See What Our Client Testimonials Reveal About Our Chairs…and Our Service.

The following testimonies and reviews may prove helpful to those seeking gifts to family members, an award in appreciation of an employee, a graduation chair, the best gift for a medical resident, a graduate chair, a residency graduation chair, or the best gifts for medical residents.  Our clients who are represented in the following paragraphs are individual purchasers and executives of substantial institutions.  They have purchased our chairs for family members, distinguished researchers, retiring faculty, departing officers, and friends.

“For our new endowed chair donors, we are presenting each of them with a Miniature Chair to recognize their transformational generosity. The chairs are beloved!   They are unique, perfect for our donors’ desk or book shelf, and definitely a conversation starter.

Thank you for terrific service and your dedication to detailed excellence.”

Tana Jones, CFRE

Assistant Vice President, Board and Donor Relations, University of Arizona

“Chairs have arrived!  All are awesome!”
“Thank you so much. Like I said, I’ve got a couple more coming up soon. I appreciate all the work you did. Well done! Thanks, a lot!      …Tom”
Proud Father of Three Graduates

Chairs representing Kenyon College, LBJ School at University of Texas Austin, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Louisville, Kentucky

“Alumni Chairs often went beyond our expectations by contacting Lipscomb University and working with the legal team there. They would always forward the information to me.  Very Professional and friendly in his dealings with me. The recipients of the rocking chair were very happy with the product.   Thanks!”
R. M. Chapman, MD

Purchased rocking chair as a wedding gift, South Carolina

“The chairs were delivered on time and in perfect condition.  They are exactly what I had in mind (after no small effort in searching).  They are the perfect complement to my new desk.  As promised I have included a picture of the new “office suite”.  Thank you for your prompt and professional response to my order.  You create and deliver exactly as you promised.  That’s not always easy to find these days.

It was indeed a pleasure working with you.   Thank you”

Jim Young

Affinity Traditional Captain's Chair and Captain's Swivel Chair, Madison, Wisconsin

“I am so satisfied and happy with both chairs!   [Alumni Chairs] was extremely helpful throughout the entire process.  The design of both chairs is remarkable!  My directors were so impressed with the chairs that they definitely will be wanting more in the near future!   Thank you!”
Elayne Bonett

Donor Recognition & Stewardship Coordinator, Baptist Health Foundation, Miami Florida

“The recipient of the endowed chair, one of our donors, loved the chair. She was over-the-moon about the thoughtfulness of us being able to select the finishes to fit her taste. Thank you for allowing us to make it custom! The next time we are in need of a chair, we will consider you as a partner.”
Development Professional

Assistant Director, Donor Relations and Stewardship, Development Department, The Ohio State University

“When the chair arrived, it was so well wrapped that there was not a single scratch anywhere on it. It looked as if I had personally picked it up off of the showroom floor.”

F. Rodney Drake, MD

Principal, Private Practice, Washington, D.C.

“It’s nice to have … chair, and they are also really comfortable, I was surprised…”
Cancer Research Scientist

Faculty Recipient of Endowed Chair for Cell & Gene Therapy, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington

“Attached, please find my completed survey. Thank you for the great product and terrific service.

Kind regards,



Commercial Real Estate, Chicago, Illinois

“I am writing to congratulate you on your sense of design and comfort which has complimented my own need for some expression of those wonderful years which have been so formative.”

F. Rodney Drake, MD

Physician, Graduate of University of Colorado School of Medicine

“Thanks for the great service with our new college chair! We now have 4 different chairs from 4 different companies and your chair is by far the best college chair − both wood, logo engraving, and the most comfortable.”

Parent Dartmouth Graduate , Los Angeles, California

“It arrived. It’s fabulous!! Thank you!!!!”

“When our last child heads to college we will definitely order from you again.”

Family of Dartmouth Graduate

“Finally, late last afternoon, we opened the boxes, and we LOVE them. Thank you…THANK YOU, Dan and Team, for such a fine job. …and the hand-signed chairs and other info on the bottom of them. Lovely. What a nice touch!”

“I double —triple—the wonderful look of the chairs and the care of the engraved brass plate. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! …we looked over the entire chair tooth and comb. Beautiful!!”

“Your chairs are a power visual symbol…wonderful inspiration and incentive…”

Director and Managers

Development, Boys & Girls Club of Providence, Rhode Island

“Attached is…a picture of our granddaughter enjoying her rocking chair.   The chair is excellent, and she loves it.”


Devoted Grandfather, Columbus, Ohio

“Our new Cleveland State Alumni Chairs are simply stunning.  The quality and craftsmanship beats out any other collegiate chair I have seen and the look is sophisticated and elegant.  I receive compliments on the chairs from every alumnus who visits.”    
Brian Breittholz

Assistant VP, Alumni Relations and Executive Director, Cleveland State Alumni Association, Cleveland State University

“My granddaughter is only 20 weeks old and hasn’t sat in her Ohio State rocking chair yet.  We have it set out and are looking forward to one day watching her enjoy it and pass it on to future generations.  I am impressed by the craftsmanship of your work.  Take care”

John Mercurio

Proud Grandfather and Alumnus of The Ohio State University

“Alumni Chairs…one of the most amazing vendors I’ve ever dealt with.  So friendly, personable, knowledgeable, easy to chat with.  

