development and assisting in the recruiting process for players with aspirations of playing college baseball. To date, he has had over 100 former players move on to play at the college level.
In June of 2015, Kurt and his family made the decision to move back to Cypress and resume his original role with Buffaloe. He has maintained relationships with several commercial and residential builders and developers as well as numerous residential and commercial realtors throughout the area. As of 2022, Kurt has served as President of Buffaloe Floors. He has had the opportunity to speak on panels for various flooring manufacturers and has continued to develop new business throughout greater-Houston and now the entire State of Texas. Currently he oversees all operations and works in conjunction with the sales staff on a variety of projects.
Kurt and his wife, Marti, live in Cypress and have a son, Cole, and a daughter, Chance. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time barbequing at home with family and friends, deer hunting and fishing. He has also remained in the baseball world as the director for the Rake City Cypress organization and operates three high school travel teams each summer and fall.
Alfred Soyyar holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and communications from the University of Houston and a MBA from Georgetown University. Upon completing his education, he worked in the Defense Industry for over 10 years in various roles ranging from marketing, administration to upper management.
Alfred began buying and selling real estate in Texas and built a large network of construction professionals and industry wide knowledge base that eventually led him to flooring and surfaces as a concentration. Since 2015, He has helped our company expand into various cities and trade as well as expanding our product offerings. His business expertise and experience along with his industry knowledge are a perfect formula to continue unmatched services and product offerings to our customers across the State of Texas.
In his spare time, Alfred enjoys traveling the world with his lovely wife Michelle and his two kids, Sebastian and Sienna. He is an avid sports fan and cannot resist a pickup game of basketball.
Larry began working at Buffaloe Floors and Up as an apprentice carpet installer while still attending Waltrip High School in 1969. While going to college, he installed carpet part time and, in many cases, took his girlfriend and future wife, Renie Buffaloe, to assist. After graduating from Sam Houston State University in 1975, Larry went to work for Wilson Industries as an assistant credit manager.
In 1977, he returned to Buffaloe full time to join forces with Glenn Buffaloe as a salesman in both residential and commercial flooring. In his 40+ years in the flooring business, Larry has worked on numerous commercial and residential flooring projects. These projects range from churches, office buildings, and schools to homes of all price ranges. Larry’s main niche has been working with realtors in preparing houses for resale or helping their clients with flooring for their new home.
Larry and Renie have three sons and daughters-in-law: Kurt and Marti, Kyle and Tiffany and Cole and Whitney. Their son Kurt is currently the Vice President of Buffaloe making it a rare 3rd generation family company and thus making his ‘Big Daddy’ and ‘Buffy’ very proud! In his spare time, Larry enjoys playing golf, following all of Houston’s pro and college teams and watching high school football. However, his main focus and time is devoted to his grandkids Cole Mc., Chance, Klayton, Klein and Hudson who are Grandpa and Gram’s pride and joy.
Ronnie has deep roots in the Houston community, graduating from Waltrip High School and then attending the University of Houston and Sam Houston State University where he received his degree in Bachelor of Business Administration. He joined Buffaloe Floors and Up in 1979 and has gained expansive knowledge and experience in all facets of the flooring industry.
With over 40 years in the flooring business, Ronnie is the knowledge expert that everyone comes to for answers. He has worked on countless residential and commercial projects and is proud to have supportive and loyal customers who have worked with him over the years.
When Ronnie’s not at the office, he’s enjoying a game of dominoes on the patio with his family, rooting on the Houston sports teams, hunting, grilling, traveling, or attending a NASCAR race with his son-in-law and best friends.
More than anything, he is a family man and enjoys spending time with his wife & best friend, Judy, and their two beautiful daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda & Matt and Renee & Jordan, their two loveable dachshunds, their three grandsons, Cam, Eli, Finn and granddaughters Sailor and Claire.
While studying theater at North Texas State University (UNT) projects in set and costume design sparked Byron’s interest in design style and trends in Western culture spanning several centuries, the research for which laid the foundation for his extensive library of historical style and furnishings volumes. This interest led to decades of work in fine art and antiques galleries, residential and commercial interior design, then 15 years of store management at a U.S. Top 100 Furniture Retailer first in Texas, then California where he oversaw operations, display, and sales in a location grossing $28M in sales annually, as well as handling all escalated customer issues for the west coast region and implemented a sales training program that was implemented nationally throughout the chain. Byron is an advocate for the benefits of good design, color choices, and textures to enhance one’s environment and improve human experience.
Byron lives with his partner of over 40 years and enjoys looking for books to add to his collection, and can often be found ‘torturing’ his piano in his spare time.
Denie is the youngest daughter of company founders, Glenn & Irene Buffaloe. She has been working in accounting at the company since high school. Denie graduated from Northwest Academy (now called Houston Christian High School) in 1974 and then from the University of Texas in 1977.
