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Tri-State Home Furnishings Association Honors Bob Maricich – IMC & Others

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Patrick Cory (right) receives award from Tommy Leflein. In image at right, Ray Isser (right) presents Ed Myers with the Hall of Fame Award,  Cathy Parks, IHFRA's Executive Director stands in the middle.

Tri-State Home Furnishings Association reported that Bob Maricich, CEO of International Market Centers was honored at the association's annual dinner and awards ceremony. Marichich  spoke to the assembly of reps, retailers and industry suppliers about  growth in the retail lifestyle segment, as well as how the combined IMC organization came to be. Bob engaged the audience’s interest with his comments, and was delighted to have David Lesser, a former Ladd employee friend from the past at the head table with him.

Others at head table included emcee Ray Isser, CHR (Exec. VP of TSHFA); President Tommy Leflein; Treasurer Fred Kempner; Board Chair Gary Diamond; IHFRA Exec. Dir. Kathy Parks, CHR; and TSHFA Exec. Dir. Cathy Reed, CHR.

Ray Isser presented Ed Myers with the Hall of Fame Award, citing his work with Tri-State and IHFRA and following his mentor’s example. Ed commented that he had been taught by Jerry Pauley, TSHFA past president and chair to “Do the right thing”, and noted that Jerry had lived to see him “go through the chairs” at Tri-State, but had passed away before the IHFRA time.

Humanitarian Award was presented to Ken Gilberg, Esq., Tri-State’s Chapter Attorney by TSHFA President Tommy Leflein. Award was presented for his work with Tri-State and its members, and especially for work with Golden Slipper Club.

Representative of the Year is a voted award. Nominees were Sean Orlando, John Paul Henjes, Bob Bucci, and David Brownstein. JJ McLaughlin, last year’s winner spoke about family man and always ready to pitch in 2013 TSHFA Representative of the Year Sean Orlando, Ashley representative.
Retailer of the Year nominees were Harold’s Furniture in Lebanon, PA; Interior with stores in Lancaster and Harrisburg; Beiter’s Furniture in Williamsport; Furniture Barn in New Castle, DE and Design Spree in Lawrenceville, NJ. Ed Myers presented the award to Stuart Perlmutter of Harold’s Furniture after describing the “comeback” attitude after flood took out lower half of the store a year ago. Stuart described his family business background and credited family and small staff for success.

Congeniality Award nominees included Marie Kooker of Bassett Furniture in Montgomeryville, PA; Mike Holmes of Sheffield and Home Furnishings Market in Phoenixville, PA; Bill Bradley of Interiors in Lancaster and Harrisburg; and Greg Ebert – Ebert’s Furniture in Allentown, PA. President Tommy Leflein (Lexington representative) presented the award, offering comments about Bill Bradley and his congeniality and willingness to be pleasant.

Retail Display award was presented for “outstanding creativity in store display” to Kensington Furniture of Northfield, NJ. Michael Grossman accepted the award presented by Jere Neff. Mealey’s Lynne Noorman-Lants accepted the Retail Advertising award presented by Gary Diamond of Diamond Furniture, a past winner and current Board Chair. Recently created award “Vendor of the Year” was presented to Southern Motion. Sean McCabe accepted the award presented by Rich Fusco, a former Southern Motion representative.

Marsha Petnick, daughter of Eli Lastick of Lastick’s Furniture accepted Senior Service Award on behalf of her father. This award is given for service to and longevity in the industry. Young Retailer Award winner Jennifer McLaughlin (Mealey’s) accepted the award from Barry Abrams, (standing on chair in recognition of difference in their heights). Les Neff presented the Young Representative Award to Greg Weaver – both gentlemen are England representatives.

President Tommy Leflein presented “Presidential Awards” to Kathy Parks, CHR; David Ashwell of Zenith Global Logistics; and Patrick Cory of Cory – 1st Choice Home Delivery – each for ‘exceptional service and support of Tri-State HFA and its members’.

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