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Education: University of South Carolina
Harry will serve as the Market President in charge of our new Charleston market.
How long have you been in the office furniture industry?
I started in the industry in 1983, while I was still in college. I was working as an installer for a small office supplier in Columbia and two years later I had worked my way up to a sales role.
How has your career grown since then?
After I graduated college I moved to Miami, FL to work for a larger contract supplier. With four years of experience in Florida under my belt, I moved back to Columbia to work with the same small contract supplier where I started my career. Over the years I worked alongside the second generation of owners and learned more and more about the furnishings side of the business with a focus on state government sales. I was able to quickly move up within this company and ultimately serve as COO in charge of all daily operations which gave me the much-needed expertise and skills that I now bring to the McWaters team.
What drew you to McWaters originally?
The opportunity to expand my furniture horizons far beyond case goods. With commercial flooring, audio visual technologies, architectural solutions and relocation services I felt that I would have a much broader offering of product to my clients, not to mention the chance to work alongside the world leader in office environments, Steelcase.
How has McWaters helped your career development?
I've been given an immense amount of support as I focused on sales and learning about the inner workings of a Steelcase dealership and the McWaters culture and brand. The leadership team recognized my management and sales experience and asked me to take on the Market President role in Charleston.
What are you looking forward to in your new role?
Working at McWaters has brought a new perspective and energy to my consultative style of selling. I'm looking forward to replicating that in our new Charleston facility as we build our staff to service this market.