January 3, 2017
For more than 70 years, SmithCFI has served Oregon businesses and institutions with the highest levels of workplace furniture design, consultation, and services in the region. Our brand is synonymous with quality and longstanding employee, client, and supplier partnerships.
Some of you know that in 2000 Smith Brothers Office Environments merged with Commercial Furnishings Inc. to become SmithCFI. Today, we are pleased to announce the latest chapter in our company’s development: SmithCFI has been acquired by local entrepreneurs Matt Newstrom and Shastan Jee.
Matt and Shastan are assuming leadership over the best, most accomplished furniture consulting business in the Northwest, and SmithCFI’s customer-focused approach will be further enhanced by the insights they bring to our company from previous executive roles at JLL and Nike. Matt (JLL), brings a breadth of experience in strategic planning, real estate consulting, workplace strategy and construction; and Shastan (Nike) with global management experience in the direct-to-consumer business, strategic planning, and product development. “We love leading and growing teams, we have tremendous enthusiasm for supporting the continued evolution of the workplace, and we’re excited to contribute to the Portland business community.”
We are excited for Matt and Shastan, and for the benefits we know their ownership will deliver over time to SmithCFI clients. New opportunities will emerge as Matt and Shastan apply their considerable intelligence, drive, and creativity to the business. And you, as clients, will appreciate their determination to deliver high service levels and a great customer experience.
And to that point, Matt and Shastan value SmithCFI employees’ knowledge and experience, and realize the company has a great history, in no small part due to its employees—and its clients. Your regular ongoing contacts at SmithCFI will remain the same going forward, with no changes to your interface with the company.
Jeff Iwasaki and Tom McDougal will stay on during the transition period to provide continuity for employees and clients, while Matt and Shastan will transition from their current positions into SmithCFI over the next couple of weeks.
Please join us in welcoming Matt and Shastan. If you have any questions or would just like to say hi, please feel free to email them at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
With appreciation and excitement for SmithCFI’s future,
Principal – SmithCFI
Principal – SmithCFI