Calvin Bennett was born in Oakland California on November 25, 1925, and moved to Monona, Iowa where he was raised and educated. He moved to Visalia in 1943 and managed Kertel’s Fountain, on the corner of Center and Court. In August of 1964 Cal decided it was time to go into business for himself. He borrowed $495.00 from his Aunt Cleo Kertels, and the rest is history.
Cal was his only employee. From day one he built his office furniture business on the principles of excellent customer service. The business thrives today because Cal never gave a second thought to delivering products in the manner most convenient to customers. Even as the business grew Cal could be seen delivering desks (yes desks) and office supplies from the trunk of the family's 1945 black Dodge sedan. Cal’s ability to put people before all other considerations showed not only in his growing business, but also in the loyalty and friendships he formed with his staff. People liked working for the man whose motto was: "if you can’t have fun stay home"
Cal's business grew rapidly over the years. He constantly reminded those around him that this was not just through his own hard work, but largely due to his loyal and trusted employees. Cal had wonderful relationships with business owners and their employees in Tulare, Kings and Fresno Counties. The impact of his industry leadership and trust-based business relationships was not lost on the community.
In 1988 Cal received the Business of the Year Award from the Visalia Chamber of Commerce, and in 1999 Cal was named Man of the Year for his many years of selfless contributions and service to Visalia. Cal's personal life was just as fulfilling. He was an avid trout fisherman, loved the mountains, and enjoyed backpacking to remote streams and lakes. He enjoyed serving his community, and was an assistant Scout Master for many years. He also coached the Visalia Cardinals Little League team for 10 years.
After 78 rewarding years of life, Cal had "Gone Fishin"; for the last time in December of 2003. The legacy of service and integrity he lived is also the foundation on which Cal Bennett’s Office Furnishing Planning & Design continues to grow today. Contact our office today for good old fashioned service.
Cal Bennetts Office Furnishing Planning and Design has been delivering products and services to satisfied customers for over 50 years. We enjoy what we do and it shows!