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BIFMA Announces Election of New Board President for 2015-2016

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June 19, 2015



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BIFMA Announces Election of New Board President for 2015-2016


Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) is pleased to announce a new Board President, a Vice President/President-Elect, and confirm those continuing their terms on the BIFMA Board of Directors.


Daniel J. Tuohy has been elected as BIFMA Board President for the 2016 fiscal year. He is the President and CEO of Tuohy Furniture Corporation based in Chatfield, Minnesota. Daniel graduated from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, with a BA degree in Finance and studied International Business and Economics at Loyola in The American College, Rome. Dan was first employed by First Bank (US Bank), then Citi Bank in California as a Senior Business Analyst.


BIFMA also announced that Sylvain Garneau has been elected Vice President/President-Elect. He is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Groupe Lacasse based in Quebec, Canada.  An MBA graduate, Sylvain’s professional experience includes more than 25 years in the manufacturing sector where he has occupied various executive positions from EVP to CEO within large North American organizations with multi-location operations. Throughout his career, Sylvain and his family have had the chance to live in Chicago, IL and in Vancouver, BC prior to their return to Montreal in 2010 when he joined Groupe Lacasse.


Also continuing to serve on the BIFMA Board of Directors are:

·      Bret Ackerman, President & CEO, Indiana Furniture

·      Roger Arciniega, President & CEO, Momentum Group

·      Stan Askren, Chairman, President & CEO, HNI Corp.

·      Franco Bianchi, President & CEO, Haworth Inc.

·      Joel Feldberg, President & COO, The Global Group

·      James Keane, CEO, Steelcase, Inc.

·      Mike Keilhauer, President, Keilhauer

·      Carol Keogh, President & CEO, ESI Ergonomic Solutions

·      Mike Mekjian, Principal, Exemplis

·      Greg Moore, CEO, MooreCo, Inc.

·      Mark Rhoades, President/CEO, Highmark

·      Soren Stig-Nielsen, President, LINAK U.S. Inc.

·      Don Van Winkle, President & COO, Kimball International, Inc.

·      Brian Walker, President & CEO, Herman Miller Inc.


“We are honored to have such great leadership that will help guide BIFMA in the coming year,” stated Tom Reardon, BIFMA Executive Director. “The expertise and experience of this Board displays the strength of our industry and allows us to serve as the collective voice of the commercial furniture industry.”


 About BIFMA

BIFMA is the not-for-profit trade association for business and institutional furniture manufacturers. Since 1973, BIFMA has been the voice of the commercial furniture industry.


Our industry’s service to our customers – providing healthy, comfortable, and productive workspaces – rests on an infrastructure of engineering and materials standards. These standards, founded on centuries of craft and enhanced by ever-advancing science, embody the best of our knowledge on safety, ergonomics, and sustainability.


At BIFMA, we sponsor the development and refining of standards, explain their importance and application, and translate their necessary complexity into more easily understood and implemented formats. We also monitor the state of the industry, serve as a forum for member cooperation and collaboration, interact with international counterparts, and advocate for regulatory conditions that foster value and innovation.