Gat Caperton, Gat Creek CEO
Gat Caperton, Gat Creek CEO

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Gat Caperton has been elected to the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation board of directors. Caperton is CEO of Gat Creek, an award-winning manufacturer of solid-wood residential furniture.

Gat Creek has more than 150 employees and is based in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The company sells its branded products through more than 200 independent retail stores and does proprietary manufacturing for several national retailers. Gat Creek ranked #250 on the most recent FDMC 300 list of top wood products producers in North America.

“Gat brings an abundance of knowledge and leadership, as well as an admirable commitment to service to the Hall of Fame board,” said Martin Ploy, president of the Foundation Board of Directors, and president of AICO/Amini Innovation Corp. “Gat’s innovative spirit and enthusiasm will be assets to our industry’s most diverse board, which includes retailers and manufacturers of furniture, home accents, bedding and fabrics as well as industry service providers.”

Caperton was named a Wood Industry Market Leader in 2018 for his longstanding efforts on behalf of his company, the community and the residential furniture industry as a whole. He is the immediate past chair of the American Home Furnishings Alliance board of directors and vice-chair of the Shepherd University board of governors. He helped found and serves as treasurer on the board of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, and is the designated consumer member on the board of  directors of the Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc. Caperton also recently completed a four-year chairmanship of the board of directors of the Natural Capital Investment Fund, a $45 million fund that provides flexible financing to small and emerging natural resource-based businesses primarily located in the Appalachian region.

The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation Inc. is an industry-wide organization founded to preserve its history, to celebrate exceptional individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the U.S. home furnishings industry, and to inspire a new class of innovation and leadership. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the organization currently is based in High Point, North Carolina; the grand opening of a new permanent home is targeted for April 2021.

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