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Friday, November 16, 2012

Drive Business by Being Relevant and Contemporary

Denny Sponsel, President and Owner of RJE Business Interiors shares with Gerry Dick of Inside Indiana Business, "How does my business stay relevant?"
Fourth quarter is here. Business owners throughout Indiana are looking at their books and reviewing their 2012 business success then thinking toward 2013. It's budget and planning season, I'm taking a different tact this year.
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Girls Scouts of Central Indiana

This year the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana hosted their 4th annual Lt. Governor's Leadership Luncheon on November 13th at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.  As a strong supporter of the Girl Scouts, RJE business interiors was proud to be a sponsor of the event for the 4th consecutive year.  As part of the 100th anniversary celebration, 2012 has been declared the Year of the Girl! This year the Girls Scouts honored four very special women at the luncheon.  The honorees included Tamara Zahn, Marianne Glick, Allison Melangton, and Tanya Stuart Overdorf.

As an extra special recognition and honor on behalf of the Girl Scouts, our very own President, Denny Sponsel, was announced as the chair for Girls Scouts Capital Campaign.  This is a very special honor and Denny is very excited to embark on this adventure!  Denny and RJE business interiors looks forward to another great year of celebrating with the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

It's The Great Pumpkin

RJE held their annual Halloween Pumpkin carving contest.  Mike Hicks (Operations department) pumpkin was voted the best.  Take a moment to scroll through all the pictures, we really had a great turn out.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

"Doing the right thing"

Denny Sponsel

      Published in The Criterion on Friday, September 28, Denny Sponsel on October 30 will be honored during the Celebrating Catholic School Values: Scholarship and Career Achievement Awards in Indianapolis.  Dennis "Denny" Sponsel remembers his mom and dad - the parents of seven children - starting every weekday by receiving Communion at 5:15 a.m. at St. Philip Neri Church in Indianapolis. 
   He recalls his Catholic Youth Organization football coach, who always stressed mental toughness in overcoming challenges.
     And he has never forgotten his priests, religious sisters, teachers and other parents from his childhood and youth, who set an ever-present example of doing the right thing, giving from the heart and caring about others.
     "Those are the values I believe in and try to live by," says Sponsel, a member of St. Barnabas Parish in Indianapolis.
     Sponsel credits that foundation of Catholic faith and Catholic education for his commitment to numerous volunteer efforts, including the United Way of Central Indiana and the Mother Theodore Catholic Academies, a consortium of Central Catholic School, Holy Angels School, Holy Cross Central School and St. Philip Neri School, all in Indianapolis.
     "I've never let go of my connection to St. Philip Neri and the near east side being a major part of my life," says Sponsel, who is also a graduate of the former Latin School in Indianapolis.  "The roots are deep and strong. I realize the needs of the inner city, and that's what drew me to helping those schools today."
     Those roots and values have also shaped his approach as the president and owner of RJE Business Interiors, and office furniture dealership.
     "I sincerely would not trade my Catholic school education for anything," says Sponsel, a father of four and a grandfather of six, who has been married for 30 years to his wife, Cathy.  "Everything I am today is because of my parents and my Catholic school education."

Monday, October 15, 2012

Chili Cook Off

Do you smell that?  Fall is here, and the aroma of Chili is in the air!  At least it was on October 11 when RJE's Michelle Thompson was fortunate enough to be asked to judge the annual cook-off for one of our great customers, T2 Systems.  Michelle and representatives from Carmen Real Estate, Leaf Software, and MS Consultants tasted seven (7) creative chili concoctions made by T2 Systems employees.  After much deliberation, the winner was chosen.  Ryanne Moe whose chili was topped with a creamy southwestern sauce, was the victor by a one point margin over 2nd place.  Get geared up for next year, RJE is already on the judges list!  Thank you T2 Systems for a great lunch and wonderful partnership!

Top row: Mike Wilson - Leaf Software, Eve Shirley - Carmen Real Estate, Chris Carmen - Carmen Real Estate,
 Jim Hutchins (2nd place) -  T2 Systems, Scot Denman (3rd place) - T2 Systems, Alex Carmen - Carmen Real Estate.
Bottom row: Ryanne Moe (1st place) - T2 Systems, Michelle Thompson - RJE, Kristi O'Patterson - MS Consultants

Friday, October 12, 2012

RJE Cincy was recognized as a 2012 Emerging 30 designee

On October 4th, RJE Cincy was recognized by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce as one of the region’s fastest growing small businesses. The Emerging 30 award goes to area businesses that sustain a growth of 15% or more over the last three years, with this year’s application process being one of the most competitive ever. There were over 200 companies that applied and we were just 1 of 30 companies that were selected.

This year’s Emerging 30 designees were recognized at a cocktail reception hosted by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce on October 4th.

