Our Team

Sales Team

Rich Ruggeri

Rich Ruggeri: Director of Business Aviation

Rich works with Jennifer Coleman and our Account Executives to further strengthen  and expand our relationships within the aviation community.

Gina Harper

Gina Harper: Pacific Northwest

Based in Seattle, Gina has strong design industry knowledge and years of experience. She works directly with all Garrett Leather clients throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Joe LaBarre

Joe LaBarre: Northern California

Joe is a graduate of San Diego State University. He began his career in the A&D Community over 25 years ago selling wall coverings before transitioning to commercial upholstery. Joe enjoys connecting with people, building relationships and becoming a trusted resource to his clientele.

Amy Ericson

Amy Ericson: Central California

Amy has a passion for interior design and has worked in the industry for many years. She loves being involved in the design process and helping clients during every stage of each project.

Grace Brown Rek

Grace Brown Rek: Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana

Grace spent many years at Garrett Leather's headquarters learning every aspect of the business. She moved to Chicago and enjoys meeting customers face-to-face to promote the family business.

Lauren PotakLauren Potak: Northern Texas and Oklahoma

Lauren earned her degree in interior design before moving to New York City to begin her career within the A & D community. She moved to Dallas to work as a sales executive in the Hospitality and Multi-family markets prior to joining our team. She currently sits on the NEWH Board of Directors. 

Paula Cavallin

Paula Cavallin: Ontario and Quebec

Paula has worked in the A & D community for over 25 years and has been involved with many exciting projects. She has a passion for interior design and loves working with her clients. Paula looks forward to building relationships with clients in Ontario and Quebec.

Kim Patriarca

Kim Patriarca: New England

Kim earned her degree in Interior Design and has been in the contract furniture industry for 20 years working with end-users and the A&D community throughout the New England region.  She prides herself in providing the best customer experience and product solutions to her clients. She has a passion for design and loves seeing them come to life.

Lucia Portali Waters

Lucia Portali Waters: Manhattan

Lucia is very passionate about leather and has comprehensive knowledge of many aspects of the leather industry. She also ran her own art and design business and has extensive experience working with designers, architects and purchasing agents throughout the A&D community.

Oscar Burgos

Oscar Burgos: New York Showroom Manager

Oscar has extensive experience in both outside sales and showroom management. As a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Oscar is thrilled to be back at the Decoration & Design Building to assist designers in finding the perfect products.

Ailene Werner

Ailene Werner: Mid-Atlantic

Ailene is a seasoned professional in the architecture and design industry. She is an accomplished hospitality designer. Ailene brings a strong work ethic and great industry connections to Garrett Leather.

Heather Leopold

Heather Leopold: Southeast

Heather is an experienced professional spending many years in the textiles industry with various well-known brands. Her enthusiasm and passion for design enable her to assist clients with an incredible amount of energy and personal service.

Angela Kelman

Angela Kelman: Northern Florida

During the last 18 years, Angela has worked with the A&D community on projects throughout the world.  She enjoys collaborating with clients to bring their visions to reality.

Patricia Civil

Patricia Civil: Southern Florida

Patricia has strong A&D relationships from her years in sales with a fabric company. Prior to joining Garrett Leather, she specified artwork and mirrors within the hospitality industry. Patricia loves promoting Garrett Leather to all industries within her territory.

Corporate Headquarters

Max Brown

Max Brown, President

Max Brown represents the second generation of the company. After a decade of managing various departments throughout the organization, he was ready to take the helm. He continues to lead the company with the founding ideals firmly in place.

Bridget ForthBridget Forth, Vice President of Finance

Bridget earned her Master's degree in accounting from St. Bonaventure University and passed the CPA exam. For over 20 years, she has managed the finances for the company and has kept us in the black.

John Sansano

John Sansano, Vice President of Operations

John has 20 years of experience in logistics and operations management. He oversees all shipping, receiving, and quality control procedures. He is Six Sigma Black Belt certified and excels at improving productivity and inventory accuracy.

