Randy Ford, Leggett & Platt is the new Board president
of The American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation
The Board of Directors of the American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation Inc. has elected new officers and board members, as well as appointed new members to the Hall of Fame Legacy Board.
Randy Ford, Leggett & Platt, Inc. has been elected Board president; George Cartledge, III, Grand Home Furnishings, first vice president; William D. Kimbrell, Star Furniture, second vice president; and Bill Markowitz, The Veneman Group, Inc, secretary-treasurer. Kurt L. Darrow, La-Z-Boy, Inc., will continue to serve on the executive committee as Board chairman.
New directors serving a three-year term are Michael Amini, AICO/Amini Innovation Corp.; and Jack Hawn, Jr., Zenith Global Logistics. Joining the Legacy Board are Russell Bienenstock, Furniture World Magazine; and Art Van Elslander, Art Van Furniture.
“In the past year, we have made great progress on our key initiatives, undertaken to preserve our industry’s history and to honor our leaders” Ford says. “We have published 27 of our 43 oral histories and are working now to make these searchable by topic on our website. After receiving several gifts, we are in the process of completing professional cataloging of our memorabilia, which is a first step toward making it available through our website.”
“We also have begun the development of a comprehensive history of the furniture industry by building a timeline, now 72 pages long. This project will take years to develop but we have taken a huge first step that will be visible to the entire industry later this year as a Wall of History at the major markets,” he says. “We also are pleased to report that the new selection process is underway and that the Industry Fellows Committee will present a slate of nominees in the next two months.”
Re-elected members serving an additional three-year term are Aminy Audi, L. & J.G. Stickley, Inc.; George Cartledge III, Grand Home Furnishings; Randy Ford, Leggett & Platt, Inc.; Roger Friesen, Casana Furniture Company Ltd., William D. Kimbrell, Star Furniture; and Dennis Novosel, Stoney Creek Furniture.
The American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation is open to all home furnishings industry companies, organizations and individuals that do business in the United States. Membership includes eligibility to vote for inductees into the American Furniture Hall of Fame, and the opportunity to help preserve the history and heritage of the industry. Memberships are $250 at the individual level, and $500 and $1,000 at the corporate level. All contributions are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation Inc. and sent to 202 Neal Place, High Point, N.C. 27262.
The 2012 inductees – individuals who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of the U.S. furniture industry – will be honored with the American furniture industry’s highest honor at a gala banquet on October 14 at the High Point Market. For information, call 336.882.5900.
About The American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.:
The American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. is an international, industry-wide organization founded to honor those individuals whose outstanding achievements have contributed to the continued growth and development of the U.S. furniture industry, as well as to research, collect and preserve our cultural, economic and artistic history. Membership includes eligibility to vote for inductees into the American Furniture Hall of Fame, and the opportunity to help preserve the history and heritage of the industry. The organization is based in High Point, North Carolina at 202 Neal Place, and can be reached at 336.882.5900 or visit www.furniturehalloffame.com
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