Coffee break: Allan Klotsche

Allan Klotsche
Allan Klotsche Credit: Lila Aryan

Last updated on August 6th, 2019 at 10:56 am

Allan Klotsche

President | National Business Furniture LLC
770 S. 70th St., West Allis
Industry: Office furniture
Employees: 220

Klotsche took the reins at NBF in October 2017, after 25 years at Brady Corp. and three years as president and CEO of office furniture manufacturer Mayline Co. LLC in Sheboygan.

Over the past five years, National Business Furniture has been shifting more of its sales to products that are unique and proprietary to NBF. “That’s a pretty big shift because we formerly were really just representing other people’s products and reselling them.”

While the internet has made office furniture sales more competitive, NBF sets itself apart by prominently listing its phone number so customers can call with questions about online orders. “…When someone actually has a question about office furniture, we’ve got 45 people that are on the phone that can help them.”

Klotsche worked in Asia for a portion of his career, where he was served a number of unique foods, from live sashimi to snake to raw horse.

A Whitefish Bay native, Klotsche lives there today with his wife, Mary.

Klotsche loves everything outdoors, from fishing to hunting to camping.

He doesn’t drink coffee “because when I was eight years old and we would have pancakes on Sunday morning, my dad would put the syrup in a coffee cup and warm it up for me. And one day I grabbed the wrong cup and poured coffee on my pancakes and to this day I have never had coffee again. Trust me, coffee on pancakes is not good.”

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