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HFB Announces 2017 Forty Under 40

Millennials may bear some of the blame for what ails the furniture industry, but Home Furnishings Business has identified 40 Millennials who are doing everything they can to keep the industry thriving for decades to come.

This select group – the 2017 Forty Under 40, sponsored by Storis – will be making decisions that affect the course of the industry long after today’s movers and shakers have moved on. Many of their names are not widely recognizable now, but don’t expect that to be the case much longer.              

The prestigious list, selected by the Home Furnishings Business judges from nominations made by readers, is a diverse group that ranges from a first-generation Bulgarian immigrant to fourth-generation retail family.

“We had a record number of nominations this year, and the achievements of every nominee was truly remarkable,” said Bob George, publisher and editor-in-chief of Home Furnishings Business. “This Forty Under 40 list represents the best and brightest young people our industry has to offer. We congratulate them on their accomplishments in the industry and in the communities they serve.”

Profiles and photos of each person (including three teams that made the list) will appear in HFB’s July/August print issue, which will be available in late July and distributed at the Las Vegas Market. A slideshow will be available soon on the magazine’s website, www.hfbusiness.com.

But for now, here are the names of the 2017 Forty Under 40, sponsored by Storis.

Steven Allegrezza 

Company: Magnussen Home

Position: Merchandising/New Business Development    

 

Vergil Arbuckle

Company: BDI

Position: Business Development Associate    

 

Sarah Bumps

Company: Davis Furniture

Position: General Manager/Buyer    

 

Katelynn Calonkey

Company: Mister Robert Fine Furniture and Design

Position: Vice President of Design

 

Chris Cannon

Company: Cannon’s Fine Home Furnishings & Interiors

Position: President    

 

Brian Cattin and Gregory Cattin

Company: Gallatin Valley Furniture

Position: Co-President   

 

Veselina (Vee) Curfman

Company: KAS Rugs, Inc.

Position: Regional Sales Manager    

 

Robert Kenyon Davis

Company: Diakon Logistics

Position: Vice President, Client Solutions     

 

Shirley Disbrow

Company: Cory Companies/Joseph Cory Holdings

Position: Controller    

 

Mike Douglas

Company: Malouf

Position: Vice President of Sales    

 

Jacob Egan

Company: Storis

Position: Manager, Consulting Services     

 

Collier Feinberg

Company: Soicher-Marin

Position: National Sales Manager    

 

Ryan Hale

Company: Kelly’s Furniture

Position: Assistant Manager    

 

Sabrina Howley

Company: Rotmans

Position: Executive Assistant to the President     

 

Alex Jafee

Company: Household Furniture

Position: Vice President    

 

Robert (Bobby) Jones

Klaussner Home Furnishings

Position: Director of Motion and Import Upholstery   

 

Jonathan Kashanian

Company: FJ Kashanian Rugs

Position: Vice President   

 

Hilary Kennedy

Company: Dixon Smith Interiors

Position: Vice President of Finance and Operations    

 

Austin Klopfenstein

Company: Klopfenstein Home Rooms Furniture/Ashley HomeStore

Position: Chief Operating Officer   

 

Hayley Leocha

Company: MicroD

Position: Marketing and Communications Specialist

 

Shannon Lodermeier

Company: FurnitureDealer.Net

Position: Senior Client Strategist    

 

Steven and Cyrus Loloi

Company: Loloi Rugs

Position: Principals    

 

Jay Lorenzo

Company: Aico /Amini Innovation Corp.

Position: Manufacturer Representative      

 

Neil MacKenzie

Company: Universal Furniture

Position: Director of Marketing      

 

Sam Malouf

Company: Malouf 

Position: President and CEO    

 

Anna McGaha

Company: Fine Furniture Design

Position: Marketing Director        

 

Dale Mullen

Badcock Home Furniture & More

Position: Home Delivery Manager   

 

Andrew Novick

Company: HUB Furniture Co

Position: Vice President of Operations

 

Jake Pickel

Company: Johnny Janosik

Position: Regional Manager, Specialty Stores

 

Scott Price

Company: Toms-Price Furniture

Position: President     

 

Jay Root

Company: Furniture Sales of Mid America

Position: Director of Ecommerce and Training    

 

Harrison Rose

Company: Marty Rose and Associates

Position: Manufacturer’s Representative      

 

Ozge Sayan

Company: Bedgear

Position: Creative Director    

 

Christopher Saylor

Company: Furniture Superstores

Position: Co-owner

 

Cameron Cook Sellers

Company: Palliser Furniture

Position: Director of Marketing    

 

Jay Steinback

Company: Rothman Furniture & Mattress

Position: CEO and President    

 

Maureen Smithe, Meghan Smithe, Caitie Smithe and Colleen Smithe

Company: Walter E. Smithe Furniture & Design

Positions: Buyer, Director of Marketing, Designer, and Director of Advertising

 

Trey VanHoose

Company: Big Sandy Superstores

Position: President    

 

Ashley Yaraghi

Company: Safavieh

Position: National Account Executive    

 

Sam Zavary

Company: Exclusive Furniture

Position: CEO                                  

In addition to the latest winners, HFB is taking a look back at four people who previously made the Forty Under 40 list. This group has continued to impress their colleagues and co-workers in areas such as leadership, mentoring and community service.

These four are:

Kyle “Bo” Coconis

Company: Coconis Furniture/Mattress 1st

Position: Merchandise Manager and Associate Store Manager   

 

Sarah Dretsch

Company: Weekends Only

Position: Senior Buyer    

 

Mandy Jeffries

Company: Colfax Furniture

Title:  President    

 

Lael Thompson

Company: Broyhill Home Collections

Position: Chief Operating Officer  

Home Furnishings Business’ 2017 Forty Under 40 is proudly sponsored by Storis, a leading retail software solutions company.







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