ELITE EXPERIENCE

WHO WE ARE

Republic Elite represents the union of two of the most trusted names in multifamily interiors: cabinet pioneer Republic Industries and countertop expert Elite Multifamily Interiors.

Together, we have more than 50 years of experience designing, producing, and installing multifamily kitchens and bathrooms. With a cabinet manufacturing facility in East Texas, a Design Center and Showroom located just outside of Dallas, a new Showroom in Denver, and an integrated team of granite, quartz, and marble suppliers, Republic Elite is uniquely qualified to offer turn-key, customized cabinet and countertop solutions for multifamily interiors.

We invite you to explore our products online or in person, and see how Republic Elite can help make your next multifamily cabinet and countertop project a success.

Republic Elite meeting room with cabinet examples

LEADERSHIP TEAM

PRESIDENT AND CEO

DUANE PEKAR

Duane Pekar is President and Chief Executive Officer of Republic Elite. He joined the company in January 2016, bringing 30 years of experience in senior manufacturing, marketing, sales, and executive leadership – experience he immediately put to use overseeing the merger of Republic Industries and Elite Multifamily Interiors to create the new single-source cabinet and countertop provider that is Republic Elite.

Formerly the President and CEO of complex machining supplier Midstate Berkshire – and, before that, the President of automotive filter manufacturer FRAM® – Duane has an impressive record of revitalizing brands and creating growth for forward-thinking Fortune 100 companies. He credits his success to a focus on innovation and technology, an adherence to lean manufacturing principles, and an unrelenting emphasis on strong client relationships.

Duane holds a Master of Business Administration from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and lives in Richardson, Texas with his wife and kids.

CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER

ADAM SUMROW

Adam Sumrow is Chief Business Officer at Republic Elite and co-founder and former President of Elite Multifamily Interiors. He has over 25 years of experience in the multifamily interiors industry and is a 5 year board member of the Dallas Builders Association Multifamily Council. Adam is recognized throughout the industry for his leadership in bringing cut-to-size granite countertops to the U.S. He attended Southwestern Assemblies of God University where he majored in Business Administration.

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

JIM LATTIN

Jim is Chief Financial Officer of Republic Elite. He joined the company in Jan 2020 , bringing 25 years experience in senior financial reporting & process leadership. Formerly the CFO for Precision Holdings – Jim has a notable record of driving insightful and actionable financial and operational solutions that drive efficiency, growth and profit
Jim holds a BS from Indiana University & a MBA from Thomas College.

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

ALLYSON HUMPHRIES

Allyson is Marketing Director. She joined the company in 2020 and brings 20 years experience in brand development , marketing & selling in the commercial quartz, stone, and tile industries. Motivated by growing great brands in the design/build community, she has a proven ability to advance concepts and product lines from design inception to delivery. Her previous tenure included thought leadership and brand management roles at MSI Surfaces & Walker Zanger. Allyson holds a BA from Loyola University of New Orleans and resides in Richardson, Texas with her son.

VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES

A.J. WESSELER

A.J. joined Republic Elite in May 2017, and has nearly 20 years of experience in Human Resources front line and back office support and leadership. Prior to Republic Elite, A.J. completed a plant startup with a family-owned California-based business in Rockwall, TX. Over the course of his career, A.J. has worked in strong HR cultures, including Kimberly-Clark, Nestlé USA, and Apex Tool Group.

A.J. holds a BA in Organizational Communication from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. He lives in Rockwall, TX with his wife and two daughters.