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Bill Rice, Owner & CEO
William Rice has more than 40 years of experience in the contract furniture industry. Prior to founding USBI in 1990, Bill spent several years with Steelcase in Boston, Massachusetts. During his tenure there, Bill progressed through the ranks serving in various positions from district manager to regional manager. Previously, he was employed as a sales and marketing manager with Fenwal, Inc., a division of Walter Kiddie Company. Additionally, Bill worked as a sales executive with Honeywell.
He is a graduate of St. Anselms College and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.
Kurt Weiss, President
Kurt came to U S Business Interiors in 1994 with 5 years experience managing employees. He is responsible for the daily operations of USBI. It has been his focus to assure that our in-house staff as well as our subcontracted personnel is meeting our quality standards. Kurt is a true entrepreneur, having developed several small businesses. His focus on customer satisfaction made him successful then and he has transferred those qualities to his position at USBI. Kurt has an in-depth knowledge of the operational and logistics strategies and requirements needed to implement projects of all scopes and sizes. His product knowledge, operational experience, and leadership style have helped to successfully complete some of the largest projects in the Baltimore, Washington, DC metropolitan marketplace. He assumes ownership and accountability from a senior management level for USBI’s successful completion of each project USBI works on, you will often times see him visiting job sites to monitor the professionalism and quality of our employees and their work.
Kurt is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a B.A. in Economics.
Jeff Stovall, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Jeff joined U S Business Interiors in February of 2008 after having spent approximately 18 years in the industry. He has served in a variety of capacities with Steelcase in the field sales organization and leadership roles in the distribution segment of the industry. Jeff’s primary responsibilities include developing the sales staff and directing and assisting their efforts in the marketplace. He works with vendors in the industry and ensures USBI’s portfolio of manufacturers provides the range of product solutions needed to enable USBI to meet our customer’s product needs. He ensures U S Business Interiors’ customers are satisfied with our performance and how we respond to their requirements. Jeff also works with various segments of the industry that support our customers project efforts, including project management firms, architects, designers, and other service providers. Jeff serves as a member of the Senior Management team at U S Business Interiors and provides policy input and direction on our market plans and strategic decisions regarding the company’s overall business.
Jeff is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing.
Gary Hegeman, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Gary joined U S Business Interiors in November of 2017. He has over 20 years of C Level leadership experience in Finance and Operations. Gary understands the importance of building a cohesive team to support our customers’ needs. The majority of his career has been in distribution; the last 4 working for a large Midwest office furniture dealer. Early in his career, he worked for Westinghouse Electric and was a Captain in the US Army, stationed in Germany.
Gary is a Certified Public Accountant with an MBA from Indiana University.
JAn Parsons, Sales Manager, Baltimore Office
Jan joined U S Business Interiors in 2015 with over 30 years of industry experience. She has served in a variety of capacities within field sales, as well as in leadership roles as Sales Director, Operations Manager, and Marketing resource to the A&D community. Jan’s primary responsibilities include developing the sales staff in Baltimore, and assisting their efforts with their clients. She meets with vendors to ensure we are providing the best solutions for our client’s needs. Jan understands the value of providing world class service to our customers in order to build strong and lasting relationships within the marketplace. Jan also leads USBI’s efforts within the A&D community to support their needs and is a member of IIDA. Jan is a member of the USBI Management Team and provides input in developing and growing the Baltimore marketplace. Prior to working in this industry, she taught special education in Prince George’s County.
Jan is a graduate of the Ohio State University with a B.S. degree in Education.
Rachel Levine, Manager of Sales Coordination and Customer Experience
Rachel joined the U S Business Interiors’ Management Team on September 11, 2001. Rachel is the Manager of USBI’s Sales Coordination Department and oversees a staff of 8 Sales Coordinators. Her department is responsible for placing orders with manufacturers, tracking these orders, and expediting orders to meet client requirements. The Sales Coordination Department develops and updates Project Status Reports, which are provided to both the designer and client on a weekly basis. They are also the liaisons between the client and USBI’s delivery and service team, initiating all scheduling requests whether for initial delivery or service after the sale. Rachel’s hands on management style allows her insight into each project USBI works on. Rachel is also responsible for measuring and tracking USBI’s customer satisfaction, which includes various different methods including online surveys and direct contact. Rachel uses these survey results to help the USBI Management Team to review current policies, procedures, and processes to continuously improve customer satisfaction. Major projects that Rachel has worked on include: Trible, Archdiocese of Baltimore, and the National Black Catholic Congress.
Rachel has a B.A. in psychology from San Diego State University.