WHO WE ARE
Office Furniture Warehouse, LLC is an office furniture dealer and provider of facility services based in Chattanooga, TN. Office Furniture Warehouse was founded in 2008 by John Jerman in a repurposed 3-bay car garage in Cleveland, TN. We’ve since grown in products, services & size to presently occupy an 81,000 square foot warehouse at 1900 Stuart Street in Chattanooga, TN. Office Furniture Warehouse is more than a business, however: we’re people! We’re parents, children, geeks, innovators, artists, community leaders, Vols fans, dog lovers, and more.
WHAT WE BELIEVE IN
A workspace needs to rise to the day’s challenges. We center our work around people, and, since our family is a varied group, we figured we should treat those people the same way we’d like to be treated: as individuals.
Wouldn’t it be nice to only have one point-of-contact to reach an objective? We think it should be that easy: by developing unique solutions with our product|service mix, we’re seeking to make our clients’ processes as smooth as possible.
We’ve never encountered a situation in which it was only possible for one side to come out on top. We like to think that creative solutions build better relationships, and that mutual benefit provides the best foundation.
WHY WE'RE HERE
We’re not order takers. Our staff, with over 50 years’ collective experience, takes the time to understand the needs and challenges your organization is facing.
- Need someone to walk you through an entire process?
OFW offers services to act as a one-stop shop for individualized facility needs.
- Already working with some fantastic people?
OFW has the experience to interface with your architect, interior designer, and other vendors.
By creating solutions that support our clients’ objectives, we’re endeavoring to reduce consumption across the board: this means your time, money, energy, and those materials destined for the landfill.
Founder & President
More About JJ
John Jerman is an interior architect with over 25 years of corporate office planning experience. John has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee School of Architecture. Prior to joining Office Furniture Warehouse, John worked for Duffy Mancini in New York. In Atlanta, he worked from Stevens & Wilkinson, Osgood & Associates, Cooper Carry Studios and Farrington Design Group, and most recently was the Associate Principal of Perkins & Will’s Interiors division for the Southeast. John’s clients have included McKinsey & Associates, Arthur Andersen, Apple, Sun Microsystems, Ernst & Young, Nationwide Insurance, Turner Broadcasting and New York Life Insurance Company.
John has extensive pre-owned furniture experience starting at National Office Systems in Atlanta in 2004 and then Office Furniture Warehouse in 2008 with extensive support from Jason Flowers. John’s focus is to locate inventories that would otherwise be destined for the landfill, and use his vast list of networked contacts to re-distribute assets thus saving his clients money and the environment from additional landfill.
John’s clients in the pre-owned furniture market include Ernst Young, The Coca-Cola Company, Scientific Atlanta, Ericsson, Memorial Hospital, Convergys and Erlanger to name a few. John is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company as well as strategic planning, business development and client satisfaction.
More About Jason
Jason started out in the business with TOPS Office Furniture back in 1995 in Austin, Texas where he managed operations and installations. Seven years later he founded Austin Office Installations where his client base included Keller Williams, Esoterix and The United Way.
Jason was called upon to act as Project Manager for the commercial moving giant Move Solutions in 2008. The experience he gained was invaluable, and included a six month, five million dollar relocation project for the State of Texas. Throughout his tenure, Jason worked with the branch and operations manager on numerous projects from relocating businesses to streamlining Move Solutions’ internal procedures.
Jason is an experienced project manager with an entrepreneurial drive and spirit. Known among his peers for having a strong work ethic, Jason enjoys cultivating relationships with clients and delivering high quality service.
In 2009, he joined Office Furniture Warehouse and soon became an integral team member handling multiple phases of the business including installation oversight, delivery, merchandizing, management, procurement and sales. Jason was also instrumental in developing the MY CHAIR DOCTORx with JJ Jerman.