Responded to emails in a timely manner, always had a solution to problems –  I knew they genuinely were concerned about our organization and product.  

Amazing to work with.  I would definitely order again on a new project.”


Suzanne Un

Stewardship and Recognition Senior Manager, Benefactor Relations, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Washington

” I was very pleased with your service and all the detailed attention you gave me and my organization.”
Manager of Stewardship

Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

“I am writing to you simply to express my gratitude and appreciation to you for the gorgeous Affinity Classic Alumni Chair.”


Recent Graduate

“Alumni Chairs is the class act in high quality chairs of distinction…valuable mementos that your family will appreciate for generations.



Retired V.P. of Procurement, Aerospace Manufacturer, Tucson, Arizona

“Our clients absolutely loved the miniature chairs.  They were beautiful!”
Director, Advancement

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

“I recently received your Marquette Chair as a gift and want to thank you for the marvelous addition to my apartment.  The chair is comfortable and stylish, and I can absolutely tell that it was made with the finest craftsmanship!

I know that this chair will be a staple in my home for years to come.  Thanks for the great product!”

Mary Cate

Recent Marquette Graduate, Madison, Wisconsin

“If you ever would like for me to correspond with anyone who might want to get a report from a very satisfied customer, I would be glad to do so.”

F. Rodney Drake, MD, Washington, D.C.


“I love my chair!!  It is so comfortable and is the perfect shade of green.  It was so easy to deal with you and your company.”

Recipient of Affinity Mission Rocking Chair, School Teacher, Retired , Canton Country Day School, Canton, Ohio

“I am proud of my experience, there, and the classic chair seems to exemplify these feelings of mine.”


Nick Benson

Aerospace Engineer, MBA

“Thank you for your kind note and the nameplates received this week.  Lovely, as are the chairs.

Our recognition dinner occurred last evening and folks (all – but especially the recipients) were simply blown away by the chairs.  Thank you…Thank you!

Get ready.  There will be more!    My best.  Always.”


Manager, Special Projects , Boys and Girls Club

“We received the child’s rocking chair and my four-year-old daughter absolutely loves it.  It is beautiful, and it is so well made.  We look forward to enjoying it for many years to come and keeping it in our family for future generations to enjoy as well.  Thank you!”    
Joy, Proud Mother of Young CU Fan

Manager, Alumni Relations

“They did a Great Job! They had to contact the university many times for the logo. They were very helpful in designing the logo.”

Father of Missouri Baptist Graduate

Surgeon, New Orleans, Louisiana

“Here is a pic of my fabulous rocker!  It’s in my bedroom for the moment until the library gets redone.  Love it!!  Thanks Soooo much!”



Teacher Retiring Early!

Received an Affinity Mission Rocking Chair, Private School

“We gave  Sean his graduation chair tonight, and he really liked it, the quality and solid construction exceeded our hopes, thank you so very much for your time and attention to detail.   Shipping was sound and the packaging was very good.   We can’t thank you enough!”

Helen and Jim

Parents of Graduate , Class of 2018, Stony Brook University

“Thanks very much for getting Dr. King’s chair delivered last Saturday morning!  We presented the chair to Dr. King at the end of his retirement celebration that evening and showed the chair photos and plaque wording on the projector at the same time. Dr. King then sat in the chair with photos taken next to the podium.  It turned out to be a perfect way to end the program.”

“Getting the chair in time was definitely a big plus.  You could tell Dr. King was pleased to try out his chair at the end of the program.”

John M Cavanaugh, MD, PE

Department of Biomedical Engineering , Wayne State University

“I can’t  thank you enough for your help and attention to every detail with the college chairs for Paul, Amanda, and Christina.  They absolutely love them and were totally surprised!


Doris & Greg”

More from Doris and Greg

Concord, California

“Thanks!!   I am so sorry I never sent a photo – we had our baby right around the time the chair was delivered and it’s been a whirlwind since! The rocking chair is beautiful and has already been put to great use!  Hope all is well and that your 2019 is off to a great start!



