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Mr. Levine has been a director since 2010. He has been an Independent Management Advisor from 1995 to present. Previously at Fostin Capital Corp, a venture capital investment management company, he held the position of Executive Vice President from 1982 to 1999. Prior experience includes Vice President of Foster Industries, Inc., a private investment company, from 1982 to 1994, and the corporate law firm of Berkman Ruslander Pohl Lieber & Engel from 1974 to 1982, where he was a Partner of the firm from 1980 to 1982. Mr. Levine received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School. Mr. Levine brings experience in general management, business and legal matters.
Mary C. Bottie
Ms. Bottie has been a director since 2003. She was formerly a Motorola Inc. Vice President holding positions in general management, marketing and training and education. During Ms. Bottie’s tenure from 1983 to 2007, she led a division of Motorola in the North America Enterprise and Canadian Government markets, directing all sales, field engineering and system integration personnel. Ms. Bottie also led the marketing organization for a $3 billion sector of the company. She was recognized for the creation of an award-winning sector-level crisis simulation program, global ethics program and leadership resulting in the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. Ms. Bottie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin. Ms. Bottie has expertise in general management, global operations, marketing, and human resources.
William S. Creekmuir
Mr. Creekmuir has been a director since January 2019. He is the owner and President of Pinnacle Search Partners, LLC, a global executive search firm, and has served in that capacity since December 2015. Mr. Creekmuir has been a director and partial owner of Iconics Décor, LLC since October 2017. He is a director of Party City Holdco Inc., the leading party goods and Halloween specialty retailer by revenue in North America and the world’s largest vertically integrated supplier of decorated party goods, since March 2016; he is also Chair of its Audit Committee. Mr. Creekmuir served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of private equity-owned Simmons Bedding Company from 2000 to 2011, and publicly traded LADD Furniture, Inc., a furniture manufacturer, from 1992 to 2000. His earlier years were spent with KPMG LLP, where he was a Partner and held responsibilities in both the United States and Ireland. He is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in business administration. Mr. Creekmuir brings experience in corporate finance, accounting, talent management and the furniture industry.
Jerald K. Dittmer
Mr. Dittmer joined the Board following his appointment to President and CEO of Flexsteel Industries in December 2018. He joined the company with more than 25 years of experience in the furniture industry, including top leadership positions overseeing corporate operations, planning, acquisitions and finance. From 2008 to 2018, Mr. Dittmer served as President of The HON Company, a large office furniture designer and manufacturer serving independent dealers, wholesalers and national suppliers. He drove overall strategy to realign the manufacturing footprint and transform go-to-market capabilities, including its e-commerce initiatives, which resulted in significant profitable sales growth. His responsibilities encompassed managing eight manufacturing plants, three distribution centers and 4,000 employees. Previously, Mr. Dittmer held several leadership roles, including Chief Financial Officer at HNI Corp., a publicly traded office and home furnishing company, from 1991 to 2008. As Chief Financial Officer, he was responsible for HNI’s domestic and international finance, accounting, treasury, tax, enterprise risk management, internal audit, and information technology. He also played an instrumental role in accelerating the company’s growth rate through acquisitions in the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Dittmer is a graduate of Iowa State University, where he studied accounting and industrial management, and has also completed executive education programs at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University.
Charles R. Eitel
Mr. Eitel has been a director since September 2019. Mr. Eitel is the former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of WS Packaging Group, Inc., a privately-owned producer of printed, packaged goods. Mr. Eitel served in those positions between 2015 and February 2018. Between 2009 and 2014, Mr. Eitel was a partner of Eitel & Armstrong, LLC, which is now North Inlet Partners, a consulting practice that provides hands-on operating and financial guidance to middlemarket companies. Prior to forming Eitel & Armstrong in 2009, Mr. Eitel served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Simmons Bedding Company, an Atlanta-based manufacturer of mattresses, from 2008 to 2009. Mr. Eitel served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Simmons Bedding Company from 2000 until his appointment to Vice Chairman in 2008. Mr. Eitel serves on the Board of Directors of publicly held Duke Reality Corporation. He also serves on the Board of Directors of American Fidelity Assurance Corporation, a provider of supplemental health insurance benefits and financial services to education employees, auto dealerships, health care providers, and municipal workers across the United States. From 2011 to 2016, he served as a director of the then public company, Mattress Firm Holding Corp. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. Mr. Eitel brings to the Board consulting, business administration, finance, operations, insurance, manufacturing, industry, executive leadership and furniture industry experience.
Matthew A. Kaness
Mr. Kaness has been a director since September 2019. Mr. Kaness has served as Interim Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucky Brand Dungarees, Inc., a clothing manufacturer, since September 2019. Prior to that, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of ModCloth, Inc., a multi-channel clothing retailer, from 2015 to 2017 which was sold to Walmart. From 2017 to 2018, Mr. Kaness was an officer in Walmart’s e-commerce US division. Previously, he was the Chief Strategy Officer at Urban Outfitters, Inc., a national clothing retailer. Mr. Kaness holds a BS-Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of America (CUA) and an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. Mr. Kaness brings experience in corporate development, management and e-commerce to the Board.
Robert J. Maricich
Mr. Maricich has been a director since 2010. He is the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of International Market Centers, L. P., owner and operator of the world’s largest B2B markets for the furniture, home décor and gift industries in Atlanta, GA, High Point, NC and Las Vegas, NV. He was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of the predecessor company, World Market Center Ventures LLC., from 2008 to 2011. At Century Furniture Industries, Inc, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2007 and Senior Vice President from 1996 to 1999. He was also president of two operating companies of LADD Furniture Co., Inc. from 1990 to 1996. Mr. Maricich is also the past Chairman of the American Home Furnishings Manufacturing Association and the American Home Furnishing Hall of Fame. He received a bachelor degree in civil engineering from Montana State University-Bozeman. Mr. Maricich brings experience in engineering, manufacturing, product development, sales and marketing and general management.
Eric S. Rangen
Mr. Rangen has been a director since 2002. He has been President and Chairman of LTC Reinsurance PCC, a protected cell captive insurance company, since 2017. He previously served as Executive Vice President- Strategic Initiatives of Optum, a division of UnitedHealth Group Inc., from 2015 to 2017, and held the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer at UnitedHealth Group Inc. from 2006 to 2015. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Alliant Techsystems Inc., a public advanced weapons and space systems company, from 2001 to 2006 and was with Deloitte & Touche LLP, an international accounting firm, from 1994 to 2001, leaving as a Partner. Mr. Rangen is a past director of International Market Centers L.P. and of Global Defense Technology & Systems Incorporated. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Rangen brings experience in finance, general management, and human resources.