Meet the Team

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Meet the Team

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Diane Adams

Diane studied accounting and finance at Florida State College at Jacksonville and has over 40 years of experience, working 20 years for Sears Catalog in distribution and logistics before starting work at OE&S in 1993. Although she worked as CFO for 12 years, her current position allows her to work more directly with the parts of OE&S that she loves the most, such as creating a welcoming work environment, maintaining a positive company image and managing the people and real estate assets of the company. Diane focuses on accounts payable and general ledger bookkeeping and maintains the inventory of our showroom and warehouse. She also practices as a real estate broker and notary, and enjoys spending her free time with family at the beach, watching movies, listening to music, or relaxing at home with their three cats.

Teresa Alvey

Teresa holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is currently working toward a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting.  She has additional experience in administrative and data entry work. Her tasks at OE&S are varied and ever-changing, including accounts payable, billing, operations, and administrative duties. As one of the newer additions to our team, Teresa has enjoyed working with the other people and talent in our showroom. Outside of work, Teresa loves movies and reading, as well as spending time with her family. 

Cyndie Brake

Cyndie is the Senior Vice President and has over 30 years’ service with OE&S. She wears many hats, but her favorite is customer relations. She excels in large projects, as loves the challenge of putting the project “puzzle” together –from customer needs, product utilization, building flow- as well as coordinating with clients, manufacturers, trades and installers. Her longstanding client base attests to her and her team’s mastery of this skill. She is active as a community steward with the San Marco Rotary club and volunteer efforts with the Youth Leadership Jacksonville program. She is a proud member of Leadership Jacksonville’s class of 1994. When she’s not working, she loves birding, traveling the world and rooting on her mighty FSU Seminoles.

Allison Brown

Allison is one of the newer members of the OE&S team, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from FSU and previous experience as a design consultant and sales associate for a residential furniture store. She currently works as both an account manager and project specialist, and loves that her role enables her to combine both her passions for sales and design. Allison focuses on cultivating new projects and building relationships within the A&D community and with end-users. She adapts quickly and easily and effectively takes on any problem that heads her way. When not in the office, Allison loves running and going to the beach with her dog, Lily. 

John Davis

John is another long-standing and dynamic employee at OE&S, moving from installer to installer supervisor, and now to Operations Manager during his 25+ years here. On a day-to –day basis, John is in charge of scheduling and managing all installers and supervisors, performing service calls, inspecting job sites and assisting with labor and manpower quotes. He also plays a vital role in pre-job planning and project management, especially on larger jobs. John’s weekends and after-work hours are largely spent fresh water fishing in many locations around Jacksonville.

Marjorie Ashby Davis

Marjorie’s summer internship at OE&S during college led to her ultimately returning to the company after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from Georgia Southern University. Over the past five years Marjorie has risen steadily within the organization and now serves as account manager, where she handles corporate, military and defense, and financial clients, such as PNC and Northrop Grumman. She has served the last two years as Awards Gala Chair for National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (now NAIOP) and is active in local International Interior Design Association events. In her leisure time, Marjorie enjoys fishing and watching college football with her husband and their golden retriever Wyatt.

Stefanie Fraidenburg

Stefanie joined the OE&S team soon after she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 1997. She became a licensed interior designer in 2010 and is also a LEED AP BD+C, which is an additional certification in energy-efficient building design. Her team works on both large and small projects, with much of her day-to-day work focused on maintaining continuing accounts, such as Baptist Medical and CSX. Stefanie has twins who are very involved in soccer, and she spends much of her spare time out on the field watching them play.

Liz Hammonds

While Liz worked for Wachovia/Wells Fargo Bank for eight years, she attended Florida State College of Jacksonville and completed her Associate of Science degree in Interior Design. In 2015, she joined OE&S as a project specialist and currently handles a variety of responsibilities, including space planning, drawing, selecting furniture and finishes, and monitoring deadlines, deliveries and installations. She is an excellent multi-tasker! In her leisure time, Liz enjoys re-purposing and upcycling, and can often be found sanding, staining, painting, sewing or reupholstering something at home. 