Maisy, New Mother with Rocking Chair from Her Dad

Baltimore, Maryland

“A friend of mine is a retired U.S. Army colonel and was inducted into the University of Rhode Island ROTC Hall of Fame as the first female. Eight of her friends got together and ordered a chair for her. Alumni Chairs was very diligent to make sure everything was perfect – the chair and the plaque. This high quality chair is proudly displayed in her living room in Virginia. I highly recommend Alumni Chairs.”
Jane Robinson

South Windsor, Connecticut

“I reached out to as my daughter’s college did not offer graduation chairs. The chair is beautiful and the service was great. Nothing but praise.”
Ed Higham

Armonk, New York

“We ordered the Affinity Traditional Rocking Chair customized with our organizational logo for our first retiring employee. I worked with Alumni Chairs on the design and manufacture of it, and it met and exceeded my expectations. Despite the 1,000 miles or so distance (we’re in Cincinnati), it arrived in time for the presentation to our employee. She was delighted with it and just sent me a note telling me it’s in her living room and it serves as a daily reminder of her time with us and the great send-off. We’re small and I’m not sure when we’ll have another person retire, but I’m sure we’ll order another chair!”
Whayne Herriford

KnowledgeWorks, Cincinnati, Ohio

Dartmouth and Middlebury Benches are perfect.  Much appreciated.  Alumni Chairs did an excellent job in crafting and delivering two Deacon’s Benches.

As a fine point of honor that I appreciated, Dan noted that my math was off, and accordingly, that I had overpaid by a four figure amount.  He immediately called me, and sent a check for the refund the next day.

Charles Cavness

Denver, Colorado

The chair is stunning! Beautiful! They got the dots on, too! David’s son, contributed to it, so I texted him one photo. He will love it. I can’t wait to see David’s face when the chair is unpacked. I’m sure that he’ll want it in his new office, now that we are getting furniture figured out in the new house.  Thanks again!                 Best, Cindy
Cindy Greco

Our chair has arrived in great shape. It was well packaged with more metal clips on the box top than you could shake a stick at! I opened it to see the chair that also was wrapped up and cushioned in all of the right places. I decided to keep it in the box and just wrap it as a big Christmas gift. Thank you so much for your attention to every detail including the packaging. It was delivered when you said it would be and was being held by the Concierge at the front desk until their man could deliver it to our apartment. I went down right after your call and brought it back, myself. Thank you again for everything. I am sure our grandson will be thrilled to get it, this Christmas!
Sincerely and appreciatively,
John Cunningham

Bethesda, Maryland

As you see, Dan, it is a great success!   Thank you for all the personal attention. You were great to work with.”  

Note to recipient of chair:  “Hooray!  I tried really hard to get a chair that was rated “very comfortable” and I do hope it will prove to be so.   I don’t think it will require cushions but if you want to keep them you surely may.  I harbor a hope that D. and,  then, H. will inherit this chair some day, not too soon!  So glad it arrived, and on a Sunday, too!

Love, F.”

F. R.

Rye Brook, New York

Thank you so very much!!!!! We are thrilled!!

Hope your Resurrection Sunday was glorious

– j”

Joanna Cable

Proud Parent of Alumna of Northwest University

“My alma mater had been acquired by another university, but I wanted to use the original seal and hit a road block on obtaining approval from the university.   I really appreciated the willingness of Alumni Chairs to work with me on a custom solution – incorporating a large medallion with the seal of my alma mater into the chair itself.   The chair was absolutely beautiful!”
Janet D.

Alumna of Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University

“Really looks great … am anxious to get it … hope you can get it shipped quickly .. it looks exactly like what I was looking for … We have had a great holiday weekend.  Let me know when you get shipping data.  Thanks again.


Don V.

University of Southern California Alumus, Midlothian, Virginia

“Hi, Dan! Sorry for the delay, I have been away. We received the bench and it was in perfect shape! It is exactly what we were looking for – wonderful craftsmanship and quality. I would recommend your products to anyone! Thank you!

The delivery was great; called before they came and took everything away with them (after opening the box to check for any issues). I would recommend using them again as well! Thank you!


Jennifer Larkin

Pittford, New York

“Thanks so much for all your help with the recent purchase of an Alumni Chair for a retiring colleague. From helping to select the chair, designing a plaque and assuring timely completion and delivery, you have demonstrated the very best in customer service. Most importantly, the recipient of the chair was delighted with the craftsmanship and attention to detail which makes everything worthwhile. Thanks again for all your help!      Best as always,  Paul”

Paul Katz, MD

Professor and Chair, Geriatrics, Florida State University College of Medicine

“I waited 45 years for my Alumni Chair, and Dan came through for me.  Most authentic, hand-crafted, custom-made chair available today.

You can have all the…recliner, overstuffed, over-sized chairs,  This chair makes you sit up, alert, comfortable, but no too much, and feel like you are in tune with the world.

Get one chair just for you.   And enjoy the art and spirit of ‘being’ quiet in simple elegance.”

Dan Herrmann

Insurance Executive , Northbrook, Illinois

“Dan, I though youd like to see this message from our President.  As you can tell, he is thrilled with the chair.  Many thanks!


Susanna Singer

Church Divinity School of the Pacific

“The Alumni Chair I purchased exceeded my expectations! Well constructed with a beautiful finish that fits the decorof my study. The design is a comfortable seat. And the university logo is exact. Well worth the time of waiting for production and the cost.


Doug Adams

Lewes, Delaware, Alumnus of Saint Louis University

“Both Kristen and Jim received their chairs on Thursday 9/22, and they both like them very much.  Thank you,

Kris Batley”

Kris Batley

Director of Donor Relations, Westtown School, West Chester, Pennsylvania

“Mailed the check today.    Sorry for the delay!   My nephew received his bench and loves it.

