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Leonard J. Backer Associates LLC

Consultant/Expert Witness
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  • Florida - available to travel domestically and overseas, United States
  • English

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Furniture Industry and Seating Expert - Strategic and Litigation Consulting. Manufacturing, Product Development, Sourcing, Marketing.

About

Highly successful record with 28 years of hands-on executive level experience in all areas of the SEATING, TABLE and FURNITURE industry. Directly involved in the design/development of 250+ catalog seating and table collections, along with 100+ custom project designs. Successful track record as EXPERT WITNESS and LITIGATION or STRATEGIC CONSULTANT for long or short term projects, cases or claims. Work with attorneys, insurance companies and businesses. Available nationwide with international experience as well. Work for Plaintiff or Defense. Specialized expertise in supporting personal injury and liability cases. Highly credible expert witness reports and appearances at depositions, arbitration or in court.

Specialties: Seating Product Design, Tables, Chair Failures, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Hospitality, Warranty Issues, Care and Maintenance Procedures, Costing, Quality Control, Domestic and Overseas Sourcing, Furniture Manufacturing, Supplier Relations, Customer Service, Private Label Manufacturing, Furniture Distribution, Presentations to Interior Designers and Office Furniture Dealers, Freight Handling, Distribution.

Experience

Owner, Leonard J. Backer Associates LLC
Started the firm in September, 2008
Company provides strategic and marketing consulting to U.S. and European clients, as well as product sourcing for all types of furniture projects or catalog programs. Also working as litigation consultant and expert witness for furniture related cases. Working for both plaintiffs and defense.

BROWN JORDAN INTERNATIONAL, Vice President Marketing
2005 to 2008

Managed all aspects of the marketing, product design and development, domestic and overseas sourcing, private label manufacturing, supplier negotiations and quality control areas. Extensive travel to Europe, working with key product designers and factories.

EPIC FURNITURE GROUP, Co-founder, Senior VP
2000 to 2005

Involved in launching this company from ground zero. In fourth full year, shipped $16.5 Million. Traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe to search for innovative new furniture designs. Worked with interior designers and independent sales reps to generate project opportunities and close sales.

LOEWENSTEIN INC., Vice President Marketing and Product Development
1988 to 2000

Managed and involved in all aspects of the company and contract furniture industry. Worked closely with domestic and European product designers. During last 12 months helping run the organization, posted a 44% gross margin and 19% net income. Coordinated aggressive litigation defense strategies with outside insurers and attorneys, acting as "in-house expert". Initiated large volume private label manufacturing program, supporting some of the industry's most prominent branded furniture manufacturers.

Education

1969 - 1973

B.A. Degree,Economics

Rutgers University

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