Furniture Associations NHFA, WHFA & HFIA To Merge
Furniture Industry News Update -
Board members from National Home Furnishings Association (NHFA), Western Home Furnishings Association (WHFA) and Home Furnishings Independents Association (HFIA) completed voting to approve the merger of the three organizations. Announcement of the merger comes after months of collaboration between the three boards. Members of the organizations, which number more than 2,000 corporate entities representing over 10,000 storefronts, will vote on the merger for final approval. Upon sanctioning by the members, the alliance will be newly named North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA).
This collaborative effort brings the industry’s finest professionals together under one umbrella to create a new resource for furniture retailers. Current president of NHFA, Marc Schewel, enthusiastically endorsed the merger saying, “This move eliminates confusion, competition and duplication of resources. It’s a total win for our industry and particularly retailers.”
Howard Haimsohn, President of Lawrance Furniture in San Diego and past president of both NHFA and WHFA, echoed his sentiments. “This is an amazing opportunity to pool the strengths of all of these organizations,” he said. “It brings the best retailers, best minds and best practices together. This is going to be a positive for every aspect of our business.”
Providing a unified voice, the organization will allow those in the industry to work more cohesively as well as increase negotiating power and cost efficiency. Three offices will serve the organization with locations in the East, West and Central United States.
An impressive array of plans include a new website, a bold new publication, launched last spring, enhanced regional interaction, fresh educational offerings, innovative best practices resources and data and exciting opportunities for impactful involvement in the new trade community.
Furniture retailer, Steve Kidder, past chairman of HFIA and a current member of both NHFA and HFIA, said, “Each of these groups has something unique and beneficial to contribute. The collaboration gives everyone in the furniture business an exceptional support system.”
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