Our Team

  • Michael Baty
    General Manager

    A passionate woodworker by hobby, Michael Baty has never made the same thing twice, and his enthusiasm has made him an insatiable seeker of fine craftsmanship. Owner of Chestnut Hall with his sister Karen Baty Rice, and at the helm of the Chestnut Hall ship, Michael’s efforts to procure the finest American-made products in the country, across all styles, has made Chestnut Hall a regional destination for quality American-made furniture. Michael is devoted to providing the Mid-South and surrounding region with the highest level of customer service, paralleling the high quality of the products, and believes that can only come with in depth product knowledge. Michael leads a culture of knowledge and integrity at Chestnut Hall, and has driven his staff personally to furniture factories to see beyond wood veneers and fine fabrics, to know the products they present, believing this is the truest way customers can be led to the best pieces for their homes and lifestyles. A lifetime Memphian, Michael is a proud graduate of “Memphis State” with a B.A. in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Tennessee. He worked for Ernst & Young for 20 years in the consulting division, 10 of which he was a partner. Since the store’s expansion in 2001, Michael has devoted his charismatic leadership, expertise and business knowledge to Chestnut Hall full time. Michael enjoys vintage automobiles and Southern history, relaxes at Greers Ferry Lake, and has adopted Oxford, Mississippi as his other home town.

  • Janet Bockstruck Baty

    Beyond the plush down sofas, top grade leathers and premium finishes in the showroom, there’s somebody behind the scenes making it all happen. That person is Janet Baty, and you can find her in her warehouse office with her beloved labs Scout and Milly.  Since the store’s inception, Janet has provided the store with a level of professionalism that assures accuracy and efficiency with even the most complicated special orders. Her sunny demeanor and meticulous attention to detail ensure every item coming and going is accounted for and regarded with special care. Janet has a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Memphis and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Tennessee. She worked for Ernst & Young and Fedex before devoting her skills to Chestnut Hall.  Janet has an infectious laugh, a gift for cooking, and loves long weekends at Greers Ferry Lake.

    Store Manager and Interior Designer

    Stacy’s colorful, vibrant style and personality to match have been crucial components of the Chestnut Hall brand for over 25 years. Stacy studied Interior Design at Delta State University and has decorated numerous homes in the Memphis area, and vacation homes as far away as Florida and Utah. Her interiors work has been featured in The Commercial Appeal, FIX Magazine, and RSVP Memphis. In addition to her skills as an Interior Designer, Stacy is a buyer for the showroom, bringing color and fun to the product selection. Her historical knowledge of the store and its devoted customers helps keep the Chestnut Hall brand steady. Stacy also manages the design staff, leading a culture of excellent, and friendly, customer relations. Stacy has completed countless projects but some of her favorites include working on the set for The Food Network’s Down Home with the Neelys, designing the reading room for the 2010 Brooks League Decorator Showhouse, and collaborating on award-winning show houses in the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2019 Vesta Home Shows. In 2015, Stacy was the first to win the Memphis Most Award for Best Interior Designer, voted by readers of The Commercial Appeal. Outside of Chestnut Hall, Stacy is an active member of Broadway Baptist Church in Southaven where she teaches the “Wee Kids” choir program to young children. She loves the Tennessee Vols and her family’s beagle, Barney.

Karen Rice, President Emeritus
CH Designer: Elizabeth Gerzetich
CH Designer: Tonya Stark