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On June 1, 2018, Karl became the new owner and president of PMI. Under his leadership, PMI remains committed to providing exceptional service and solutions for our customers.
Karl became immersed in the furniture business when he studied cabinet making in his home country of Austria. After becoming a successful sales manager at one of the largest custom woodworking companies, Karl decided to pursue a new challenge.
Although anxious to succeed in a larger market, Karl arrived in the U.S. speaking only a few English words. Never one to shy away from an obstacle, in less than two years, Karl became fluent in the language while bringing a host of new customers to the business. Since then, Karl has worked tirelessly to expand PMI’s product range and partnerships.
Karl is an exercise enthusiast and professional globetrotter. He exemplifies what it means to work and play hard. To him, the U.S. is truly a land of unlimited possibilities.
Tim joined the PMI in 1992 as Warehouse Manager. Over the years, he has become a valuable asset to the company. He works first hand with our Accounting, Customer Service and Sales departments. His responsibilities include logistics, inventory control and purchasing.
Christie began employment in our industry in 1989 as a hinge department associate at Grass America, Inc. She consecutively worked her way through college to obtain her Accounting degree and was then personally recommended to Peter Meier in 1990 when she came to work for us. Throughout the years at PMI, she has stepped in where coverage was needed and brings experience in Corporate Administration, Marketing, Customer Service and today in Accounts Receivable. Christie enjoys being part of our team and is always ready to help!
Jessi was a former restaurant and bar owner for many years, who enjoys helping her customers in any way that she can. She also brings 11 years of working experience in Customer Service and Dispatch to PMI and takes pride in doing the job right from start to finish. We are lucky to have her!
In September 2020 Zuzana joined Deurowood GmbH as a Technical Sales Manager for the US and Canada. At the same time, she has become a part of the PMI team. Deurowood teamed up with PMI that acts as the sole, North American distributor of Deurowood products, additives for the construction and coating industry.
Zuzana holds M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry and brings 20+ years of experience in resin and additives technologies, applications, product and business development. Her focus is on construction materials, paper impregnation, nonwovens, filtration, etc. Over the past 20 years, Zuzana held different positions in these application areas, starting as a product development chemist, followed by technical service, sales, and product development and application manager.
In her free time, Zuzana enjoys coastal life in her hometown of Charleston, traveling and exploring new places with her husband, and loves spending time with kids and her first grandson. She loves the outdoors and nature and tries to walk and hike as much as she can.
Rodrick has worked in a call center environment for over 8 years. His initiative and problem-solving skills helped him to achieve various management positions throughout his career. Rodrick joined PMI in January 2016 when Peter Meier offered him the opportunity. He is always willing to learn and take on new challenges, which is why he holds many responsibilities at PMI as a Marketing Manager and IT Administrator. Rodrick is a true asset to our company!
PMI’s team is a tight-knit group committed to delivering excellent customer service. Therefore, it was a natural fit for Karl Kothmaier’s partner, Marta Nova, to lead marketing and sales support for the business. In this role, Marta will manage CRM systems and customer email communications.
Marta began in the kitchen and bath hardware industry in 1998, coordinating sales and marketing events. She is excited to return to the industry, having managed tradeshows in the fire safety and equipment rental markets since 2013.
A native to Colombia, Marta’s passion for customer service can be traced to the compassion, work ethic, and humility her parents instilled from an early age. In addition to the U.S. and Colombia, Marta’s lived in the United Kingdom and visited more than 20 countries.
Marta is multilingual, speaking Spanish and English fluently. She also speaks some German, although how much remains a mystery to Karl.
Marta maintains that her only vice is her addiction to Orangetheory Fitness. When she’s not working out, she enjoys traveling the world with Karl, dancing, and tending her impressive garden.
Lee began working with Peter Meier, Inc. in January 2018 after relocating to the Winston-Salem area from the eastern region of North Carolina. In 1986, she graduated from East Carolina University with a BS in Business Administration and has worked in the Accounting field for over 30 years. Her experience includes working in private industry, nonprofit accounting, and at a CPA firm. For the last 10 years before her employment with PMI, Lee worked as the Finance Director of a large nonprofit organization and was responsible for all financial aspects there. We are so glad that we have Lee here to crunch our numbers!
I joined PMI on January 1, 2006, after making a ‘break’ from the furniture and retail businesses in New York City. I brought with me managerial experience, which I gained after my hard work and dedication led to promotion. Today, I’m happy and grateful to be working with PMI, where I not only lead my dedicated warehouse team, but am a respected member of our work family.
I have worked at PMI in the Shipping and Receiving area for over 10 years. With this opportunity, I’ve learned many valuable skills, such as forklift operation and safety. Much thanks to our former owner Peter Meier for believing in me and recommending me for other opportunities along the way. I believe that I’m a valued employee with my experience and knowledge of our Table Base product line. Continued thanks goes out to our new owner Karl Kothmaier for taking over the company and keeping each of us busy and productive in our daily efforts to excel and grow the business.
Originating in Monterrey, Mexico, I began my career working in the Automotive Industry as an Assistant Manager in a major reputable dealership. Collegiate courses allowed me to study English and Computer Systems, where I earned an Associate’s Degree. After making the move to NC, I advanced through various positions: a receptionist in a hiring agency, then gaining further experience in Sales, Production and Shipping. I’ve been employed with PMI for approximately 5 years in the Shipping Department, where I excel in expediting orders out the door. I enjoy working in Shipping and have the ability and desire to advance to other positions if given the opportunity.