Residential furniture group AHFA elects 2020 board
November 21, 2019 | 3:55 pm CST
Jeb Bassett

HIGH POINT, N.C. – John E. “Jeb” Bassett, COO/senior vice president of Bassett Furniture Industries, was elected 2020 Chair of the American Home Furnishings Alliance Board of Directors during the organization’s 2019 Annual Meeting in Miami, Florida, on Oct. 31.

Joining Bassett on the 2020 AHFA Executive Committee are Roger Bland, president and CEO of Southern Motion, as first vice-chair, and Joe Johnston, CEO of Johnston Casuals, as second vice-chair. AHFA’s 2019 chair, Gat Caperton, CEO of Gat Creek Furniture, remains on the executive committee as immediate past-chair.

All new officers assume their posts on Jan. 1.

Executives newly elected to three-year terms on the AHFA Board of Directors include: Andy Bray, Vanguard Furniture; Eric Graham, Johnathan Charles; Caroline Hipple, Norwalk Furniture; Jeremy Hoff, Hooker Furniture; Allan Palecek, Palecek; and Todd Wanek, Ashley Furniture Industries.

Continuing on the board with terms expiring year-end 2021 are: Edward Audi, Stickley; Roy Calcagne, Craftmaster; Nathan Cressman, Magnussen Home Furnishings; Kurt Darrow, La-Z-Boy Inc.; Luke Simpson, Durham Furniture; Henry Vanderminden IV, Telescope Casual Furniture; and Ron Wanek, Ashley Furniture Inds.

Board members with terms expiring year-end 2020 include Doug Bassett, Vaughan-Bassett Furniture; Bruce Birnbach, American Leather; Steve Lehman, Smith Brothers of Berne; Gary McCray, Klaussner Outdoor; and Jeff Scheffer, Universal Furniture.

Heather Corrigan, Lectra, Smyrna, Ga., and Richard Weeks, Leggett & Platt, High Point, N.C., are the 2020 supplier representatives on the board from AHFA’s Solution Partners division.

AHFA is based in High Point and represents more than 230 leading furniture manufacturers and distributors, along with about 150 suppliers to the furniture industry worldwide. The association serves as the residential furniture industry’s advocate in Washington, D.C., on all legislative and regulatory matters and leads the development of voluntary environmental, product safety and construction standards for home furnishings. Membership is open to all manufacturers and distributors of home furnishings for the U.S. market.

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