We believe great people are the heart of a great business. Every person at Resource Furniture is deeply and fundamentally committed to our clients, employees, and the betterment of our communities and our earth. We remain uniquely focused on these commitments every day, and take deep pride in our long-lasting relationships.
Steve founded RF with his partner Ron in 2000. Since then they have built Resource into the global brand that it is today. One of Steve’s primary focuses is on our contract division, working closely with developers, hoteliers and their design teams. He also focuses on his clients, staff, and family (but not necessarily in that order).
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Ron Barth co-founded Resource in 2000 with his business partner, Steve Spett and a chair. Actually, two chairs and a table. Since then, together they have built Resource from a single-room operation into a global brand. Ron’s dedication (umm . . . obsession) to finding the finest products and providing 100% client satisfaction sets a high bar for everyone — which they gleefully jump over.
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Challie is our very own Wonder Woman, responsible for managing vendor relationships, curating the Resource product collection, and overseeing sales operations across all showrooms. Challie also works closely with the Contract Division on large-scale, multi-family residential projects. Somehow, in addition to all that, Challie has managed to complete an MBA at New York University (expected May 2020). She’s our go-to girl for questions about anything aesthetic -- and she’s always right. Keep that in mind.
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Jake, in fact, does know everything. It’s irritating and invaluable at the same time — which is confusing, yet comforting. If you have a 3’ x 5’ room and need to sleep 14 people, Jake could definitely figure out how to fit in two more. Go ahead, just try to stump him.
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Emily grew up in San Jose, and after a stint in Los Angeles she made her way to the east coast. She got to experience her first New York winter with us (space heater included)! With her sense of humor and eye for style, Emily is a designing superstar. When she is not working her magic at Resource Furniture, Emily likes exploring new places with her dogs Phypher and Olivia in tow.
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Born in Mexico City, and raised in Ecuador and Florida, Ted’s made his mark on the Resource sales team with his impressive product knowledge and always-helpful demeanor. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Design from Philadelphia University. When he’s not in the showroom he’s pursuing hobbies in photography, hand drawing and collecting rare vinyl and interesting objét.
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Aside from keeping the whole staff laughing and in line, Mariel personally answers every inquiry, from every person, in every country, every day. She is also the person who handles our Live Chat. So, if you have a question that needs a quick answer, reach out to Mariel!
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Born in LA and raised in Detroit, Chelsea graduated from Western Michigan University with a dual degree in performance and production design — and since joining Resource Furniture she’s demonstrated there isn’t anything she can’t do! She goes out of her way to assist callers with all of their inquiries, no matter how unusual. Chelsea is always willing and eager to help her coworkers and generally keeps the entire NY operation running smoothly. Plus, she bakes!
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Adam is a native New Yorker who discovered his sense of style at a very young age. He is our very own design guru, taking the Resource Furniture showrooms to new levels of sophistication. Adam earned his interior design degree from The New York School of Interior Design, has worked for major interior design and architectural firms and even had his own interior design firm for a number of years. In his spare time Adam loves to travel, visit museums and art galleries, and collect art and Asian artifacts. He always tries to live by his motto, “there’s always room for a little more beauty in the world.”
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Originally from Montreal, she migrated her way down to Connecticut, where she eventually earned her BA in Interior Design at the University of New Haven. Jordyn is a bit of an adrenaline junkie — wake surfing is her current passion, along with tossing pizzas, believe it or not! When she isn’t out on the water or covered in flour, you can find her canoodling with her two Portuguese Water Dogs, Walter, and Eddie. (Side note: her family was on the Portuguese Water Dog trend before the Obamas made it cool.)
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Austin attended Rutgers University where he studied Landscape Architecture and Art History. He was beautifying backyards before deciding he prefers working indoors and joining the Resource team. A resident of Bushwick, Brooklyn, Austin likes drafting, video editing, art, fashion, and loud music.
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No stairwell is too narrow, no custom order is too crazy for backpack-toting Kirk - whether it’s convincing the delivery guys to walk up those six flights of stairs no one mentioned or figuring out that the ceiling is 2” lower than the furniture BEFORE the order is placed, Kirk is everyone’s hero. He needs a cape.
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Samantha hails from Queens, loves all things Elvis Presley, and enjoys spicy food (preferably paired with a glass of wine). With a background in the arts, Sam traveled to Ghana to study traditional African arts and after graduating college, lived in Thailand for a year teaching English. As our Purchasing Manager, Sam processes all our orders for New York, DC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and ensures they get on a container and shipped!
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Born and raised in Anaheim, CA (home of Disneyland!), Alejandra made the move to the NYC in 2016 and has been here ever since. She handles east coast logistics, as well as all out-of-state shipments for our U.S. showrooms. Alejandra is also a practical sommelier of tequilas and mescals, and is always trying new types. And if you happen to be looking for a good hot sauce, Alejandra is your girl — she puts it on almost everything!
