Hekman Contract, a division of Howard Miller Clock Company, has been an industry leader in design, manufacturing, and insight into the contract furniture market since 2002. Headquartered in Western Michigan, Hekman Contract offers a unique and compelling product offering which spans resident rooms, dining rooms, lounge areas, theaters, and accent pieces throughout a facility. A true turnkey offering.
Our products are meticulously designed and crafted in consideration of the diversity of needs in senior living. Producing world class products that are fully functional, aesthetically relevant and offer lasting durability is the essence of Hekman Contract.
Chris Silguero joined Hekman Contract in the fall of 2013 as the Director of Sales after working in the office furniture industry for more than 15 years in credit, government contract and sales leadership roles. Chris’ primary responsibility is to oversee Hekman Contract as a whole, specifically focusing on sales and marketing. Outside of work, Chris resides in Holland, MI where he enjoys spending time with his family of 5 plus his granddaughter. He is an avid Notre Dame fan and enjoys sports in general.
Diane Suits (aka Suits or Suitaroonie) joined Hekman Contract in 2014 as a Territory Sales Manager. Diane’s primary responsibilities involve growing her six regions (17 states) in the mid and south west. She is passionate about the Senior Living market and thoroughly enjoys sharing Hekman Contract’s story and product offerings across the nation. A Davenport University graduate, with a BSBA and a communication minor (we know she LOVES to “communicate”), she has always worked in sales (Insurance and Electronic RFID Audience Response Systems). Diane has spent her life in the West Michigan area and loves snow! She and her husband, Scott, have been married 30 years. Her K-9 soulmate, Mia the border collie, reduces her stress levels at the end of the day.
Mike joined Hekman Contract in 2017 following a successful 25-year career in the contract furniture industry where he worked in sales and management roles for a number of manufacturers and industry suppliers. Mike is responsible for leading the company’s market penetration, business development and sales efforts in the Eastern and Southern US. A native of Michigan, Mike graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Business Administration. He and his wife Mary Jo currently live in Charleston SC.
Cally Procko joined Howard Miller in May 2015 and moved over to Hekman Contract as the Customer Service Manager in October 2016. Cally’s primary responsibilities are to lead and support the Customer Service team, assist our sales representatives, and of course, CUSTOMER SERVICE. Prior, she was the Customer Service Manager for many years for a retail store fixture manufacturer, working on projects that included building and remodeling retail stores for major department store chains. Cally lives in Ravenna Michigan with her husband Ed. She has two sons and their families, including 4 grandchildren, live in the area.
Andrew Christmann joined Hekman Contract in 2016 as the Marketing Manager. Andrew’s primary responsibilities are to oversee the day to day marketing operations as well as innovate and develop new tools to provide the sales team a degree of separation. Andrew obtained his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI. and previously worked in marketing within the financial industry. Andrew resides in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife, Heather, and their daughter, Lillian.
Mary Ross worked in customer service for Hekman Retail from 1999 to 2007. She then left for a couple of years but was invited to return in 2010, as a Hekman Contract Customer Service Representative. Her territory is the eastern half of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and “where the buffalo roam” – all states from Wisconsin and Illinois west to Idaho and Utah. Mary earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, with a minor in Psychology. She has 2 grown children, Rachel and Matthew, a son-in-law Don, and a grandson Levi. Mary lives in Wyoming, MI with her husband Howard and dog Bailey.
Heather Navis became a Customer Service Rep for Hekman Contract on April 14, 2016. Heather works with rep groups in the midwest and west coast. Prior to Heather joining the Hekman Contract Team, she was an employee for Howard Miller (the parent-vompany) for 15 years and was the Lead Accounts Payable Clerk. Heather received her Associates Degree in Early Childcare from Grace Bible College in Wyoming, Michigan. The majority of Heather’s time is spent being a wife, mom, watching her son play soccer (a true soccer mom, complete with a mini-van) and watching her daughter dance (who is always dancing circles around Heather). Heather resides in Holland, Michigan with her husband Mike and their 2 kids Jordan and MacKenzie.
Steve joined the Hekman Contract team in 2016 as one of our Customer Service Representatives. In this role, Steve works with our rep groups from the very northeast across the entire southern USA. Steve is an avid sports fanatic, supporting many of local Michigan teams - the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions and University of Michigan (Go Blue!), as well as Liverpool FC of the English Premier League. Steve resides in Grand Haven, MI with his wife Mallory and their daughter, Peyton.
James Rupp joined Hekman Contract in 2017 as the Inside Sales Rep. James’ primary responsibilities are to generate new business opportunities for the sales team to set appointments, introduce Hekman Contract, and to grow our overall presence geographically. James graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelors degree in Physical Education- Sport Management and resides in Holland, MI with his fiance Brandie.