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Our Team

Our team is our most valuable resource, and each member of the team offers a depth of experience and expertise.

John Houshmand  Since 2000, John Houshmand has been involved in custom interior design solutions and, through JOHNHOUSHMAND, has worked as a fabricator and retailer of limited edition and custom-made urban organic furniture.  His discerning clientele has included the Four Seasons Hotels, W Hotels, Barney’s New York, Robert DeNiro, Michael Smith for The White House, and Nobu Restaurant in New York. His “functional art” has been featured in magazines worldwide, including House Beautiful, Dwell, New York magazine, Interior Design, Elle Décor and W Magazine, to name just a few.

Raised by a Dutch-American mother and an Iranian father, John has always danced between Eastern philosophy and Western principles and spent his youth abroad in the Philippines, Great Britain, Iran, and Israel.

John received his undergraduate degree in Art History in 1978 at Yale University. In the midst, he explored the worlds of professional photography and ceramic arts, and his work has been featured in gallery exhibits and major publications.  Because working with his hands proved a natural extension of his inner vision, John immersed himself in an assortment of artistic realms.

John spent 24 years as one of two principals at a renowned construction firm in Manhattan, building close to a half billion dollars of the highest-end architected projects in the city.  The firm was award winning, and highly published, building homes and townhouses for Robert Redford, Calvin Klein, Ian Schrager, Harrison Ford, Sara Jessica Parker, Edgar Bronfman, Mary Boone, and others.  He was involved in renovating the Paramount Hotel – Times Square and the Mercer Hotel, along with a host of other museum, corporate and hospitality projects.

John's inventive essence and exceptional life experiences have harmonized to produce furniture that embodies the simplicity of Eastern aesthetics, a vibrant celebration of nature, and a deep reverence for all things esoteric.

 

Jack A. Donenfeld  In addition to his work as a founder of JH2 OneTreeHome, Jack Donenfeld is an officer, director and founding investor, along with The World Bank, in Simplemente Madera Group® (SMG), a vertically-integrated hardwood timber growing, processing and product manufacturing business in Managua, Nicaragua that makes furniture for JH2 OneTreeHome. SMG’s holdings include Forest Stewardship Council®-certified forests and plantations, tree nurseries and one of the most extensive wood-processing and manufacturing facilities in Central America, producing both dried sawnwood and hardwood products like furniture, flooring and pre-fab housing.

Jack has organized and invested in joint ventures, new businesses and real estate projects, both in the U.S and abroad, for over 30 years.  In addition to his ongoing work for these businesses, he is a Managing Member of Corporate Research, LLC, a registered investment advisor that structures international financial and business transactions for U.S. and foreign clients.  He also advises the General Partner of Paragon Capital LP, a New York and Cayman Islands-based special situation investment fund that invests in and sponsors reverse mergers and alternative public offerings for U.S.-based small cap public companies with operations in the U.S., China and India.

Jack is President of the Law Offices of Jack A. Donenfeld, A Legal Professional Association based in Cincinnati, Ohio, which limits its practice to corporate finance, securities, and general corporate law.  Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the prestigious national directory of lawyers, has given Jack and his law firm its highest ratings for competence and adherence to ethical standards and listed him in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for his work in securities law.

Jack earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Northwestern University and his law degree from Boston College Law School.  He served as President of the National Real Estate Investment Association (formerly the Real Estate Securities and Syndication Institute), as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Real Estate Law at the University of Cincinnati College Of Business Administration and as Director of its Real Estate Roundtable.

 

Maria (Nani) Cabada  Nani Cabada is our Vice President, Designer and was our designated Project Leader for the initial line of JH2 OneTreeHome furniture, working under the direction of John Houshmand and Jack Donenfeld.  As a Project Leader, Nani manages internal firm communications and helps to source wood, glass and metal and to coordinate production processes in Nicaragua, where wood components are made, as well as working closely with our furniture assembly personnel in the company’s upstate New York facilities.  Nani also is involved in tracking deliverables, preparing schedules and budgets and allocating resources.  Nani went to the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she earned a degree in Industrial Design.

 

Laura Berlin   Laura Berlin is responsible for Marketing Design, Media Placements and Public and Media Relations.  She supervises our office administration and works as Executive Assistant to John Houshmand and Jack Donenfeld.  Laura attended the University of Rochester, where she earned a B.A. in Art History with a minor in Computer Design.  She also earned an M.A. in Visual Culture & Communication in the department of Art & Art Professions at New York University.  Laura previously worked in several art-related businesses, including Artist's Space, Thomas Erben Gallery, Artforum Magazine, and Stux Gallery.

 

Heather Huber  Heather Huber is our Customer Relations Manager and Senior Sales Associate.  Heather previously held positions with Oxford University Press, Bumble and Bumble, Estee Lauder, Paul Rodgers/9W Gallery, Gasser Grunert Gallery, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, housprojects gallery and Ian Schrager Company.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin & Marshall College with a double major in Art History and Literature. Upon completing her undergraduate studies, she served as a guest English teacher for her junior high school alma mater for the 2001-2002 school session. Heather also attended the University of Denver’s Publishing Institute to complete a graduate certificate in Book Publishing, following which she relocated to New York City from her native Pennsylvania.