Thursday, October 2, 2014

SideMark welcomes Emily Ransone as Principal


SideMark Workplace Planning and Furniture Services Firm Names Emily Ransone, LEED AP, as Principal 

Former General Manager at Goodmans Interior Structures, Herman Miller, Kimball Office to Lead SideMark Development Team with Renewed Focus on San Francisco, Silicon Valley


Santa Clara, CA – October 1, 2014 – SideMark, an award-winning furniture services and workplace consulting firm, announced Emily Ransone, LEED AP, has joined the firm as Principal. In her new role, Emily will engage with customers and her development team to lead SideMark’s We make work feel good initiative.   

Prior to joining SideMark, Ransone was the general manager at Goodmans Interior Structures (Albuquerque, New Mexico) and has held management positions in marketing and sales with major office furniture manufacturers Herman Miller and Kimball Office. A proven executive with a 17-year career marked by recognized achievements, Ransone is known for her strong leadership and ability to create market opportunities by encouraging her team and clients to practice “disruptive thinking.”  

“The leadership and energy Emily brings to SideMark and the sales team will help us continue to serve our Silicon Valley and San Francisco clients. I have no doubt she will be at the forefront of finding creative, cost-effective ways to exceed client expectations,” said SideMark President Sandi Jacobs.

Jacobs and SideMark Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations Bruce Paul recently purchased the 30-year-old privately held company from Founder Randy Horton. One of the top 50 privately heldcompanies in Silicon Valley,  SideMark serves clients ranging from global Fortune 500 companies to small startups. The company works closely with architects, design firms, construction companies, brokers, project management firms and others to help clients achieve business objectives by maximizing workspace effectiveness. In addition to hiring Ransone, SideMark plans to double its team of professional sales associates and customer service representatives over the next six months.

“The San Francisco Bay Area is experiencing tremendous growth, along with a compression of real estate. Companies are under pressure to leverage their investment in workplace environments. Finding solutions will require us to challenge conventional thinking about how to leverage the office environment as a strategic tool to achieve business objectives,” said Ransone. “I can think of no better firm to do this than SideMark. Sandi and Bruce lead from the heart. I share their passion for this industry and their clients,” said Ransone.

Ransone has won numerous professional achievement awards, including Herman Miller’s Jerry Koster Award for exemplifying company ethics, servant leadership, culture and hard work, and four Cube Awards for exceeding annual sales goals. Ransone has been recognized as an outstanding industry representative by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Phoenix Chapter and has held leadership roles with several networking groups including the Urban Land Institute and Valley Forward (Phoenix-based sustainable development). A firm believer in giving back, she has served on the boards of Junior Achievement and Rooted In Good. Ransone participated in Vistage International’s Executive Development Program and is a graduate of Leadership New Mexico. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma.


About SideMark 
Founded in 1984 as DesignMark, SideMark (www.sidemark.com) is a privately held furniture services and workplace consulting firm serving clients in commercial, government and institutional markets. The company has won numerous awards from IIDA and has distribution relationships with Teknion and over 200 other manufacturers of furnishings, materials and workplace technologies.  Services include workplace visioning, collaborative design, space utilization studies, value engineering, project installation, move-in, “Day Two” services, final LEED documentation, workplace management and long-term planning. SideMark’s clients include well-known firms such as Sephora, the California Academy of Sciences, NetApp, IBM, Environmental Defense Fund, Rabobank, Riverbed and others.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A New Chapter in the SideMark Story: Sandi Jacobs and Bruce Paul take the helm at SideMark

SideMark President Sandi Jacobs, SVP Bruce Paul Assume Ownership of Workplace Planning and Furniture Services Firm

Founder Randy Horton Remains Onboard as Advisor, New Owners Earmark 20% SideMark Stock for Employee Ownership

Sandi Jacobs
Sandi Jacobs

Santa Clara, CA – September 10, 2014 – SideMark, an award-winning furniture services and workplace consulting firm, announced that President Sandi Jacobs and Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations Bruce Paul have purchased the 30-year-old privately held company from Founder and CEO Randy Horton. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. Known for her commitment to her staff, Jacobs also announced that SideMark is earmarking 20 percent of the firm’s stock for employee ownership. 

“Sandi joined SideMark in 1989 and has been preparing for this day since she 
became president six years ago. As Office Furniture Dealer Alliance chairperson and an International Interior Design Association member, she understands the industry from a global perspective. Sandi knows what it takes for SideMark to remain a leader. She’s particularly adept at empowering our employees to find creative, cost-effective ways to exceed clients’ expectations. I’m honored to pass SideMark and its legacy for unparalleled customer service on to an accomplished professional like Sandi,” said CEO Randy Horton. 

Bruce Paul
Horton will continue to work with the new owners and serve as CEO during the transition. SideMark serves clients ranging from global Fortune 500 companies to small startups. The SideMark team works closely with architects, design firms, construction companies, brokers, project management firms and others to help clients achieve business objectives by maximizing workspace effectiveness. 

“Creating a synergy with this group of professionals is critical for SideMark’s ongoing success. Our team is known for managing clients’ projects as if we have a stake in their outcome – which we do. It takes empowered, committed employees to provide this high level of personalized service. That’s why Bruce and I have set aside 20 percent of SideMark stock for employees who have been with us for five years or more. Their increased involvement and voice will enable SideMark to improve and change at an even more rapid pace,” said Jacobs.

About SideMark 
Founded in 1984 as DesignMark, SideMark is a privately held furniture services and workplace consulting firm serving clients in commercial, government and institutional markets. The company has won numerous awards from IIDA and has distribution relationships with Teknion and over 200 other manufacturers of furnishings, materials and workplace technologies.  Services include workplace visioning, collaborative design, space utilization studies, value engineering, project installation, move-in, “Day Two” services, final LEED documentation, workplace management and long-term planning. SideMark’s clients include well-known firms such as Sephora, the California Academy of Sciences, NetApp, IBM, Environmental Defense Fund, Rabobank, Riverbed and others. More information is available at www.sidemark.com


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Flexibility is Key to Happiness: How Sandi Plays a Role!


Sandi dishes on the importance of flexibility in business, in workspace, and in furniture. Furniture plays a vital role in how we work and how we attract and retain talent. In the competitive furniture landscape of today, dealers and manufacturers must be able to balance customization and commoditization, while maintaining quality service and a lean business model.


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