Thank you so much for the excellent customer service.    Happy holidays!

Paula “

Paul Gallucci

Kennebunk, Maine

“EVERYTHING IS PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The quality of each piece is superb. You have just been a hero to our desire to have a beautiful gift to honor the doctor and the donor…absolutely fabulous…


Linda Hill

Art Director, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee

“We ordered two custom chairs last year. The chairs are made with the highest quality and craftsmanship. We are so happy with them, the way they look and how they feel while seated. These chairs are a work of art and will be in our family for many years to come. Thank you for the great work! We love our chairs.”

Peter Schmidt, South Lake, Texas

“Absolutely love our college chair!   We looked everywhere to find a comfortable sized adult chair, this is by far the nicest we found. The chairs that they sell at the college book stores are very small, narrow and uncomfortable. These are so much better, roomier, and nicer!   Thank you again,
Emily W.”

Emily Wolfson

Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

“Our new hand-made Allegheny College chair was a great present for my husband, who had been wanting one since graduation 60 years ago. Since Allegheny no longer supplies these chairs, we were lucky to find the folks at Alumni Chairs, who had to fabricate the authentic seal and design. They did a great job for us.”

Bobbie Varble

Solon, Ohio

Services: Delivery, Painting, Woodworking, Chair construction & installation, Wood staining, Furniture design, Custom furniture 

Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value”

Jamielynn Garland

Student Store Manager, Cardigan Mountain School

“Lansdowne Friends School ordered an alumni chair customized with our logo for a retiring board member. The quality, durability, and finishes met our expectations and the result was beautiful. Service and attention to detail were exceptional. I highly recommend this company if you are looking for a unique, customized piece of furniture.”

Linda Sena

Senior Associate Director, Stewardship, Lansdowne Friends School

“Alumni Chairs, LLC delivers a high quality product and attention to detail. The owner works with each client directly. You can’t beat the craftsmanship. If you are looking for lasting, lifelong quality, check them out!”

Maleeka Love

Dean of Operations for Academic Life, Louisburg College, Louisburg, NC

“This chair was a well-received great gift for our club’s former decades-long serving Treasurer.”

Jan Kary

Ponte Vedra Democrat Club, Ponte Vedra, Florida

“Even during COVID quarantine Dan and his team did a superb job on three customized pieces (deacon’s bench and two chairs). Superb communication as well.”

Greg Hanthorn

Mableton, Georgia,

“Our school ordered our first mini chair in 2020. Our school and Board Members have been so happy with the mini chairs. Dan is wonderful to work with. Amazing customer service.”

Jennifer Turner

Director, Office of Head of School,, La Jolla Country Day School, La Jolla, California

“It is a beautiful piece of art in that the aesthetics are gorgeous in shape and design. It is also probably the most comfortable chair in my home.”


Public Health Professional

“WOW!   The Classic Alumni Chair is beautiful, sturdy, and I love the style and finish.  It will last a lifetime.   And the Miniature version is really cool, too.    Thank you very much for your excellent service throughout the whole process of designing and manufacturing this chair.   It was a pleasure to get to know you.

I will have them ready at the Change of Watch dinner tomorrow night.

Thanks again for everything!        


Joe Kujawski

Commodore, Vermilion Yacht Club, Vermilion, Ohio

“John and I would like to thank you for your professionalism and dedication in creating  a college chair designed for our college graduating granddaughter.  Working with you was a delight and getting over the hurdle of getting permission to use the College emblem proved to be a success not only for our needs but for future graduating classes at Spring Hill College.

The chair was flawlessly delivered on time with exact instructions of how to inspect the delivery and for future packing care.  We would highly recommend your company to those seeking a very special gift for family and friends.

Sincerely, Pat, a very satisfied customer”

Pat Kasuda

Pat's granddaughter graduated from Spring Hill College, Catonsville, Maryland

“Please send me the complete mailing address and last names of…” your colleagues.  “I want to send them a thank you.”

“I cannot thank you and the team enough for the outstanding service from start to finish with this order.”

Our kids “were completely surprised.  They love the quality of the chairs and the beautiful craftsmanship that went into the logo design and engraved plate.

Thank you”…”for overseeing the entire order from start to finish.

Doris & Greg”

Parents of Four Great Graduates

Concord, California

“We recently ordered an Affinity Traditional Captain’s Chair to present as a gift for the named recipient of an endowed chair. You and your team did an amazing job completing the project within our time constraints, and providing us with updates along the way.

Our guest of honor could not have been more pleased with the chair, and even sat in it for the duration of our program.

What a wonderful experience you provided!”


Department of Development, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, A LifeBridge Health Entity

“The staff at Alumni Chairs went out of their way to meet our needs. We were down to the wire in ordering our custom-made chair, and they came through for us. From the custom logo to the nameplate on the back, the chair was beautiful. We could not have gotten such a good product without the proper advise from your staff. The recipient is thoroughly enjoying the chair too!”
Linda Ulanday

Catholic Diocese of Lexington, Lexington, Kentucky

“Beautiful commemorative chair. Looks exactly as pictured.”

