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 a 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.
Dave Crimmins joined the Company in September 2019 as Vice President, Sales. In January 2023, Mr. Crimmins was named Vice President, Sales and Product Management. He holds leadership responsibility for driving omni-channel product and revenue generation strategies across retail, big box and eCommerce. He has more than 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 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Baltimore.
Mr. Dittmer joined the Board following his appointment to President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company in December 2018. 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. In these roles 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 has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Iowa State University and has completed executive education programs at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University.
Mr. Dittmer brings more than 30 years of experience in the furniture industry, including top leadership positions overseeing corporate operations, planning, acquisitions, and finance to the Board.
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 over 20 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 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in General Management and Human Resource Management. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from Upper Iowa University.
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 Genuine Parts Corporation, a global service organization engaged in the distribution of automotive and industrial replacement parts. 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 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 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.
Tim Newlin joined the Company in March 1997 and has nearly 20 years of experience holding various leadership roles at the Company. In January 2023, he was named Vice President, Strategic Business Development. In this role, he leverages his experience and deep knowledge of the furniture industry to accelerate innovation and incubate new ideas that will expand the Company’s business models, brands, products, and channels in profitable and fast-growing areas of the market. Immediately prior, Mr. Newlin was Vice President, Product Management, where he was responsible for the product portfolio appearance, functionality, performance, profitability and life cycle; and for the physical innovation, engineering and development of product. He is a furniture industry veteran of nearly 30 years, with broad experience in retail, sales, and product management, where he’s developed a deep understanding of what it takes to create a great customer experience.
Mr. Newlin is a graduate of Miami University in Ohio with a Bachelor of Business degree in Marketing with a focus on Merchandising.
Mike Ressler joined the Company in April 2006 as Corporate Accountant and has over 16 years of experience holding various financial leadership roles at the company. In 2022, he was named Vice President, Manufacturing and is responsible for manufacturing, sales, inventory and operations planning (SIOP), and procurement.
Prior to his current position, he was Senior Director of Finance-Supply Chain, and was responsible for overall FP&A, including direct support for manufacturing, SIOP, and procurement. He has worked intimately with manufacturing and has participated at a hands-on level with process development, footprint development and implementation, operational efficiency improvements, labor planning, capital planning, and facility management. He has identified gaps and implemented sustainable processes to increase visibility and reduce risk to the organization.
Mr. Ressler is a graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting.
Derek Schmidt joined the Company as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer in April 2020 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 eight 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, mergers and acquisitions, accounting, credit, contracts, 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 degree 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).
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 degree in Biology and a Master of Science in Biotechnology.
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 degree in Marketing.