About Us

We take tremendous pride in being
a Silicon Valley business that partners with our clients.

Vangard Concept Offices, now simplified as VCO, started as a team of eight and grew to over 800 by the late 1990’s. VCO, previously Business Interiors (BI) then Business Resource Group (BRG), worked with some of the most innovative companies from Cisco and Polycom to Netflix and Silicon Valley Bank.

Over three decades, we have grown into the largest Teknion dealer in North America. Our work can be found in hundreds of offices around the world.

VCO continues to manage long term partnerships with the industry’s highest level of service.

A Bit of VCO History

1987

Business Interiors (BI) was founded and carries major manufacturer lines including Teknion, Knoll, Allsteel & Kimball

1995

1995

BI is renamed Business Resource Group (BRG) and becomes the first office furniture dealership to go public

1997

BRG grows to over 20 offices across the USA

2000

BRG acquired by TCR, a private equity company, and becomes a private company

2003

Jeff Tuttle re-acquires BRG and establishes VCO in San Jose

2006

VCO purchases Concept Offices and expands into San Francisco

2010

VCO expands into Pleasanton

2014

2014

VCO acquires Canada-based Office Source, and becomes one of the first cross-border Teknion dealers

2015

2015

VCO acquires Sacramento-based Cre8 Workplace Environments and becomes the largest Bay Area Teknion dealer

2016

2016

VCO acquires Canada-based SCI

Our Leadership

Jeff Tuttle

Owner/Chairman


Jeff started in the contract furniture industry in 1978 and spent his first nine years as a sales executive for KBM Office Furniture. In 1987, Jeff started Business Furniture Solutions with the vision of creating a customer-first contract furniture powerhouse. His business quickly grew and sourced four of the top eight furniture manufacturers to give clients multiple options to better serve their requirements.

In 1995, Business Furniture Solutions became the first contract furniture company to go public on the NASDAQ. In 2000, the company was briefly sold to a private equity firm. In 2003, Jeff purchased the furniture group back so that he could refocus the company’s mission as a customer centric mid-sized organization. His business, now called VCO, runs with the highest level of service with the most experienced, dedicated people in the industry.
What do you do outside of work?
“I’m an avid Warriors and Giants fan and support our local teams frequently.”

Nick Tuttle

President


Nick has worked in the commercial furniture industry for 5 years. An integral part of the team, Nick brings a unique experience and perspective from his time at Teknion. Through his specialized and industry first training program he has knowledge at every level of the process from the manufacturer to the contract dealer level and understands what is necessary for a projects success. Trained in LEAN principles, Nick strives to eliminate waste in every project’s cycle to deliver value to the customer. Nick utilizes the latest technology & software platforms to ensure the team’s success.

Nick is a St. Mary’s College of California Alumni. He is avid fan of our local sports teams: Warriors, Giants & 49ers. Nick also enjoys traveling and talking cars.
What is something people don’t know about you?
“I played professional basketball overseas.”

Frank Lisowski

Vice President


Frank joined VCO in August 2015 and has 25 years of experience owning and operating a successful manufacturer’s representative firm. At VCO, Frank leverages his experience in technical, value added sales and project management. In addition to working with the customer through all phases of business development, he is the executive sponsor who will make sure the necessary resources are allocated to ensure project success.
What is something people don’t know about you?
“I am a viticulture hobbyist, and grow my own wine grapes.”

April Andre

Regional Vice President


April Andre joined VCO in May 2015 and brings over 20 years of experience in the commercial furniture industry. As Regional Vice President, April oversees both Pleasanton and Sacramento VCO office locations. April’s background includes owning and operating a prospering commercial furniture dealership as well as extensive experience in successful sales, management, marketing strategy, brand building & development. She strives to build long lasting partnerships and will make sure the necessary resources are allocated to ensure project success. Some of her clients include; Cushman & Wakefield, City of Roseville, SMUD, Blue Diamond Growers, Gallina LLP, and SBM Management Services. April lives in Sacramento with her husband Robert and their two sons, Jack and Grant.
What do you do outside of work?
“I love to walk my dogs and watch my boys play basketball.”

Kara Klein

Director of Operations


Kara is director of operations at VCO and is responsible for the day to day operations of all project managers and account managers. She has a very strong passion for organization and the details of each account. Kara has worked in the engineer, design, construction, and furniture industry for over 10 years.

Kara has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University. Before coming to VCO, Kara worked as a Civil Engineer and a Project Manager at some of the top ranked construction and engineering companies in the country. This included being a part of the construction team for LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal, VMware campus in Palo Alto, and Macy’s in Walnut Creek.
What is something people don’t know about you?
“I was a cheerleader at Oregon State all through college!”

Linda Newton

Vice President


Linda Newton is Vice President at VCO, and is helping spearhead the continued success and development of the East Bay market. Linda has over 20 years of experience in the furniture industry, having previously worked and owned Teknion dealerships. She’s a genuine people-person, and able to tackle even the largest of projects.

Outside of work, Linda is very active and likes to strength train, golf, and go walking. She also enjoys practicing her artistic abilities through gardening and coloring.
What do you do outside of work?
“I have a side passion for art. In fact, I created all the artwork in my office!”

Ashley Cardenas

Design Manager


After joining VCO in March of 2012, Ashley has led the design team as the Design Manager. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design from San Jose State University and has used her passion and love for design to help many of VCO’s largest accounts reach their furniture/design goals.

As the Design Manager, Ashley is responsible for the day to day needs of the VCO design team and helps to ensure that the design intent is met and complete on all projects. Ashley works closely with all members of the project team to make certain that the programming, space planning, finish palettes, and full specification of the system furniture are accomplished. With client’s ever changing environments and furniture needs, Ashley is driven to create new design tactics and strategies to ensure that every project is a success.
What do you do outside of work?
“I love spending time with my English Bulldog Bowser and attending car events.”

Kristi Buckley

A&D Director


Kristi has over 15 years of experience in sales and business development. Her focus is to lead VCO’s presence in the architect & design community with her knowledge, expertise and existing relationships.

Her career started in the medical industry and developed into working as a device implant specialist with top spine surgeons across the country. She found that her strengths and passions are building client relationships supporting and educating them on products. Kristi made a career transition into the design industry adding value with her dynamic communication style and attention to detail. She previously worked as a national sales manager specializing in flooring for commercial, hospitality, MFH, and retail segments.

Kristi has taken the Event Chair on the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) board for SF City Center and works to strengthen their Northern California influence through local events.
What do you do outside of work?
“I enjoy hiking, bikram yoga, cooking, traveling and spending time with family & friends in Sonoma sipping wine and bbq’ing.”