We are a small company owned and operated by Jim and Susan Graham, husband and wife, as a Subchapter S corporation. Jim is the developer and designer of the products, and Susan manages the company as president.
Management style reflects the participation of the owners. The company respects its community of co-workers and treats all workers well. We attempt to develop and nurture the company as community. We are not very hierarchical.
6.1 Organizational Structure
Susan Graham, President, is responsible for overall business management. Our managers of finance, marketing, and sales report directly to Susan.
Jim Graham, designer, is responsible for product design and development, assembly, and manufacturing. Our workshop manager reports directly to Jim.
As co-owners, Jim and Susan jointly develop business strategy and long-term plans. Jim is strong on product know-how and technology, and Susan is strong on management and business know-how.
6.2 Management Team
Susan Graham, 43, president, had a successful career in retail before becoming half owner of Willamette Furniture Mfr. She was an area manager of Ross Stores, a buyer for Macy’s, and merchandising assistant for Sears and Roebuck. She has a degree in Literature from the University of Notre Dame.
Jim Graham, 44, workshop manager, designed furniture for Haines Manufacturing before becoming half owner of Willamette Furniture Mfr. He was responsible for one of the first executive desks designed to include customized fittings for personal computers, and was one of the first to design the monitor inside the desk under glass. He has an B.S. and M.S. in industrial design, from Stanford University and the University of Oregon, respectively.
Terry Hatcher, 34, is marketing manager. Terry joined Willamette Furniture Mfr. from the marketing department of the Thomasville Furniture chain, having been in charge of national catalog production and catalog advertising. Terry also managed direct sales at one of the furniture distributors that has since died to industry consolidation. Terry has a B.A. degree in literature from the University of Washington.
6.3 Management Team Gaps
We depend on our professionals, our CPA and our attorney, for some key management help. We don’t have a strong background in finance or business management.
As we grow we will need to develop more manufacturing technique, more mass production. Leslie grew up with the hand-made and custom furniture business, knows fine woodworking well, but admits a weakness in establishing standardized assembly.
6.4 Personnel Plan
The personnel table assumes slow growth in employees, and 10% per annum pay raises. We already have a strong benefits policy (with fully-paid medical, dental, and life insurance, plus a profit sharing and 401K plan) and very low turnover.
Salaries are generally in line with market pay for the Eugene area, although our benefits are above standard market level, so we ultimately pay a bit more for our people than what might be considered standard in our market. Eugene, however, is on average a lower wage location than most of the more developed industry areas.
As we grow, we expect to see steady increases in our personnel to match the increases in sales.
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