I’m a native of northeast Indiana. I graduated from Columbia City High School, and attended IPFW. I began my career in sales in 1987 with Hinen Printing in Columbia City.
In 1994, I went to work for Allen Business Machines to lead their marketing department. There I assisted in establishing a supplies and furniture division which included the addition of several new lines to their offering. I ended my relationship with ABM after 7 years and decided it was best for me to start my own business. I wanted to develop my own business model and culture --where I could control how employees and clients are treated.
I didn’t want to be a part of a large organization. I wanted a right-sized company that clients trusted and business referrals fueled its growth. I also wanted a company that I played an active role in.
Seely Office Solutions [SOS] opened its front doors in June of 2001. As with any startup, I encountered some unforeseen obstacles to overcome. Then the tragic 9-11 happened just a few short months later! I started with a small staff and minimal overhead so I could be competitive in this market. Over the years, my attention to detail and service and the friendliness of my staff has help SOS to grow.
I have been blessed to have such a great group of clients/employees who have become my friends. They make coming into the office fun and every day is different.
Outside the company I love having friends and family to the house to enjoy life. Doing projects for my home or custom wood projects for clients is so relaxing and fulfilling for me. I would not be able to work the hours that I do without the loving support of my wife Natasha.
Here is a glimpse of my awesome staff. I am truly blessed!
Oh where do I begin with John?
John has been with me for over 10 years. He quite honestly has the biggest heart of anyone I know. He has never met a stranger and can remember a client’s name from numerous years back.
John’s success in sales is not about his knowledge of furniture, computer skills or his little knowledge on how to use a measuring tape, which sometimes is trying.
His success comes from taking care of the client the way he would want to be taken care of. If John says he will take care of something he figures out a way to get it done, with the support of myself and our great service staff.
Outside of work he enjoys cooking, Tiger’s baseball and time with family and friends.
What can we say about Dave.
He started with me in June of 2007. In an effort to assist his late wife Janelle in getting him out of the house we begrudgingly hired him to move some furniture around.
Surprise, surprise ... we found out that Dave is so much better at paperwork in an office than he is at moving furniture.
Since Dave was born the same year as Lincoln we decided it would be better for his joints to help us with our accounting.
Outside of the office Dave enjoys family and friends and being picked on by John Sanders.
Janice did not have enough of SOS the first year she worked for us so she came back after being gone a year. She began her second life term at SOS in September 2015.
Janice helps keep a lot of the designer side of our business flowing smoothly. With 7 years in Residential furniture and Interior Design Janice brings a unique mix to SOS. Janice is not afraid to jump into other parts of the business such as learning our Giza Space Planning software and has been instrumental in helping getting our new website designed.
Janice and her husband Michael are active members of First of Assembly of God. They love living downtown and enjoy the lifestyle of being able to walk to dinner, a ball game or thru the park. Spending time with family, cooking, reading and relaxing in their balcony garden are some favorite pastimes.
Josh joined SOS in August of 2014.
He was recommended by his brother Mike who worked for us as well. I am just glad that we ended up with the good brother! This of course will get me slack from Mike.
Josh’s primary role at SOS is to coordinate all print/supplies/ furniture with suppliers and our delivery crew.
Josh loves living in downtown Fort Wayne so he can enjoy the events and activities that come with a vibrant downtown. Friends and family are a must for Josh in his free time along with the yearly Bonnaroo trip.
Taylor started with SOS August of 2015 in the furniture/supply department. In this short time he has become the lead of our furniture installation team.
Along with putting thousands of parts together for cubical systems, Taylor has earned his degree in the culinary field. If you are lucky you will have his peach cobbler or his deep dish pizza.
When he is not busy doing that, he is coaching our youth at Rugby. I think this is how he gets his work frustrations out.
Derek has been with SOS since December 2013. He is instrumental in helping Taylor keep our furniture and supply clients happy.
Along with wrapping up school Derek has been active in the local Air National Guard. He loves to work on his Camaro and play golf.
It has helped us out tremendously that Derek likes to drive fast in his Camaro. We get deliveries done so much faster.
Or as I like to call her ... Mom.
My mom started over 10 years ago with the company. I did not want her working for anyone that told her when and where to be at any given time. (I wanted to do that.. haha) I wanted my mom to have freedom to do what she wants and to have a place to go to for the comradery and social part of having a job.
Mom takes care of all our filing, cleaning, returns and all printing that needs cut and packaged.
I would not keep her at the office so much if I could actually get her to cook her son a meal sometime.
Bob joined our company over 8 years ago. He fills in for our supply deliveries as we get busy in other areas.
Bob has got to have the most energy of anyone I have ever met! He gets in here on time every day he works and gets his stuff done, then he either heads out or helps me do hundreds of personal projects.
I am grateful we have crossed paths and that he enjoys filling in for us. We could not get as much done as we do without his flexibility and enthusiasm.