Bufalini will oversee new product design and development;
previously served as company’s West Coast regional manager
SAN DIEGO – DuChâteau®, an innovator in the design and manufacture of luxury architectural finishes from custom flooring to wall coverings, has named Don Bufalini its first product innovation manager.
In his new position, Bufalini will play a critical role in helping the company bring new products to market. He will primarily be responsible for product design and development, quality control, researching product and industry developments and monitoring trends.
Bufalini joined DuChâteau in 2007 when it was just forming and has 15 years of experience in the flooring industry. He has been promoted to several roles within the company during his career, including developing product samples, outside sales, strategic planning, marketing, account management and customer service. He most recently served as West Coast regional sales manager.
“Don was our very first hire, so he has been us with since the beginning,” said CEO and co-founder, Misael Tagle. “He understands DuChâteau’s mission better than anybody and his depth of knowledge about architectural finishes is truly unmatched. We wouldn’t be where we are today without Don’s efforts in a number of different capacities over the years, and we know he will do great things as our product innovation manager.”
In his new role, Bufalini will focus on product innovation at DuChâteau’s headquarters in San Diego. He reports to Lynn Fulks, chief marketing officer.
“Don will play a key role as we continue to grow and expand into new product categories,” Fulks said. “He has been actively involved in product development since he started with the company. His extensive experience in helping develop styles, patterns, and colors and vast knowledge of the industry make him ideally suited to lead this new product development and innovation program.”
Prior to joining DuChâteau, Bufalini spent two years with a regional flooring company based in Southern California. He earned his bachelor’s degree in fine and studio arts from Long Beach State and his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Phoenix.
Bufalini said he is embracing the opportunity to help keep DuChâteau at the forefront of product innovation and offering unique visuals and designs.
“I joined this company because I believed in the vision of Co-Founders Misael Tagle and Benjamin Buzali,” he said. “DuChâteau has always been more than just a flooring company; we think like designers and believe in developing products that are unique and stand out from what’s currently available in the marketplace. I look forward to developing new, beautiful products that will continue to set us apart and meet the needs of our growing customer base.”
DuChâteau® is a growing and innovative lifestyle brand that specializes in the design and manufacture of luxury architectural elements from custom flooring to wall coverings, doors, furniture and more. Founded in 2008, DuChâteau has grown from an initial vision of its founders to become a global company and recognized innovator in elegant, European-style flooring, with award-winning designs found in fine hotels, retail outlets and homes. Created using an unparalleled marriage of old-world traditional craftsmanship with natural materials, proprietary processes and advanced technology, DuChâteau’s products can add sophistication, elegance and style to any space. The company’s hardwood floors and wall coverings embody European style and luxury and require minimal maintenance. DuChâteau is committed to showcasing the luxury and beauty of nature without compromising the environment and is also a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council. The company is based in San Diego and has manufacturing facilities at its headquarters, as well as in Mexico and China. For further information, please visit http://duchateau.com/.
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