Our team

James Strole

President

As the son of an entrepreneur, James was brought up to always follow his dreams and pursue them with everything he had, always applying the four little words: “a little bit more.” And he understands in business and life, that when you commit to these four little words, you have created the opportunity in your business, life, and relationships to move from ordinary to extraordinary. After 10 years as the top sales producer for a local furniture dealer, he decided it was time to take that step and fill a void he felt was missing in the market place; an office furniture company that not only would serve its customers with great furniture, but do it with a passion to always give a little more than expected. So, in October of 2004, with nothing more than a list of prospects, he started what has become today a pillar in the business community that serves over 1,000 clients in Montgomery, Harris and surrounding counties. In striving to be extraordinary, James’ passion for collaboration with his clients brings innovations to their work space challenges, producing solutions that not only are functional but represent the aesthetic goals of his customers. With 20 years of experience in the industry, James understands the importance of meeting clients’ work space and furniture challenges. James’ long term view of his business and relationships adds comfort and value, not just in the present but in the years to come.

Donna Young

Senior Business Development

Donna joined the team at Workspace Resource in 2012 and will more than likely be the first face you see when you walk through our doors. Her interest in design stems from a natural tendency since childhood to tap into the creative side. Outside of work, you’ll often find her engrossed in some sort of project that involves attention to detail, be it designing something for her house, decorating an intricate birthday cake or painting a mural. Her drive for perfection is something that trickles over well into the workplace. After starting out as a vocal music major in college, she completely changed course and received a bachelor’s in Business Administration and Management Information Systems from New Mexico State University (the “other” Aggies). In her free time, she enjoys silliness with her husband and two boisterous little boys, singing in the church choir and praise team, feeding into her acquired passion for hitting the streets in a new pair of running shoes, or reading a book plucked from the ever-growing pile on her bedside table.

Ross Perry

Business Development

Ross joined WorkSpace Resource in 2016, bringing with him over 7 years of business to business sales experience. He loves getting to meet new people and helping their ideas come to reality. Ross is always respectful of a client’s wants and needs specializes in finding resourceful ways to accomplish their goals within their budget and timeline. He works quickly and efficiently and is always available to any of his clients who have questions or concerns. Ross graduated from Stephen F. Austin University and loves playing golf, going fishing and watching sports.

Diana Burgess

Project Design Manager

Diana joined the WorkSpace team in 2010 and brings with her over 8 years of design experience in the commercial furniture industry. She received her bachelor degree from Stephen F. Austin State University (Axe ‘Em Jacks!), where she graduated with honors. Her life-long love of art, intricate details, color, and the newest trends blends perfectly into her work. She strives to create an aesthetically pleasing and effective work environment for her clients, where a company’s work culture can thrive. Diana is happily married to her high school sweetheart and has 2 fun loving children. She is a proud Texan who despises country music, loves cooking and trying elaborate recipes in the kitchen, and is constantly finding an outlet for her creative side!

Jackie Thibodaux

Marketing Director

Jackie initially formed a relationship with WorkSpace Resource in 2013 as a client. Through her experience working with the team on multiple projects, she was drawn to the company by the enthusiasm, professionalism and organization she was exposed to. She enjoyed it so much that she knew she had to be a part of the success story by bringing in new clients and maintaining existing client relationships to ensure they have the same quality experience. Jackie brings a unique perspective to the team, as she has a firsthand understanding of a customer’s wants and needs. She takes a systematic approach to everything she does to ensure each job is handled in the most thorough and efficient manner possible. Jackie is the proudest member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2010 and has a bachelor’s degree in Ecological Restoration. She loves the outdoors, food, and her two rescued Dobermans, Maeby and Banks.

Eden Schaffer

Administrative Assistant

Eden has been with WorkSpace Resource since 2011 and graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2013 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Eden brings many qualities to our team, among them are her servant’s heart, a love of numbers, assertiveness, and her amazing organizational skills. If you call our office, Eden is most likely the first person who will help you by taking your call! She and her husband have 2 wonderful little boys. She enjoys spending time with her family tent camping across Texas, putting those Pinterest boards to good use by crafting, and playing with her two dogs, Maggie and Max.

Julio Ortiz

Installation Supervisor

Julio comes to WorkSpace Resource from a background in Construction and has been in the furniture industry for 4 years. He has an extensive knowledge of many different manufacturers and is an expert at assembly and installation. Julio is a natural born problem solver and uses his experience and creativity to find solutions to any problems that arise at the job site. He is intelligent, independent and reliable; he works efficiently and effectively and is a respected leader to his crew members. The greatest compliment Julio consistently receives from clients are job offers! We are fortunate to have Julio as part of our team and know that he will impress you with his professionalism and positive attitude. When Julio is not working hard (which is a rare occasion) he is spending quality time with his family, playing with his kids or playing competitive basketball.