Quality, Customization, and More in F&B Tables
Woody O’Cain, assistant VP of alumni and parent engagement, values quality and affordability in furnishings for hospitality spaces at Stetson University. He’s been at the institution of higher learning in DeLand, Florida, named after early benefactor John B. Stetson, for a little over four years. And O’Cain really takes his hat off to Maywood Furniture, whose tables withstand at universities the same kind of use they do in hotels and other settings.
Stetson has used Maywood’s Original Series® tables for many years and also uses its Deluxe Tables in conference rooms. The school, whose sports teams are called the Hatters, was one of the first campuses to get Maywood’s new digitally printed Logo Knock Down Pedestal Tables. It’s just the latest win from Stetson’s relationship with Maywood and Ken Persson, the company’s VP of sales and marketing.
“I met Ken early on at one of the first events we had,” O’Cain says. “Jeff Altier, our athletic director who has been at Stetson for over 30 years, I think is one of the first people who engaged Ken. The logo tables are used in the Hall of Fame room, which is a VIP room in the basketball arena, upstairs, overlooking the court. That facility is used primarily for pre-game events to host VIPs. We’ve ordered tables from Ken for quite some time. Recently, when we changed our athletic logo, we got new ones.”
Stetson’s choice to use Maywood tables to impress its VIPs is about more than just a new logo.
“Over the years, I’ve tried the cheap route with others, and 99% of the time I’ve regretted it,” O’Cain says. “Maywood is not only high quality, but they are competitive in price with other companies. And once you get their furniture, it lasts forever. They also make things right. Ken and the entire company wants to make sure what you ordered is what you get. Not all companies do that.”
Maywood Furniture Corporation celebrated its 100th anniversary just a year ago. Since that time, its product line and customer base have expanded greatly to include tables that fit the bill for hotel banquets, events, and beyond with strength and service. The company makes everything in-house, exercising 100% control over quality. Maywood’s longevity in the industry owes in part to strong relationships with major hospitality chains, including contracts with Hilton, Omni, and Marriott.
The digitally printed logo tables with knockdown pedestal base can be used in hospitality suites, meeting rooms, reception and breakout rooms, and in banquet spaces, Persson says.
“These tables are easily transportable, and it takes just a few seconds to assemble or disassemble,” says Persson. “Another nice feature of the logo tables is that they promote the brand identification to the end user, and you save on all the linen cost. The digitally printed logo tables look beautiful and are about the same price as a high-pressure laminate table.”
Persson notes that Maywood offers a few options on the bases, including nickel-brushed (pictured) and black trumpet bases. “We can also digitally print logos on conference and banquet tables,” he adds. “We will highlight these tables at the NAFEM and NRA shows.
For more information, visit www.maywood.com.