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Michael A. Volkema

Herman Miller

1995 - Present

Fabricated Goods

1990 b. 1955
UndergraduateWestern Michigan University
GraduateJD, Wayne State University
BirthplaceOhio (OH)
Era - 1990

Volkema was devoted to turning the office furniture company into a profitable enterprise. Developing an extensive 12 person Executive Leadership team, Volkema redesigned HMís core value system, launching the Blueprint for Corporate Community program, which has a new-found focus on customer driven business. In addition to this plan, Volkema created a more cost-effective production process and introduced an array of new customer products, allowing HM to return to profitability, earning net income of $144 million in 1998.