The House of Scalamandré’s clear sense of integrity has produced a rich heritage of uncompromising quality and excellence in not only the products created, but also its team. With 120+ employees and growing, The House of Scalamandré team encompasses the perfect blend of creativity, knowledge, passion, and dedication. Decades of experience in this industry are shared among the team, from our warehouse staff in Calhoun, GA, to our showroom representatives nationwide. The level of service, attention to detail, and craftsmanship of the luxury products presented to the design community would not be possible without The House of Scalamandré team members.
Louis Renzo was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised by a mechanic and a saleswoman who instilled in him a strong work ethic that has followed him throughout his career. He was hard at work pumping gas for $2 an hour by the age of 13 and went on to own that very station by 21. Louis spent his early years in the business world learning to innovate industries that were in danger of becoming irrelevant. When gas stations were losing their autobody shops, he was the first person to think of adding a convenience store – changing the nature of gas stations across the country. When he opened his first Western Union location, it wasn’t long before his was the busiest in the United States. Western Union recognized Louis’s tenacity and insight and asked him to open more locations. He took the opportunity and within 8 years he had 30 Western Unions under his management. It was through this endeavor that he met the man who would introduce him to the Stark family: Charles Raich. Charles worked closely with Louis – introducing him to new industries from propane, to armored cars, to a machinist company that made lawnmower parts. One such industry was textiles, specifically, the opportunity of purchasing the illustrious textile house, Scalamandré. Confident in his ability to use his extensive business acumen to run the historical brand, Louis signed on as Scalamandré’s CEO in 2009 with his sons Christopher and Louis Jr. as senior executives.
Louis and Steven Stark had known each other for years before they began discussing the possibility of a partnership in 2015. It soon became clear that the brand presence of Scalamandré in the textile world would bring newfound exposure to the Stark Fabric brands. The brick and mortar showrooms of Stark Fabric made the perfect companion to the extensive road sales network that Louis had built and so a deal was made. The merger was finalized in 2016 with Steven’s son Chad Stark, and Senior Vice President of STARK, stepping up as Scalamandré’s President. Now in their third year as business partners, Louis and Chad have fallen into an organizational cadence with Lou running the day-to-day operations, and Chad taking on strategy meetings and IT functions.
Looking toward the future, Louis recognizes the changing tides of the industry, but he remains firm in his belief that if someone wants to use the iconic fabrics of Scalamandré in the right way – they must go through a design professional. Too often we sacrifice quality for speed, and Louis makes no room for that mentality. He stands by the trade centric philosophy that STARK and Scalamandré have always espoused while making room for new partnerships that honor the wishes and needs of today’s luxury consumer.
Industry thought leader Chad Stark has a unique perspective on the design industry. With experience in the startup and digital marketing worlds before joining his family in the luxury home furnishings industry, Chad manages the day-to-day operations at his companies as Senior Vice President of STARK and President of Scalamandré. His background enables him to direct these companies in the digital age while focusing on providing the highest level of customer service to professional interior designers.
Chad is also co-author of STARK’s Decorating with Carpets coffee table book and through the end of 2017 was the President of the Decorative Furnishings Association, a trade industry non-profit, where his initiative #DoItFor has improved consumer understanding of the professional design world through increased accessibility and education.