“ In selecting a consultant, a client should not rely upon the “promise” of performance. Only the proven historical results the consultant has achieved in satisfying the goals of past clients similar to the client should be used in evaluating potential performance. Operating a multi-state multi-store bankruptcy sale environment is significantly different than a family owned boutique store project. Deere Park Association offers its clients an experienced proven team of professionals, dedicated to the home furnishing industry, with the industry’s best-proven record of achieving clients’ goals. Even with an advanced financial guarantee to the client, the business owner entrusts the consultant with their reputation in the community. The recommendations and experiences of past clients cannot be ignored.”
Deere Park Association has served a wide variety of clients ranging from independent regional home furnishing retailers, manufacturers, and financial sources, to national organizations with locations in multiple states, bankruptcy courts, and financial consultants. Some of Deere Park Association’ recent projects include the following retailers, wholesalers, and manufacturers. This list is not all-inclusive, but represents a cross-section of past Deere Park Association clients.
“To our friends at Deere Park:
We just wanted to thank all of you for the great job on our closing sale. When it was time for us to retire we were somewhat concerned about the level of integrity we would be getting from a consulting firm. Deere Park made things so easy on us and let us realize how little we knew about that type of business. This is not a project we could have ever done successfully on our own. Richard was great at explaining the process, what to expect and what they would expect to accomplish. He was also available by phone at any time for questions and concerns. The sale was geared to totally different customers, advertising and merchandise than our normal design business for end clientele.
They took control from the minute the team arrived and handled everything very efficiently and professionally. Our managers, Jim Aasland and Anita Fox were amazing – hard working, take control types who were also fun to be around. Everything was taken care of – stocking the floor, arranging the warehouse, coordinating deliveries, managing and training the staff, stocking the rugs, handling customer issues, cashiering, ordering more stock, coordinating advertising, and taking phone calls! They worked every day of the sale without breaks or days off. The sales staff they brought in was professional and mixed in well with our designers. The home office was great at providing the detailed information we needed and working with us on expenses and bookkeeping issues, figuring out what merchandise to order and keeping it flowing throughout the sale. With both of us being CPAs we kept them on their feet with requests for detailed information.
We were proud to be able to keep our stellar reputation intact by providing the customer with quality merchandise at fabulous prices. This was very important to us after over 70 years in business providing Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland with middle to high-end merchandise and design assistance by degreed or licensed designers.
We are very pleased with the results of our sale, bringing in more than a year's sales in just 3 months. The vast majority of our starting inventory was easily sold even though some of it was discontinued. We were able leave the building broom clean for the landlord and with a smile on our faces for serving the community with integrity until the very end. We want to thank you so much for handling our Going Out of Business Sale with much professionalism and making it a pleasure for us.”
“It gives us pleasure to write this letter recommending Deere Park Association.
When we decided to retire, we didn't know where to turn or how to begin. My wife Becky and I have owned and operated retail furniture stores for 43 years. We opened Krispin's in 1978. We have successfully operated in our present location for 35 years. But like I said, we knew how to run a successful furniture store; but we didn't know how to close one.
We had some friends in Omaha that closed their store in 2010. When we sought their advice they told us about Deere Park. After several months of prayer, and many conversations with Deere Park – we decided to have Deere Park facilitate our "Going Out of Business Sale."
You can imagine – after 35 years of operating our family business – the decision to close be very emotional. But we put our trust in Deere Park and they didn't disappoint us.
Admittedly, Deere Park had to earn our respect. But earn it they did. Their systems and procedures are right on. Closing our business was a terrifying thought. Admittedly, there were many things that Deere Park suggested that we didn't understand or even like – but – we trusted Deere Park and it proved to be the right decision. They have done this many times before and they truly know how. Their experience lead us through a successful closure.
March 27, 2013 Deere Park arrived. They immediately began to work. And work they did. The people they sent to be our "Team" were wonderful. Lorraine (the event bookkeeper) has been meticulous with the accounting and record keeping. She watches every detail of every transaction. The (warehouse furniture handlers) Leo and Juan have experience and a hard work ethic that exceed their youthful age. I have been in hte furniture business for 43 years and have never seen two men work as well and as hard as Leo and Juan. And Jim Aasland our Sales Event Manager has exceeded all our expectations. Before making the decision to close Krispin's Becky and I talked to a lot of people. Goint into this "Sales event" we were afraid and expected the worst. Jim Aasland turned all our bad expectations and thoughts into good feelings. Thank you Jim for being such a man of integrity and professionalism. And thank you Deere Park for a successful closing of Krispin's.”
“ Dear Mr. Richard Glabman,
“ Dear Mr. Richard Glabman,
“Thank you for the outstanding support provided by Deere Park Association in our recent store consolidation project. Because of the involvement and financial support of your most capable organization, House of Denmark was able to fill millions of dollars of outstanding sold orders, sell the unsold products remaining from our involvement with another consultant, and address our obligations in an orderly manner.
“ To Whom It May Concern:
P.S I highly recommend the rugs! Never in a million years did I think they would sell like that.
Thank you for all of the assistance that Deere Park provided to Riley’s Fine Furniture. The Sale conducted over the last three months was an outstanding success, achieving a multi-million dollar volume with strong gross margins, despite the current difficult economic conditions.
