California Closets' Bill Barton named Bob's Discount Furniture CEO & President
October 15, 2020 | 9:32 pm UTC
Former California Closets President and CEO Bill Barton joins Bob's Discount Furniture.
MANCHESTER, Conn. - California Closets' President and CEO Bill Barton has been announced as Bob’s Discount Furniture president and CEO, effective November 3, 2020. Charlie Chase, president and CEO of California Closets' parent company FirstService Brands will be the closet company's interim CEO until a replacement is found.
According to the company, Bob’s Discount Furniture is one of the largest and fastest growing furniture retailers in the country with approximately 135 stores across 21 states - opening 15 new stores in 2020 in California, Arizona and Nevada. One of the top goals of the company over the past few years has been to invest heavily in its e-commerce platform - an area where Barton brings a wealth of experience, launching California Closets e-commerce platform.
Barton spent 11 years as CEO of California Closets, a unit of FirstService Brands, which is a subsidiary of FirstService Corporation. During his tenure, Barton worked with the leadership team to drive sustained growth by introducing new products and materials, opening the company’s first two U.S. manufacturing plants, and creating collaborations with major lifestyle brands including Marquee Brands and Martha Stewart.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to lead Bob’s Discount Furniture and build on the Company’s outstanding reputation for delivering great values in furniture and mattresses every day," said Barton. “The team at Bob’s has built an incredible business and driven a remarkable growth story. I am honored and humbled to join as Bob’s next CEO and to work together with the team to realize Bob’s potential as a leader in omnichannel furniture retail.”
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Michaelle Bradford, CCI Media, is Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine and Managing Editor for Woodworking Network. She has more than 19 years of experience covering the woodworking and design industry, including visits to custom cabinet shops, closet firms and design studios throughout North America. As Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine under the Woodworking Network brand, Michaelle’s responsibilities include writing, editing and coordinating editorial content as well as managing annual design competitions like the Top Shelf Design Awards. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media.