Meet Our Team
“Live as if you are going to die tomorrow. Learn as if you are going to live forever” – Mahatma Gandhi
As current President, CEO, and original founder of Buffalo Office Interiors, Jim has four decades of experience in the industry. Kicking-off his career as an office supply salesman for Ryan and Williams in the early 1970s, he soon was promoted to Vice President of Sales, after helping to establish its new office furniture division. Among his accomplishments within that position was successfully managing the company’s growth from near bankruptcy to profitability. Due to this overwhelming success, he decided to pursue his own business. In 1981, Jim and his former partner established Buffalo Office Interiors, Inc. Thirty-three years later, together with his son Joe who serves as Vice President, Jim still enjoys being involved in daily operations where he empowers his team toward continued growth and the future success of the company.
Jim is very involved in many civic programs. Some of his more notable accomplishments are:
- Appointed as a delegate to the White House Small Business Association (SBA) conference in 1995
- 1994 Graduate of University at Buffalo Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Also served as mentor and reactor for the program
- Chairman for the Peter and Tommy Fund Pediatric Liver Foundation Golf Tournament
- Member, Board of Directors for Amherst Youth Hockey
- Co-Chair for the Medaille College Golf Tournament
- A member of the Buffalo Niagara Sales & Marketing Executives (BNSME)
- Chairman of the Advisory Council for the Small Business Association, Buffalo, NY
- Advisor for the Law Enforcement Foundation of Western New York
When Jim is not working or volunteering, he can be found on the golf course. But with Jim, family comes first. His wife Kathy of 46 years, oldest son, Joe (Tammy) and their two children, Joey and Sienna, and youngest son, Jimmy (Courtney) who will be welcoming grandchild number three in March 2021.
“Talent is God given. Be Humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”
– John Wooden, UCLA Men’s Basketball Coach 1948-1975
Joe has been in various roles in the company since 1994, where he began his career in the warehouse/installation department. From there, he moved on to Purchasing Coordinator, Sales Assistant, Project Manager and Account Executive before becoming the Vice President and Co-Owner of the company. Joe attended Erie Community College and SUNY Potsdam and completed his studies at Canisius College.
Joe and his wife, Tammy have two children, Joey (10) and Sienna (8) and reside in East Amherst. He is extremely passionate about coaching as he is in his 21st consecutive year of being a youth hockey volunteer coach at the house, travel, and high school levels where his teams have ranged in age from 7-17 years old. He is also entering his 13th year as Head Coach of the Williamsville North Spartans JV and Modified hockey teams while also coaching his son in travel hockey and baseball and his daughter in travel softball. Joe is an avid golfer and a die-hard Bills and Sabres fan.
- Leadership Buffalo, Class of 2010 graduate
- Amherst Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2015-19
- Emerging Business Leaders, Co-chair, 2018-19
- Amherst Youth Hockey, Board of Directors, 2013-present
- Niagara Frontier JV Hockey Association, Board of Directors, 2015-2016
- Niagara Frontier JV Hockey Association, League President, 2017-present
- Hasek’s Heroes, Board of Directors, 2016-present
- Lou Gehrig Youth Baseball & Softball, Vice President, Board of Directors 2020-present
“The Golden Rule is…The man with the gold makes the rules.”
Dan is our longest employed team member. With Buffalo Office Interiors since 1991, he has supervised the installation and construction of countless projects. His expertise in problem-solving is second to none. Dan’s ability to facilitate and delegate tasks concludes in his ability to not only be detailed, but also efficient on every single project. He is also OSHA 10 hour industry certified.
Dan regularly enjoys boating and camping during the warmer months.
Michael is happy to be back involved with the Buffalo business market as General Manager of Buffalo Office Interiors in 2017.
Michael has worked with, educated, and consulted dozens of dealers and manufacturers. With management expertise ranging from operations, sales, marketing, as well as, installation, Michael has over 30 years of high-level experience in the office furniture industry.
Years of success have always been owed to taking a “people first” approach when dealing with clients and employees alike.
Director of Interior Design
“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
Kathryn came to Buffalo Office Interiors in 2015 from the residential furniture industry. Kathryn has experience in space planning and helping clients to select fabrics and finishes. Through previous employment, she has also gained customer service experience and leadership skills. Kathryn has her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Buffalo State College.
In her free time she loves to spend time with her family and go camping. Kathryn and her husband Brendon, have one daughter, Blake.
“I see a red door and I want it painted black.”
– Rolling Stones
Samantha joined our team here at Buffalo Office Interiors after graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design. While at RIT she had the opportunity to work on a project with WantedDesign, a platform dedicated to promoting design and fostering the international creative community during New York’s annual design festival. The experience of working in a fast-paced, creative environment reinforced the concepts of multidisciplinary collaboration and the importance of taking a holistic approach to design. These same concepts are what drive Samantha in her work to solve problems while creating environments that people want to experience.
In her free time Sam enjoys photography and learning lyrics to rap songs. Some say Sam is a “man of few words”, but when the opportunity arises, she can rap bars.
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
– Maya Angelou
Jenna joined Buffalo Office Interiors after graduating from Villa Maria College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. At Villa Maria, she was a finalist in a higher education design competition. She also designed a school that worked to ease the effects of poverty through art education as her thesis.
In her free time, Jenna hangs out with her Aussie Doodle- Kiko and likes to cook for her friends.
“I’m the smart one”
Deborah has been with Buffalo Office Interiors in our accounting department for 15 years, where she has performed a variety of duties. She has her AAS in Business Administration from Bryant and Stratton Business Institute, and several diplomas in Accounting, Business Administration, Travel and Tourism, and Vocational Bookkeeping.
A life-long Buffalonian, Deborah and her family are die-hard Bill’s fans! Her newest addition to her family is her kitten, Noel, who was adopted from the SPCA.
Our dedicated and reliable team of Installers has over 40 years of combined knowledge in the industry. The install team is always in high spirits and strives to maintain a high standard of quality and outstanding customer satisfaction. Whether its new construction or office renovation, our technicians have the experience and resources to handle any project. In their downtime, they enjoy fishing, camping, playing video games, and spending time with their families.
Interested in joining our team? Check out our current career opportunities.