Art Dierks, Chief Operating Officer, The V Collective

What does your firm do?

The V Collective is the parent company to Innerwood, Don Justice Cabinet Makers, and HBI.  We were started by Dan Hueber over 40 years ago as Hueber Brothers Inc., focusing on trim carpentry. After a few years and requests for fine cabinetry, Innerwood was formed to focus on building custom cabinetry. Over the years, as the business grew and a number of acquisitions took place, the companies came together under one name, The V Collective.

Today we work with architects, builders, and homeowners, specializing in the build and installation of fine cabinetry and architectural millwork. 

How did you get into this field?

Prior to joining The V Collective, I spent 14 years as SVP of Operations with TimberTech, a composite decking company. There I was fortunate to be part of a management team that grew the business from just an idea, to over 400 employees, ultimately selling the company. I was looking for an opportunity to run a smaller company with an exceptional product and growth potential, when I ran into Dan and Janine Hueber through a mutual friend. I have been running the company for over five years now and really enjoy the continuous learning experience.

How does your firm work with architects?

We are extremely fortunate to have relationships with a number of architects and are frequently introduced to projects by them. Depending on the nature of a project, our team can collaborate on design, or just manage the build and installation of cabinetry that was already designed and specified. During the process, we work closely with the architect through an exchange of shop drawings. This process ensures our shop is aligned with details specified by the architect, so that homeowners receive their cabinetry as they envisioned. 

Who or what inspires you? 

People…I find great pleasure helping people to develop, cultivating a team, and creating opportunities for employees to succeed. 

When you’re not working, what do you love to do?

My wife Amy and I love boating and travel.  We have two grown children and many friends that live out of town, so we take as many trips as we can.  When possible, we combine travel and boating which we were able to do last year visiting Lake Michigan, Lake Norman, the Jersey Shore and the Hilton Head. 

The V Collective is a longtime supporter of AIA Cincinnati, especially our CRAN community, before becoming one of our first Title Sponsors. Learn more at http://thevcollective.com.

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