Monday, October 8, 2012

And so begins the season of FALL

RJE Employees fall into Autumn.......Literally

John Strachan & Nancy McMichael

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

RJE's annual volley ball tournment

RJE held their annual volley ball game Thursday, September 20 at Indy's Sports Park.  A great time was had by all.  The final game came down to the Orange Bandanas and Purple Rain with Purple Rain claiming the trophy.

Pictured standing are Sam Julka, Michelle Thompson, Josh Mercer, Art Hopkins, Brian Snodgrass and
 kneeling are Daniel Wilson  and Dante Long.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Dress for Success 2012

Stepping Out in Style 2012 Marks Its 10th Anniversary which RJE has been the matching sponsor for the 6th year in a row.

Stepping Out in Style is a fun-filled evening that includes a reception, Diamond Dig, and a silent auction, followed by a stunning fashion show that features prominent Indianapolis business women as the guest models.  The women model the latest fashions in a show of their support for Dress for Success Indianapolis, which benefits disadvantage woman returning to the workforce and its career development programs. Stepping Out In Style also features Indianapolis fire fighters who serve as model escorts during the fashion show.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The RJE Office (new video)

No matter where work takes you, well planned spaces will bring you back.

RJE Business Interiors understands the business must be flexible in today's world. President, Denny Sponsel, wonders what flexibility will mean for his staff and if they will be present at the office. How will he manage them with such flexibility? He learns that a great office space will bring the team together for collaboration. RJE understands that the arrangement of your 'space' is very important for success. Watch the video for more.

If you enjoyed this video, please watch more in our video library archive. RJE Knoll Business Interiors' furniture showroom is located in downtown Indianapolis on Ohio Street. We design and build attractive and highly functional office furniture solutions for corporate, healthcare, government and education needs.

Friday, July 20, 2012

RJE Cincy Hug Your Customer Video

A healthy spirit of competition leads to extrodinary customer experiences at RJE Business Interiors in Cincinnati, OH. Chris Keller and Oliver Comstock are always striving to one-up each other in how they take care of their customers - but are friends at the end of the day.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hug The Customer

Denny Sponsel, President and Owner of RJE Business Interiors shares with Gerry Dick of Inside Indiana Business, lessons learned creating a customer experience.

Do you HUG your customers?  I'm serious.  I know that question sounds strange to some business leaders.  Who would actually hug a customer? I am here to tell you it works.  It's a core philosophy (call it culture) that we've instilled in our company over the ast 12 years.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

RJE/Knoll Annual Ice Cream Social

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Even though it has felt like summer since March, RJE/Knoll hit the streets passing out delicious ice cream treats to the Architects and Designers in our community to kick off the first day of summer. This is an annual two day event that we look forward to each year.

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Showroom Visit

Congressman Joe Donnelly stopped by RJE Business Interiors, a successful small business located in downtown Indianapolis.  He toured their showroom/warehouse and shared his promises to cut taxes for small business if elected.

Employees discussed with Congressman Donnelly their perspective on the economy as well as their veiw point's ont he importance of small businesses in America.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Knoll Classics

Knoll Studio is an unparalleled resource for furniture for the workplace and the home with an unwavering belief in the power and utility of modern design.  Offering timeless, enduring designs for lounge and reception areas, workplace environments, dining facilities, healthcare organizations and educational institutions, we turn spaces of high visibility into laces of comfort and distinction.


In 1929, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was commissioned to design the Barcelona Pavilion at the World Exposition.  Realized the building needed furniture, so he designed the Barcelona Collection.  These were intended to be 'one time only' pieces.  he never imagined they would become trademarks of 20thCentury Design.  Florence convinced Mies to let Knoll produce the Barcelona Collection.  They worked very closely on production.  They changed the frame from plated to steel to stainless and all the joints are hand welded and rubbed to eliminate any seams. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe began his career working in his father's stone masonry business.  After an apprenticeship with furniture designer Bruno Paul in Berlin, he joined the office of architect Peter Behrens, whose work presaged the modern movement.  In 1912, Mies established his own office in Berlin, and later became a member of the Deutscher Werkbund and Director of the Bauhaus.  He immigrated to the United States in 1938, setting up a practice in Chicago.  His buildings include the German Pavilion for the 1929 Barcelona Exposition, the Tugendhat Villa in Brno, Czechoslovakia, the Seagram Building, designed with Philip Johnson, a cluster of residential towers along Chicago's Lakeshore Drive in Chicago, and the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, where he was the director of architecture.