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Originally from Belgium, Pieter is our resident Project Manager and our go-to guy for resolving all sorts of technical issues. With degrees in woodworking and drafting, experience in general construction, and an extensive knowledge of technology, Pieter knows a thing or two about furniture design. That is why he is tasked with handling site measurements and providing technical support to all showrooms. There’s little Pieter can’t do!
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After obtaining her BBA at Baruch College and an MBA in Finance at St. John’s University, Pat worked for several years as a Controller. She now keeps the ship moving at Resource as our HR and finances expert. But she’s not just all about numbers — she also happens to be our in-house pizza aficionado. Pat spent her teenage years in the Dominican Republic, and wishes she could bring the gorgeous weather and beaches back with her to New York (don’t we all!). She’s happiest when she’s hiking upstate and spending time outdoors, and she loves spending time with her two kids.
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A NYC native, Melissa graduated from Queens College with her BA and MS in Accounting. Aside from acting as our resident numbers master, Melissa (like the rest of us) loves to eat — and this past year, she’s spent a considerable amount of time honing her cooking skills. When she’s not working up culinary concoctions, she enjoys arts & crafts, kickboxing and reading in her spare time.
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Lisa hails from Cincinnati (or as we like to call it, “Almost-Kentucky”). As Marketing Director of Resource, there’s virtually nothing Lisa can’t do — whether its working with clients on the showroom floor, coordinating events, meeting with press, creating new advertising, or infecting us all with her super contagious laugh. When Lisa’s not steering the Marketing department, you might just find her sailing around the Caribbean.
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Shortly before joining our Marketing team, Gabriella studied English, communication studies and PR at SUNY New Paltz. She also happens to be a longtime interiors fanatic, obsessively staying on top of the latest trends and tastemakers. She helps spread the word about Resource, writing our newsletters, contacting press, managing our blog and running our social media. Gabriella’s two greatest loves are the Shawankgunk Mountains and the Eastern Long Island beaches (make that three greatest loves, now — she’s recently mom to an adorable yellow lab puppy!).
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Omar is from Queens, and earned his BA in Communication Design at the NYC College of Technology. As our in-house graphic designer, he’s got the creativity bug — which would explain why he’s one of the sharper dressers in the office. In his spare time, Omar enjoys painting illustrations and exploring new places. He is also the proud parent of an adorable baby girl named Sophia (as well as a salt and pepper schnauzer named Bruno)!
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Maria Claudia grew up in Colombia and came to New York a few years ago to study Interior Design at Parsons, where she received her Master’s degree. In addition to ensuring compliance with brand standards, she’s responsible for curating photography and all digital assets across the company's website, social media channels, and marketing materials. She’s also a big fan of traveling and has visited 33 countries.
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A native New Yorker, Melissa prefers not to leave the city unless she is also leaving the country (she is among the most seasoned travelers on our team). Before making the leap to digital media, Melissa honed her technical expertise and storytelling skills working on independent documentary films. Melissa knows the workings of our website better than anybody, and she helps develop and curate our digital content.
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After growing up in California, Tyler made his way to New York (on his motorcycle to boot!) and spent a decade working in furniture and design. Now he’s back on the west coast with his wife and son, and in his “spare time” (used loosely, as all young parents will know) he’s a drummer, camper and woodworker.
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Andy is an LA native, and a well-established designer in the LA design community; one of the first to be made a Certified Interior Designer in California, in fact. In addition to his design background, he has worked as an anthropologist living among the Maya in Guatemala, collected folk art in Mexico, and practiced as an art therapist with at-risk youth. He’s also devoted to his workouts and hits the gym at least five times a week — a true Renaissance man, if there ever was one!
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Gregory grew up in Washington State but has lived in San Francisco for almost 25 years. With a degree in Interior Design and a background Visual Display, he keeps our San Francisco showroom looking beautiful. Outside of work, Gregory can often be found spelunking around estate sales hunting for unique treasures, and — like many of us — he’s a foodie.
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Jay is the friendliest guy you’ll ever meet. After living in California and Australia, Jay (a Long Island native) returned to New York to start his own business building furniture out of reclaimed wood and eventually found his way to us. As West Coast project manager, Jay makes sure all our installations go smoothly. Jay has visited every US state except Alaska, is an avid surfer — essentially, making the rest of us look bad.
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Mark is a 14-year furniture industry veteran and avid cyclist from Minnesota with a thirst for industrial design. As our newest Sales and Design Consultant, Mark certainly hits the ground running!