Administrative Assistant, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

“First, this product is amazing. Quality was better than I expected. Everyone loved it. Just the perfect item for an award. Also working with was a very good experience. They are very committed to their product and their trade. Would recommend this item and company to anyone looking for a Miniature Captain’s Chair.”
Susan Zambon

Proforma Spectrum Graphics, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“He loves it!    Thanks so much!”
Karen Lieberman-Daly

Natick, Massachusetts

“FINALLY I have some pictures of my chair and I am happy to share them with you. I will have to send them forward to you as I received them – one at a time. No doubt, that is Medieval, but I am not all that computer savvy as you know. Sorry to be so late with these. But I do want you to see them and know how very happy I am with the chair.                 Stuart Kelly”
Stuart Kelly

Gallatin, Tennessee

“Our four chairs arrived yesterday afternoon, and we carefully checked the boxes before the FedEx delivery person left the premises.  There was no evidence of damage.  We then unboxed the chairs, and they are Absolutely Beautiful.   All four recipients are thrilled.   I see now why it was so important for you to have the artwork to your exact specifications – the seals are so nicely done and so intricate that it was well worth the effort to track down the artwork through the vendor who does our graduation invitations.  Thanks again!


Pat Beman

Executive Assistant to Head of School, Atlanta Georgia

“Attached are a couple of photos of the Emmanuel College chair your organization just delivered. With all that is going on with COVID and more, it’s hard to know how things will play out. I am happy to say this has been a very pleasant journey.  Dan, you kept me informed along the way, with status, expectations and things I should expect.  For this … thank you.

The chair is perfect. It looks beautiful and we are so happy with it.  Our daughter, Samantha, will love this as she celebrates her graduation from Emmanuel College in Boston. Thank you for being part of this celebration.

Thanks so much!



Parent of Recent Graduate, New Hampshire

“Dan at Alumni Chairs was great to work with. He kept me in the loop about the production of my chair. I’m so happy with how it turned out. It was exactly as I imagined. Thanks to all the craftsmen who were involved in making it. I highly recommend that you take a look at their chairs!


Nicholas Hartlep

Associate Professor, Education Studies Department, Berea College

“Thank you so much for all the work you did with the chairs for my nephew and his wife, Raluca.  They are absolutely thrilled with the results,  as am I.  You consistently provide high-quality, individualized  services.   It has been a pleasure doing business with you.    Best regards,


Sarah Tierney

Madison, Connecticut

“The chair is beautiful and my niece is going to love it.    Thank you for all you did to make it possible.  Please extend my thanks to Trevor as well.   I appreciate his care in delivering.”

Natalie Furlong

Finleyville, Pennsylvania

“We received our three Affinity Berlin Mission Bar stools and they look great! We customized the wood to maple to match our knotty alder wood cabinets and used Michael’s stain and they look great together. We appreciate Dan’s flexibility to get the wood species and stain just right. The customer service and craftsmanship of the bar stools was excellent. I’m sure we will enjoy them for years to come. Thanks to Alumni Chairs!”
James Traylor

Kansas City, Kansas

“This chair is a great treasure and something we hope to pass down through the family.   The personal engraving is very intricate and accurate, and the structure of the chair is strong and very comfortable considering it is made of wood.   I have sat in it while working from home and found that it was better for my back than a different plush chair we have.   Thank you, Dan and Team, for your craftsmanship!   Thanks again,

Syd Cable”

Sydney Cable

Menlo Park, California

“The chair is beautiful and my niece is going to love it.  Thank you for all you did to make it possible.  Please extend my thanks to Trevor as well.  I appreciate his care in delivering.


Natalie Furlong

“Hi, Dan.  This is to let you know that we received the Chair.  I was not there but my son received it and inspected it.  He showed it to us on video.  It came in good shape and it looks great.  Many thanks,


Vassilios Papadopoulos

Professor, Pharmacology, University of Southern California

“Hello Folks,

The chair arrived today unboxed, and the young man just carried it up from their trailer to the front door.  It is really lovely and in excellent condition, and the inscription has my name spelled correctly.  Thank you very much for such a remarkable gift,  I very much appreciate it.


Alice Pomidor, MD

Professor, Department of Geriatrics, Florida State University

“The chairs are what we wanted and expected.   Excellent workmanship and this design has a wider seat. (wider than typical Captain’s Chairs). Comfortablle indeed.

Curt Hill”

Curtis Hill

South Lake, Texas,

I’m thrilled with my academic chair from Alumni Chairs.  The workmanship is outstanding and the finish stunning.  The quality of the custom-made seal Alumni Chairs created for my law school sets it apart from others I have seen.  I own three other academic chairs from different companies, and this one from Alumni Chairs is by far and away the best.  Second best isn’t close.    I highly recommend Alumni Chairs to anyone looking for an exquisite addition to their home or office.  Many thanks to Dan and the great team at Alumni Chairs.” 

