BIFMA Announces Election of New Member to Board of Directors

Brian Krenke

BIFMA announces the election of a new industry leader to the BIFMA Board of Directors. Brian Krenke, Chief Executive Officer at KI, was elected at the May board meeting. Brian will also serve on the board’s Outreach + Learning Advisory Council focused on resources to educate industry stakeholders, including furniture specifiers, buyers, and interior design educators, in the application of ANSI/BIFMA standards when selecting furniture products.

Since becoming CEO in 2018, Brian has focused on improving the customer experience at every touchpoint.

Drawing from his 30-plus years of experience at KI, including leadership positions in Sales, Product Management, Vertical Markets, and Marketing, Brian has focused the organization on what it takes to secure and keep customers.

He has evolved the KI Go-To-Market strategy and championed new distribution methods, resulting in significant revenue growth.

He was also instrumental in transitioning KI to a 100% employee-owned company, with KI now ranked among the 10 largest ESOP companies in the United States.

Brian encourages every employee-owner to think like an entrepreneur since they have a financial stake in the company. Always challenging himself to improve his knowledge and leadership skills, Brian is a member of the Northeast Wisconsin Executive Committee (TEC). He’s also a proud alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Industrial Engineering) and an avid Badgers fan.

BIFMA Executive President & CEO, Deirdre Jimenez, welcomed the election of Krenke to the board; “Brian’s experience and customer focus will greatly serve BIFMA’s expanded mission to be a valued resource for both members and industry stakeholders.”


BIFMA is the leading non-profit furniture trade association in North America with members from around the world. Founded from the call to define uniform product standards for the industry, BIFMA has served as the voice of the commercial furniture industry since 1973 and is now the recognized source for refining, managing, and developing furniture standards that embody safety, ergonomics, health, sustainability, and performance that support buyer and specifier communities in making informed furniture selection decisions.

BIFMA further supports the industry providing market data, thought leadership, and industry outreach celebrating design and innovation in recognition of the significance furnishings play in the places we learn, work, heal, and live through product registries, sustainability certification, statistics reporting, government relations, industry promotion, education, networking, and trade development programs.