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Shoulberg Returns to HFN

By Home Furnishings Business in on January 2006 Warren Shoulberg, contributor to the inaugural issue of Home Furnishings Business, will rejoin HFN Wednesday as editor in chief.

Shoulberg left the publication in May to pursue other opportunities, and since then has maintained a blog at, consulted with several home furnishings companies and contributed to a variety of publications.

Shoulberg resumes responsibility for the editorial direction of HFN and succeeds Arnie Karr in the editor's seat.

McKee Key Addition For Robb and Stucky

By Home Furnishings Business in on January 2006 Robb and Stucky added a furniture veteran with 30 years of experience to their executive roster this week, as it brought Stephen McKee onboard as its senior vice president and chief merchandise officer.

McKee most recently served as president and chief executive officer for Henredon Furniture Industries before joining The Fort Myers, Fla.-based home furnishings retailer. Previous to that post, McKee held several senior management positions at Gabberts Furniture and Design Studio and The Home Company.

"Robb & Stucky is poised in a terrific position in this industry and has the opportunities for continued growth and success in the future," McKee said in a company announcement released Thursday.

Lifestyle Premieres Youth Bedroom

By Home Furnishings Business in on January 2006 by Powell Slaughter

If you're going to foot the bill to bring hundreds of retailers to High Point, best give them something new to see, and that's what Lifestyle Enterprise did during the minimarket this week.

Fresh sights to see at the Forbidden City showroom included a forceful entry into the hot youth bedroom category.

The youth introduction featured seven bedroom styles, with bunks ranging from $499 to $699 at retail, and student desks that run from $399 to $599.

"I sat down and drew up this entire program in a matter of days," said Greg Noe, chief operating officer and group president at Lifestyle. "I worked with our CAD program to develop this with our source plants in Asia to have it ready in time."

Kathwari Steps Up as Chairman of NRF

By Home Furnishings Business in on January 2006 Farooq Kathwari, chairman, president and CEO of Ethan Allen Interiors, has stepped up as chairman of the National Retail Federation.

Kathwari had been first vice chairman of the largest retail trade association in the U.S. He succeeds Arnold Zetcher, chairman, president and CEO of The Talbots.

MGM Transport Mans Booth in Las Vegas

By Home Furnishings Business in on January 2006 MGM Transport will host a booth in the retail resource center in the World Market Center during the Las Vegas Market later this month.

Representatives from the transportation and logistics company will be available throughout the market week to address needs and concerns of retailers.

"As manufacturing and supply chain fulfillment continue to evolve, we've stepped up to meet the industry demands by offering customized services," said Michael Caldiero, vice president of sales and marketing for MGM, in a company-issued statement. "With furniture imports on the rise, the need for warehousing and delivery has become a bit of a challenge for many retailers."

MGM has warehouse and distribution centers in Eden, N.C., and Ridgefield, N.J.
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