From Home Furnishing Business
Hall of Fame Moves Induction Celebration to April 2021
2020 by Laurie Northington in Business Strategy, Designer Weekly, High Point, Industry, Market
“We are an industry based on relationships and on people who like to gather together to honor our leaders,” says Martin Ploy, president of the Foundation board of directors. “Our goal to create an evening worthy of the industry’s most prestigious honor includes being surrounded, not just by immediate family but by business associates and peers. It’s an annual reunion that must go on, though for the Class of 2020, following a brief delay.”
“Our Board and staff considered many obvious, and some not so obvious, scenarios based on health and safety,” added Ploy. “Ultimately, we concluded that putting the event on pause is the best solution: Same event. Same place. New one-time date. As the industry’s largest networking event, it still will be a not-to-miss industry-wide celebration focused on what makes this industry great, with a world-class speaker and unexpected new features to delight and surprise our fashion industry.”
Five industry leaders will be inducted into the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame during the April 2021 High Point Market. Joining the current 120 members of the Hall of Fame are Irv Blumkin, CEO, Nebraska Furniture Mart; Robert G. Culp III, co-founder, former chairman and CEO, Culp, Inc.; Robert J. Maricich, chairman and CEO, International Market Centers; Allan H. Palecek, chairman and founder, Palecek; and Todd Wanek, CEO and president, Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.