Our Team

Claus Ihlemann

Founder And President

Claus has over 45 years of experience in furniture and design. Educated in Denmark, followed by four years in England working for a furniture and design company that specialized in Scandinavian furniture, he then spent time in Arizona and California before settling in Norfolk, VA in 1975, where he founded Decorum Furniture. Claus has a passion for the furniture and design business, a keen interest in architecture, love for the arts, and enjoys the cultural amenities of the Hampton Roads Region as well as the City’s great selection of restaurants. Claus’ favorite pastime is to spend time at home with his Husband, family and friends. His other pastimes include travel , reading, cooking and baking artisanal breads.

Robert Roman

Vice President

If there was one word to describe Robert Roman, it would be passionate. Whether it’s furniture, cooking, entertaining or just life in general, Robert puts “everything” into it Robert has over 25 years of retail management experience, most of it being in the fashion industry. That experience has helped him transition into the furniture business. Robert is involved in every facet of store operations. Buying, merchandising, and display being the ones that keep him the most busy. In Robert’s spare time, he loves spending time in the kitchen creating food as art and traveling with his best friend/husband. Or should that be husband/best friend?

Robin Johnston

Operations Manager

Robin started her career with Decorum over 20 years ago.
After obtaining a degree in Business Administration, she managed fashion boutiques before finding her home with Decorum. Robin has a love of retail and working with people.
Our commitment to customer service is a very important part of who we are, and creating happy customers is one of Robin’s favorite parts of her job.
When she is not at Decorum, Robin enjoys spending time with her family.

Janice Holt

Office Manager And Logistics Specialist

Janice serves as Office Manager and Logistics Specialist . She began her tenure at Decorum over 30 years ago after re-locating back to Norfolk, from Washington DC where she worked in banking. She previously studied Mass Communications at Norfolk State University, and attended Los Angeles Community College for Business Administration.
Her mantra is to work diligently in making sure that our customers enjoy their shopping experience at Decorum and takes pride in the products and especially the services that we offer, before, during, and even after the sale is complete. When Janice is not at Decorum, she enjoys music, concerts, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

Marie Williams More

Comptroller

Marie is a graduate of Indiana University and has 29 years’ experience in bookkeeping and human resources.
Marie came to Decorum in 1999 and has plans to stay forever. She enjoys using her skills to support everyone else on Decorum’s team so that they can concentrate on our Clients. She spends her free time indulging in her favorite activities of reading, gardening, knitting and photography. She and her husband of 31 years have just welcomed their first grandchild.

Al Cortado

Sales Manager

Al is Sales Manager and has been with the Decorum Family since 2001. His retail background ranges from men’s formal wear to home furnishings. Al is experienced with space planning; color coordinating and enjoys assisting his Clients find the perfect piece to fit their space and home. Outside of Decorum Al has volunteered his time and served on the Board of Directors for the historic Little Theatre of Norfolk in West Ghent. He loves the outdoors and enjoys spending time with his Partner and tail wagging four legged friends.

Walter Sechi

Sales & Design

Walter was born and raised in Italy and has called Virginia his home for the last 20 years. He has been working at Decorum since 1994. Walter started in the warehouse delivering and assembling furniture and spent the last 16 years as a sales representative. He has a good eye for design and likes helping clients with their furniture needs/wants. Walter is honest and not afraid to give his opinion, because of that, many of his clients become his friends.

When not working, Walter is a huge soccer Fanatic. He enjoys watching and cheering for his team AC MILAN. Walter also enjoys traveling, meeting new and interesting people and, of course, going back home to Italy to visit his family and friends.

Debbie Pearl

Sales & Design

A career retail professional, Debbie Pearl enjoys helping people find furnishings that enhance their comfort and homes. After managerial stints with Sears and Loehmann’s, Debbie joined the Decorum team in 1999 and quickly became one of Decorum’s most successful sales representatives. With her Virginia Wesleyan College degree in Liberal Arts Management, Debbie blends product knowledge with people skills and an eye for design to provide personal service to all of her clients.

On a personal note, Debbie is an avid football fan and will gladly check scores any weekend during the season. She enjoys bicycling on the boardwalk, sitting on the beach, and rocking out to Bon Jovi.

Jessica Egerton

Gift Shop Manager

Jessica has been with Decorum Furniture for many years. First serving as a merchandiser and now returning as Manager of The Gift Shop after taking a few years off to spend time with her children. Jessica studied fashion merchandising and interior design. Her love of retail is at it’s best when she is creating beautiful, artistic settings and buying and reviewing exciting new products for The Gift Shop. When not at work, Jessica enjoys hiking, traveling, studying trends, and spending time with her family.

Marybeth Shipman

Sales & Design

Marybeth Shipman hails from the beautiful city of San Diego, CA and recently relocated to Norfolk and has made the Ocean View neighborhood her home. Her passion is creating spaces for clients that are functional and beautiful. Marybeth has extensive experience in home furnishings thru her previous work experiences at Lawrence Furniture and Ethan Allen. She loves to take on a project from start to finish, including discussing budgets, wants, needs and the final outcome, so that the client expectations are ultimately met. She diligently works on storyboard presentations, including colors, finishes and photos so that the customer can visualize the entire project from start to finish, making the project fun, exciting and right !
When not having fun at work, she enjoys time at the beach, her doggies Penny and Jack, and spending time with her husband Tim and their son who gives the best bear hugs ever. Come visit Marybeth at Decorum….we’re happy that she makes this her new home.

 

Delivery Specialists

Our delivery specialists pride themselves in delivering your merchandise in a timely and professional manner. We operate with our own trucks and our delivery teams are professional, courteous, and fully qualified. Upon arrival at your home, our team will assemble all merchandise in your home, where you need it, and remove all shipping, packing and building materials.

As warehouse manager, Brian Labounty, has been with Decorum for over 10 years, and is passionate about making sure that your delivery is done right…. the first time!!

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