The Story of CFI

CFI, an exclusive Knoll dealer, is defined by our people, our clients and our performance. We believe that inspired workspaces transform businesses by expressing their image, values and culture.

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Philosophy

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Passion

We thrive on integrating design into real life. For us, it’s the details that trigger curiosity and new ideas. We are here as a resource and collaborator, guiding you through each decision in support of making your project reflective of your style, values and functional needs.

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Performance

Our collaborative team approach enables us to treat projects of any size and scope with equal enthusiasm. We understand the complexities of each project and will see you through every step of the way, from planning and installation, to textile and finishing decisions.

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Diversity

Our people are as diverse as our products. As a minority-owned company, we bring different passions, talents and strengths to draw from for inspiration. Similarly, the versatility of our products are designed to support a variety of dynamic work spaces.

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More than 25 years of industry experience.

We’ve been defined by our diverse team of experts, incredible clients and passion for unparalleled service. With the mission of a seamless work environment, we are dedicated to integrating purposeful design into everyday life.

CFI’s headquarters in Philadelphia was formerly a nineteenth-century Swedenborgian church built in 1881. It was designed by architect Theophilus P. Chandler Jr., founder of the University of Pennsylvania’s department of architecture. When the church closed in the mid-1980s, office space was carefully added, while preserving original aspects of the church.

“Do everything with passion and enthusiasm.”

Robert Chevalier, Chairman and Owner

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Meet Our Team

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Robert Chevalier

Chairman and Owner

215.279.9400
robert@cfi-knoll.com

Bob brings unique expertise to the furniture industry having began his career at Knoll before founding CFI in 1985. His passion and “be fair” philosophy has lead CFI to become the sole distributor of Knoll furniture in the region.

Bob’s affinity for great design and a good story has resulted in an impressive collection of curiosities. Ask him about the rooster he got from Michael Jackson’s kitchen.

Jan Chevalier

Jan Navarre Chevalier

Principal, Creative Director

215.279.9999
jchevalier@cfi-knoll.com

Jan brings over 25 years of industry experience to CFI. Her career highlights include dealer and manufacturer sales rep as well as a consultant and designer. Her range of industry knowledge helps provide insight to CFI’s management team. As the Creative Director for all of the CFI facilities and showrooms, Jan is the best representative for the “bring life to work” motto. Recently, she brought that passion for great design to the Delaware location and transformed white walls and bare space into a museum-like atmosphere that showcases CFI's many furniture selections.

Amanda Chevalier

Amanda Chevalier

Vice President of Operations and Owner

215.279.9449
achevalier@cfinj-knoll.com

Amanda is Owner of CFI New Jersey and Principal of both CFI New Jersey and CFI Pennsylvania. Her approach to providing clients with excellent services is all about teamwork and clear communication. Her background in business and hospitality bring a unique synergy to the client experience from planning to execution.

Patte Dobkin

Patte Dobkin

President

215.279.9401
pdobkin@cfi-knoll.com

As President of CFI, Patte brings an acute level of focus and commitment to the highest degree of integrity and ethics. She continues to build a cohesive workplace environment where all can work hard, play hard and share in the rewards of their community efforts.

Patte particularly enjoys her unofficial role of chief docent as she entertains visitors with long forgotten details CFI’s historical property.

Mike Yekenchik

Mike Yekenchik

Vice President of Sales

215.279.9450
myekenchik@cfi-knoll.com

For over 15 years, Mike has learned the ins and outs of the furniture industry by immersing himself in the details. He believes the key to client satisfaction relies heavily on the ability to listen.

Mike believes full heartedly in the natural approach to business and life. You are who you are meant to be. Because of this love of nature, his dream is to hike the entire Appalachian Trail and to be a member of the Polar Bear Club for 25 years straight. He is on year 13, so ask him if you can join him for the next one!

Matthew Davis

Matthew Davis

Director of Strategic Business Development

215.279.9404
mdavis@cfi-knoll.com

As the Director of Strategic Business Development, Matt's main focus is to develop and expand CFI's offerings locally and nationally. He brings extensive market knowledge and insight from his previous position as a broker with Jones Lang LaSalle.

Michael Bauck

Michael Bauck

Manager of Client Services

215.279.9999
mbauck@cfinj-knoll.com

A former Managing Partner of a Knoll dealership, Mike brings over 30 years of relevant experience to CFI. His extensive background in business management includes ownership, customer service, sales and operations. He is dedicated to the further development of CFI's client services division. 

Mike believes strongly in striving for new successes everyday. He works and lives by the motto: “Celebrate what you accomplished today but understand that it starts all over tomorrow”. 

George Connaghan

George Connaghan

Controller

215.279.9999
gconnaghan@cfi-knoll.com

George joined CFI in 2006 as Controller, having gained vast experience in accounting and operations management in varying industries. His experience in working with large and small companies has given him the tools for dealing with the accounting, operations and human resources management on a day-to-day basis. He has a B.A. in accounting from Lycoming College and an M.B.A. from Lebanon Valley College.

Joshua Smargiassi

Joshua Smargiassi

Vice President
boomerang, Inc.

856.582.0100 x212
jsmargiassi@boomerangusa.com

As Vice President of boomerang, Josh manages the daily operations, business development and marketing needs. His background experience in sales as well as management combined with a passion for office furniture has helped elevate boomerang as the pre-eminent specialist in high quality, pre-owned office furniture.

