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  1. The Brass Ring: Grabbing for the American Dream

    Jun 10, 2015  //  by admin  //  Uncategorized  //  No Comments

    The American Dream. It starts with our first job, whether it be babysitting, mowing lawns, or sacking groceries at the local store. Whatever it is, we work toward the dream of college, a dream job, the perfect family, a dream house, living the dream life, and, finally, retirement. The American Dream.

    So when did we quit dreaming? Or how did our dream become a nightmare somewhere along the way? Why have we determined that the dream is unattainable?


    Dream. Grab for the brass ring – that symbol of the past that today represents striving for the prize. The brass ring – that past practice of rewarding one who succeeded in reaching for and acquiring the goal. Everyone gets a shot at the brass ring. Anyone can attain the prize who legitimately and persistently strives to achieve it. The dream is alive. It is within your reach. Hard work and team work bring realization. You can make it happen for you.

    The brass ring is a stretch. The American Dream is a grand one. It’s a worthy aspiration. It deserves your best shot. YOU deserve your best shot. Your loved ones do, too. Is your brass ring to climb the ladder where you are? Is it to start your own business? Is working for yourself your means to the American Dream? Live your life to its fullest potential. Stretch for the brass ring. Grab the American Dream.


    Culver-Newlin, a school and office furniture company, understands the brass ring concept. We grabbed for it ourselves. And for over fifty years we’ve been providing excellent service to schools and businesses in Southern California. Customer service is the focus and foundation of our family owned and operated business. With complete furnishings for the modern and ergonomic workplace, or the perfect-fit furniture for the classroom, our sales team and design staff will help you choose and set up your new office or study space. For more information, call 949-288-6739 today, or visit our website.


    Culver-Newlin can tell you the American Dream exists. It may be elusive, but it exists. And you can make it yours. Don’t give up. Never give up on your dream. Lay claim to the prize. Go for the brass ring. Grab the American Dream.

  2. Speaking and Reading Body Language Fluently

    May 11, 2015  //  by admin  //  Uncategorized  //  No Comments

    “Parlez-vous francais?”  “Habla usted espanol?”  “Do you speak English?”

    Communication is carried out in every language, and also without words. From smoke signals to flag signals and sign language, we practice many forms of communication regularly. Are you fluent in speaking and reading body language? If you’re in business, you should be. Whether you command the top of the corporate ladder, or are busy climbing it, speaking and reading body language fluently is vital to continued success.

    Body language speaks loud and clear, sometimes drowning out or contradicting our spoken communications. Your continued upward career could well depend on the body language you “speak,” or portray, and how well you “read” others.  It’s in your best interest to know the power of unspoken signals in communication.


    • Making and maintaining eye contact is important. Hesitance or refusal to make eye contact may signal a lack of self-confidence, a lack of respect for the other person, or worse, intent to deceive. When you look down, you lose the power of the point you’re making, and portray yourself as self-conscious and uncomfortable. Don’t stare, but keep friendly eye contact. Look your world in the eye and convey confidence in yourself and what you have to offer.
    • Maintain good posture. Poor posture indicates poor self-esteem and a lack of confidence, almost a closing in on one’s self. Poor posture can also signify low energy levels. Stand and sit upright with confidence in yourself and what you have to put on the table.
    • Extend a firm handshake. Is there anything worse than taking hold of a limp hand you are obligated to shake during an introduction? A weak handshake indicates a lack of authority, or self-confidence, or training. One’s handshake reinforces his word, so you want to present a good grip when shaking hands. Too strong a handshake comes off as aggressive and one-upmanship.
    • Give the one speaking your attention. Clock-watching suggests impatience. Fidgeting reveals boredom or anxiety. Looking at or for someone else indicates disinterest. Giving your attention to the speaker signals your being in the moment and your good manners.
    • Keep your arms unfolded. Crossed arms imply a closed-off mind, or lack of interest, or worse, arrogance.  Present yourself as open to others and their ideas by letting your hands rest in your lap or on the desk. Let your arms hang at your sides when standing.


    We can misread the body language others present: no one is infallible. But we need not confuse or offer body language ourselves for others to misinterpret. “Say what you mean and mean what you say” should be a motto for both spoken and body language. We don’t want anything to trip us as we climb the ladder to success in business or life in general.

    When you’ve climbed high enough to furnish your own office, contact Culver-Newlin. We are Southern California’s premier school and office furniture showroom and distribution center, having been in business for over 50 years. Our sales team and design staff can help you choose and set up your new executive office. Call us at 949-288-6739, or visit our website. And congratulations on your bright future in business! We read you loud and clear!

  3. Contemporary Church Furniture at its Finest

    Oct 10, 2014  //  by admin  //  blog, Uncategorized  //  No Comments


    Culver-Newlin is the complete source for your church furnishing needs.  If you are ready to up-date your worship center, need more flexibility in the use of your space, or are starting new, call us at 949-597-0123.  Our sales team and design staff will work with you and within your budget to set you up with what will serve you best.