“ As President of Steve Silver Company, an international supplier of home furnishing products, I have the opportunity to work with the industry’s strongest retailers and consulting organizations. The strength of our program forges our decision to choose our partners carefully, including consulting companies providing services to the home furnishing industry. When my brother made his decision to close his store in New York, there was only one company that I would have trusted to handle the liquidation. Every aspect of the Sale was most professional, as retailers must trust a liquidator explicitly with their future. Please add my name to the lengthy list of knowledgeable retailers and manufacturers that recognize Deere Park Association and Richard Glabman, without exception, as the best consultant in the home furnishing industry.”
“ If you are experiencing difficulty operating your store or stores and do not know who to turn to for help, this letter will confirm that after working daily with Deere Park Association and their principal, Richard Glabman for almost a year, every promise, every projection, and every commitment made was achieved or exceeded. The Sale conducted under their control and supervision was an OUTSTANDING SUCCESS, producing results far greater than the most optimistic projection. I provide this unconditional and unreserved recommendation for the services of Deere Park Association in hopes that another home furnishing retailer can benefit from their association.”
“ Please accept this letter in appreciation for the outstanding performance of your entire organization in our recent Ethan Allen Store Closing Event. Throughout this fifteen-week event, your organization handled every customer with dignity and a professionalism that equaled our own company. At the end of the sale, you maintained and preserved the good will and outstanding reputation that our family has built for generations.”
“ As you know, I have been in business in Albuquerque for forty-five years. I was concerned with my business reputation and was concerned that our employees be treated fairly as we went out of business. Choosing your firm to conduct our sale was obviously the right choice. All the members of your management team were great to work with. Everybody displayed professionalism, respect and courtesy throughout the process. The final result was what we hoped for both financially and our reputation in the community. Thank you for living up to your end of the transaction.”
“ When I read your impressive list of references and the recommendations from other clients of Deere Park, I could not understand what would motivate so many people to write such glowing accolades. After working with you and your staff for over three months, here I am adding my name to that group!! Everything you promised was fulfilled and all of the goals of my family were achieved and exceeded!! Above all, I want to express my appreciation for treating our customers, employees, and my family with dignity and respect. Results talk. We are most pleased with Deere Park’s service, your advice, the Sale results, and strongly recommend dealers trust your judgment as we did.”
“ I wanted to take this opportunity to compliment you and your company for the outstanding sale you ran for me. My single location store in West Bend did more than one year’s business in 3 months. I would recommend your company to anyone in our industry for the professional and honest way you do business.”
“ Our family would like to express our total satisfaction with the sale your firm completed for Waldrop Furniture Company, Abilene, Texas. The thought of hiring an outside firm to liquidate our inventory was not appealing to us at first. However, we kept hearing from former retail furniture business owners that there is one firm who, “does it right.” At the end of our Multi Million Dollar Sale, our entire inventory was sold, we received everything we agreed upon, and the sale generated a significant profit. We close our family business knowing we maintained the relationships, quality and values that our store was founded upon in 1923. It was a pleasure doing business with you.”
“ Granite Furniture conducted two years of extensive research to identify a company that we could work with to preserve and protect our outstanding reputation, develop a successful long-term business strategy, and conduct an event that produced the results we needed. Before choosing Deere Park Association, we interviewed and researched practically every consultant providing services to the furniture industry. After experiencing your services, we now understand why you and Deere Park maintain the reputation as the ‘best in the industry’.”
“ Your activities regarding our two stores in Houston, Texas were accomplished with the highest degree of professionalism and expertise, and the results of this project exceeded my most optimistic projections. You have established an excellent working relationship with the nation’s manufacturers and credit sources and you were able to use those contacts for our benefit. I understand why Furniture Today consistently calls Deere Park Association, ‘best in the industry’.”
“ Thank you for all of your assistance with our recent Chicago project. You and your staff are most professional and I was able to turn over my store to you with confidence you would not only achieve our goals, but also protect our image and reputation. I am writing this letter in hopes that my experience with your organization can serve as a reference to other dealers. When we first met, Shamrock Furniture maintained five retail stores in the Chicago area. We recently had taken over a La-Z-Boy retail store location, but we were not able to achieve the sales volume necessary in this store to make this location profitable. We originally met with you for consulting services on general operations. While your advice and suggestions were most positive, when we requested you run a “cash-raising event” in all our stores, you advised that such an event would have a negative image on our future business, potentially harming the reputation of our other stores, and you respectfully declined the engagement. Our later investigation into these types of events and the promoters who promise results from “relinquishment”, “Wall to Wall Inventory Clearance” events, and “Inventory Liquidation” promotions, actually harm future survival of the business and proved your advice to us was correct. You were focused upon providing accurate advice, even when it meant no income for you. When you did help us close stores, it was done properly without harming our other businesses. I would be pleased to add my name to the growing list of retailers, suppliers and industry executives that recognize the differences between the services of Deere Park and any other consulting organization.”
“ Drexel Heritage and several of our retail dealers have used the services of Deere Park Association. We have experienced a very professional relationship with the high degree of integrity and excellent reporting of business results on a weekly basis. Your firm has represented both our dealers and Drexel in a first class manner while achieving desired results.”
“ I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for the efforts of Deere Park Association in the recent orderly liquidation of furniture inventory that was conducted for a Bank customer. I have been involved in collateral liquidations for over 20 years, and I can unequivocally say that the net return on this inventory was substantially higher than would have been obtained through any other liquidation method.”