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High Point Market Authority Recognizes Kevin O’Connor, Names New Chairman and Board Members

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At its annual board meeting at the High Point Market, the High Point Market Authority recognized the long service of outgoing board Chairman Kevin O’Connor of Samson Marketing, as well as board members who have completed their terms, including High Point Mayor Rebecca Smothers, Center Point’s Lynn Underwood, and Polo Ralph Lauren’s George Clopton, who represented the High Point Chamber of Commerce. O’Connor will remain a part of the board’s Executive Committee as Immediate Past Chair.

At the meeting, the board also formally recognized its new Chairman Doug Bassett of Vaughan-Bassett, who most recently served as Vice Chairman. “Kevin O’Connor has given many years of service to the High Point Market Authority, and has been an amazing catalyst for the High Point Market and the industry,” says Bassett. “Under his leadership, the Market Authority has strengthened its role as an independent entity that represents all of the constituents that have a stake in the High Point Market.”

The Market Authority also named new board members today, including Scott Eckmann, CMO of International Market Centers; industry veteran Joe Mussallem; Mark Phillips, CEO Phillips Collection; and Tim Schelfe, Director of Interior Design, JDavis Architects.

“We are happy to welcome our newest board members,” says Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority. “Each of the new members gives us a strong representation for the many groups that have a stake in the High Point Market. We now have a board that better represents each constituent, from building owners and exhibitors, to retailers and designers, to city and county government.”

The new members join the current board, including John Bray of Vanguard, Tom Mitchell of IMC, Tom Dayvault of High Point Chamber of Commerce, John Gunter of Home Comfort Furniture & Mattress Center, Jena Hall of Jena Hall Designs, Mike Huber of Belfort Furniture, Heinz Kattenfeld of 220 Elm, Tim Mabe of the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau, Strib Boynton of City of High Point, Britt Moore and Foster Douglas of High Point City Council, Bruce Davis of Guilford County Commissioners, Steve DeHaan of the National Home Furnishings Association, Rick Gillispie of the International Home Furnishings Representatives Association, Kevin Archer of High Point Plaza Hotel, and Loren Hill of High Point Economic Development Corporation.

About the High Point Market Authority: The High Point Market Authority, www.highpointmarket.org, is the official sponsor and organizer of the High Point Market in High Point, N.C. Featuring an extensive selection of exhibitors spanning every category, style, and price point, and attracting tens of thousands of visitors from more than 100 countries twice each year, the High Point Market is the driving force of the home furnishings industry.

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