VP, Business Development
More About Beverly
Beverly is a key member to the staff bringing entrepreneurial experience and a commercial real estate background. As VP of Business Development, Beverly utilizes her extensive networking skills through eWomen Network and as a Chamber Ambassador to further the growth of the firm. Beverly will be pursuing numerous strategic marketing tasks to specifically target education, government and healthcare. Her previous experience in the healthcare industry as an ICU nurse gives her a unique inside perspective in how to best support the facility needs of the healthcare market. These efforts will further expand the brand awareness and value proposition of OFW, OFW+Med and My Chair Doctor throughout the south east.
Beverly is also a commercial real estate agent and this expertise positions her to be able to assist tenants looking for space, acquire furniture and related services provided by the company.
Beverly is currently working on a new networking event that will replace the previous networking event sponsored by the firm when it was at the BDC. The strategic mission of this event is to facilitate business development and networking not only for OFW but for other small business ventures within the community.
More About Carl
Carl is a lifelong resident of Chattanooga, and brings a varied wealth of experience to the OFW family. Both a graduate of the Industrial Engineering program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the Dale Carnegie Institute, Carl boasts over 15 years’ experience in both B2C and B2B environments. In addition, Carl served in numerous board positions in local government, including President for the East Ridge Council of the Greater Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. Carl’s professional background includes telecommunications engineer, memorial designer, and merchant services sales, all of which contributed to his reputation for providing outstanding customer support. Carl’s devotion to his family and attention to his clients make for outstanding additions to the entrepreneurial efforts at OFW.
More About Jeff
Jeff has lived and worked in the Chattanooga area since 2007, and brings a diverse resumé to the team with over 30 years’ experience in sales, management and entrepreneurial endeavors. Firmly rooted in customer satisfaction and problem-solving, Jeff has served on several community- and industry-based organizations, highlighted by 2 years as VP of the Florida Marine Contractors Association. With a “no project too small, no project too large” attitude, we are excited about the vision and experience Jeff brings to the table!
More About Theresa
A native Chattanoogan, Theresa has worked in a variety of fields from the food and beverage industry to administrative assistant, utilizing her interpersonal and organizational skills to advance in any endeavor she undertakes. Theresa started her career with OFW as Director of First Impressions, setting the standard of customer service that clients can expect going forward. Her ability to facilitate communication between our customers and staff, along with her positive attitude and affinity to learning have quickly found her in the position to Project Manager. As Project Manager, Theresa assists the sales team with all endeavors to meet our clients’ needs along with ensuring complete guest satisfaction.
Procurement & HR
More About Julia
A native of Long Island, NY, Julia has a background spanning more than two decades in a variety of business environments including banking, accounting firms, medical supply distribution, and the entertainment industry. Julia’s extensive experience in the administrative field adds layers of value to the OFW family through her diverse capabilities in organization, finance, procurement, human resources, and operations. Her passionate initiative and commitment to improving efficiency are complemented by her friendly disposition and the personable nature by which she facilitates the daily operations at OFW.
More About Austin
Austin, having recently been hired on full-time after graduating with honors from the bachelor’s program in Business Administration from Southern Adventist University, joins the OFW family with a considerable amount of experience in financial experience and planning. Austin’s ability to perceive a comprehensive picture of the organization and chart course accordingly allows him to respond to arising needs quickly and efficiently. With a focus on the quality and adaptability of the solutions he creates, Austin’s hard work and dedication to performance are an invaluable addition to the efforts at OFW.
More About Marley
OFW supports the hiring of paid interns and works with local colleges and universities to offer students employment opportunities in marketing, office administration, sales, logistics, and warehouse management. Marley graduated with a B.S. in General Management from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in May of 2016, and joins the OFW team full time to manage our marketing efforts. With his business education and creative acumen, Marley has made valuable contributions to internal marketing processes and branding.
When Office Furniture Warehouse started up in 2008, the worst time in recent memory to begin a business endeavor, we made a slew of incredible relationships within the Chattanooga business community that saw us through our fledgling stages. We want to provide the same opportunities to people in any situation. These are some of our efforts to give back in the community to which we owe everything.