Sam Heed”

Sam Heed

Senior Historian & Director of Education, Kalmar Nyckel Foundation

“You know you make a great chair.   I think I have purchased six chairs from you and they are all sitting in places of prominence in the homes of my sons and daughter-in-law.  I hope I live long enough to get my grandchildren some chairs from you.”

Mark Schmidt

South Lake, Texas,

“Our new hand-made Allegheny College chair was a great present for my husband, who had been wanting one since graduation 60 years ago. Since Allegheny no longer supplies these chairs, we were lucky to find the folks at Alumni Chairs, who had to fabricate the authentic seal and design. They did a great job for us.”

Bobbie Varbel

Solon, Ohio

“Working with Alumni Chair to customize my chair was a great experience. The company takes pride in its products and takes a personal approach to ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for in a chair. The chair I wanted required permission for the use of the logo, which Alumni Chair obtained and was diligent in accomplishing any follow-up needed to complete this task. The chair itself is high quality and exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend this company and their product.

Megan B. Owings”

Megan B. Owings

President of Administration & General Counsel, David A. Bramble, Inc., Chestertown, Maryland

“I am the Art Director for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. We have a high standard for our art installations and the chairs that Alumni Chairs built were extraordinary. They are in a class of their own, not at all the common version of chairs that are often seen. These are beautifully built with flawless attention to detail. The personalization was wonderful. The communication with Dan was thorough, quick, and extremely personal. He was determined to produce excellent chairs and deliver them on time. In addition to the chairs, we ordered the miniature chairs so that the doctor being honored had his chair and the donor was presented a miniature chair. Everyone was most impressed and the hospital took great pride in having these very special chairs.”

Linda Hill

Art Director, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee

“We received the chair. It is very well made.  The engraving is really nice and clean.  Nice doing business with you!”

“I could not be happier with Dan and his staff.  Helpful, quick to respond, and most importantly a beautiful crafted Captain’s chair was delivered.  I would be happy to post a picture of it but the teacher who received it is sitting in it all the time!”

Judy Kennedy

Development, St. John’s Episcopal School, Olney, Maryland

“We ordered a miniature chair with our logo for a gift – easy to work with and very thorough.”

Joanne Merriam

Associate Program Manager, Department of Otolaryngology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

“Professionalism, Punctuality, Quality, Responsiveness, and Value
I worked closely with Dan from my initial inquiry all the way through the delivery of the chairs and couldn’t be happier!  We were in need of a standard size and miniature chair, and Dan and team exceeded our expectations for both.  The detail and precision of our medical school’s seal, to the personalization of the donor and recipient names made us proud to present these chairs to their new owners.  We would 100% recommend using Alumni Chairs, as they listen to what you need and are easy to communicate and work with.”

Kara Vanmater

Manager, Donor Relations, Hackensack Meridian Health

“We love our Alumni Chair! It has a beautiful finish and is so comfortable. We had a special request for the emblem and it was done exactly as we requested. Many thanks!!”

William & Mary Phares

Moline Illinois, Alumni of the University of Illinois

“Really looks great … am anxious to get it … hope you can get it shipped quickly .. it looks exactly like what I was looking for … We have had a great holiday weekend. Let me know when you get shipping data.”

Don Vossler

Midlothian, Virginia , Alumnus of the University of Southern California

“Wanted to say thanks to Alumni Chairs for the time, interest, and professional assistance provided as we searched for a well made, sturdy arm chair for our 90-year-old mother.  Mom required a piece of furniture that provides stability as she raised from the chair to her walker.  This chair provides just that.

In addition, the chairs (we purchased two) have a beautiful finish, the design blends with her decor and visitors complement the choice she made.  Thanks again for the excellent service and product.

My Mom loves the chairs, the arm rests are a bit lighter then expected – was thinking they would be like a stained maple, but she really enjoys them.  Thank you for your assistance.  Best wishes for a happy & healthy summer!”


Loving daughter who purchased two chairs for her mother's comfort , Groton, Connecticut

“When my Head of School gave me the option to select my retirement gift after many years of teaching, it was more than easy!  I had been thinking about it for a long time, so I quickly responded, “A rocking chair!”   However, with so many companies to choose from when I did my search, I wasn’t sure where to begin and whom to trust.  A fellow colleague suggested that I take a look at College Chairs of Alumni Chairs.  Let me just say, I was not disappointed! Dan walked me through the choice of woods, stains, and finally, seat coverings. Each time I changed my mind, he would send me a composite of what my selection would look like, which made my final selection a cinch.  Their customer service is top, notch and they kept up regular lines of communication throughout the entire process.  In the end, I could not be more pleased with my chair – its solid construction, its beautiful wood finish, and its luxurious black leather.  This chair is meant to last!  It will be my legacy to my children and grandchildren!”
Retiring School Teacher