Womb Chair

In 1948, Florence collaborated with Eero Saarinen and came up with a large, comfortable lounge chair: The Womb.  They used new materials: molded fiberglass covered with textile.  Knoll is still using the same mold to produce this line.  Florence Schust was virtually adopted by the Saarinen family.  Florence went to the Cranbrook School of Design and became friends with Eero Saarinen, Charles Eames and Harry Bertoia.  Because of these friendships, she was able to get these designers to work with Knoll.  Florence believed that a good design must also have a function.  Eero Saarinen was like a brother to Florence Knoll.  The son of architect and Cranbrook Academy of Art director Eliel Saarinen and his wife, Textile artist Loja, Eero Saarinen studied sculpture in Paris and architecture at Yale before working on furniture design with Norman Bel Geddes and practicing architecture with his father.  He collaborated on several projects in furniture design with his friend, Cranbrook alumnus Charles Eames, and opened his own practice in Bloomfield hills in 1950.  Among the many buildings for which is he known are the Dulles International Airport in Washington DC, The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, and the TWA Terminal at Kennedy International Airport in New York.  He was the recipient of numerous awards and the subject of many exhibitions.

Risom Lounge Chair

In the 1930s, Hans Knoll partnered with another designer, Jens Risom to create the first chair for Knoll Inc., Risom side chair and lounge chair.  Unfortunately, materials were hard to come by because of the War.  So they decided to use semi-hard wood and rejected parachute webbing to design an affordable, accessible chair.  These materials were more available to Hans and Jens.  Jens Risom, received his education in Denmark at the Krebs' School, St. Anne Vester School, University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen's Kunstandvaerkerskolen.  He worked as a designer of furniture and interiors in the Copenhagen office of architect Ernst Kuhn. After moving to the United States, he became the design director of Dan Cooper in New York and also designed for Georg Jensen.  Responsible for designs dating to the mid-20th century, Risom is a trustee of the Rhode Island School of Design and was knighted by Queen Margrethe of Denmark in 1966.

Nothing is more classic, more timeless, than modern design and Knoll believes good design is good business.

RJE has these and serval classic pieces on their showroom floor, so stop by and take a seat with the classic.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Health Beat

There nothing quite like a brisk walk on a sunny afternoon with co-workers.

RJE closed their office at 4:00 p.m. and put on their walking shoes Friday, May 3 for the first annual fitness walk along the Cultural Trail and over to the Monon Trail. The fitness program is something that RJE will participate in throughout the summer months. Denny Sponsel owner of RJE was quoted “what a blast to walk and share with the team, can’t wait for the next one”.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

M.A.D.E. update

As a culmination of this year’s MADE (Mentoring a Designer to Evolve) workshops Knoll and RJE Indy hosted four Indianapolis designers for the day in New York City.   The designers that won the trip were Karisa Voreis – HKS Maregatti, Amanda Gebhart – CSO, Asia Smith-Bey – A2S04 and Erin Sanford – Mitsch Design.

We started our trip at Knoll’s New York showroom.  As we arrived we were lucky enough to see the Space Shuttle Enterprise as it sailed over the Hudson River on its final flight before it becomes a museum piece.

We spent the rest of the morning in the showroom discussing trends, seeing products and touching and feeling the latest Knoll Textile introductions. 

After our showroom visit in the morning we ventured out to a Food Tour of the Central Village for the afternoon.  We capped off the day with a couple drinks and then everyone went on their merry way.

When you are in the RJE showroom stop and ask Theresa or Nancy about their experience with the MADE workshop, I am sure they would love to share their stories.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

HON Voi – Laminate Desking


Voi’s selection of worksurface shapes and storage options come together cleverly to support the variety of work tasks people need to complete. Do you need to set the stage for collaboration? Establish the appropriate tone for meeting with clients? Use open space more efficiently? Voi makes it all possible –and more. Voi GETS you….

• Accessible

• Multi-Tasking

• Collaborating

• Noticed

• Mobile


Voi’s integrated design unites a workplace, bringing a variety of spaces together with a consistent style. You can easily outfit your entire facility with Voi:

• Private Office

• Semi-Private

• Open Plan

• Benching

• Touchdown


Voi’s light scale and clean horizontal planes create a visual language that it carries throughout a workplace. The smart selection of top shapes, supports, storage components, materials, and color combinations gives Voi the flexibility to express the right image for your organization. Conventional to contemporary Voi is just your style.


Details: Voi’s got them. These thoughtfully designed, practical touches mean a lot to people – and offer opportunities to further personalize their space.

• Handles

• Mixed Materials

• Storage Cubes

• Modesty Panels

• Privacy Screens

Stop by RJE showroom in Indianapolis, IN one of our knowledgeable sales associates would be glad to talk to you.

Friday, April 13, 2012

RJE Showroom Czar

RJE promotes Logan Walker to the position of “Showroom Czar”. She was sworn into office on Thursday, April 12 with these promises

• I promise to remain ethical/business like/professional
• I promise to hold all accountable on showroom protocol
• I promise to be fanatical and fearless
• I promise to uphold the high standards of RJE/Knoll
• I promise to be firm and hold everyone to the standard
• I promise to keep RJE/Knoll from having showroom "broken windows"
• I promise to defend and honor who we are and what we stand for
• I will hold ownership/management to supporting me in this cause
• This I promise so help me - me

Logan started out as a college intern in our design department, going full time in May 2011 as a designer.

