Jim Spano, President/CEO
“Live as if you are going to die tomorrow. Learn as if you are going to live forever” – Mahatma Gandhi
As current President, CEO, and original founder of Buffalo Office Interiors, Jim has four decades of experience in the industry. Kicking-off his career as an office supply salesman for Ryan and Williams in the early 1970s, he soon was promoted to Vice President of Sales, after helping to establish its new office furniture division. Among his accomplishments within that position was successfully managing the company’s growth from near bankruptcy to profitability. Due to this overwhelming success, he decided to pursue his own business. In 1981, Jim and his former partner established Buffalo Office Interiors, Inc. Thirty-three years later, together with his son Joe who serves as Vice President, Jim still enjoys being involved in daily operations where he empowers his team toward continued growth and the future success of the company.
Jim is very involved in many civic programs. Some of his more notable accomplishments are:
- Appointed as a delegate to the White House Small Business Association (SBA) conference in 1995
- 1994 Graduate of University at Buffalo Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Also served as mentor and reactor for the program
- Chairman for the Peter and Tommy Fund Pediatric Liver Foundation Golf Tournament
- Member, Board of Directors for Amherst Youth Hockey
- Co-Chair for the Medaille College Golf Tournament
- A member of the Buffalo Niagara Sales & Marketing Executives (BNSME)
- Chairman of the Advisory Council for the Small Business Association, Buffalo, NY
- Advisor for the Law Enforcement Foundation of Western New York
When Jim is not working or volunteering, he can be found on the golf course. But with Jim, family comes first, including his wife, Kathy, their oldest son, Joe, his wife Tammy, and their two children, Joey and Sienna, and his youngest son, Jimmy.
Joe Spano, Vice President
“Talent is God given. Be Humble.
Fame is man-given. Be grateful.
Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”
– John Wooden, UCLA Men’s Basketball Coach 1948-1975
Joe has been in various roles in the company since 1994, where he began his career in the warehouse/installation department. From there, he moved on to Purchasing Coordinator, Sales Assistant/Project Manager and Account Executive before becoming the Vice President and Co-Owner of the company. Joe attended Erie Community College and SUNY Potsdam, and completed his studies at Canisius College.
Joe is extremely passionate about hockey, and he is in 15th consecutive year of being a Youth Hockey Coach at the House, Travel, and High School levels, where his teams have ranged in age from 11-16 years old. He is the current Head Coach of the Williamsville North Spartans JV Hockey Team. Joe is also a Board of Directors Appointee for the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, Amherst Youth Hockey, and NFJV Hockey Association. He and his wife Tammy have two children, Joey and Sienna.
“The Golden Rule is…The man with the gold makes the rules.”
Dan is our longest employed team member. With Buffalo Office Interiors since 1991, he has supervised installation and construction of countless projects. His expertise in problem solving is second to none. Dan’s ability to facilitate and delegate tasks concludes in his ability to not only be detailed, but also efficient on every single project. He is also OSHA 10 hour industry certified.
Dan regularly enjoys boating and camping during the warmer months.
Mary Dettelis, Controller
“He who knows nothing is closer to the truth then he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.” – Thomas Jefferson
Mary has spent over 20 years in the accounting field working in many industries. She has been with Buffalo Office Interiors since 2009 as the Controller and oversees the Accounting Department. Mary is also responsible for the Human Resources Department as well as other areas of office management. Mary holds her Bachelor’s Degree from Buffalo State College and earned her MBA from Medaille College where she graduated first in her class.
Mary, a Buffalo native, has been married for 19 years, and has 2 children. She loves a good challenge and especially enjoys puzzles and mystery books.
Madelena McCauley, Interior Designer/Sales Associate
“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
Madelena joins Buffalo Office Interiors with commercial and residential design experience. She worked on the historically significant renovation of the Christian Science Reading Room on Main Street in Buffalo, NY. In addition she designed the Red Siren, a high end women’s boutique located in the Harborside. Maddie has her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh as well as her Masters in Interior Design from Florence Design Academy.
Madelena or “Maddie” as most of her friends and family call her, is proud to be part of a very close knit family that is native to the Buffalo area. When not designing Maddie can be found reading, writing, or working on the family Christmas Tree farm.
Jerry Glaser, Account Executive
“Don’t ever lose your sense of humor.” “Don’t ever take yourself too seriously!”
