Robin & Richard Buxbaum, Proprietors
A mutual love for antiques led to Robin and Richard opening Antiques on Old Plank Road in 1992, when the first location was in Westmont, Illinois. As the owners, the Buxbaums are still very much involved with their growing business: while Robin curates the appearance of the store and the buying of furniture from France or by consignment, Richard remains “the man behind the curtain,” talking to suppliers, designers and potential buyers on any given day. And when Richard and Robin walk around the store, their two shar-peis, Denver and Charlie, aren’t far behind them.
Ashley Goldner, Senior Director of Art and Photography
Starting low on the totem pole, Ashley began by setting vignettes and light housekeeping. Since graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, Richard recommended training her in photography. It was a new love, and she excelled very quickly. Once the business shifted to mostly Internet based, Ashley and her position have become invaluable assets to this company. She shoots 100 percent of the product photos you see on the website. Dependable, dedicated and trustworthy, she has taken our photography department to new heights.
Jane Frasier, Accountant
Jane has been with Old Plank since 2003, handling responsibilities for the company beyond keeping the books. She also keeps records of Old Plank’s pieces, from their acquisitions to their final sale. Jane was also one of the first account executives at Old Plank and has a vast amount of knowledge in the Antique furniture world.
Steve Skonning, E-Commerce Sales Director
Steve came to Old Plank in 2012 from a number of managerial and sales positions at furniture companies and ecommerce websites. Like Jack and Richard, Steve handles day-to-day sales of our inventory, and seeks the best practices for making our furniture available to everyone—no matter the location. Since arriving at Old Plank, Steve has optimized the website for online sales—making Old Plank a major player in antiques e-commerce, and he has made our products available on Google Shopping, Amazon, Dering Hall, One Kings Lane and Ruby Lane.
Ciara Shook, Marketing Manager
An engrained appreciation for all things antique and vintage, as well as a knack for marketing, attracted Ciara to Old Plank in 2013. Since coming at Old Plank Ciara has developed marketing, email and social media strategies designed to keep customers and designers informed about new arrivals, Old Plank’s workshop, special sales events, and various goings-on in the showroom. She is the person behind our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest—all our social media—accounts, and the voice behind our weekly Thursday emails.
Nathan Montoya, Shop Foreman
More detail coming soon…