Please welcome Logan to RJE’s newest position.

Some see a wall National Exhibit sees a blank canvas

Where there’s a wall, there’s a way with Exhibit.

Every building has walls and sometimes what to do with them may be a tough decision. Say hello to Exhibit. It removes barriers and transforms the walls into purposeful design elements offering a variety of solutions for all workplace, collaborative and social environments.

No matter your budget or space, Exhibit offers the flexibility to accommodate with stylish, functional furnishings from simple to the more sophisticated tastes. Revitalize existing offices, spaces and stand alone furnishings with Exhibit’s components for a refresh look. Smart accessories and a spectrum of available fabrics transform walls into the perfect design accents or focal points bestowing that final touch of satisfaction.

Enhancing spaces by evolving the way you look at walls, Nationals Exhibit does more with less.

Stop by RJE at 621 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN one of our sales associates will be glad to help enhance your space by evolving the way you look at walls.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

2011 "HUG" Associates of the Year Selected

Hug Your Customers by Jack Mitchell (mandatory reading for our team) guides our commercial furniture dealership in how we treat our customers, team members and those we encounter daily.

Our employees' votes have been tallied and the winners of the annual "HUG" Associates of the Year award are Shelly Langona and Matt Callahan.

Congratulations to them both for exemplifying the "HUG" philosophy of professionalism, integrity and respect.  Their dedication and respect for both their customers and co-workers make them both truly HUG-worthy.  So, if you happen to see Shelly or Matt, please congratulate them with a nice big hug (or at least a pat on the back)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Level Up (part 2) The Brenda Bunch

Welcome Brenda Brodt, VP of Sales 

Brenda believes RJE is the perfect fit for bonding with a dynamic team. She navigates through rough waters, her office is like a traffic jam and her main goal is to “herd goats”. Watch the video for more.

We're always trying to upgrade the information we provide on our website. Please check out other videos and some of our new pages. Let us know if you'd like more information.

RJE Knoll Business Interiors is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. We design and build attractive and highly functional office furniture solutions for corporate, healthcare, government and education needs. Learn more about RJE and our services.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Customizable, sustainable, architectural wall solution: DIRTT

Visit the DIRTT website
At RJE Business Interiors, we're proud to be Indiana’s only authorized DIRTT dealer.

If your workspace needs to be flexible, these beautiful architectural walls may be a great fit for your company. RJE Business Interiors has partnered with DIRTT Environmental Solutions. Their movable wall solutions empower a business owner and its staff to make changes as needed while being so visually appealing it inspires clients and visitors. There are many great things about DIRTT wall solutions, but here are a few to mention:
  • Unlimited design choices 
  • Easily compare prices to conventional options
  • Flexible arrangement (for your functional needs)
  • Reconfigure without restraints.
  • Integrate your unique technology needs

 See it to believe it--
The DIRTT website also offers very nice photo gallery for each main style of wall.

DIRTT architectural wall solutions take away the boundaries. Sure, you’ve still got visible walls – but they’re beautifully tailored to your needs. And you lose all the other limits.

Learn more about our architectural wall solutions >


Get Started!
If you are interested in a DIRTT product and design/service team to help you build your workspace, contact RJE Business Interiors located in Indianapolis, IN. Annie Caruso is our DIRTT sales representative and you can call her directly. She will be happy to go over the details with you and determine a great business furniture solution with movable walls.

Annie Caruso

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Knoll Studio Krusin Chairs

Just Krusin….

Knoll Studio introduces the new Krusin side chair. Through an inherent and graceful visual silence, the Krusin Wood Guest Seating Collection maintains a simple linear form that is able to harmonize with a multitude of sophisticated design styles.


• Collection includes side and lounge chairs, with or without arms, upholstered or woven paper rush seat.

• Side chair available with upholstered inset back.

• Solid wood options in Ash, Beech, Oak and Walnut are available in a broad palette of natural finishes along with contemporary low sheen finishes and high polished lacquer.

Krusin to RJE Business Interiors located at 621 E. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202. We have several chairs located in the showroom.

Friday, March 2, 2012

RJE/Knoll Photo Shoot

RJE and Knoll Want You to Strike a Pose!

What happens when you have children, pets, Knoll Studio furniture and a photographer in a room? On Feb 24 and 25th Knoll and RJE hosted it’s Third Photo Shoot at RJE Business Interiors. Architects and designers brought in their children or pets (and sometimes both) to our showroom to have their photos snapped on their favorite Knoll classic piece of furniture. Over 50 people joined us throughout the weekend. It was great fun for all. And we have the photos to prove it!