Recipient of Affinity Mission Rocking Chair, Canton Country Day School, Canton, Ohio

“We worked with Alumni Chairs to select a chair for our son.  With careful consideration, they made suggestions and offered advice until we selected this style.  The logo and graphics were approved by the school with the details we wanted through their work with our school.  The chair is unique and extremely well made, and we are thrilled to have it made in the USA.”
More from Helen and Jim

Goshen, New York

“I sought out a high-quality college chair for my son’s graduation present, to continue a 4-generation tradition.  Alumni Chairs produced a beautiful Affinity chair for me, with a custom official college logo.  They obtained permission for the logo and built me a great chair that will last a lifetime.  I highly recommend them!”
Tom Allen Ordered This Drexel University Chair for His Son

Leesburg, Virginia

“Alumni Chairs was fantastic to work with.  We were able to customize one of his Affinity Mission Rocking Chairs to exactly match what I thought my wife might like.  After a bit of back and forth and several swatches of leather samples, we settled on a quarter sawn oak mission style rocking chair with classic green leather.  The chair above is the result; it rocks perfectly on our indoor stone porch.  It’s nice to sit in it and look out at the ocean.”
Mr. and Mrs. Reichenbach

South Dartmouth, Massachusetts

“…the chair has arrived and is absolutely beautiful.  What a lovely …surprise the Ottoman was!  Joe is so happy.  What a future heirloom this set will be. Well worth the wait!  He says he will have to do a bit of furniture rearranging but it will all fit well once he does.  It has been a pleasure working with you and getting to know you…   I will most definitely recommend your products and your wonderful customer service.  If you ever head toward the Outer Banks, look us up!

All the best,


Linda Gould

Newport, North Carolina

“Our board chair was stepping down and we were looking for an appropriate gift to acknowledge her contributions to the organization. The quality of the chair is hard to determine from a website, but upon arrival, it was crystal clear that selecting Alumni Chairs was the right choice. From the great customer service and ease of ordering to the caliber of the Affinity Traditional Captain’s Chair, we had a great experience and will be ordering additional chairs soon. Their products are worth every penny. Thank you for providing a fitting sendoff to our board chair.”

Michael Hires

The Oglebay Foundation, Wheeling, West Virginia

We received the chairs and we are all in love with them. The seal looks PERFECT and it is such a beautiful replica of the chairs.  I’ll send over pictures soon. Thank you!


Julia Miller

Assistant Director, Donor Relations, University Advancement, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The long-awaited St. Bonaventure mission chair and ottoman have arrived, and we could not be happier with the end results! After many careful consultations with Dan and his team at Alumni Chairs, the beautiful chair and ottoman they produced exceeded all our expectations. The quality of the quarter-sawn oak is truly comparable to any Stickley furniture I have seen, and the fine leather upholstery perfectly complements the sturdy, extremely well-constructed frame. I especially love the width and depth of the chair, large enough for a large man to be comfortable in and for a smaller woman to snuggle up in with a good book. The ottoman is a perfect size, not too imposing for a smaller space. Finally, the reproduction of the very detailed St. Bonaventure seal is perfect–not a line is missing. It really makes the chair the heirloom we hope it will become.

Thanks again to you for your kind assistance and attention to every detail. It was a pleasure working with you, and who knows, maybe there are UNC or NC State chairs in our future as well!

Linda Gould

Newport, North Carolina

I am very pleased with (our Affinity Classic Alumni Chair).  Very happy with the quality of craftsmanship, and the logo as well as plaque.  Many thanks.  Jim
Jim Francis

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

“My chair arrived today and it is beautiful.  I am very touched by the plate on the back of the chair.  30 years of friendship is a very long and blessed gift from our God.   I am sitting in my chair now with a smile on my face.  Thank you so very much for this beautiful comfortable gift.

Hi, Dan!

Checking in to confirm receipt of the miniature chair.   It looks great – particularly the finish!  We won’t be able to present it to the recipient for some time – still waiting for face-to-face meetings to resume.  But I will be sure to circle back to you eventually to let you know his response. Thanks for the chocolate, too!   I will put that to use immediately!

All the best,


Marion Woyvodich

The Woodmark Group

“Great Experience! We recently worked with Dan to order a number of custom chairs for a fraternity. Despite the challenges of an ongoing pandemic he kept us up to date with the progress and delivered on time. The chairs look great and are truly a focal point for the place!”
Neal Rushforth

Bloomington, Illinois

“Thank you, Dan!   It was tremendous of you to go the extra mile to ensure all was done right and well. If I ever need to get another chair,   I will definitely contact you!


Joanna Cable

Spokane, Washington

“Our daughters are delighted with the chairs.  The chairs are beautiful!  They honestly have exceeded my expectations. Thank you for the effort. They are comfortable and spacious, and would be a great place to sit and read…and that is the point!  Thank you again-
David Force”
David F.

Columbus, Indiana

“I just want to thank you once again for assisting me with the purchase of the beautiful Alumni Chair.  The design and craftsmanship is beautiful. The engraving of the college logo looks spectacular. This will be a long remembered keepsake for Alexis, my granddaughter.