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A San Francisco native, AJ has a background of 25+ years in commercial real estate, property management, office administration, sales and marketing. After a lifetime of far-flung travels she is very excited to be back in her home city! When time allows, AJ loves supporting her local community — cheering on Bay Area sports teams, watching sunsets at a beach café, and attending local arts and cultural events with her children and grandchildren.
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Winning the award for most educated, Jennifer knows what she’s talking about. In addition to her Masters in Interior Design from Pratt, she has a Masters in International Business and formerly worked on Wall Street. (I know, right?) Not only is her insight adored by both colleagues and clients alike, her shoe collection is out of sight. And her 3-year-old is just about the cutest thing ever!
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Born and raised in the New York tristate area, Sam always had a love for product design — from sneakers to cars, and finally to furniture. He studied Industrial Design at Parsons School of Constructed Environments, where his passion for furniture took root. At Resource, Sam is our go-to CAD geek. He has extensive knowledge and experience in design/build, the tile and stone industry, and now the best of Italian-made furniture.
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With a passion for photography, Melissa knows how to make your space picture-perfect. Sharing her impressive knowledge of traditional arts and the colour spectrum, her space planning skills will make you feel like you’re walking into your own still photograph.
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Do not be fooled by his youthful appearance (which he claims was achieved by Oil of Olay twice a day); Chris has extensive knowledge in all things design. With a background in Architecture and Interior Design, Chris will ensure your home is the perfect Modern concept.
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Design virtuoso Mark is a genius when it comes to showcasing product, and he does so with his special brand of flair (awarding him the title "trade show bait" after one notable appearance at IDSWest). An outgoing people person, Mark is dad to two crazy, fun boys and he is Board President for the non-profit the PREP Program, which helps kids with Down syndrome and their families find services and inclusion.
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Darren knows how to keep the showroom running smoothly, working tirelessly alongside his colleagues to ensure product arrives safely and is installed properly. But when he’s not navigating the worlds of efficiency, logistics and finances, you’re likely to find him hunting around for the best stout, or hanging out on the green — this 5 handicap says he’d rather be golfing at any given moment. Darren is also dad to two amazing kids (one little girl, and one on the way!).
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Newly back to her home city, Karin lived in Toronto for 10 years where she studied interior design and architectural technologies. Five of those years were spent working on both commercial and residential projects where she was sought after for her creative approach to design-related challenges. It is well known that Karin has never met a slab of marble she didn’t fall in love with. When not obsessing over all things design related, she can be found building architecturally sound, aesthetically pleasing blanket forts with her nieces, experimenting in the kitchen or with her nose in a psycho-thriller novel.
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Now that he's no longer falling out of trees or fighting Jackie Chan, David has “retired" into the wonderful world of small spaces. (We use the term “retired” here loosely — his idea of taking a vacation is leaving the showroom for half a day!) David’s inner stun man still comes out every now and then. Just ask for "Transformable Dave" when you visit our Vancouver location!
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Our very own small space expert and West Coast furniture know it all! Born and raised in beautiful Croatia, Aleksandra is very excited to be a new Mom as well as a new Canadian. She has been a part of the Resource Furniture Vancouver team from the very beginning and other than the year off for maternity (read it and weep American cousins) keeps the showroom running along smoothly. One of her favourite things is exploring the wilds of British Columbia in a vintage VW bus with her family.
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Born and raised in England, Chloe brings yet another charming accent to the Vancouver showroom. Chloe is our master at everything, and we’re surprised she doesn’t have ten arms! Aside from handling the daily routine of all things logistics, purchasing and contract, she loves spending time outdoors in Beautiful B.C. with her crew of awesome friends.
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David is responsible for spreading the word about Resource Furniture in Mexico. He also manages communications with Italy and the USA. David is dedicated to ensuring every Resource client is a happy client, and his enthusiasm and knowledge of the product makes David your contact for inquiries of any kind.
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Ignacio is an expert at creating renderings, and his passion for architecture is unmatched. No project is impossible when Ignacio is involved. He is the backbone of the showroom, keeping things running smoothly. And no one dares to challenge him because he is always right!
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Jimena was born in Mexico, and studied in Montreal, Canada (Can you tell that she speaks English with a French-Canadian accent?). With her creativity, initiative, and contagious smile, Jimena makes sure that every client is very well taken care of.
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With 20 years in the industry and a network of eight showrooms across North America, Resource is the largest and most comprehensive source for cutting-edge living solutions.
We’ll help you uncover the infinitely flexible and delightfully unexpected possibilities of your space. Step into a home that perfectly reflects your lifestyle and needs.
Start your design engagement with your own dedicated team at Resource. From exploring design solutions, to choosing finishes, to white-glove delivery, we ensure success at every step.
We believe you should live where you want to live. We honor a lifetime warranty on our wall bed systems and options for reinstallation in a new home.