Bill Keller in a Rapson Forty-Eight chair

In the Hot Seat: Leland President Bill Keller

If you know Leland, you know it as a furniture company with an array of fresh, dynamic and progressive products.

But Leland is so much more. Behind the beautifully designed furniture is a team of talented designers, sales representatives and support staff – all who are ultimately lead by the company’s president.

On March 13, 2018, Bill Keller was named President of Leland. We put Bill in the hot seat to learn a little more about the man in charge.

 

Bill with a group of Leland reps

 

Q: What is your favorite product from Leland?

A: Choosing just one product is impossible. Can I pick two? The Marquette chair that put Leland on the map is a timeless piece. It’s extremely comfortable and has been a staple of our company since opening in 1992.  Another favorite is the Amadeus chair, which embodies the future of Leland. Its simple design makes this chair completely versatile – it can fit practically anywhere.

 

The Marquette chair lineup and Amadeus wood chair

 

Q: What is one goal you have for the company?

A: Leland has so much potential. We’re just getting started! Growth is on the top of my radar along with increasing the visibility of the Leland brand. Continuing to build a culture of serving our customers through exceptional products and with positive customer experiences is also very important.

 

Q: Have you experienced any embarrassing moments yet?

A: In my short time with Leland, I’ve already had a few laughs. While leading a discussion on how to better support our dealer customers, we identified the “Oh Ship” program as an important tactic. Accidently, I wrote down “No Ship” – thinking, well, of course we need that! I’m sure this is only the first of many embarrassing moments to come.

 

Q: Personally, who is Bill Keller?

A: I’m blessed with a wife, Lisa, who I have known for more than 40 years and have been married to for more than 35 years. We have two children: a daughter Tori, son Christopher and daughter-in-law Jenny. We all love to hike and enjoy running the Irish Jig on St. Patrick’s Day or the Gobble Wobble on Thanksgiving morning. One of my favorite family trips was traveling to see multiple British Premier “football” League matches in London and Manchester. There’s nothing quite like a pint in the local pub and then walking a few blocks to the stadium.

 

Author: Katie Pirog – Detergent Design
Photography: Damion Van Slyke

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