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Industry Leader Bob Sligh, Former CEO of Sligh Furniture Passes

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Robert Lewis "Bob" Sligh

It was reported that Robert Lewis "Bob" Sligh passed on May 21, 2012 at the age of 84.

He was the former CEO of Sligh Furniture Company (now a division of Lexington Home Brands) and a lifelong resident of Holland, Michigan.

Mr. Sligh held Bachelor's Degree from the University of Michigan, majoring in wood technology and did a year of post graduate work at the University of Michigan. He began his career in the furniture industry at the Grand Rapids Chair Company, owned by Sligh which was founded by the first Charles Sligh in 1880.

A history of Sligh Furniture can be found at http://www.sligh.com/history.php.  

Sligh served on many boards industry boards and committees including: the NBD Grand Rapids bank board; Kendall School of Art and Design; National Association of Furniture Manufacturers (NAFM) also serving as its president; American Furniture Manufacturers Association / American Home Furnishings Alliance honorary board member; American Furniture Hall of Fame board; Grand Rapids Area Furniture Manufacturers Association board and President; National Association of Manufacturers; Scanlon Plan Associates board; Chairman Greater Holland United Way Campaign; President Harrington School District; Holland Rotary board member and President; Holland Junior Achievement board; Chairman Top Management Advisory committee of Holland / Zeeland Industrial Management Corporation and Holland Chamber of Commerce board.

He was an enthusiastic sportsman winning the men's overall National Water Ski Champion in 1947 and was a competitive sailor.

Bob Sligh is survived by his wife Lois Sligh; three children Rob Sligh (spouse Jorie), Barb Donati (spouse Bill), and John Sligh (spouse Liz); nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A more complete information on his life and business accomplishments can be found on a web page set up in his memory at http://bitly.com/JMGlxS 

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