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Steve Spett

Co-Founder / Head of Contract Division

Steve founded Resource Furniture with his partner Ron Barth in 2000. Since then, they have built Resource into the global transforming furniture brand that it is today. One of Steve’s primary focuses is on our dedicated 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).

Ron Barth


Ron Barth co-founded Resource Furniture in 2000 with his business partner Steve Spett and a chair. Actually, two chairs and a table. Since then, together they have built Resource Furniture from that single room 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).

Challie Stillman

Vice President, Marketing & Brand Strategy

Challie is our very own Wonder Woman, responsible for managing vendor relationships, curating the Resource collection, and overseeing sales and design operations across all showrooms. She works closely with the Contract Division on large-scale, multi-family residential projects. In addition to all of that, Challie also completed her MBA at NYU Stern School of Business.

Pat Pujols

Vice President, Finance & Operations

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 Finances and Operations 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 son and daughter.

Christine Salzer

Vice President, Sales

Christine was born to German parents and raised in Eastern Ontario, Canada. The furniture business is in her blood — her father was Vice President of a successful furniture company, and he is even known to be one of the first developers of the sit/stand desk! Christine has worked with Resource for over 11 years, beginning as a Sales & Design Consultant at our New York showroom before briefly moving to New Orleans, then to LA to open our first expansion showroom, and finally returning to NY, where she assumed her current role. She loves food, her kids, and her husband (and Challie!) though not in that order…

Jake Verost

New York Showroom Manager

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.

Lauren Carpenter

Sales & Design Consultant | New York

Originally hailing from Alabama, Lauren spent the last decade in New York working for a variety of retailers specializing in high-end furnishings including Design Within Reach and ABC Carpet & Home. She loves renovations, restorations, vintage shopping, antiquing — anything to do with design! Her home in Brooklyn allows her to spend her free time in Prospect Park, a favorite spot in her new adopted city.

Steffen Jean-Pierre

Sales & Design Consultant

Steffen is a native New Yorker who currently lives in Brooklyn with his fiancé and their dog, O’Keeffe. In 2021 they started their own custom furniture business, and over the past two years, have created and delivered numerous unique pieces like chairs, tables, desks, and dressers to commercial and residential clients. Steffen had recently worked as a Kitchen Designer for Wren Kitchens in Brooklyn, but has a diverse work background with experience as an Outdoor Educator and Bartender. Outside of work, Steffen is an outdoor enthusiast who is passionate about rock climbing, backpacking, and mountaineering!


Sales & Design Consultant

Thaytia brings varied experience to her role at Resource, including furniture, mattress, and tile sales, as well as retail management. She is passionate about creating beautiful spaces and is thrilled to join the Resource Furniture team at our NYC flagship showroom. In her spare time, Thaytia enjoys creative writing, cooking, tai chi, yoga, spending time with family, and going to Broadway shows.

Kathryn Leroux

Lead Drafter & Project Coordinator

Born and raised in Buffalo, NY but Kathryn knew early on that NYC would become her home even before she came to visit. She transferred to the Fashion Institute of Technology and graduated with her bachelor's degree in Interior Design. Kathryn loves to be creative in all different aspects, you can find her editing videos, painting, and doing DIY projects in her spare time. If you’re ever in the office around lunchtime, you can usually follow the trail of aroma to her desk since she’s been told numerous times that her food smells amazing (all credit goes to the chef boyfriend)!

Kirk Schuly

Senior Project Manager

No stairwell is too narrow, no order too custom for backpack-toting Kirk. As Senior Project Manager, Kirk handles all the logistical details to ensure a smooth delivery and installation. Whether he's getting furniture to the top of a six-story walkup, or figuring out that the ceiling is 2” lower than the furniture before the order is placed, Kirk makes sure every little detail is attended to.

Trish Steen

Director of Business Development

Trish comes to Resource with a rich and diverse professional background; after earning her BFA in fine arts sculpture, she went on to gain experience in product development, design, merchandising, and sales. She often describes her experience and skill set as "complex, but not complicated." When she is not working her magic in the Contract Division, you may find Trish hiking, biking, taking an ocean swim at sunrise, or training for her next triathlon. (That's right, she also happens to be a USAT-certified triathlon and marathon coach, and an 8-time full distance Ironman!) If you love anything that gets your blood pumping, Trish is your girl!

Pieter Depreeuw

Director of Project Management & Technical Services

Originally from Belgium, Pieter is our resident director of project management & technical services. With degrees in woodworking and drafting and experience in general construction and furniture manufacturing, Pieter knows a thing or two about furniture design. That is why he is tasked with overseeing the work of our project managers, providing technical support to all showrooms, and working with our manufacturers to continuously improve our products. There’s little Pieter can’t do!

Curt Meissner

New York Project Manager

Curt was most recently the creative principal at a Brooklyn-based design/build studio that worked on an array of residential, corporate, and museum projects. He's our go-to guy, responsible for site measurements, overseeing installations, and providing in-field customer service.

Jason Levins

Lead Installer

Based out of our New York City office, Jason has an unparalleled knack for precision and is a certified expert in assembling our transforming furniture. His commitment to perfection guarantees that each project is executed flawlessly—and that every client is left happy!

Jessica Leon


Born and raised in NYC, Jessica graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice Management from John Jay College. When she's not at work keeping the Resource HQ running smoothly, Jessica dedicates her time to her candle business which she handcrafts in small batches from her home. Jessica’s love and appreciation for creativity and aromatherapy keeps her happy and grounded. Jessica enjoys picnics, painting, bike riding and spending time with her Yorkie Shiloh.

