Signature Hardwoods Exquisite European Hardwood Floors

Our Team



Tom Koczur


Tom Koczur, the son of a successful residential and commercial architect, was born and raised in Krakow, Poland.  He grew up surrounded by the beauty of architectural monuments in a city rich with history and culture, where he later earned his engineering degree at Krakow’s University of Science and Technology.  In 1989, Tom immigrated to the United States where he continued his post-graduate education while gaining valuable work experience in many industries including hospitality, construction and sales.  In 1994, he accepted the position of Sales Executive for Admiral Air Express, Inc. (presently ALG Worldwide Logistics) – a domestic freight forwarding company, where over the course of eight years, he helped to develop a very successful international logistics division.  Tom’s clients included Cisco Systems, Coca Cola and Wrigley Company.  In 1998, 1999 and 2000, Tom received the award for “Top Salesman” in National and International Sales.

In 1999, per the request of the Mayor of Roselle and the Sister Cities International organization, Tom traveled to Poland in search of a sister city for Roselle, Illinois.  After interviewing officials from several cities in southern Poland he found a perfect match in the city of Bochnia.  Since 2000, Roselle and Bochnia have established a wonderful friendship that gets stronger every year.

In 2002, Tom and his brother Maciej proudly founded Signature Innovations, LLC d.b.a Signature Hardwoods – a family owned company dedicated to creating the ultimate experience in European high-end hardwood flooring.  Tom and Maciej shared a vision to provide the most discriminating clientele with exquisite, sustainable, handmade flooring masterpieces.  Tom frequently traveled overseas in his quest to gain knowledge and to master the woodworking trade, even learning special finishing techniques that have been passed from generation to generation for centuries, known only to true European parquet master crafters.

In an interview Tom describes his motivation, “Signature was born from a passion for hardwood, its natural beauty and distinction.  I was always interested in creating a unique floor, where I could combine a touch of the European tradition, so close to my heart, with exciting contemporary elements into one unique design.  My goal is to create a floor that combines distinctive style and unique finishing details while simultaneously allowing for durability and long-lasting beauty.  I believe the floor is the focal center of every home.  As such, it simply must express the owner’s character and personality.”

In 2004, Tom invented and trademarked FlexiKork® – a superb sound underlayment, manufactured from recycled rubber and cork, for use under hard surfaces including tile, stone and hardwood floors.  FlexiKork® meets LEED criteria as an environmentally friendly product, has been endorsed by numerous Acoustical Engineering firms and is widely used in mid and high-rises nationwide.  FlexiKork® is just one of many things that mark Signature as an environmentally-focused company.  Long before “green” was a thing, Tom has always been insistent on using only green products and methods, both at home and at work.  Signature’s flooring brings the beauty of nature inside, while conscientiously helping to preserve its natural source outside.

Signature Innovations has been very successful since the day it was founded.  Tom, as Head Flooring Designer and General Manager, loves being involved in every project.  He and his team work closely with Interior Designers and Architects to make sure nothing is missed or compromised, that each detail is perfect.  Tom’s passion is his work.  His creativity and dedication are part of every Signature job.

Tom’s interests include fine cooking, art, theater, music and photography.  In fact, most of the photos featured on this website were taken by him.  Tom is a father of two and resides with his wife in Elmhurst, Illinois.


Nick Gilbert


Nick Gilbert grew up in and around London, England and attended City University where he graduated with an honors degree in Banking and International Finance.  He then spent the next 18 years on the trading desks of various banks in London, Hong Kong and Paris and travelled extensively.

In 1999, he and his wife, Susann, moved to her hometown of Chicago to be closer to the family and raise their two sons in the United States.  This also prompted a career change for Nick and on the encouragement of family and friends he enrolled in Harrington College of Design where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design.

Nick soon established a reputation for innovation, honesty and attention to detail with homeowners seeking custom residential design.  His international experience sets him apart from fellow professionals in the field and offers a fresh and enjoyable approach to the design process.  Nick will work side by side with you to establish the perfect symbiosis of flooring and décor for that special place in your home or work space.

Nick Gilbert is an allied member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers).





Louise J. Maxwell


Louise Maxwell joined the Signature Hardwoods family in November 2014 and serves as our Office & Showroom Coordinator.

Louise prides herself with offering exceptional customer service, great attention to detail and impeccable follow through.  She brings a wealth of experience as she has served in a variety of capacities, from sales to administration, within several national and privately held corporations.

Louise’s solid knowledge base allows her to assist with very general project questions through specific order delivery details.  Her experience with office coordination and implementation will bring a sense of calm to provide the feedback or her ability to gain the necessary detail to address your inquiry.

On a personal note Louise was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, and her scheduling and organizational skills were instilled at a very young age, stemming from being the youngest of nine children.  She also worked within the office of her Father’s Civil Engineering and Surveying Firm (Farnham, Wirries and Berning) for several years.  This experience allowed her to become quite familiar with the precise and specialized needs of builders, developers, and home owners.

After earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Management with a Minor in Marketing from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, she embarked on her professional career while working with health care facilities, department heads, hospital executives, and medical business owners with the precise design of all medical documentation. Louise then transitioned into the staffing and recruitment industry for the balance of her career as she worked with Kelly Services, Inc. and CompHealth Associates, both very respected leaders in the healthcare staffing industry.

She looks forward to assisting and serving your needs with open communication, meeting deadlines and follow through to ensure project satisfaction.

Louise resides in Elk Grove Village, Illinois and she enjoys spending time with her young family.




Maria Rasmussen


Maria Rasmussen has assisted with website development and marketing for Signature since 2014, serving as a consulting writer and editor. She officially joined our team in August of 2017, focusing on project coordination and web marketing.

Having emigrated from Poland with a large family, Maria’s experience with task management and diplomatic problem solving began very early in life. By the age of 12, she had eagerly gained the skills to translate documents, assist with legal forms, and serve as the family’s organizer.

After graduating cum laude from Lake Forest College with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, Maria joined Advanced Window Corporation; a family owned manufacturing plant in Chicago, Illinois. There she worked for 10 years, excelling in many areas of the small business environment. While always servicing clientele in designing custom orders for windows and doors, she took on the responsibilities of bookkeeping and purchasing. Maria also supervised advertising, team training and customer service. She successfully created and managed the technical service department for all warranty work.

Here at Signature, Maria enjoys working directly with Designers, Builders and Developers assisting in the organization of job projects as well as internal undertakings. With her friendly and patient disposition, she takes pride in creating a pleasant, informed experience for our clients. Maria also continues working with all types of digital media to represent our company accurately and widely.

In her spare time, Maria enjoys volunteering for Adopt-A-Pet as part of their Medical Management Team, scheduling vetting appointments for the many animals in need of homes, and transcribing vetting notes to a legible online format. She is also active as Treasurer for the local PTC and Den Leader for the Cub Scout Pack. She resides in Des Plaines with her husband, three children and many pets.