Stan Reinisch dies at 93

He was longtime head of occasional and accent furniture vendor Philip Reinisch Co.

SARASOTA, Fla. – Stanford (Stan) Reinisch, longtime CEO of occasional and accent furniture resource Philip Reinisch Co., died Oct. 23 at age 93.

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In the early 1950s at the age of 27, Reinisch took the reins at the Chicago-based company his father, Philip Reinisch, founded in 1932 as a manufacturer of occasional tables.

Stan proved to be an innovative and tenacious leader and adeptly took charge of the business. The company flourished under his leadership, expanding its product line and adding new accounts.

Soon after, Stan Reinisch was joined by his younger brother Richard Reinisch, who helped guide Philip Reinisch Co. toward plants that could produce the innovative table groups the company was designing.

Through the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, the company implemented strategic companywide re-inventions resulting in major growth periods. None was more strategic than when the company was completely reinvented in 1978. After several lean years, the brothers decided to develop the niche category of curio cabinets through a business relationship and friendship with Thomas Hoffman. Hoffman had started Woodmaster, a furniture factory in St. Anthony, Ind.

Today, the company has continued to develop and enter into categories with creative, innovative design that embrace the global era with world-wide sourcing.

Survivors include Stan Reinisch’s wife, Carol DeChant, two daughters, four step-children, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heifer International/Send a Girl to School online or by calling (855) 948-6437. Designate “in memory of Stanford Reinisch.”

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