One on One: Husak holding reins of many entities

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one-on-one-peter-husakPeter Husak is a man about town.

He’s CEO of the locally based office furniture company, OfficeScapes, but he’s also active in several fundraising and business groups, so you might see him at an Antlers breakfast and then again at a Broadmoor luncheon later that same day.

He serves on the board of governors for the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, but it’s his love of rodeo that led him to serve as president of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo last year, though this year he’s not far from the action, serving on many rodeo-related boards and groups.

Husak took some time to talk to the Business Journal this week about his work and his business.

When did you start working at OfficeScapes, and what sets your business apart from its competitors?

In August 1996, I started working at OfficeScapes, the largest local furniture dealership. We employ 39 people in Colorado Springs. Some things that I believe set us apart are our in-house design and space-planning services, a 40,000-square-foot warehouse/showroom and our own fleet of trucks and service vans that ensure on-time delivery. Our people have long tenure with the company. They’re passionate about service. We’re a family and our job is to deliver “Wow” through innovation and excellence.

How has your industry changed in the last five years? Have your staff numbers grown or been reduced during this period?

OfficeScapes sales doubled in 2012 from the years 2011 and 2010 and we have added eight people to support that growth, not to mention adding two more businesses, which together employ about 70 additional people in Colorado Springs.

We have three divisions inside OfficeScapes: Commercial, Government and Education. In offices, the cubicle wall heights have definitely come down. We used to sell 6- and 7-foot cubicle walls, but now it is customary to see 4- and 5-foot walls. This is because the workplace encourages collaboration, communication and sharing of technology. Technology has created an interconnected workplace that influences culture, supports process and accommodates technology to create innovation. In education, there has been an explosion of products that support the ergonomic movement of children in the classroom that increases test scores. Cafeterias are being converted into food courts; libraries are being converted into commons; and technology hubs, creative learning spaces and built-in case work are now on wheels so that products can be moved to support different learning environments.

Tell us about Paper Hive. When did you launch it and why is getting into the paper business a good idea when the digital age continues to grow?

Paper Hive, a supplier and distributor of premium paper, opened for business in March of 2012. Paper Hive is not a retail shop for paper goods but rather a wholesale distributor to printers and businesses utilizing large supplies of premium paper products. The more people say that they are going paperless the more paper we sell. People use digital products which generates more paper. We love that! Company president Steve Petrohoy brings more than 20 years’ experience to the table. He has specialized in paper distribution services along the Front Range for years and is well-known for his customer-centric approach to doing business.

In addition to OfficeScapes and Paper Hive we have AdvantEdge Drywall. AdvantEdge is a drywall and acoustical ceiling subcontractor that serves a wide array of general contractors throughout the Pikes Peak region. Focused on commercial projects, AdvantEdge is a specialty contractor providing a complete service package for drywall, acoustical ceilings, thermal and sound insulation, fire caulking and fire spray, installation of hollow metal doors and window frames, fiberglass reinforced panels, access panels, and plywood. President Bruce Kelly brings over 30 years’ experience to AdvantEdge, plus a reputation for excellence.

Tell us about your personal involvement with the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and any other community ventures.

I was the 2012 president of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo board, so this year I get to enjoy the rodeo as the past president. I am getting more involved with the Pikes Peak Rangerettes, who promote the Pikes Peak or Bust, because my daughter is a candidate. I am a Pikes Peak Range Rider, a member of the Board of Governors of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, and I raise money for local benefits and charities as an auctioneer through Pistol Pete Auctions.

If you could change one thing about Colorado Springs, what would it be?

Colorado Springs is home, and it is a community I love. But, I wish Powers Boulevard had become a highway. Maybe Marksheffel can become a belt around the east side of Colorado Springs?