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Leading Commercial Interiors Company Becomes Woman Owned

May 21, 2024
NBS Commercial Interiors, the sole Steelcase dealer in Southeast Michigan, announced an ownership change earlier this year resulting in the company becoming 95% woman owned. This marks a significant milestone for the organization, transitioning the business from previous owner, Rich Schwabauer, to the four current shareholders, Heather Lanier, Lori Powe, Kris Gula and Scott Telder. This transition represents a seamless progression in the evolution of the organization, reinforcing NBS’s dedication to growth, stability, and continued success.
“I wanted my retirement from NBS to be built on continuity, not change, for our NBS team members. These shareholders have worked very hard with me over the years to effectively lead NBS. Heather, Lori, Kris, and Scott have a solid vision to lead NBS successfully into the future,” said Rich Schwabauer, former President.
The new ownership team is excited to grow NBS’s in-house offerings of construction, architectural products, floorcovering, furniture, technology, and commercial cleaning across all their locations in Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio. NBS’s integrated approach provides a unique value to their clients, and the team is committed to investing in products and services that create engaging and inspiring space experiences.
“We are honored to carry on the values and traditions that Rich established to help NBS grow and flourish in the 27 years he owned the organization. We aspire to maintain the legacy of those fundamentals, cultural values, and future vision focusing on our clients and team members while creating amazing and impactful spaces that support and engage the people who use them,” said Heather Lanier, President, and Owner.
NBS has created a culture that empowers and supports women in leadership rolls, half of their leadership team is women. With the business now being majority woman owned, NBS is working towards earning Women Business Enterprise (WBE) certification in the months ahead.
“We look forward to what the future holds and opportunities ahead. We are grateful for our clients, vendor partners and industry peers who continue to be by our side and have put their trust in us to deliver best in class environments,” shares Lori Powe, Chief Client Officer, and Owner.

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