Your kindness and willingness to work with me to obtain permission from Christopher Newport University was outstanding.  Your support in ensuring the delivery was done on time and with the expertiseof those having pride in their work.  The added touchesof the plates on the back of the chair and the one of authenticy on the bottom make the chair even more special.

This is my second purchase for graduating grandchildren, and I look forward to working with you for upcoming graduations.

Pat Kasuda

See attached photos”

Pat Kasuda

Catonsville, MD

“After things settled and I was able to really look at, admire, sit in the chair, I became more and more stunned by its beauty.  It is a piece of art, and made of such exquisite wood.  I understand it is hand made. It takes the breath away.  I just love it…  THANK YOU!!



Berkeley, California, Church Divinity School of the Pacific

“I’m calling about my Amish rocking chair. it’s wonderful. I really love it. At first , I thought that it was too big. It’s really comfortable, and really well made. I love it. Thanks very much.”

Donal B. O'Shea,

Retired President , New College of Florida


“I received your voicemail message from last week.  I have not heard from J.   since her last day at CHLA.  I am certain she loved the chair.   i shared your photos with our MarCom department, as they wanted to see how we were using the logo, and they thought it looked great and loved the chair.   Thank you,


Jennifer Shaffer, Project Mgr. & Exec. Assistant to Exec. Director,

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles


“An alumni chair was designed and made to be presented to our Yacht Club Commodore at the end of their term each year. The chair met requested specifications and was made of high quality materials and fine craftsmanship. We plan to order a new chair each year.


Lew Price, Corinthian Yacht Club of Cape May, Cape May, New Jersey

“He worked so hard to obtain the licensing for my collegiate chair (Go Vols!). The chair looks fantastic and is comfy!”

Lyndsay Newell, South Lake, Texas

“Amazing craftsmanship, attention to detail, built to last, customer friendly and professional, and speedy! The chairs are beautiful!   


Chernelle Jones

Director of Special Events, Office of the Chancellor Health Affairs, Duke University

“I ordered a West Point chair from Alumni Chairs, for my wife, who is a 1986 grad. The chair was done perfectly to our specifications and my wife loves it! Dan Pumphrey handled our order, and he was a complete gentleman. His customer service skills are excellent. I highly recommend Dan and Alumni Chairs!”

Alan Ellison

Des Moines, Washington,

“Over the past year we started working with Dan and Alumni Chairs at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to create custom miniature chairs for our endowed chairholders and donors. The chairs are very well made and beautiful and the entire process working with Dan, from our initial conversation about what we wanted to accomplish to delivery, has been a breeze! Our chairholders and donors love the chairs and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Thank you Dan and Alumni Chairs! We love working with you and love our chairs.”

Julie Angelucci

Senior Associate Director, Stewardship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

“We needed to order a special gift for our outgoing Alumni Association Board President. The quality was excellent and working with Alumni Chairs was easy! We highly recommend them for quality work and a great product.”

Tammy Steele

Associate Director, Alumni Relations, Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Virginia

“My experience with Dan from Alumni Chairs was refreshing: personal, professional, high contact, super friendly.   I ordered two Captains chairs that are beautifully handcrafted and extremely high quality.   Our Department founding chairs LOVE them!!!   Absolutely recommend.”

Julie Bouziotis, MBA

Practice Administrator, Stony Brook Dermatology Associates

“Dan and his team do a great job! We have used them for multiple projects. Always quick to respond and accommodating. I’m sure we’ll use his team again sometime soon!”

Scott Brown

Program Manager, Donor Relations & Stewardship, Summa Health Foundation

“We ordered a rocking chair for one of our retiring faculty.  The quality of the workmanship was outstanding.  The engraved school logo was perfect!   Great job!”

Rebecca Linger, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Charleston in West Virginia

“The process from start to delivery was very easy. I worked with Dan he was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. He not only helped me with the selection of the chair and type of wood, he helped me with getting the correct logo uploaded, he kept me informed of every step from production to delivery. It is definitely a great place to order Captain’s chairs”

Nicole Johnson

Accounting, Columbus School for Girls

“Well constructed beautiful chair. I truly appreciated Alumni Chairs persistence in getting the logo licensing from my university so the chair could be made. Customer service outstanding.”

Doug Adams

Lewes, Delaware, Alumnus of Saint Louis University

“We have been working with Alumni Chairs since 2017, Dan always delivers a high-quality product! Wonderful feedback from high-level donors and staff.”

Katie James

Sr. Associate Director, Stewardship & Alumni Engagement, University of Arizona Foundation

“Alumni Chairs…one of the most amazing vendors I’ve ever dealt with.”    “Responded to emails in a timely manner, always had a solution to problems – I knew they genuinely were concerned about our organization and product.  Amazing to work with.  I would definitely order again on a new project.”

(Fred Hutch Cancer Center, client of Alumni Chairs, with regular, annual orders since March 2016)