Brian Ricci

Director of People & Culture

Brian is a passionate Human Resources, People & Culture leader who specializes in fostering positive team experiences and promoting effective communication. He is committed to building a workplace culture that is built on the foundations of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. When not immersed in the world of all things People & Culture, Brian enjoys family life in the stroller-laden neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn and spends summers soaking up the sun in Rockaway Beach.

Mirae Roh

Order Manager

Mirae is a self-described foodie and believes Queens to be superior to Manhattan when it comes to dining options. She's also a sucker for pretty cocktails (acquired during her years working as a bartender), puppies, and crisping herself in the sun.

Massimo Zambon


Made in Japan, honed in Italy. Accounting is his field of expertise, but he is always looking to learn something new — every day, one lesson at the time.

Samantha Cunningham

Director of Operations

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 director of operations, Sam oversees purchasing, manages inventory, and handles all logistics to ensure a smooth arrival from Italy. If that weren't impressive enough, she's also mom to twin baby girls!

Aly Gallegos

Director of Customer Service & Logistics

Born and raised in Anaheim, CA (home of Disneyland!), Aly 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. Aly 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, Aly is your girl — she puts it on almost everything!

Bridgette Morgan

Purchasing Manager

Bridgette brings a broad range of experience to her position at Resource, having previously worked with artists' management company Opus 3 Artists and the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders. She received her BBA in Finance with a Minor in Communications from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business. When she’s not busy with our books, you’ll find Bridgette binge-watching mysteries, thrillers, and horror programs!

Miriam Barrington

New York Logistics Manager

Miriam was born and raised in the beautiful island of Trinidad & Tobago and moved to the US in 1988 with her husband and her son. She has worked in the furniture delivery & installation world for over 15 years. Before joining Resource Furniture's Logistics team, Miriam worked for Decor Corporate Services for 6 years, where she worked on the Resource account and helped us out of quite a few jams! We are pleased to now have her on the Resource team as our New York Logistics Manager.

John Rattinger

NetSuite Administrator

John is our resident NetSuite (software that runs our entire company) expert here at Resource Furniture, always working on new solutions to help the business run more efficiently. His favorite thing about is role is that it allows him to work with many different departments on all sorts of problems: "I truly enjoy working closely with everyone and building strong working relationships.” Prior to working with NetSuite, John was a Wall Street technology executive – last stop Lehman Brothers. When not working, you can find him watching or playing live music, watching sports (especially lacrosse), or hiking.

Gabriella Pomata

Marketing Director

Shortly before joining our Marketing team, Gabriella studied English, communications and PR at SUNY New Paltz. She also happens to be an interiors fanatic, obsessively staying on top of the latest trends and tastemakers. She manages our marketing team here at Resource, directing strategy, writing newsletters, overseeing our social media, and more. Gabriella’s greatest loves are hiking, beaches, and her labradoodle pup, Luna.

Omar Soto

Graphic Designer

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)!

Emily Ingram

Seattle Showroom Manager / Contract Design Director

Emily grew up in San Jose, and after a few years in New York she made her way back to the west coast. As Director of Business Development, Emily builds and strengthens our relationships with the trade and explores new partnership opportunities for our Contract Division. When she is not working her magic at Resource Furniture, Emily likes exploring new places with her dogs Phypher and Olivia in tow.

Lisa Johnsen

Sales & Design Consultant | Seattle

Despite her Oregon roots, Lisa spent her formative years in Cherry Hill, NJ, and considers herself a Jersey Girl at heart. Armed with a BFA in Interior Design and an MBA with a concentration in Project Management, Lisa is more than equipped to assist our clients with their space-saving furniture needs. When she's not being brilliant in the showroom, she’s likely exercising, mastering her culinary skills, and spending time with family and friends!

LA showroom manager
Tyler Davis

Los Angeles Showroom Manager

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 family, and in his spare time (used loosely, as all young parents will know) he’s a drummer, camper, and woodworker.

Sales & Design Consultant at our LA showroom
Craig Kramer

Sales & Design Consultant | Los Angeles

Craig is native Angelo with a passion for design. A former showroom owner, he has decades of experience in Home Furnishings, Architecture, and Hospitality. In his free time, he loves meditation, gardening (succulents anyone?), spending time with his animals, and enjoying cars both classic and new.

project manager at our la showroom
Yakira Valerio

Los Angeles Project Manager

Yakira has a BFA in Interior Design from Pratt Institute and a decade’s experience working as an Interior designer and Project Manager in Miami. Now living in LA, she spends her time painting or exploring the city with her dog Pita. One of her favorite things to do is to hang out in her plant room meditating or listening to relaxing music while she waters her plant babies. This would explain why Yakira is known for her calm demeanor and professionalism with our clients and staff!

Sales Assistant at our LA showroom
Emma Michaelsen

Sales Assistant | Los Angeles

In addition to her long history in sales, Emma comes to us with a background in music, having studied vocal performance and recording arts, most recently at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. She even spent the pandemic years doing music therapy and coaching people with mental disabilities. She attributes her passion for design and architecture to an early introduction by her father.

san francisco showroom manager
Gregory Johnson

San Francisco Showroom Manager

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.

Sales & Design Consultant at our san Francisco showroom
Mark Eppley

Sales & Design Consultant | San Francisco

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!

Dylan Smith

Sales & Design Consultant

With his extensive background in furniture, Dylan brings a wealth of experience to his role at Resource Furniture. When he is not transforming spaces, this native Californian loves to travel, often spending time at his family cabin in Mount Shasta.