Forward thinking, driving industries to the future

All our companies focus on leveraging fast changing technologies and evolving business conditions to create solutions and products that help our customers do better.

This spans from designing better schools and offices, building efficient lighting systems, to optimizing product designs for efficient
e-commerce sales and delivery.

The synergy of our portfolio companies is leveraging shared expertise in distribution, supply chain, finance, logistics, and marketing to create an efficient operating machine creating brand leadership and strong financial results.  

History of United For Growth

Shiffler Equipment Sales Launch

The family-run business started in 1972 and was incorporated in 1975 as Shiffler Equipment Sales (SES).

1975
Mark Lewis Joins Leadership of SES

Mr. Shiffler joins forces with Mr.Lewis, an experienced CEO and President of private and publicly traded companies, to manage a successful SES turn-around and develop a strategic plan.

2013
Martin Public Seating Acquistion & Shiffler Lighting Solutions Launch

Acquire Martin Public Seating in Ohio, Sept 2014; a contract school furniture dealer serving the Ohio market for over 35 years. Shiffler Lighting Solutions launches.

2014
United For Growth Launch

Completed Phase 1 with re-capitalization and formation of UnitedForGrowth, LLC (UFG), holding company which owns SES, MPS and Commercial Sales.

2018
Executive Leadership Team Established

$1.1M ongoing investment in expanding executive leadership team with Doug Barnd, Nick Piszko, Jeff Schreiner, John Halloran and Duane Frager with strong operational and financial experience.

2020
Pedagogy Furniture & Vioty Launch

Two new business units  established: Innovative educational manufacturing market (Pedagogy) and direct-to-consumer product and brands (Vioty)

2020
Shiffler Equipment Sales Launch

The family-run business started in1972 and was incorporated in 1975 as Shiffler Equipment Sales (SES).

1975
2013
Mark Lewis Joins Leadership of SES

Mr. Shiffler joins forces with Mr.Lewis, an experienced CEO and President of private and publicly traded companies, to manage a successful SES turn-around and develop a strategic plan.

Martin Public Seating Acquistion

Acquire Martin Public Seating in Ohio, Sept 2014; a contract school furniture dealer serving the Ohio market for over 35 years.

2014
2018
United For Growth Launch

Completed Phase 1 with re-capitalization and formation of UnitedForGrowth, LLC (UFG), holding company which owns SES, MPS and Commercial Sales.

Executive Leadership Team Established

$1.1M ongoing investment in expanding executive leadership team with Doug Barnd, Nick Piszko, Jeff Schreiner, John Halloran and Duane Frager with strong operational and financial experience.

2020
2020
Pedagogy Furniture & Vioty Launch

Two new business units  established: Innovative educational manufacturing market (Pedagogy) and direct-to-consumer product and brands (Vioty)

Los Angeles, CA

Vioty Headquarters

Temple, TX

United for Growth
Headquarters

Seville, OH

United for Growth
Headquarters

Chardon, OH

United for Growth
Headquarters

Seattle, WA

United for Growth's
B2C fulfillment center.

Our Locations

Seattle, WA

Chardon, OH

Seville, OH

Temple, TX

Los Angeles, CA

President and CEO, UnitedForGrowth, LLC

Mark  Lewis

Mark Lewis, Co-Founder and serves as CEO and President of United For Growth (“UFG”).  Mr. Lewis previously has held CEO positions for the past 34 plus years in distribution, retail, manufacturing, e-Commerce with extensive M & A growth experience.  President/CEO, Visual EdgeTechnology, Inc., (national rollup of technology dealers), Co-Founder, President and CEO, CalGraph Technology Services, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Tekgraf Inc., a NASDAQ publicly traded distribution company (national roll-up of tech distributors and service organizations).

Founder of Martec/MGD Distribution. Mr. Lewis’s leadership, business and community experience also includes co-founding strategic organizations and serving on company boards, committees and holding numerous trade related positions over the years.  Mr. Lewis chairs the Corporate Executive Committee for the United For Growth parent company in the company efforts to advance its corporate mission, vision and execution of the strategic plan.  Mark holds a B.S. General Management, from Purdue University.

Mark loves to play golf, good wine, listen to all genres of music and spending time with family and seeing the grandchildren.

CFO, UnitedForGrowth, LLC

Nick Piszko

Nick Piszko, serves as Chief Financial Officer and oversees all the financial activities of the organization and its operating entities, including treasury and liquidity.  Mr. Piszko is responsible for leading the finance team, capital structure, financial modeling and reporting, acquisition due diligence and the overall financial execution of the organizations strategic plan.

Working closely with the CEO and operating leaders, he has oversight and responsibility for future business growth and general economic outlook.  Prior to joining United For Growth, Mr.Piszko was the Chief Financial Officer of Ergomat, which is part of the publicly traded SP Group, based in Cleveland, Ohio and Denmark. Nick has been an experienced CFO and has held C-Level and senior financial executive roles managing all aspects of accounting finance, risk, treasury, acquisition due diligence and human resource functions over his 36 plus year career.  

Mr. Piszko also serves as a senior leadership member of the Corporate Executive Committee for the United For Growth parent company in the company efforts to advance its corporate mission, vision and execution of the strategic plan. Mr. Piszko received his MBA and BS degrees from Cleveland State University and John Carroll University in 1995 and 1986 respectively and also received his Six Sigma Greenbelt at Kent State University in 2003.  Nick loves sports, theater, travel and spending time with family and grandchildren.

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