The cafes of Paris inspired furniture executive and entrepreneur Bill Bongaerts to create a business dedicated to supplying the hospitality industry. Upon seeing the hand-woven bistro chairs that dotted every corner establishment Bongaerts had a feeling they would sell well in the U.S. And he was right. Beaufurn began in 1998 and its first product those French hand-woven bistro chairs proved wildly successful, and sustained the company through its first years of business.
Once firmly established, product lines grew to include tables, lounge furniture and umbrellas for both indoor and outdoor environments. And the company’s market segments expanded into contract, education and entertainment. Commercial furnishings may translate as ordinary to some, but Beaufurns products are anything but. Significant Italian, French and Belgian influence is evident clean lines novel shapes and pops of color dominate the design palate.
While a commitment to dynamic design is foremost, a promise of environmental responsibility isn’t far behind. The company is committed to producing sustainable designs through its practices, processes and materials. Woods are FSC certified, foams are soy-based and finish options include water-based lacquers. Upholstery selections include biodegradable synthetic leather, recycled fabric or 100 percent natural and renewable cork.
The company’s first offices were in Clemmons, N.C., a community outside Winston-Salem, where it quickly outgrew the 14,000-square-foot space. By 2006, the company moved to Winston-Salem with offices and warehouse space equaling 46,000 square feet. Steady growth continued, even through the recession, and in 2013 Beaufurn relocated to the local community of Advance, where it thrives in a manufacturing, warehouse and office facility encompassing 85,000 square feet.
Thomas Bongaerts moved from Belgium to the United States when he was just a child. His family had to learn a new language and adjust to a totally different culture as they settled into their new life in Connecticut. Just before he entered high school, Thomas and his family moved to the Triad. Thomas’ father, Bill Bongaerts, then founded Beaufurn. Beaufurn is a high-quality commercial furniture company, now located in Advance, NC.
“It was important to be in the Triad because it is the heart of American furniture manufacturing,” Thomas said. Originally, Bill was in the residential furniture business. When a warehouse fire destroyed all of Bill’s stateside inventory all that remained were his first two “commercial” projects which were literally on a boat coming from Western Europe. It was then that Bill decided to go into the contract commercial furniture business. This was truly the genesis of what Beaufurn is today. Continue Reading
MEET OUR TEAM
Thomas is a graduate of Wake Forest University, majoring in Chinese and East Asian studies. He worked for a startup foreign education company in Beijing for one and one half years before getting into QC of residential and commercial furnishings. Thomas has been with Beaufurn since 2006 and coordinates functions across various departments in the organization. He is a volunteer with Youth Ministry, Frassati Group, Ronald McDonald House charities, Habitat for Humanity, The Children’s Home in Winston Salem and is a supporter of Winston Salem Rescue Mission.
A Fun Fact About Thomas:
"I am an avid outdoorsman, love motorcycles and hanging with my sidekick, Boomer."
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Founder of Beaufurn
The cafes of Paris inspired furniture executive and entrepreneur Bill Bongaerts to create a business dedicated to supplying the hospitality industry. From the very beginning, Bill’s goal has been to provide high quality commercial furniture that is environmentally responsible and fits a variety of budgets, projects and design needs. Bill holds BA and MBA degrees and is a member of Knight of Columbus.
A Fun Fact About Bill:
"I have lived on 3 continents. Africa, Europe and North America. I am a global citizen but proud to be first, and foremost a U.S citizen! My favorite hobbies are swimming, biking and reading history, biographies and philosophy."
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Eastern Regional VP of Sales
Dave has 25 years of experience in the furniture industry. A graduate of Appalachian State University and an MBA from High Point University, he brings a wealth of experience in both healthcare and contract from creating or building four brands in the industry. Dave has worked with companies large and small. He has experience in working with GPO contracts, GSA, VA and extensive dealer networks.
A Fun Fact About Dave:
Dave loves to spend time with his family, enjoys cooking and spending time on the water.
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General Manager Operations
Ben has 36 years of all aspects of Furniture Manufacturing (Cutting, sewing, upholstery, finishing and frame building)
A Fun Fact About Ben:
"I love Playing Golf!"
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Kathy graduated in 1993 from Mitchell Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration. She started at Beaufurn in March 2003 and is in charge of Purchasing, Production, Accounts Receivable.
A Fun Fact About Kathy:
"I love to read, spend time with family, watch NFL and Nascar. I collect Eeyore and otter items."
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Originally from the Western North Carolina mountains, Autumn moved to Winston-Salem in 2017. She has over 10 years of experience in accounting and customer service and over 5 years’ experience in HR.
A Fun Fact About Autumn:
“I enjoy making others smile and spending time with my “Amazing” family.”
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Jeff brings to Beaufurn over 30 years of experience in the furniture manufacturing business. From assembling casegoods and setting up production lines, to cutting, sewing and shipping, Jeff has pretty much done it all when it comes to making furniture..
A Fun Fact About Jeff:
“I enjoy competition rabbit hunting with beagles, but spending time with my family is my number one priority.”
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Chief Morale Officer