Our team is a collective group of talented individuals, each bringing a unique skill set to the table. They include experienced woodworkers, metal workers, specialty painters, and finishers.
The philosophy that drives this group of dedicated people is teamwork, building excellent projects, and complete customer satisfaction. We love what we do and we wear it on our shirtsleeves.
Shel Myeroff, Founder, President & Furniture Builder at CVCF
Shel Myeroff is President and Furniture Builder for Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture. After graduating from Cleveland State University as a Marketing Major, Shel spent 37 years as founder and president of Direct Recruiters in Solon Ohio. He started furniture making 15 years ago out of his garage. Since then, he has gained valuable furniture building experience through woodworking classes, reading about woodworking every day, studying under two remarkable mentors, and hands-on experience making hundreds of custom furniture projects. He never stopped building from day one. After retiring from Direct Recruiters in 2013, Shel immediately opened Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture and became a professional furniture maker. Shel’s biggest passion is helping buyers decide what they want, creating sketches that bring the furniture to life, and delivering a product that always exceeds expectations.
Zach Schulte, VP Operations, Woodworker, Carpenter, and Shop Foreman
After receiving his degree in business from the University of Arizona, Zach Schulte spent 2 years as a finish carpenter before joining the Chagrin Valley team in 2014. In 2016, Zack left for Portland, Oregon to ply his trade as a carpenter and home renovation woodworker. He returned home to Cleveland in early 2018 to become shop foreman at CVCF and continue to master his craft under the tutelage of the veteran furniture makers at CVCF. In the summer of 2018, Zach was named VP Operations and runs a tight ship/shop at CVCF.
Beth Cohen, Professional Furniture Painter and Designer
Beth Cohen has been a professional designer/painter in the Cleveland area for over 30 years. She received her BFA in Illustration and Design from The Cleveland Institute of Art. Beth has extraordinary ability in helping clients fulfill their vision of how they want each piece to be uniquely “theirs”.
From one-of-a-kind textures, faux and custom designed patterns, to the ability to see the “color in the color”, each piece has its own signature. Beth is able to guide her clients to their desired finishes with their input, her experience, and make it all work with current or envisioned settings in their home.
So imagine your custom furniture piece can look like anything…start anywhere, go everywhere, anything is possible…and know at any time you are part of the design team. This is more than painted furniture…it’s you.
Ed Johnson, Woodworker and Designer
Ed is a veteran furniture maker who joined CVCF when we moved into our new shop facility in 2018. Ed came to Cleveland via Freehold, New Jersey, the same town Bruce Springsteen is from, to work for BP. For over 40 years, Ed has pursued woodworking as a hobby while studying under some of the great furniture making mentors of our day. Ed’s most prized possession is his Stanley Classic 14″ Bailey Corrugated Wood Plane No.5 which he pulls out to use on the really special projects.
Russ Musarra, Furniture Maker and Rustic Specialist
Before joining CVCF, Russ spent over 30 years in the furniture industry making high end office furniture. Today, in addition to making wood office furniture, Russ specializes in rustic barn doors, harvest tables, and farm and farmhouse tables. He has found a new home at CVCF!
Richard Fedor, Woodworker and Cabinetmaker
For Richard, furniture making is in his blood. He’s proud of his Hungarian-Italian descent and the artistry that has been passed down from generation to generation in the Fedor family. His father and uncle were both cabinetmakers and Richard worked for them and learned from them during summers when he was a young boy growing up in Massillon, Ohio. His training paid off, and Richard has spent a lifetime doing what he loves most – creating beautiful furniture!
Brandon Watts, Woodworker and Certified Arborist
Brandon came on board in the summer of 2018. He started out as a woodworking hobbyist in California, doing hand carving with gouges and chisels, then went on to study woodworking in college. Not only does Brandon add superb woodworking capabilities to our team, he also is a Certified Arborist who knows the nature of trees inside and out. He diagnoses trees for diseases and pests and brings sick trees back to health. He’ll make sure the wood for your furniture is happy and healthy!
Brendan Bennett, Marketing Director
After graduating from Kent State University, Brendan began his work as an entrepreneur in the business of flipping Bitcoin. Today, he works hard as an independent digital marketing expert, content writer, and video production expert for companies across Ohio and Pennsylvania. Brendan also manages CVCF’s news page, where content concerning new pages and developments in the world of custom furniture design is updated regularly.
Hank Schulte, Furniture Maker
Hank Schulte graduated from John Carroll University as a teacher with special studies in Industrial Arts. He worked for over 25 years as an Industrial Arts teacher at Beachwood High School in Beachwood Ohio where he taught students CAD Drawing, Photography, Computers, and Shop. Hank came to CVCF four years ago and applied his wood working skills to assist our Master Furniture Makers.