As Ryan guided OFS Brands through new brand acquisitions, he also saw an opportunity to reshape the operational culture of OFS Brands by hooking up best practices across the company and all of its locations.
Huntingburg, IN (PRWEB) October 15, 2013
OFS Brands, a leading manufacturer of contract furniture and logistics provider, announced today that the company has promoted Ryan Menke to senior vice president of sales and marketing. Menke will be responsible for managing all sales and marketing functions for OFS Brands which goes to market under the OFS, First Office Loewenstein, Carolina and Styline Logistics brands. Menke previously served as senior vice president of supply chain for OFS Brands.
“For the past decade, Ryan has demonstrated leadership and results in just about every aspect of the OFS Brands organization. From sales to engineering to operations and everything in between, Ryan has played a critical role in the success of this company, and our sales and marketing teams will flourish under his guidance,” said Jim Huebner, CFO and senior vice president of OFS Brands.
Menke began his career with OFS Brands in 2002 as the vice president of transportation where he oversaw OFS Brands' specialized furniture transportation company, Styline Logistics. Under Menke’s leadership, Styline grew from one terminal in Indiana to one of the largest specialized furniture carriers in the nation.
From 2004 to 2006 Menke assumed responsibilities for OFS Brands' raw materials manufacturing operations, as well as supply chain operations. In 2006 he moved to NC to manage the acquisition and integration of Carolina Business Furniture. In 2008, he helped OFS Brands integrate Loewenstein into the family of companies. Since 2008, Ryan has served as the senior vice president of supply chain, and he was also responsible for Styline Logistics and OFS Brands' Seating Division.
“As Ryan guided OFS Brands through new brand acquisitions, he also saw an opportunity to reshape the operational culture of OFS Brands by hooking up best practices across the company and all of its locations. His talent for creating logistics, manufacturing and sales synergies has delivered tremendous customer value to our larger corporate accounts,” said James Reese, national sales manager for OFS Brands.
Company officials also relied on Menke’s engineering expertise in product development.
“During the past five years, Ryan oversaw the engineering for the largest run of new product launches in the history of OFS Brands,” said Phil Mehringer, executive director of marketing of OFS Brands. “His practical, hands-on knowledge of what it really takes to bring a product to the marketplace will be an invaluable asset to our sales and marketing teams.
Prior to working with OFS Brands, Menke worked in new business development for a furniture dealer in St Louis where he was able to develop a solid understanding of sales and operations strategies at the dealer level, as well as the critical role of all stakeholders in the specifying process. Menke earned his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Evansville.
"This is an exciting time at OFS Brands. We've experienced 40 percent growth over the last five years and we've outpaced the market by at least ten percent over the last three years," said Hank Menke, president and CEO of OFS Brands. "And based on the momentum we are building in the marketplace as well as the excitement around our new product launches, we expect 2014 to be another banner year for growth for OFS Brands."
About OFS Brands
OFS Brands, Inc., a family owned corporation headquartered in Huntingburg, Indiana, is committed to providing socially responsible furniture and logistical solutions through better design, excellent performance, and innovative products and services. OFS Brands primarily serves the contract markets through the OFS, First Office, Loewenstein and Carolina brands, and employs 1600 associates nationwide. Please visit http://www.ofsbrands.com/ for more information.