 Jennifer Coleman

Jennifer Coleman, Vice President of Aviation Sales

For over 25 years, Jennifer has nurtured and grown our aviation business to record levels. Her dedication and commitment to exceeding customers' expectations are simply unparalleled.

Ed Berowski

Ed Berowski, Vice President of Sales

Ed manages all aspects of the sales team to develop long lasting relationships with team members and clients. This encompasses all domestic and international locations to promote the growth of Garrett Leather products and to ensure we are creating the best possible client experience.

Roberta Sand

Roberta Sand, Vice President of Marketing

For more than two decades, Roberta has helped to build and promote the Garrett Leather brand. She is responsible for planning and directing all marketing initiatives, including sales collateral, digital platforms, public relations, and special events.

Paul Rose

Paul Rose, Special Projects Manager

Paul is responsible for planning, quoting, and handcrafting Wall Panel orders. He also manages the procurement of other special projects such as Welt Cord, Rug Binding, and leather fringe.

Sherman Shepherd

Sherman Shepherd, Sampling Manager

Sherman has been fulfilling sample orders for numerous years and has a thorough understanding of our products. He is detailed-oriented and has exceptional organizational skills to ensure all samples are sent in a timely and professional manner.

Michelle Nasca

Michelle Nasca, Client Services Manager

Michelle oversees the entire customer service team. She provides regular training and support to ensure all of our customers enjoy the best leather purchasing experience possible.

Melissa Fayson

Melissa Fayson, Sales Manager

Melissa spent three years in our Client Services department prior to moving into sales. After consistently exceeded sales goals, she was promoted to Sales Manager to lead our Inside Sales team and some of our Account Executives to help them achieve their goals. 

Amy Orzechowski

Amy Orzechowski, Inside Sales

Amy is a seasoned professional who provides friendly and prompt service on a consistent basis. She truly cares about her customers and shows determination in making sure her clients expectations are met.

Adam Gilewski

Adam Gilewski, Inside Sales

Adam spent seven years in quality inspection and shipping prior to moving into sales. He has in-depth knowledge of our products, processes, and high quality standards. He is excited to share his expertise and assist clients with their projects.

Ryan DePaolo Ryan DePaolo, Inside Sales

Ryan has extensive sales experience and strong customer focus. He enjoys working with clients to help them see their projects through from conception to completion.

Joy Mattice

Joy Mattice, Transportation Client Services

Joy works diligently to provide customers with exceptional service. She believes in giving each customer her personal attention and remains receptive and thorough in all of her interactions.

Julie Westemeier

Julie Westermeier, Transportation Client Services

Julie worked in our Sampling and Shipping departments prior to moving into Client Services. She has thorough understanding of our products and enjoys helping customers make the best selectons for their projects.

NancyJane Lipinczyk

NancyJane Lipinczyk, Transportation Client Services

NancyJane has a way of putting a smile on everyone's face with her positive attitude and enthusiasm. Her true passion is customer service. NancyJane loves working directly with customers and helping them in every way that she can.

Nikki MarkeyNikki Markey, A&D Client Services

With Nikki's past experience working in HR, she brings an empathetic approach with her customers and co-workers and a different point of view to the department.

Ersa Shaika

Ersa Shaikh, A&D Client Services

Ersa has extensive experience and an impressive track record of providing outstanding customer service. She is dedicated to giving the best service possible to every single client.

Amy Collver

Amy Collver, A&D Client Services

Amy is a seasoned customer service professional, best known for her friendly approach and cheerful disposition. She sincerely loves helping clients during every stage of their journey, from initial concepts to final purchase and beyond.  

Michelle ChoinskiMichelle Choinski, A&D Client Services

Michelle is excited to be a part of the Garrett Leather team and assist her clients in making the best selections. She has a positive attitude and a sincere willingness to help others.

Adair LuhrAdair Luhr, Employee Advocate & Sustainability Leader

After previously working in our Client Services department, Adair is shifting her focus to actively reinforce our positive company culture and values. She is also pursuing certifications and accreditations for our sustainability initiatives.

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