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Startup Ames with The HON Company

Date & Time Tuesday, September 27 12:00pm
Location ISU Economic Development Core Facitliy, 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames, Iowa 50010
Contact Alison Doyle, adoyle@iastate.edu

Join us on Tuesday, September 27 at noon the ISU Economic Development Core Facility for a special edition Startup Ames. We’ll be joined by ISU Alum and VP and General Manager for The HON Company, Kevin Mathis.

Why You Won’t Want to Miss This:
In August 2015, Kevin took on the assignment to develop and launch a new business model for HNI Corporation. The new business, Essentials by OFM, provides workplace furniture for budget-minded infrequent furniture purchasers who value a good deal. Essentials achieved their first sales in April, 2016 and is growing exponentially. Kevin is going to walk us through their journey from market research, to developing a business model and value proposition, to today where the brand is generating sales. Essentials can be previewed on Amazon by searching for Essentials by OFM.
About Kevin Mathis:
Vice President and General Manager, Essentials
The HON Company

Kevin Mathis is a Vice President for The HON Company, a leading provider of office furniture.  In his current assignment, Kevin is responsible for developing and launching a new furniture brand, Essentials by OFM, targeted at budget-minded infrequent workplace furniture purchasers who desire quality, convenience, and a good deal delivered quickly. He joined The HON Company in November 1994 and has held several positions including Vice President and General Manager, Transactional Business, Vice President Operations, Vice President Metal Casegoods Business, Vice President Seating Business and Plant Manager.  Prior to joining HON he held various manufacturing positions with Danaher Corporation, Sauer-Sundstrand, and White Consolidated Industries.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP and specify any dietary requirements so that we can ensure we have the appropriate amount of food (and space). Questions can be referred to Alison Doyle at ISU Research Park: adoyle@iastate.edu or 515.296.4204

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