Vice President, Global Logistics and Distribution

Bob Bestercy joined the Company in May 2022 as Vice President, Global Logistics and Distribution. With more than 30 years of experience in logistics and distribution, he is responsible for all aspects of global inbound and outbound transportation as well as warehousing and distribution.  

Prior to Flexsteel, Mr. Bestercy was Senior Director, Global Logistics at Honeywell, where he provided strategic leadership and managed a team of 30 global employees. During his time with Honeywell, Bob transformed and digitized an $800 million global logistics operation, realigned and optimized transportation capacity, deployed a global Transportation Management System, and delivered significant cost savings. Prior to Honeywell, Bob held senior-level positions in logistics with Ingersoll Rand, Commscope, SABIC, and the U.S. Navy.  

Mr. Bestercy is a graduate of the State University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He also earned his Master of Science at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School with a focus on Global Resource Management (Supply Chain) and a Master of Science at the Naval Postgraduate School with a focus on Financial Management.

Vice President, Sales

Dave Crimmins joined the Company in September 2019 as Vice President, Sales.  He has more than 13 14 years of experience in the furniture industry, including sales and marketing leadership positions across multiple brands and market segments. 

Prior to Flexsteel, Mr. Crimmins was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the UK-based North American division of The Senator Group, representing both the Allermuir and Senator brands. His responsibilities included building sales and marketing capabilities, developing and executing go-to-market strategies, and driving improved financial performance across operations in North America. Mr. Crimmins also held multiple sales and general management related roles of increasing responsibility within HNI Corporation across multiple operating companies.  

Mr. Crimmins is a graduate of The University of Northern Iowa where he studied marketing. He also earned  a Master of Business Administration from the University of Baltimore.

President & Chief Executive Officer

Jerry Dittmer joined the Company in December 2018 as President and Chief Executive Officer and was subsequently appointed to the Board. Mr. Dittmer has over 30 years of experience in the furniture industry, including top leadership positions overseeing corporate operations, planning, acquisitions and financial leadership.

During 2018, Mr. Dittmer was the Chief Executive Officer of Austin Business Furniture, a regional office furniture dealership. From 2008 to 2017, Mr. Dittmer served as Executive Vice President of HNI Corporation, a publicly traded office furniture manufacturer and the world’s leading hearth products company, and President of The HON Company, a large office furniture designer and manufacturer serving independent dealers, wholesalers and national suppliers. He drove overall strategy to transform go-to-market capabilities, including its e-commerce initiatives, which resulted in significant profitable sales growth.

Previously, Mr. Dittmer held several leadership roles, including Chief Financial Officer at HNI Corporation, 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.  

Vice President, Operations

Carl “Tony” Hayden joined the Company in February 2019 as Vice President, Manufacturing and was named Vice President, Operations in August 2019. He has more than 25 years of experience in furniture manufacturing operations, including lean manufacturing implementation along with leading the procurement, sourcing and logistics functions.   

Prior to Flexsteel, Mr. Hayden served as Vice President, Operations for the Wood Group at HNI Inc., a large commercial office furniture manufacturing and distribution company. His experience at HNI also included increasing levels of responsibility in the roles of General Manager, Group Vice President and Vice President, International Operations.  His responsibilities included managing domestic operations for three different HNI divisions, its operations in China and India and completing due-diligence analysis for international acquisitions.

Mr. Hayden is a graduate of The University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Business Administration. 

Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer & Secretary

Alejandro Huerta joined the Company in June 2022 as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer & Secretary.  Mr. Huerta has over 18 years of progressive financial leadership and general management experience driving profitable growth across multiple industries including consumer products, hospitality and powersports.  

Prior to Flexsteel, Mr. Huerta served as the Chief Financial Officer for Tucker Powersports, a leading distributor in the powersports industry. He had executive responsibility for finance, accounting, information technology and risk management, where he led the turnaround of the business through cost reduction, automation, and financial integration projects. He also led major global bottom and top-line initiatives including footprint rationalization and global business strategy implementation and developed a strong culture of accountability by providing a clear understanding of business decisions impact on financial results.

Prior to joining Tucker Powersports, Mr. Huerta worked as an interim executive for multiple PE held portfolio companies. Prior to that he worked for Jarden Corporation (now known as Newell Brands), spending five years in the corporate office before moving into the operating businesses where he focused on expanding his knowledge as an operational finance  leader, delivering best in class results across multiple business units in multiple geographic regions. Over the course of eleven years, Mr. Huerta rose to the position of Vice President of Finance for Jarden Home Brands. In that role, he held full accountability for the results of a $500+ million revenue operating business across a North America wide network of manufacturing plants and warehouses. From 2011 to 2015, Mr. Huerta held various director level and management roles at Pure Fishing, a global provider of fishing tackle, lures, rods and reels, where he led multiple organizational changing projects and developed and implemented multiple reporting tools, data analysis, system improvements and forecasting methodologies that significantly improved forecasting, reporting and planning process timelines.

Mr. Huerta holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut and a BBA from Western New Mexico University.  

Vice President, Human Resources

Stacy Kammes joined the Company in 2014 as Director, Human Resources and was named Vice President, Human Resources in 2017. Ms. Kammes was appointed Assistant Secretary in May 2020. With 18 years of HR experience, she is responsible for leading the Human Resources function and providing expertise on organizational development, talent acquisition and development, compensation, benefits and labor relations.