    Are you looking to change the seating arrangement in your church auditorium from pews to chairs?  Chairs offer flexibility for different configurations, and are stackable when you want to clear the floor area for various activities.  Check out Culver-Newlin’s fine collections of chairs designed both classic and contemporary – and always comfortable.

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    Furnish your nursery, pre-school, and children’s classrooms with brightly colored, durable furniture.  Tiny tot tables and chairs and other kid-sized furnishings will provide a welcoming environment for the children at your church.


    Supply the teen area with comfy, inviting accessories.  Add a powerful sound system and video set-up.


    Choose fabrics in classic, rich colors for furnishings in the adult meeting areas and the auditorium.   And pick the overhead projection and sound systems that meet your needs for your worship center.


    Culver-Newlin can supply your lecterns, choir risers, library shelving, display products, filing and storage, computer furniture, outdoor equipment, and all your office furniture needs.  Together we will set up a welcoming center as well as the fellowship and banquet areas.  We can provide furnishings for every room of your facility.


    Culver-Newlin carries exceptional lines of quality furniture for you to choose from at excellent prices.  We work with you – answering questions, helping with design ideas, space planning, product selection, and budget quotes.  Come in and together we’ll outfit your church with the right furniture for your design and desire.  And at Culver-Newlin, we deliver and set up so you’re ready for your next meeting.  Call us today at 949-597-0123.


    Serving satisfied customers in southern California for over 50 years, at Culver-Newlin, we’re proud of our family-business reputation built on integrity and superior service.  Call us today at 949-597-0123.

  4. CN Welcomes Kevin Mack – Director of Sales & Marketing

    Apr 30, 2012  //  by Chris Newlin  //  Uncategorized  //  No Comments

    Culver-Newlin is proud to announce another new addition to the sales team – Kevin Mack, who joins the company as Director of Sales & Marketing. Kevin has a very strong and extensive background in the educational industry, with 25+ years in sales, marketing, and management. Kevin has had the opportunity to work on the manufacturer’s side with Crayola and Acco, as well as the distributor side with School Specialty, OfficeMax, and SchoolSpace Solutions.

    Please join us in welcoming Kevin to the Culver-Newlin team!

  5. CASBO 2012 Annual Conference – San Diego

    Apr 9, 2012  //  by Chris Newlin  //  Uncategorized  //  No Comments

    Stop by and see us at this year’s CASBO conference in beautiful San Diego, CA. We’ll be in booths #821-823 with games, prizes and the friendly CN staff, along with the newest members of our sales team, Melissa VandenBerg and Bill Wells.

    Also, we hope you’ll be our guest after the exhibit hall closes on Thurs. April 12th, 5:00-7:00pm in our hospitality suite:

    4th Floor – Gas Lamp Room 3
    Omni San Diego Hotel
    675 L Street

    Food and Cocktails will be served!

  6. Welcome Bill Wells and Melissa VandenBerg

    Apr 5, 2012  //  by Chris Newlin  //  Uncategorized  //  No Comments

    Culver-Newlin is proud to announce a double addition to our sales team. Both Bill Wells and Melissa VandenBerg bring over 35 years experience and knowledge in the school and office furniture industry. Combined with Culver-Newlin’s long standing history and reputation, we are excited for what the future holds and the opportunities ahead of us.

    Please join us in welcoming them to the CN family!

    Marty Schlom
    Chris Newlin
    Culver-Newlin Inc.

  7. Happy Holidays

    Dec 23, 2011  //  by Chris Newlin  //  Uncategorized  //  No Comments

    From our family to yours, we hope you have a very happy holiday…

    Please note, our offices will be closed from 12/26/11 through 1/2/12.

    See you in the new year!

    -The Newlin Family and all the Culver-Newlin/McMahan staff

  8. Marty Schlom appointed Senior Vice President…

    Nov 22, 2011  //  by Chris Newlin  //  Uncategorized  //  No Comments

    At this time, Neil Wells is no longer with Culver-Newlin Inc. We wish Neil the best in any/all future endeavors and thank him for his time with us.

    In his place we would like to announce that our McMahan Division Manager, Marty Schlom will now be the new Senior Vice President of Culver-Newlin Inc. – He will serve in place of a company president, a position that will remain vacant at this time.

    Marty brings over 40 years experience in both the contract and K-12 furniture industries. A proven leader and manager with a strong background in sales, we look forward to growing as a company under his direction.

    -Chris Newlin
    Chief Operation Officer
    Culver-Newlin Inc.

  9. Happy 4th of July!

    Jul 1, 2011  //  by Chris Newlin  //  Uncategorized  //  No Comments

    From our family, to yours…we wish you a safe, happy and fun Independence Day!

    Please note that our offices will be closed on Monday, July 4th.

    Thank you and have a great holiday weekend!

    ~Culver-Newlin / McMahan Staff

  10. A Little History…

    Jun 20, 2011  //  by Chris Newlin  //  Uncategorized  //  No Comments

    Just thought we’d share this great photo of our founders Jim Newlin Sr. and Ed Culver at a CASBO tradeshow circa late 60′s/Early 7o’s…have a great week everyone!