DESIGN TEAM AND STAFF
Claus Ihlemann : Founder and President
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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
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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 Johnson : Operations Manager
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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
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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
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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.
Shawn Griffey : Visual Merchandise Manager
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Shawn has been with Decorum Furniture since the fall of 1992. He is a familiar face to many as he divides his time and talents in sales as well as holding the responsibilities of Visual Merchandise Manager for the company. Shawn wears many hats and looks good doing so.He enjoys the constant flux of his positions where he also enjoys helping design exciting home and office spaces for his loyal clientele.
Always on the move, he is a consistent participant in the High Point Experience, where as a member of the Decorum buying team, his input into the pulse of our customer’s home furnishing needs is paramount in the selections that we carry.
To relax and revive, Shawn enjoys spending time with his furry four- legged kids, gardening, and his partner of 19 years.
Al Cortado : Sales Manager
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Al is Assistant 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
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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
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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.
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Stephen Green began working at Decorum as an assistant merchandiser in July of 2012, and was added to the sales team in February of 2014. Stephen has an associate’s degree in graphic design and 5 years of prior retail experience including companies such as Sears and Dillard’s. He enjoys talking to people and discovering their unique home furnishing need. He works diligently in combining the appropriate blend of style and functionality to create the ideal environment for them.
Personally, Stephen enjoys running, playing sports, making music with his band, drawing, and volunteering at his church!
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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 : Gift Shop Manager
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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.
Our delivery specialist 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!!