what we're about

At Business Furniture + Choreo, we believe the environments where we spend most of our time
and the people we share it with make us who we are.

We create spaces that help people do their best work.

Business Furniture + Choreo is deeply rooted in family - and always has been. The company was founded in 1922 by Indiana native Cy Ober who employed the people he trusted the most - his family - they helped to lead the business until 1987 when it was sold to former Steelcase executive, Dick Oakes.

Family continued to be at the center under the Oakes ownership. Less than ten years after buying the company, Dick met his wife, Mary Beth at Business Furniture and they married in 1999. Together, an engaging blend of charisma, entrepreneurial spirit and community involvement was born. Dick and Mary Beth shared a passion for building great relationships with their customers and employees. 

In 2008, Mary Beth saw the workplace revolution as an exciting challenge. Work was not limited to cubicles but a hub for innovation and company culture - so Choreo was created - and change management services were added to the business.


As part of the next chapter, Dick retired from owning the business and as of late 2020, the company is 100% woman-owned and a certified Woman Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) recognized by the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana. 



At BF+C, family is more than blood- it’s the people you collaborate with and share space with every day. Our employee family strives to be consistently synonymous with our core values: relationships, innovation, and doing the right thing.

our story

WE SEE THE WHOLE OF THE MOON

choreo

Workplace Specialists

Design

Operations

as a new chapter

business Development

We are always looking for talented people

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Our Leadership Team

Terry Richard

chief Revenue officer

Terry, "TR" or "T" is always buttoned up and ready to go to work for the BF+C team. Terry started 25 years ago as an installer and he's been in just about every role at Business Furniture + Choreo from sales, to installation, to making the big decisions on the executive leadership team. He's passionate about supporting the work at St. Mary's Children Center and Philanthropic committee at BOMA.

Terry, his wife, April, three sons and two dogs like to get down with a lively family game night. 

chief Revenue officer

President+ Owner

Suzanne is passionate about people and understanding the science behind getting the right people on the bus and in the right seats. She's constantly challenging our team to be better leaders, push for self-improvement and learn to speak up for what's right.

She has a serious travel bug and can't sit still until she has her next adventure on the calendar. Suzanne hits the road with her husband, Barry, and the two are always happy to get back home to their pug, Tulip.  

SUZANNE BENTLEY

President + Owner 

Suzanne Bentley

"MB" is at the heart of everything that happens at Business Furniture + Choreo. Whether she's meeting with clients or hosting our company 'Wine Down Wednesday' she's passionate about making culture the center of every company. She's spent the last 28 years doing furniture and change management, starting at the front desk on floor sales and helping walk-in clients around the showroom. There's a level of grit and positivity in everything she does, including her commitment to philanthropy and serving on boards that focus on female leadership and empowerment.

When MB isn't scoping out the latest workplace trends, she's rescuing Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and floating on a pontoon boat on Lake Kesslerwood with her husband Dick.  

MARY BETH OAKES

CEO + OWner

mary beth oakEs

ceo + owner

Terry Richard

Mary Meredith

vp of client services

Mary has been an integral part of Business Furniture for 27+ years and understands all of the aspects of what goes into creating and delivering a beautiful space. Mary collaborates with teams across the company to ensure every project is seamless and clients are thrilled with their results.

Mary loves sipping coffee on the patio with her husband, Buzz, and rescue pup, Wolfee. She looks forward to celebrating Christmas all year long with her kids Monica and Logan and giant collection of nutcrackers and angels.  

VP of operations

TJ SCHooley

TJ knows the ins and outs of everything operations at Business Furniture + Choreo, he started here 25 years ago working as an installer and follows every project from the moment the order is placed all the way to delivery day. The team loves when TJ gets the run of the showroom playlist because we know we're going to rock out to 80s ballads.

TJ is baseball obsessed and loves travelling with his wife Hannah to see their son, Brock, play baseball at Purdue Northwest.  

TJ schooley

vice president of operations

Mary Meredith

vice president of Client satisfaction

amanda clark

Vice President of marketing

Amanda loves the art of storytelling. As a former news reporter, she understands people may not remember the details but will always remember how you made them feel. She's obsessed with getting in those 'feels' and helping people understand how important your space is for your mental and physical well-being.

Amanda also runs a non-profit dedicated to caring for caregivers , Cocktails & Chemo. When she's not posting on Instagram or trying to save the world, she's at soccer practice with her daughter, Mira Joey, and attempting to train a wild Goldendoodle puppy.  

vp of marketing

CRYSTAL DEVAULT

CLIENT SERVICES team lead

amanda clark

vice president of marketing

SCOTT BRITTON

distribution manager

Scott is the lead conductor of the warehouse, delicately coordinating the ins and outs of what makes Business Furniture + Choreo a standout on the stage. His expertise and nearly a decade in the business allows for projects to be perfectly aligned with each client’s timeline.

Scott makes our building and people look good with his personal attention to each freight that arrives and ensure each truck leaves with a purpose to do their best work.

Scott treats his team like family and when he’s not wearing his BF+C baseball cap, he’s wearing his “dad” hat with pride, fishing and camping with his son and wife.

distribution manager

Hannah creates beautiful spaces, she scours the market for industry trends and has an insane photographic memory on all products. Hannah is the heart of our Fishers location, MINDSET, creating dynamic and engaging experiences for our clients.

