Ed Wills, President/CEO

When I was attending school and considering career paths, I would never have dreamt of being involved in office furniture. While it does sound glamorous and fascinating, I chose to study Graphic Arts at Central Missouri State instead. Shortly after graduation, I was offered a job selling used office furniture which was as exciting as it sounds. I didn’t realize, as I began this temporary side trip into office interiors, that the business can really get into your blood.

I am a firm believer that every industry has its own rewards and challenges such as competition in a shrinking global market, employee attraction and engagement. The commercial office industry has challenges that are shared by very few industries. This unique set of circumstances makes our industry far more interesting than simply selling furniture. In fact, furniture is only a small portion of what we do at Scott Rice Office Works and our integrated companies. Furniture is a core portion of our business but we have evolved into much, much more.

The workplace has undergone a renaissance. The work force continues to evolve and change with the skills and desires of new generations of personnel. At our company, we know that we have a significant ability to help organizations with the challenges they face as well as the health and happiness of their most important asset – their people.

I am lucky to be able to say I have the best job in the world. I get to work with and watch our talented team use their knowledge and expertise to guide companies and create great working environments. I hope this Look Book helps you understand why we are so passionate about what we do at Scott Rice.


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Work Inspired Issue 1

Our first issue of Work Inspired Magazine contains information on new products, the new SR Collective in the Crossroads KC, an interview with Gretchen Holy, associate principal and director of design for interiors at BNIM and an Interview with Katie Parker, Senior Designer at Scott Rice. We hope you find our tour of new products and the look in our new space at SR Collective as inspiring as we have.

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Creating Feel Good Spaces That Also Perform

Millennials may get the credit, but every generation benefits from the latest trends in office design. And with employers now facing a diverse workforce that includes as many as three very different generations, the need for a flexible and adaptable – and comfortable – work space has never been more apparent.

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An Interview with Gretchen Holy

Gretchen Holy is the current President of the Mid-America Chapter of IIDA and brings more than 20 years of professional experience to her role as Associate Principal | Director of Design for Interiors at BNIM. Stacy Roth recently was able to grab coffee with Gretchen to get to know more about her career, influences and passion.

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