Fifth Generation CEO Rises to Leadership at Office Furniture Source
Leadership of Office Furniture Source, Cincinnati’s premier office furniture specialist, passes to a fifth generation with the recent appointment of Peter Ellington as CEO. Ellington has been a key player in the longtime family business which he succeeds from father-in-law, founder and owner John M. Perin. Father and son-in-law have been working alongside one another since 2013, exceeding tri-state customer expectations in service and quality in the office furniture business.
Perin is excited to see where the next branch of his entrepreneurial family tree takes the business. He announces this shift in leadership with confidence and pride.
“Office Furniture Source is made up of great people and customers. With Peter’s passion for the business, I feel he is the best person to lead this company to bigger and better things in the future,” says Perin.
“We are proud of our strong heritage and the deep roots of our family business in the region,” Ellington adds. “Cincinnati is a great place to raise a family and grow a business.”
Ellington leads Office Furniture Source into the post-pandemic future of office furniture, a continually evolving era of flexible, hybrid and safety-focused workplaces.
“The future office is all about options,” Ellington explains. “While most providers have exclusive contracts with individual furniture producers and only endorse specific brands, Office Furniture Source works with a wide variety of manufacturers, providing best-in-class choices and unbiased recommendations to fulfill customers’ needs.”
“Office Furniture Source partners with tri-state businesses to create dream offices, from ideas to installation,” he says. “We put an emphasis on design. Our design team is WELL-certified and trained to craft work environments that improve human health and well-being. Customer satisfaction continues to be our top priority.”
Peter and John worked on their transition with the help of the University of Cincinnati’s Goering Center for Family & Private Business. “We entered their Next Generation Institute to help us hash through the critical aspects of transitioning a business. The Center has been a vital resource in guiding our business decisions,” Ellington adds.
William Perin, John’s great-great-grandfather, launched the first of a string of family businesses built to serve Cincinnati offices in 1893. The Gibson & Perin Company was a celebrated stationery and printing company for 100 years, once filling more than 35,000 square feet with 70+ employees at its service center on West Fourth Avenue in downtown Cincinnati.
John joined the family business in 1974 and continued sowing seeds of success in the office supply business when he established Office Furniture Source, known for its large warehouse and prestigious showroom. Today, the business thrives with Ellington at the helm at its Kemper Road location in Sharonville.
“We have enjoyed an extended family in our employees—many of them have been working with us for over 20 years,” says Perin. “We are all excited about Peter’s fresh perspective and what it brings to our workplace and the companies we serve.” Peter adds that John isn’t going anywhere, “I absolutely value his experience and perspective and will continue to tap into that as long as he’ll let me.”
About Office Furniture Source
Office Furniture Source is Cincinnati’s premier office furniture specialist. For more than 30 years, their design experts have served tri-state businesses, helping them to create office environments that are as fashionable as they are functional. With the largest showroom in the region, Office Furniture Source offers in-stock, quick-ship delivery and installation. From new seating to a full redesign, this locally owned family business is a one-stop shop for all of your office furniture needs. Office Furniture Source is committed to service, quality and keeping Cincinnati companies comfortable and successful.
For more information, please visit OfficeFurnitureSource.com.
Office Furniture Source
2920 East Kemper Road
Cincinnati, OH 45241