Leadership Team

Chris O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer

Chris, a seasoned flooring professional of 22 years, was hired as CFO for Congoleum in 2015 and promoted to COO in November of 2016 and subsequently named CEO in January 2017. Prior to working at Congoleum he started his career working in Public accounting working for PriceWaterHouseCoopers. After a stint as the CFO of a real estate company Chris joined CMH Space Flooring Products as the CFO and was later promoted to COO. While at CMH Chris was involved in three acquisitions doubling the size of the company and the eventual sale to JJ Haines. Chris holds degrees in both accounting and financial management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, an MBA from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business and was a CPA in North Carolina for many years before joining Congoleum.

Chris O’Connor

Kurt Denman, Chief Marketing Officer

Kurt has been with Congoleum since 2013 and currently serves as CMO. He brings more than 25 years of marketing and sales experience in consumer and durable goods with proven success in both strategic brand positioning and category management. Kurt has delivered results for a range of companies including Benjamin Moore & Co, Newell Rubbermaid and most recently OfficeMax where he managed the strategic growth of the $1.6B private brands portfolio. Kurt holds a BBA in Marketing from Kent State University and an MBA from Purdue University.

Kurt Denman

Gus Tollemar, Director of Finance

Gus joined Congoleum in August 2022 as the Director of Commercial Finance focusing on pricing and data enablement prior to taking on overall responsibility for the finance functions at the end of 2022. Gus brings over 12 years of experience working in various finance and operational roles at BASF, Linde, and Reckitt Benckiser. Most recently Gus served as the Personal Care Controller at BASF where he focused on leveraging pricing strategy to grow the bottom line of that business by close to 30M between 2020 and 2022. Here he was also been responsible for digitalization strategy for the North American Care Chemicals division where he utilized data science and BI tools to uncover commercial and operational insight that allowed for better data driven decision making. Gus has a BS degree in Finance and Economics from Pennsylvania State University and a Master Degree in Accounting from Seton Hall.

Gus Tollemar

Angela Matticola, Senior Vice President Sales, Manufactured Housing & Recreational Vehicle

Angela has worked for Congoleum for over 25 years and has held a diverse series of sales and marketing management positions during her tenure. Angela began her career at Congoleum in Sales for the New England Region, and later held numerous Corporate Sales and Marketing Management positions, delivering outstanding results in each position. In 2013, Angela relocated to Indiana to head up our Manufactured Housing/Recreational Vehicle Division. Throughout her 10 year tenure in her current role, Angela has consistently exceeded strategic objectives and delivered year over year market share growth for Congoleum in both the MH and RV industries. Angela holds a BS degree in both Marketing and Communications from Babson College.

Angela Matticola