The Erik Organic Team

The Story of Erik Organic

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Sometimes, things happen for a reason. Like the day in 2001 when Erik Schimek met Jonas, a furniture craftsman whose family had just begun making beautiful handmade cedar chests.

Erik was immediately drawn to the sheer beauty and dedicated workmanship of this world-class furniture. He couldn't get it out of his mind.

After visiting with more of these working families, Erik felt that this was a special opportunity. He wanted to help these builders by making people throughout America aware that this unique furniture was available to them, but without interrupting the special traditions and lifestyles of the people who made it.

Erik set out to build a company that uses the very latest in sales and delivery technology, while always respecting the careful old-world handcrafting of the wood. It's this balance of the best of both worlds that has served Erik Organic so well.

Erik Organic now delivers over 1,000 pieces of our handmade furniture a year, from California to Maine, to the tip of Florida and the upper reaches of Washington state. From those initial cedar chests, we've developed a range of hardwoods used in a stunning array of rocking chairs, dining tables, chests, benches, bedroom sets and more.

We started small, and we have continued to manage our growth so that we always stay in touch with the roots of our company. With our unshakeable commitment to our customers, our builder communities, and to creating a thoughtful and environmentally sound business, we intend to keep Erik Organic around as long as the furniture we sell.

The Erik Organic Team

We create the highest quality furniture in the world -- and it starts with our quality team of experts.

Erik Schimek

Erik Schimek

A true Midwesterner with a knack for innovation, Erik launched Erik Organic in 2001, when people were just beginning to see how the Internet could open up our ability to find products from all over the world. He was able to do something no one else has ever done as well: use new world technology and solid business sense to make handmade furniture from rural craftsmen available to every corner of America.

Erik loves what he does, and feels proud that he is able to empower so many families in our builder communities. Having a national market for their furniture means our craftsmen can continue the lifestyle that has been at the heart of who they are for well over a hundred years. Erik sees his company as part of keeping those traditions alive and growing.

Erik also believes strongly in protecting our environment and making wise use of our renewable natural resources. Upholding its part of the social contract that says we all need to care for the world we live in is one of the central missions of Erik Organic. That commitment to responsible building comes directly from Erik himself.

When he isn't watching over the details of Erik Organic, Erik loves to travel and photograph nature (ask him about Hawaii sometime when you have a couple of hours to spare). He's also an avid hiker who can be found every weekend out exploring the trails and sites around his new hometown of Austin, Texas.

Gail Kirkman

Gail Kirkman

Gail is Erik Organic's do-it-all superstar. In addition to working on our sales staff, Gail doubles up as our reigning accountant and bookkeeper.

As a Minnesotan herself, Gail has the opportunity to regularly visit the communities and family workshops where our furniture is made, which helps explain her obvious enthusiasm, deep love for, and thorough knowledge of every piece we offer. Gail's affection for the builders and the furniture they create is obvious in everything she says. Just start a conversation with her and you'll see!

Gail spends her free time exploring the rugged, natural beauty of Minnesota. She's a gardener, loves good coffee, and as her two cats, Bitten and Benny will tell you, is a dedicated animal lover.

Oh, and if all that isn't enough, she's also Erik's Mom.

Cody Schultz

Cody Schultz

Cody is our go-to-for-all-things office coordinator at Erik Organic. He keeps things running smoothly by making sure that he knows what's going on at every step of our process. He also lends a hand in sales and customer service when needed.

Born in California, raised in Minnesota, Cody is a Vikings fan who can usually be found in his off hours out in the woods on his grandparents' farm, hunting deer and enjoying the beauty of the Minnesota countryside.

Shirley Endres


Shirley is as midwest as it gets! Born and raised on a Minnesota farm near a small town of less than 300. She grew up with a hardworking family teaching her to treat people like you want to be treated.

After working as a home designer/drafter, construction project manager, she's wound up here at Erik Organic. Loves the left brain - right brain parts of the job but most of all loves helping people choosing the right furniture for their particular needs and styles. Living close to the 'wood artists' (our Craftsmen) she enjoys being in their shops and asking questions to always better understand the craftsmanship of these functional pieces of art.

When not working, you can usually find her enjoying the outdoors, hanging out with friends on the golf course or traveling the countryside.

Karen Scheevel


Karen grew up on the family farm near Harmony, MN. A part-time farmer herself, loves working with the variety of animals she has at her place. She also enjoys being in the fresh Minnesota air — hiking, skiing or just taking a brisk walk.

Karen is a neighbor to our craftsmen and is the company's main communicator with them. She'll be found looping through the countryside delivering orders to be built, snapping photos of furniture, talking through the details of a customized order and making sure the flow of the projects stay up to date so the customers know the status of their furniture.

Tracy Barksdale

Tracy Barksdale

Tracy is the customer support go-to here at Erik Organic. She loves connecting with all of our wonderful customers, and hearing about what's going on with you. She loves to travel, so her work here at Erik Organic is like a mini vacation. She gets to talk to all of our customers from around the country! :)

When Tracy isn't working, she spends most of her time drinking cold brew coffee, and chasing her 1 year old son everywhere. She also is a part time massage therapist, so making people happy is truly a huge driving force in her decision to join the Erik Organic team!

Cristina Diaconescu


Cristina is the sales process optimization guru at Erik Organic. After a long career in the pharmaceutical industries, cristina loves being part of a company that makes amazing, handcrafted furniture. She embraces the challenge of harnessing modern sales technology to streamline the process of delivering Erik Organic's furniture to those who appriceate its fine, functional artistry.

In her off hours, you can find Cristina savoring coffee while studying holistic medicine and medicinal plants

Benny and Bitten


Bitten has 5 years experience in keyboard warming, and is an integral part of our 'Make Sure Every Invoice Has Cat Hair On It' recycling campaign.


Benny keeps close watch over the office, keeping it safe from boxelder bugs and errant slips of paper that 'just happen to fall on the floor'.

Jeremy Bergo

Jeremy and Amy

Amazing furniture requires amazing photographers, and we have two! Jeremy Bergo has been snapping shots for us for over a decade, and, like so many of our employees, is a Minnesotan and friend of Erik's for over 30 years. When he's not shutterbugging, you'll find Jeremy either in his organic garden, or flipping through any form of Minnesota sports he can find.

Tom Dunn

Tom Dunn

Tom is our other top notch photographer. His specialties in both commercial and artistic photography clearly show in the beautiful work he does. Tom loves to travel, root for Minnesota Wild hockey, chill with his wife Colleen, and relax with Arbus, his black and white cat.

Our Delivery Professionals

Simon Hershberger

Simon Hershberger

Simon and his delivery team manages the majority of our furniture deliveries. He was raised and grew up Amish in Southeastern Minnesota. At the age of 18 he left the culture in hopes to someday own and operate his own trucking company so he could see the country. In Simon's free time he enjoys golfing he also lo ves traveling to different parts of the country, meeting new people, and admiring the different cultures. He also plans to travel around the world someday when the kids are out of school and time allows.

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