Denny Sponsel

CEO & Owner

Denny Sponsel, or the “Big Kahuna’ as he is more commonly known to RJE employees, is the fearless leader of RJE Business Interiors. While he may have spent the last 40 years improving workplace design, his true passion lies in providing RJE’s clients with the best possible customer experience. A hugger at his core, Denny extends his favorite mantra — Do What We Say We Will Do — to all of his philanthropic efforts as well. As a board member for several charitable organizations, Denny is committed to giving the underprivileged youths in Indianapolis a better chance to succeed.

Kevin McKiernan

President, Cincinnati

Kevin McKiernan has spent his life’s work creating beautiful workplaces across the Midwest. As President of RJE Business Interiors, Kevin leads the Cincinnati market with the invaluable expertise he has gained since entering the industry in college. While Kevin excels in business development, he is an operations man at heart and thrives at providing clients with a seamless experience from concept to occupancy. When not working away on the showroom floor, Kevin can be found enjoying the Cincinnati skyline from the rooftop patio or rooting his Bengals to victory at Paul Brown Stadium.

John Duffy

President, Kentucky

As President of our Kentucky market, John Duffy quarterbacks our teams with 15+ years of executive-level experience in the contract furniture industry. His drive, forward-thinking approach, and commitment to bringing outstanding service to our southernmost markets will be crucial in growing our footprint in the Bluegrass State. Outside of work, John is an avid golfer and boating enthusiast and he enjoys spending time with his wife, Nancy, their five children, and three grandchildren. He also bleeds red and black as a tried-and-true Georgia Bulldogs fan.

Tarra Aufderheide

President, Columbus

As President of RJE’s Columbus market, Tarra brings years of valuable expertise from both the dealer partner and manufacturer worlds — giving her the perfect perspective to help drive an exceptional customer experience for our Ohio customers. When paired with her entrepreneurial spirit, her experience in both design and sales makes her perfect to spearhead RJE’s success in our newest market. When not driving growth at RJE, Tarra is an avid runner and loves spending time outdoors with her husband and two daughters, Avery & Emerson.

Shelly Langona

President, Indiana

Shelly Langona, President of RJE Indianapolis, wears many different hats to ensure success across the state, but her focused leadership is what drives her teams to success. Her energy, passion and determined resolve frequently have her two steps ahead of the game, tackling issues before they even have the chance to impact a client. Kind to her core, you can frequently find Shelly chatting with her team members over a cup of coffee in the cafe or working to better our partnership and support of United Way.

Brian MacKenzie

Vice President of Sales, Cincinnati & Kentucky

As VP of Sales, Brian drives growth for our southern Ohio and Kentucky markets through his inspiring leadership style and vast understanding of the needs of our partners. His commitment to providing an exceptional customer experience runs deep and motivates our sellers to provide all of our clients with unmatched support. An avid sports fan, Brian cheers on the Reds and Bengals and spends time enjoying Cincinnati’s live music and craft brewery scenes.

Chris Miller

Vice President of Operations, Indianapolis

As VP of Operations, Chris has an innate talent for improving efficiencies for RJE Indy’s expansive operations team. Chris works hand-in-hand with our project, logistics and operations managers, installation team members and service team to ensure that every aspect of our business supports our goal of providing an exceptional customer experience. Outside of RJE, Chris loves to work on cars and support his Green Bay Packers from Indy.

Nancy McMichael


As the Controller for the RJE enterprise, Nancy McMichael keeps this well-oiled machine running day in and day out. Having been with RJE for almost 10 years, she navigates the financial nuances of the industry with ease, ensuring the success of all six RJE locations from our HQ in Indianapolis. When not crunching numbers, Nancy enjoys traveling with her husband to California.

Katie Ellis

Marketing Director

As our Marketing Director, Katie champions the RJE brand for all of our Enterprise locations. No matter whether she is driving major brand initiatives, posting to our blog and website, planning internal events, or supporting our sales teams, she works diligently to ensure that RJE’s bold orange brand is well-supported and well-recognized across the Midwest. When not visiting our many markets, Katie can be found in Indy posting to RJE’s Instagram with coffee and iPhone in hand.

Our Commitment to Diversity

RJE champions diversity through internal efforts and robust XBE partnerships to meet your allocation needs. We have long-term, established partnerships with certified MBE, VBE, WBE, and DOBE organizations. Depending on your requirements, RJE can act as a prime (Tier 1) or subprime (Tier 2) vendor partner. Engage a workplace consultant to learn more.