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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Libby Stanton

Libby Stanton: Southern Texas and Louisiana

Libby earned her degree in interior design and has more than 20 years of experience working in the A&D industry. She has dedicated her career to providing attentive, client-focused service to her customers.

Grace 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.

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.

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.

Melissa Fayson

Melissa Fayson, Inside Sales Manager

Melissa Fayson has more than ten years of 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 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.

 Mike O'Connor

Mike O'Connor, Sampling Manager

Mike 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.

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.

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.

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.

Kim Miller

Kim Miller, Transportation Client Services

Kim is a great listener and gives her undivided attention to every customer. She is responsive to requests and detail-oriented in her work.

Alea Lourkounis

Alea Kourkounis, A&D Client Services

Alea is thorough in her work and proactively strives to ensure orders are processed quickly and accurately. She tackles challenges calmly and efficiently with her soft-spoken demeanor and professionalism.

Adair Luhr

Adair Luhr, A&D Client Services

Adair has extensive experience working in both residential sales and customer relations. She has received numerous awards for providing exceptional service.

NancyJane Lipinczyk

NancyJane Lipinczyk, A&D 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.

Jennifer MacQueenJennifer MacQueen, A&D Client Services

Jennifer joined the Garrett team with almost 20 years of experience. She is meticulous in her work and excels at going above and beyond for her customers.

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