Denie is married to Ken Lunsmann, who retired from Buffaloe Floors and Up in 2019. They have 2 daughters and sons in law, Leslie & Ryan and Lyndsay & Enrique. Daughter Lyndsay works in the Richmond office in administration, and Enrique works as a project manager. Leslie & Ryan had their first child, Liam, in 2014. Their second child, Leigh, was born in 2018. Liam and Leigh are definitely the highlight of her life, and she loves the time she gets to spend with her grandchildren!
Scott began working for Buffaloe Floors and Up in 1996 as a commercial installer. Prior to coming to Buffaloe, he had worked in the flooring industry since 1980. In 2002, he began selling full-time and specializes in commercial floor covering,
Scott’s installation experience makes him uniquely qualified to work successfully between customers and installers. His immense knowledge of many different types of commercial flooring have helped him as he has sold jobs to FedEx, James Coney Island, Assisted Living, Tenant Finish and many other commercial buildings around town.
Martin has been in the flooring industry since 2009 and has worked with both residential and commercial customers. He has worked with a high-end clientele and has renovated homes in River Oaks, West University Place, Memorial and luxury high-rise condominiums in the Medical Center and Galleria areas.
Martin graduated from Waltrip Sr. High School in 1982 and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from the University of Houston in 1988. After graduation he worked as a television news reporter in small markets around Texas before working at one of the Houston television stations in the mid-90s in a behind-the-scenes capacity. In the early 2000s Martin shifted his focus and worked in government media relations as a spokesman for the Houston Police Department and the City of Pasadena, Texas. He also worked in corporate communications and spokesman in the airline industry before getting into the flooring industry.
Martin is an avid movie buff and enjoys traveling. He has visited Spain, China, Morocco, Mexico, Canada, Nicaragua and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Martin has collected Beatles memorabilia for more than 40 years.
Marlene is a long-term Houston resident and graduate from Lee High School. She worked for the Saudi Arabia educational mission in Houston for 3 years while studying interior design while in college. Marlene then moved to Lebanon where she got married prior to relocating back to Houston to be closer to family. Upon her return she started a 24-year tenure as an Office Manager to the CEO of an international Engineering firm. She joined Buffaloe Floors and Up as an Office Manager in 2017.
During her free time, Marlene enjoys cooking and spending time with her 3 sisters, nieces, nephews and friends in Houston. Her passion however is for her son and daughter and her 5 grandkids. She spends most of her free time between Houston and Austin spoiling her grandchildren.
Enrique Del Rio
Enrique grew up in the Houston area. At the tender age of 3 his family moved to Cypress, Texas. He graduated from Cypress Falls High School in 2005, attended Lone Star Community College, then graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in Finance in December, 2011. During his first 2 years of college, Enrique worked as a lead teller at Wells Fargo Bank and interned in the summer with Nong Shim marketing group. While attending UTSA, Enrique measured and surveyed several job sites for Buffaloe Floors and Up and began learning the aspects of job cost estimating.After returning to Houston after graduation, he began working for Graymeiren Holdings LLC, and after being with the company just 2 months, was promoted to District Manager in South Texas.While in charge of the South Texas area, ranging from Corpus Christi to Laredo, Enrique was able to establish himself in his new hometown of Corpus Christi. He networked with local Young Business Professionals of the Coastal Bend 501(c) and The Corpus Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to grow his business and network group.
As Social Chair of the non-profit organization, Enrique hosted many events and helped cultivate young minds and create leadership opportunities for the city of Corpus Christi. He met plenty of outstanding community leaders, one of which was the Mayor of Corpus Christi, Joe Adame. He also assisted District 2 City Councilman, Chad Magill, in his 2012 campaign increasing his web of networking. With his networking background, we have chosen Enrique to be our liaison with The Cypress Chamber of Commerce and with The Texas Community Referral Network in Cypress.
When he is not selling floors for Buffaloe Floors and Up, you can find him cooking up mouth-watering dishes in his kitchen or on his grill, or working on his golf swing with friends. We are thrilled to have Enrique as part of our team, as his youth and enthusiasm keeps us all on our toes.
Lyndsay Del Rio
Lyndsay was born and raised in Houston and graduated from Sam Houston State University with honors with a BFA in Dance. Lyndsay danced professionally from 2003-2015 and works as a dance educator at multiple dance studios around the Houston area teaching and choreographing once she graduated in 2009.
Since 2015, Lyndsay decided she wanted to work at the family business and learn the flooring industry and began working by day and teaching dance at night.
During her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, Enrique, and snuggling her three fur-babies, Minkus, Simba, and Binx.
Taylor has been working for Buffaloe Floors and Up since May 2021 as a Project Administrator. She grew up in the Houston area, and attended Cypress Ranch HS. She graduated from Texas State University in 2019 with a degree in Psychology.
When Taylor is not working, she enjoys spending her time with family and friends, traveling to national parks, and attending Houston events.