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Matt Keepers is New IHFRA President

Matt KeepersMatt Keepers has been elected the 76th president of the International Home Furnishings Representatives Association.

Keepers, who has been active in IHFRA for many years as an at-large member, began his career in the furniture business upon his graduation from Baylor University in May 2002, when he became a sub-rep for his father, Bill Keepers, in the South Texas territory for Hooker Furniture. He completed his educational course requirements to become a CHR (Certified Home Furnishings Representative) in 2005. He became a member of IHFRA’s Education Committee in 2006; and joined IHFRA’s Board of Directors in 2011. Keepers Additionally Matt serves as a High Point Rep Ambassador for the High Point Market Authority.

Hooker Furniture has always been the center of Keepers' career as a sales representative. He added Bradington Young to his sales portfolio in 2003, and then Sam Moore in 2007, as Hooker Furniture acquired each company. In January 2008 Matt became lead representative for Hooker Furniture. He has served on many company representative committees to help foster change, education, and increased communication between sales force and management.  

In 2009, Keepers was awarded the James W. Roberts Award for Outstanding Service by a Professional Sales Representative by Hooker Furniture.

Joining Matt on the IHFRA Executive Committee are: First Vice President Frank Lorenzo, Florida Home Furnishings Representatives Association; Second Vice President Geoff Weed, Midwest Furniture Club,;Secretary/Treasurer Tommy Leflein, Greater Metropolitan Furnishings Association; and Chairman of the Board Mike Root, member at-large.

The IHFRA Executive Committee will be sworn in at the IHFRA Presidential Gala on Friday, April 4, at the IHFC Ballroom on the 11th Floor Design Center. Reservations for the event can be made online at

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