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.
Michael Cuviello, General Manager
Michael is happy to be back involved with the Buffalo business market as General Manager of Buffalo Office Interiors in 2017.
Michael has worked with, educated, and consulted dozens of dealers and manufacturers. With management expertise ranging from operations, sales, marketing, as well as, installation, Michael has over 30 years of high level experience in the office furniture industry.
Years of success have always been owed to taking a “people first” approach when dealing with clients and employees alike.
Kile Thadani, Director of Interior 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 has completed the Mighty Niagara Half Marathon and the Tough Mudder.
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
Ryan Morley, Interior Designer
Ryan is our newest addition to the team. He is our youngest designer having graduated in 2018. He has interned with several Designers within the area soaking up knowledge and learning different styles and techniques. Through previous employment, he has learned basic design techniques, customer service, and organizational skills. Through his opportunity as a Student board member with BAF, he has also acquired leadership skills. Ryan has his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior design from Villa Maria College.
Ryan likes to travel, and so far he has been to Paris, London, and Italy. He is also an animal lover with 3 cats, 2 Dogs, and 1 tarantula . In his spare time. He likes to be creative by making crafts and dabbles in photography.
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
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.