Prior to Flexsteel, Ms. Kammes served as an HR Leader-Organizational Effectiveness Talent, Global Supply Chain and OnHighway Business for Cummins Emission Solutions, a global leader in designing, manufacturing and integrating exhaust aftertreatment solutions. In these roles, she drove talent acquisition, performance management, training and development, succession planning and labor relations across multiple global manufacturing, distribution and corporate locations. Earlier in her career, Ms. Kammes held several plant HR positions within Cummins Emission Solutions and Federal Mogul.

Ms. Kammes is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where she studied Business Administration with an emphasis in General Management and Human Resource Management. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from Upper Iowa University.

Chief Information & Technology Officer

Mike McClaflin joined the Company in March 2019 as Chief Information & Technology Officer.  Mr. McClaflin is responsible for empowering business performance across Flexsteel’s enterprise through strategic technology and information management investments for both internal systems and external go-to-market capabilities. In addition to over 25 years of experience in ERP systems, eBusiness, business intelligence and IT operations, Mr. McClaflin is a versatile executive leader with significant cross-functional expertise in process and performance improvements.    

Prior to Flexsteel, Mr. McClaflin was the Director of Acquisition Strategy and Integration for the Birmingham-based Industrial Parts division of the Genuine Parts Corporation.  Prior to that, Mr. McClaflin spent 12 years in the furniture industry where he held various technology leadership positions, including serving as Vice President of eBusiness and IT for the HON Company.

Mr. McClaflin is a graduate of Upper Iowa University, where he studied Accounting and General Management. He also earned a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing from the University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie College of Business.    

Vice President, Product Management

Tim Newlin joined the Company in March 1997 and has over 14 years of experience holding various leadership roles. He is responsible for the product portfolio appearance, functionality, performance, profitability and life cycle; for the physical innovation, engineering and development of product. 

Prior to his current position, he was Vice President, Home Furnishings, where he provided the strategic direction for the business with full P&L responsibility and was head of the functions of Merchandising, Sales, Retail Development, and Design.  Immediately prior, Mr. Newlin was National Sales Director, having risen through the sales channel from territory sales, regional sales management, to the top position in national sales over the course of eight years. He has over 25 years in the furniture business. 

Mr. Newlin is a graduate of Miami University Ohio, with a business degree in Marketing with a focus on merchandising.

Chief Operating Officer

Derek Schmidt joined the Company in April 2020 as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer and was subsequently appointed Secretary and Treasurer in May 2020.  In June 2022, Mr. Schmidt was named Chief Operating Officer as his role expanded to take on additional responsibilities and strategic ownership of the operations and product groups, including manufacturing, sourcing and procurement, logistics and distribution, product design, and engineering. Mr. Schmidt has over 25 years of broad financial leadership and general management experience driving profitable growth across multiple industries, including over 7 years in the furniture industry.  

Prior to Flexsteel, Mr. Schmidt was CFO of Crescent Electric Supply Co., one of the nation’s largest electrical distributors.  Prior to that, Mr. Schmidt held multiple executive positions with HNI Corporation, a leading global office furniture manufacturer.  From 2016 to 2018, Mr. Schmidt held the position of Vice President & General Manager, Transactional - The HON Company, an HNI operating company.  In this role, Mr. Schmidt had oversight for business development, product management, marketing and sales across national accounts, wholesalers, dealers and e-tailers, and was successful in turning around a sales decline driven by changing market needs.  From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Schmidt held the position of Vice President, Finance for The HON Company and had executive responsibility for strategic & financial planning, M&A, accounting, credit, contract, IT and pricing.  In this role, he supported a significant increase in revenue growth and an over 27% profit increase within the business.  From 2013 to 2014, Mr. Schmidt held the position of Vice President, Finance - HNI Leveraged Furniture Operations and was charged to improve the performance of new operations with financial oversight for manufacturing, distribution and global sourcing operations.  From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Schmidt held the position of Treasurer and Vice President, Corporate Finance and led M&A, treasury, investor relations and corporate planning. Prior to joining HNI, Mr. Schmidt held financial leadership positions with companies such as Silgan Plastics Corporation, MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc., and General Mills Inc.  

Mr. Schmidt is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and finance. He also earned a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in finance and strategic management from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) - Inactive, Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Financial Manager (CFM). 

Vice President, Global Strategic Sourcing & GM Asia

Vic Tsai joined the Company in June 2021 as Vice President, Global Strategic Sourcing and General Manager Asia. Mr. Tsai brings more than a decade of experience and leadership in strategic sourcing, including 15 years in the furniture industry.

Prior to Flexsteel, Mr. Tsai worked for Restoration Hardware (RH) as their VP of Global Strategic Sourcing & Product Integrity where he built a strong global sourcing and quality function. Prior to RH, he was a Furniture Merchandiser at United Sourcing Consulting in Shanghai, China where he supported buying and merchandising activity for various US big box retailers including Big Lots.

Mr. Tsai is a graduate of The University of New South Wales, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Biotechnology.

Vice President, Customer Experience

Dan Wallace joined the Company in April 2019 as Vice President, Vehicle Seating and was named Vice President, Customer Experience in November 2020.  He has more than two decades of experience in the furniture industry, including successive leadership roles in sales, sales development, and customer service.  

Prior to Flexsteel, Mr. Wallace spent 21 years at The HON Company business unit of HNI Corporation, most recently as Vice President of Central, Southeast and Canada.  Prior to that, he held multiple sales leadership roles throughout his tenure while driving successful customer experience and enhanced loyalty initiatives.

Mr. Wallace is a graduate of The University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing.