Leadership

At RJE, we pride ourselves on the fact that our leadership not only cares about growing and sustaining our business, but also live by our mantra – Do What We Say We Will Do – to ensure that our clients receive the best service possible. Click below to learn more about our fearless leadership team members.

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 will quarterback the Louisville and Lexington teams as through his 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 of 32 years, 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, wears many different hats to ensure the success of RJE across the Indiana, but ultimately, her focused leadership is what drives the Indy and Fort Wayne teams to success.. Her energy, passion and determined resolve frequently has 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.

Steve Cooney

Vice President of Sales, Indianapolis

Steve Cooney, VP of Sales for Indianapolis, pairs his competitive nature with years of sales expertise and experience to drive growth in the Indy market. His natural affability and easygoing leadership style inspires our sellers to connect deeply with our customers to provide them with an exceptional partnership experience. When not building relationships in the Circle City, you can find Steve on the baseball diamond coaching his son’s traveling team or watching his daughter play volleyball.

Brian MacKenzie

Vice President of Sales, Cincinnati

As VP of Sales for Cincinnati, Brian drives growth for our southern Ohio market through his inspiring leadership style and vast understanding of our industry and the needs of our partners. His commitment to providing an exceptional customer experience runs deep and motivates our Cincy 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 streamlining processes and 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 punch coordinators 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 the Indy.

Nancy McMichael

Controller

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 five RJE locations from our headquarters in Indianapolis. When not crunching numbers, Nancy enjoys traveling with her husband and exploring downtown Indianapolis.

Katie Ellis

Marketing Director

As our Marketing Director, Katie champions the RJE brand for all six 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 has an established corporate commitment to value diversity at all levels of our business operations, both internally through workforce development and externally through the vertical expansion of our minority and women-owned business partners. In creating a culture that respects and values the difference in others, RJE accepts diversity as an inclusive concept. We believe the diverse capabilities that reside in our talented workforce and business partners proactively position our business for the future; creating continual business opportunities to remain viable in a rapidly changing business environment. We believe our differences should be celebrated – and that’s central to the RJE Difference.

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