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.
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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Monique Bongaerts – De Proost
Vice President, Beaufurn
Monique was born, raised and educated in Belgium. She became Treasurer for BFP Inc. in 1986, then Vice President for Beaufurn in 1995. Throughout her career, she has been involved in the business accounting department.
A Fun Fact About Monique:
"I love to cook and spending time with my family. But I really love it when Bill goes to Europe on business for extended visits!"
Eastern Regional VP of Sales
Adam is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University with a Bachelors degree in Business. Adam has been with Beaufurn for over 10 years, with a total of 28 years and counting in the commercial furniture industry.
A Fun Fact About Adam:
"My first real job was as a customer service representative for a Furniture manufacturer in 1992 and I've pretty much worked my entire life in the industry."
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Western Regional VP of Sales
Kathleen has worked with Independent Rep Groups for many years within the Furniture Industry. She has extensive experience in both commercial and healthcare furniture, and her background includes a wide range of projects – from new builds to space improvements.
A Fun Fact About Kathleen:
"I'm passionate about traveling and I read voraciously."
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Manager of Business Operations
Stephanie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from Appalachian State University and is an Allied ASID Member. She worked in the design field prior to joining the Beaufurn team in 2012. Currently, she strives to make sure every customer has a pleasant experience.
A Fun Fact About Stephanie:
"I enjoy finding adventure with family and friends from the mountains to the beach, and everywhere in between."
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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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Director, Fabric Program
Cindy holds a B.F.A. in Interior Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. She oversees the providing of finishes and swatches of Beaufurn Product for Specifications Her background includes working for fabric marketing companies that specialize in marketing to Architects and Interior Design Firms for Commercial Projects.
A Fun Fact About Cindy:
"I like gardening and food…growin’, pickin’ and eatin’ it!"
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Accounting is Wendy’s passion. She has been an accountant and human resource director for over twenty years and truly loves her work. She joined the Beaufurn team in September, 2018. According to Wendy, she has the most incredible and loving husband in the world, the perfect daughter and eight precious babies.
A Fun Fact About Wendy:
"I love riding my Harley, NASCAR an taking care of animals in need"
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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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Sales Support & Customer Service
Emily is a graduate of Greensboro College, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She started with Beaufurn in June 2017 after re-locating to the area from Virginia. She is happy to join the Beaufurn team and works primarily with the Northeast, Midwest and Southwestern regions.
A Fun Fact About Emily:
"Traveling is my passion!"
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Sales Support & Customer Service
Donna has over 20 years experience in Sales/Customer Service. After beginning her career in the Telecom Industry, Donna came to Beaufurn where she has a more personal interest in furniture and design.
A Fun Fact About Donna:
"I lived in Heidelberg, Germany for over a year. I enjoy working with those less fortunate and spending time with family."
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Customer Service/Sales Professional
Olivia has a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from University of Maryland and 8 years of experience in customer service. She recently moved to North Carolina from Maryland to be closer to family. Olivia joined the Beaufurn customer service team in July.
A Fun Fact About Olivia:
“I enjoy reading and spending time with my family.”
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Customer Service/Sales Professional
Rachel is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University. She joined Beaufurn’s customer service team after re-locating from Asheville, NC.
A Fun Fact About Rachel:
“I love spending time with my family and being outdoors.”
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Joe graduated from DeVry University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Operations in July 2017. Joe brings 25 years of Warehouse and Inventory Management experience to the Beaufurn team.
A Fun Fact About Joe:
"I’m an avid photographer and enjoy working with Animal Rescue Groups."
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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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