Gorman’s Home Furnishings and Interior Design recently announced the promotion of COO Tom Lias to CEO. He will continue in his role as company president and in directing merchandising, marketing and sales for the furniture retailer. Gorman’s operates five showrooms in metropolitan Detroit and Grand Rapids, Mich., as well as a Three-Day Clearance Center at its warehouse in Farmington Hills, Mich.
“I am honored to be named CEO of Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design. Having been with this business for more than 32 years, this new role only further cements my commitment and passion for the company and its staff, customers and partners,” said Lias. “I look forward to continuing Gorman’s success into the future, along with my partners Jeff Roberts, John Moray and our Senior Partner and Chairman of the Board, Bernie Moray.”
Having served as Gorman’s president since 1996, Lias helped steer the company to become a 100-brand retailer carrying top lines such as Stickley and Lexington.
Lias began his career in the furniture industry more than four decades ago following his graduation from the School of Design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Having an extensive retail background, he worked as an architectural artist, designer of retail stores, studio designer, retail trainer, general manager and vice president for a number of Michigan Ethan Allen locations, as well as marketing manager for the company in Michigan and Ohio. Immediately prior to joining Gorman’s in 1983, the Troy, Mich. resident was the co-owner and president of eight La-Z-Boy stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
Former CEO Bernard “Bernie” Moray, who purchased the company in 1965, will continue in his role as chairman.
“It is my great pleasure to pass the baton to my longtime business partner and friend Tom Lias,” said Moray. “He has a keen sense of style and a passion for this industry, which I know will keep Gorman’s a leader in the furniture space both locally and nationally.”
More about Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design:
For more than 75 years, Gorman’s has been recognized as the original Michigan style leader in home furnishings. With a reputation built on a commitment to quality – quality merchandise and quality design – the company delivers all of the best brands, not just a few, at the best prices-regardless of price point. Gorman’s nearly 50 designers have a combined 1,000+ years of residential and office design experience using Gorman’s expansive resource area and textiles library. Both designers and clients can rest assured when working with this style leader. Everything is backed by Gorman’s “Must Be Right” service guarantee. Showrooms are conveniently located in Shelby (Lakeside), Novi, Southfield (Contemporary), Troy and Grand Rapids and a warehouse and Three Day Clearance Center are in Farmington Hills. For more information, visit www.Gormans.com
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