Meet our Management team
Paul Klobucher, President
Paul Klobucher is President and a Principal of Thomas Interior Systems. He Has been with Thomas Interior Systems since 1996. Having literally grown up in the business, he has had the opportunity to work and lead in almost every area of the company.
Since 1996 Paul has completed thousands of office furnishings projects throughout the Midwest and around the country. For the past several years, Paul has worked with Abbott Laboratories furnishing over 1,000,000 square feet nationwide. Paul brings a wealth of experience and service to all our clients whether they are smaller companies or Fortune 100 firms.
Spending most of his time working closely with customers has helped him understand exactly what our customers require and how to provide tailored solutions to their unique needs.
“At Thomas, each of our associates understands that we’re only as good as what our clients think of us. This drives all of us to not only please our customers, but to add real value through the process.”
Tom Klobucher, Founder + CEO
Thomas S. Klobucher has over 25 years experience in the contract office furniture industry in various areas of sales and sales management. He is the President and CEO of Thomas Interior Systems Inc., which he founded in 1977.
In addition to founding Thomas Interior Systems, Inc., Tom is active in serving on various industry and community advisory councils. In the past, he has served as the president of the National Dealer Alliance, a network of office furnishing professionals across the country. He has served on the Herman Miller Dealer Advisory Council, with two of those years spent as the co-chairman. He is a past member of the board of directors of the United States Chamber of Commerce and also served as the 75th President of the Elmhurst, Illinois Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He has been a member of the Chicago Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 1977. For the past ten years, Mr. Klobucher has been an outspoken advocate for entrepreneurship and the quality improvement process for American business. He has also advised many Chicago area businesses and has been an active speaker for business associations, schools, and chambers of commerce throughout the Chicago area.
Cindy Farias, Director of Architectural & Design Development
Cindy Farias brings over 18 years of experience in the contract furniture industry. She has gained her past knowledge by working with minority and women owned dealerships as a designer, project manager and architecture & design market manager. She also spent 10 years working at the furniture manufacturer level. Most recently, 6 of those years she worked with Herman Miller as an Architecture and Design Sales Manager. Cindy has extensive experience with product application and work styles. She brings a diverse toolkit of experience to the project process – from interior design to project management and sales, to both end users and the design community.
Cindy has worked directly with the following clients to ensure their satisfaction involving furniture product research and specifications with Herman Miller: University of North Carolina, Chamberlain, Hub Group, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Frescenius Medical Care, Praxair, Chicago Public Libraries, and Michelin.
Eric Schlickman, Creative Director
Eric Schlickman received his B.A. in Architecture and worked in that field with a major Chicago architectural firm for five years, collaborating on both domestic and international commercial projects. Since joining Thomas, he serves as an important resource in project design and management.
His projects have included Hyatt Headquarters, Hillshire Brands, Fellowes, Joyce Foundation, First Trust Portfolios, Wintrust, and several projects for Tishman Speyer.
Eric’s architectural knowledge, combined with his design and project management skills, make him a valuable resource to both architects and clients working with Thomas.
Corey Noonan, Manager of Account Leadership Team
Corey Noonan earned his B.A. in Communications from Wheaton College in 2003 and has been at Thomas Interior Systems for almost two years, both as a Senior Account Leader and now Account Leadership Manager.
Corey’s extensive account leadership background and experience, paired with a service-based attitude and mindset, has been a proven entity with several key TIS clients such as Abbott Laboratories, Hyatt Corporation, First Trust Portfolios, Glenstar Properties, Beam Suntory, and many others.
Martha Akre, Design Manager
Martha Akre is a licensed Interior Designer with 30 years of design experience in both commercial and residential design. She graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Interior Design.
Her projects have included Northern Trust Bank, Motorola, Wintrust, Fellowes, Maritz, Kinecta, Meier Clinic and Glen Star Properties.
Martha’s responsibilities include overseeing the design department, assigning and estimating design projects and interfacing with sales department. She is also responsible for all phases of design including meeting with clients, space planning, furniture and interior finish specifications and presentation boards. She is currently serving on the Interior Design Board for the College of DuPage.
Amanda Beelman, Manager of Project Managers
Amanda received her Masters of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and practiced architecture for eight years here in Chicago. Her portfolio includes work on highrise office buildings in Chicago, the Middle East, and China. In addition to working on the base building architecture, she has also done extensive space planning for a variety of firms ranging from financial to legal to tech companies. Amanda brings her industry experience to Thomas Interiors as a designer and project manager. Since joining Thomas Interiors in 2013, she has managed numerous office installations in downtown Chicago. Amanda's greatest strengths are attention to detail and communication. She understands the priorities of both designers and end users, and will work tirelessly to make sure the project is executed to your complete satisfaction.