Todd Hogan

Todd holds a degree in Accounting and has worked in the financial field for 19 years, including ten years at Cue and Case and four years at a microbuild tech company prior to his position as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at OE&S. Todd meets with and supports the sales teams and contributes heavily towards the direction and future of the company as a whole. This includes working with Haworth’s Workplace Alliance to compare and network OE&S among other Haworth dealers and industry forces. On a day-to-day basis, Todd manages the monthly books, pays company bills, collects A/R, and contributes toward the ease of Ownership Thinking implementation among everyone in the company.

Melanie Johnson

Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in 2004 and has worked with OE&S ever since as designer and project specialist. Her team works on a variety of projects, including large-scale commercial projects for global companies, such as Johnson & Johnson and Gulf Stream. Throughout her years at OE&S, Melanie has enjoyed observing and working through the changing trends of modern office design, as well as the rewards that come from making her longtime customers happy and their lives better. At home, Melanie loves gardening and spending time outdoors and with her son, Travis.

Lauren Kaufman

Lauren has three years of experience and has worked in both residential and commercial design. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture, with a minor in Business Administration, from UNC-Greensboro. Her preference for the commercial aspects of interior design led her to a career at OE&S. Lauren enjoys the technical side of design, including mastering software like AutoCAD and CET Designer. She also excels in problem-solving and has a passion for space planning and discovering how numerous pieces of furniture fit together to create the best solution for clients. 

Yvonne Mckenzie

Yvonne is a Jacksonville native and graduate from Andrew Jackson High School who has been a faithful presence at OE&S since 1997. Yvonne’s is the first face you see when you walk through our doors and the calming voice you hear on the telephone when you call. Yvonne supports the sales teams by problem-solving issues and managing the flow of paperwork. She loves OE&S and the leadership that she believes creates an environment in which one’s skills can be utilized efficiently in serving clients. She treats both clients and co-workers with respect and kindness. Yvonne is a devoted pianist; she teaches private piano lessons and can also be heard every weekend playing at her church. 

Linda Parsons

In addition to holding a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Linda has an extensive work history, both before and at OE&S. She and her husband previously owned a manufacturer’s rep business, and at one point she even worked for Haworth in Los Angeles before beginning her 22+ years here. Linda focuses on establishing long term relationships with repeat corporate clients through phenomenal project management and exceptional customer service. She loves that no two days are the same and she adores her customers. When not working, Linda loves to travel, read and go on walks. 

Alicia Poindexter

Alicia graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University in December 2012, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. After a brief time of working for both a design build firm and a commercial furniture dealer in Gainesville, she started as a designer and project manager for OE&S in 2014. She is highly detail-oriented and enjoys delighting her customers through ongoing customer service. Her current professional goals include both becoming professionally licensed as an interior designer by 2016 and becoming a LEED Accredited Professional. Alicia enjoys spending time outdoors canoeing, hiking, going to the beach, or attending events. 

Mel Schock

Mel has 17+ years sales experience with dealerships, 16 of which have been spent at OE&S. Her team focuses on corporate, education, and government clients such as Duval County Schools, the University of North Florida, FSCJ, and Kings Bay. She enjoys meeting lots of different people and knows that each day at OE&S presents new challenges and situations. Mel has been involved with CREW Jacksonville, a charitable organization, for 12 years and also helps out with local IIDA and OE&S events. After work, Mel enjoys relaxing and spending time with her family and friends.

Julie Tate

Julie graduated in 2003 from Meredith College in North Carolina with Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design and Art. She worked at a Haworth dealership in south Texas before joining OE&S in 2006. As a project specialist, she focuses almost exclusively on Gulfstream, providing design support to facilities around the USA. With her high attention to detail, she excels in helping her customers work to get the most functional design for their workspace during renovations. In her spare time she loves to quilt and paint, renovate their older transitional home with her husband, and prepare for the arrival of their third baby girl. 

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