Search Twitter Facebook Digital HFBusiness Magazine Pinterest Google

Get the latest industry scoop


HFBNow! Daily News and Designer Weekly

Brought to you by Home Furnishings Business

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,

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.

b i u quote

Enter the code shown above in the box below.
Save Comment

Showing 0 Comment

Furniture Training
HFB Subscribe IHeart
Impact Report Store
Got News