In 1964, Robert, Eric and Frank Zoebelein, along with their cousin, Fred Drechsel, launched Reff Furniture to seize an opportunity. Against the backdrop of the social revolution of the 1960s, the brothers saw a way to revolutionize office furniture. At the time, architects designed office buildings and workspaces. Furniture makers designed office furniture.
Meet The Team
With decades of success in the contract office furniture business, Fred built Drechsel into Canada’s largest Knoll furniture dealer and proudly represents many other major quality manufacturers.
Donald is responsible for the day-to-day business operations of the company and overall financial management and growth at Drechsel. Donald brings over 20 years experience in financial advisement to the contract furniture industry.
Donald has extensive analytical experience in cost management, performance management and strategic planning and directs the firm’s day-to-day operations and reporting systems. He also supervises the finance, administration, information technology and human resource functions at Drechsel.
Chris has 12 years of furniture industry experience. He has worked with industry leaders like Sick Kids, Oxford Properties, Apple Canada, City of Toronto, Google Canada, Etobicoke General, Brampton Civic Hospital.
Chris is an expert in Project Management and Operations. He is responsible for managing the production and installation team at Drechsel, to ensure all projects are completed smoothly with minor production disruptions.
Vision and Mission
To help you, our customer, meet or exceed your strategic business and design goals.
We will realize our vision by listening to you first. Then we will source, supply, install, reconfigure and maintain new and existing furniture products. And we will do so while delivering the highest level of customer service and accountability that we can achieve.
We weren’t simply moving offices—we were looking to transform the way we work. This required significant change: we needed partners that we could collaborate with. Drechsel & Knoll were those partners, acting as more than our furniture suppliers. They were intimately involved in the design process that was so critical to our success. We couldn’t be happier with the result: our people love our new space and the furniture is such a big part of that.
Managing Partner, Toronto Office, Senior Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP / S.E.N.C.R.L., s.r.l.