Jerry comes to us with over 25 years experience in the contract interiors industry. He served as the territory manager for Wunda Weve Carpet Mills, so he’s familiar with carpeting on a contract level. In addition, Jerry is the former owner of a contemporary art and American craft gallery, where he did interior design, custom picture framing, and represented over one hundred of the country’s finest artists and craftspeople both on a retail level and to the A&D community.
Recently, Jerry, a talented artist, facilitated a 1-person show, “Putting It Together”, a series of contemporary assemblages, hung at the Artsphere Gallery in Buffalo. The show ran from October through November of 2013, and plans are now underway to feature his work in a gallery in Brooklyn, NY in 2014!
Married for almost 49 years, Jerry is a proud father of 2 and grand-father of 3 grand-children.
Kile Krawczak, Director of Design
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t…you’re right.” – Henry Ford
Kile began her career with Buffalo Office Interiors in 2010 as an Interior Designer. She earned the promotion to Director of Design in 2016. Kile has completed many projects for clients such as: PHH Mortgage, Tapecon Inc., Erie Community College, and Great Lakes Medical Imaging. In addition, she designed a portion of the Junior League of Buffalo Decorator’s Show House 2011. Kile attended Hutchinson Central Technical High School and Majored in Engineering Technology and holds a BFA in Interior Design with a Minor in Creative Studies from Buffalo State College. Professionally, Kile strives to maintain focus on current industry trends. Recently, she attended a training program in Michigan through our key furniture manufacturer, Haworth.
When not working, Kile is extremely athletic and takes pride in challenging herself mentally and physically. She is a member of a CrossFit Box, recently obtained her Cross Fit Certification and has her Certificate in Personal Training from NCCPT in 2013. Most recently she became a Tough Mudder 2014 Finisher!
Sarah Bauer, Interior Designer
“The only way to do great work, is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
Sarah was hired as an Interior Designer in the Summer of 2015. She has an abundance of knowledge in design and custom millwork through her previous position where she designed luxurious hardwood kitchens, entertainment systems, bars, and home offices. She has experience in both residential and commercial settings providing excellent customer service and execution of projects. Sarah has her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from SUNY College at Buffalo.
Sarah was recently married to her caring husband Jacob in June 2015. Together they have three beloved dogs; a Boxer Lab mix, Kane, a Boston Terrier, Ellie, and a Chocolate Lab, Bella. She enjoys hiking and playing outdoor sports, especially volleyball.
Kathryn Ganschow, Interior Designer
“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
Kathryn came to Buffalo Office Interiors from the residential furniture industry where she designed living and dining rooms. Kathryn has experience in space planning and helping clients to select fabrics and finishes. Through previous employment she has also gained customer service experience and leadership skills. Kathryn has her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Buffalo State College.
In August of 2015, Kathryn married her husband Brendon. Together they have adopted a kitten, Squeak, from the SPCA. In her free time she loves to go camping and spend time with her family
Deborah McDonald, Accounting Clerk
“I’m the smart one”
Deborah has been with Buffalo Office Interiors in our accounting department for 15 years, where she has performed a variety of duties. She her AAS in Business Administration from Bryant and Stratton Business Institute, and several diplomas in Accounting, Business Administration, Travel and Tourism, and Vocational Bookkeeping.
A life-long Buffalonian, Deborah and her family are die-hard Bill’s fans! Her newest addition to her family is her kitten, Noel, who was adopted from the SPCA.
Casey Hester, Project Manager
“Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.”
Casey joined Buffalo Office Interiors in 2016. With over 18 years of experience in the furniture industry, he brings a wealth of knowledge to our company. Casey started out as a furniture installer and later in his career moved up to project management where he was able to bring his extensive experience to that upper level position. He has managed many projects from inception with various clients including banks, collection agencies, private offices, and large installations. With his background and management skills, Casey is an excellent fit to the Buffalo Office Interiors team.
In his personal time Casey enjoys basketball, camping, and traveling. He lives with his wife and two children in Amherst, N.Y.
Our dedicated and reliable team of Installers has over 40 years of combined knowledge in the industry. The install team is always in high spirits and strives to maintain a high standard of quality and outstanding customer satisfaction. Whether its new construction or office renovation, our technicians have the experience and resources to handle any project. In their down time, they enjoy fishing, camping, playing video games and spending time with their families.
Interested in joining our team? Check out our current career opportunities.