Josh works hard to keep the A&D community engaged. Hosting a successful annual paintball event for partners and vendors, Josh has proven on numerous occasions that his innovative ideas and creative approach helps to push boomerang for even more success.

Iris Schmidt

Iris Schmidt

Director of Finance and Operations
boomerang, Inc.

856.348.4038
ischmidt@boomerangusa.com

As the Director of Finance and Operations, Iris plays a crucial role at boomerang. With over 35 years of industry experience, she manages the daily details with a sharp eye.

A native New Yorker, Iris' time in the big apple includes operations and financial management for well-known office furniture dealers as well as leading the development of specialty software for contract office dealers.

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Our Premier Partners

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  • ABCO
  • Adden
  • Adelphia Shelving
  • AGI Industries
  • Allermuir
  • AllSeating
  • Arcadia Contract
  • Arc-Com Fabrics
  • Architex International
  • Arnold Group
  • Artemide
  • Baker Furniture
  • Bandrud Furniture
  • Berco
  • Bernhardt
  • Bright Chair
  • Brueton
  • Brunschwig & Fils
  • Cabot Wrenn
  • Campbell Contract
  • Carolina
  • Cartwright
  • CCN International
  • CF Stinson
  • Charles McMurray
  • Cherryman
  • Community
  • Compatico
  • Cort Furniture Rental
  • Council
  • Cramer Seating
  • Creative Concepts
  • Creative Dimensions
  • Datum Filing Systems
  • Dauphin
  • David Edward Ltd.
  • Davis Furniture
  • DECCA
  • Deepa Textiles
  • Design Link
  • DesignTex Fabrics
  • Donghia Furniture/Textiles
  • Doug Mockett & Company
  • Edelman Leather
  • Egan Visual
  • Ekitta Tables
  • Emeco
  • Encore Seating
  • Equipto
  • ERG Corporation
  • ERGO Systems, Inc.
  • Eurotech
  • F. Schumacher & Company
  • Falcon Products, Inc.
  • Fire King
  • First Source Furniture Group
  • Fixtures Manufacturing
  • Furniture Lab
  • Garrett Leather
  • Gianni, Inc.
  • Girsberger
  • Global Industries
  • Gordon Industries
  • Grahl Seating
  • Great Openings
  • Gretchen Bellinger
  • Guilford of Maine
  • Hafele
  • HAG, USA
  • Halcon
  • Hale Manufacturing
  • Harter
  • HBF Furniture/Textiles
  • Hickory Chair
  • Hickory Leather
  • Holly Hunt
  • Howard Miller Clock
  • ICF Group
  • Ideon
  • Indiana Chair
  • Indiana Desk
  • Inwood Office Furniture
  • Ironbound Metal Products
  • ISE
  • Izzy Design
  • Jasper Group/
  • JOFCO
  • Johnson Tables
  • Jolt Lighting
  • Keilhauer
  • KI
  • Knoll
  • Kravet Fabrics
  • Kron USA
  • Krug Furniture
  • Kusch & Company
  • Kwik-File
  • Landscape Forms, Inc.
  • Lassiter Signage
  • Leathercraft Contract
  • Lee Jofa
  • Legacy
  • Leland
  • Loewenstein
  • Logiflex
  • Lux Steel
  • Luxo Corporation
  • Lyons Industries, Inc.
  • Maars Living Walls
  • Magnuson Group
  • Maharam
  • Martin Brattrud
  • Mayline
  • McDonald Products
  • Metro
  • Momentum Textiles
  • Multisort
  • Neinkamper
  • Nessen Lighting
  • Nevers
  • Nevins
  • Nucraft
  • Offices to Go
  • Pallas Textiles
  • Paoli
  • Peter Pepper Products
  • PlanHold
  • Prismatique
  • QFI
  • Remington Lamp
  • Rodolf Textiles
  • Royal Haeger Lighting
  • Rubbermaid
  • Rudd, Inc.
  • Sandler Seating
  • Schwab
  • Shafer
  • Sina Pearson textiles
  • SIS/Human Factor
  • Technologies
  • Sit On It Seating
  • Sitmatic
  • Smith Metal Systems
  • Smith System
  • Source International Seating
  • Southwood
  • Spec
  • Spinneybeck Leatherv
  • Stratford Hall Fabrics
  • Stroheim & Romann Textiles
  • Stylex
  • Superior Chair
  • System 2/90 Signage
  • Telescope Casual Furniture
  • TexStyle
  • Thonet
  • Tuohy
  • Unika-Vaev
  • Versteel
  • VIA
  • Viking
  • Virco Manufacturing
  • Vitra
  • Vogel-Peterson
  • Wall Goldfinger
  • Westin-Neilsen Corporation
  • Whitehall Furniture
  • Wieland
  • Wildwood Lighting
  • Willow-Tex, Inc.
  • Wilsonart
  • Wolf-Gordon
  • Workrite
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About Knoll

Cooper-Hewitt Design Award

Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Award

In 2011, Knoll won the National Design Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Winners of the prestigious National Design Award are honored for excellence in design and the public impact of their body of work. This win is a testament to their legacy and also supports their forward- looking vision for design.

Sustainability

At Knoll facilities, sustainability is incorporated into everything they do, from careful material selection to the deployment of green technologies. This commitment to the environment is confirmed by a long list of third-party certifications including FSC, Greenguard, Smart and Level.

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Warranty

A 100% parts warranty — Knoll was the first manufacturer to offer a Lifetime Warranty for certain systems products. As long as CFI clients own their Knoll systems, we warranty the products 100% for parts.

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