She's not all work-Hannah knows how to throw a party and shows off her skills for the IIDA signature events and BF+C parties.

 On the weekends, you can find her tackling a DIY home project or exploring a new state park camping with her husband Greg and sweet baby Hazel.  

vP OF AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT

HANNAH FREIHERR

vice President OF AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT

SCOTT BRITTON

Kyle garvey

warehouse manager - DAYTON 

SCOTT BRITTON

John is our “can do” guy with a detail-oriented and highly organized mind we can all admire. His experience allows him to engage with partners at Eli Lilly and our team of designers to ensure each space is functional and purposeful.

John’s energy is the heart of that team and he needs it as he stays busy with four kiddos and coaching their sports.

John Montgomery 

Lilly Operations Manager

DIRECTOR of Design +
WORKPLACE STRATEGY

Danielle knows when you get the right ingredients together something magical happens, and we aren’t just talking about her guacamole skills. As the Director of Design, she’s the head chef, stirring and supporting the designers, so they have the freedom and creative flavor they need to deliver for their clients.

Danielle also is a skilled Choreo workplace strategist and loves getting the inside scoop on how organizations work best and can make small changes to work even better.

Outside of work, she’s the MOMAGER managing a husband, two boy’s busy sports schedules and two cute and cuddly pups.

Danielle DAvis

DIRECTOR OF DESIGN +
WORKPLACE STRATEGY CONSULTANT

eli lilly design team lead

LISA OUelLETTE

john montgomery

Eli Lilly operations manager

Danielle davis

nancy mcmichael

vice president of finance

Joe peters

DIRECTOR OF SAFETY & qUALITY

josh payton

operations  manager - dayton

"I bought Business Furniture from John Ober in 1987, after working at Steelcase as a sales executive for nearly 20 years. I've always believed if you aren't the lead dog, then the scenery never changes. 

Over the years, I've watched the way we work change in ways we'd never dreamed but with the drive to be the best and create atmospheres for results- there's a reason Business Furniture will be celebrating 100 years in 2022 and I'm darn proud to be part of it." 

Rebecca Dean

VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

dainen tolman

DIRECTOR OF K-12 EDUCATION

MARY BETH OAKES

CEO & OWNER

Our business development Team

SCOTT WARNER

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

mike zuidema

business development
Dayton

samantha rosen

business development

business development

meet our owners

Amanda Clark

Vice president of marketing

Hannah Freiherr

vice president of audience development

margo dehner

CLIENT EXPERIENCE CURATOR

cory rocca

Client experience curator

Our marketing Team

mary beth oakes

ceo + owner

danielle davis

DIRECTOR OF DESIGN +
WORKPLACE STRATEGY CONSULTANT

marketing + branding
specialist

Margo Dehner

Our choreo Team

Heidi Dellekamp

workplace specialist

jana goehring

learning environment specialist

rodney hopkins

workplace specialist-
dayton

kevin maxwell

workplace specialist-
dayton

casey mcpherson

workplace specialist

jenni mendoza

workplace specialist

brittany murphy

workplace specialist

penni reed

Project Audit + Planning Specialist

Carol Payne

workplace specialist

charlotte baker

workplace specialist

Jolynne Wilhoit

workplace specialist

julie homan

Workplace Specialist

kim graf

workplace specialist

terry richard

chief operations operator

Our workplace specialists

cora sweeney

designer

aNNA LUKE

senior designer

HANNAH FINGERHUT

SENIOR designer

lisa ouellette

designer

Jeff Schwind

designer

TABITHA VACHON

designer

eric van dyke

designer- Learning 
spaces

danielle davis

DIRECTOR OF DESIGN +
WORKPLACE STRATEGY CONSULTANT

Cathy Ley

designer - Dayton

designer

JEN Scherr

ashley tarak

designer

kristina saylor

designer - Dayton

Our design Team

andrea cox

bookkeeper

suzy brown

inventory administrator

laura long

accounts payable

heather marshall

accounting specialist

scott bastin

director of i.t

Nancy mcmichael

vp of finance

Our finance Team

Crystal Devault

team leader- client services

Mary Meredith

VP of client satisfaction

kim odle

CLIENT SERVICE COORDINATOR

Steve Swengel

Client Service Coordinator

lori peters

Client Services
Coordinator

Our client services Team

CHRIS POLSON

PROJECT MANAGER

Scott Britton

Distribution manager

Joseph Donahue

operations

Matt Lambert

project manager

Landon Lynn

INSTALLATION

Jay McIntire

INSTALLATION

Wayne Morris

INSTALLATION

joshua Payton

operations manager- DAYTON

Joe peters

DIRECTOR OF SAFETY & qUALITY

david polson

INSTALLATION

donnie richard

project manager

Lilly Operations MAnager

John Montgomery

larry kealey

installation

tj schooley

VP of Operations

christopher shull

installation

tim skinner SR.

installation

richie webb

INSTALLATION - DAYTOn

installation

Jesus Martinez Cruz

Rodger Bolton

Project MAnager

Don Temple

INSTALLATION & SERVICE

cameron jewell

network coordinator/
project manager

tim skinner jr.

installation

jamil armstrong

INSTALLATION

jeff phillips

 installation

jesse steen

logistics coordinator

OUR OPERATIONS TEAM