In 1981 Oklahoma Sound opened its doors, recognizing an unmet need in the furniture industry. Podiums that worked well and lasted for years. We sought to build cabinetry that would perform through decades of wear and tear, pieces designed with schools, worship centers, and organizations in mind. And so, with a few helping hands, we got to work manufacturing every element of the furniture in house. That’s right, not just the cabinetry, but the speakers and amplifiers were built from scratch. It seemed the best way to take real ownership of the end product.
The results were powerful and organizations came back asking for more. Chairs, this time. The team obliged, and in 1997 National Public Seating was born. Now, NPS outfits industries across the country with no-fail equipment they use every single day. From ultra-breathable flex chairs to easy-expand tables on wheels, our products are innovative, solution-focused, and both durable and comfortable to the nth degree. We ship them out quickly because we know time is of the essence, and we do everything possible to give you, our customers, a smooth experience from first purchase to years down the line.
He saw his customers as real people and felt personally responsible for providing them a seamless experience. To Barry, bumps in the road were golden opportunities to make things right, and he never let an opportunity pass him by. But it wasn't just consumers he cared for. Even as the team grew, he embraced every member as family. He invested in his employees the same way he invested in the business, teaching them to go above and beyond in their work with kindness, compassion and deep respect.
On August 16th 2018, we were heartbroken to learn Barry had passed. Two years prior when preparing to retire, he had transitioned the staff and trained in a new president. In true Barry fashion, he had ensured every aspect of the operation could run according to plan without him. Now, every day at National Public Seating is a tribute to his legacy. The company he left behind is rooted in integrity, commitment and growth, and through it he lives on.