Leslie Kaufmann founded her sales agency in 1996 on the core principle of trustworthy and responsive customer service for products from companies subscribing to the same philosophy. With a background as project manager for one of Washington’s preeminent developers, Leslie worked with architects and interior designers and also purchased furniture for eleven renovated hotels. Bringing that perspective to sales enabled clients to rely on her project analysis as well as in-depth product knowledge.
She received the 2010 Dream Team Award from the Design Leadership Council of Washington, DC (along with seven other men) as the ‘most valued’ manufacturer’s rep in the Washington, DC area. Tuohy represents the first new addition to her line package in seven years exemplifying her relationship philosophy: “choose right – choose once”
Her partner and husband Mark Koenig joined the business in 2002. He has an engineering degree in Textile Technology as well as a degree in Pharmacy and has twenty-two years of intimate customer service experience having operated several drug stores in the Washington area.
In 2015, Jennifer “Jenn” Spiegel rejoined the company as a sales representative to the A & D community in Southern Virginia. Jenn was previously with Leslie Kaufmann Associates for eight years while also working with other manufacturer representatives, and Sevea in the Southern Virginia area.
During her five-year hiatus, Jenn achieved national prominence selling Wildtree Organic Food while raising her two young boys. With both boys now in school, she is excited to be back in the industry she loves!
Jenn graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Marketing and Global Business. We are thrilled to have Jenn back and she is looking forward to calling on all of the designers in her territory, reconnecting with old friends, and making many new ones.
Leslie Kaufmann Associates was pleased to announce when Betsey Pope joined our team as showroom manager for our new Georgetown location. She has now transitioned into sales and will be calling on Northern Virginia, as well as some firms in the DC area.
Betsey has previously worked in interior design, marketing, and sales. She graduated with degrees in Business and History from Virginia Commonwealth University in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia.
She has loved meeting all the LKA clients and cannot wait to continue her journey with us!