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Hall of Fame Inducts 3

John D. Bassett III, Hassell Franklin and Eugene Rosenberg were inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame at a sold out banquet Sunday evening at Market.

Bassett, chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture; Franklin, chairman and CEO of Franklin Corp.; and Eugene Rosenberg, a founder of Bob’s Discount Furniture and Planned Furniture Promotions, joined 91 other members in the Hall of Fame, which celebrated its 25th Anniversary at the gala event hosted buy interior and furniture designer Adriana Hoyos.

“The diversity of the slate this year was representative of the breadth of our industry and the richness of our leadership. Every person on the slate is to be greatly honored and appreciated,” said George Cartledge III, president of the American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation. “We applaud the Foundation’s Industry Fellow Selection Committee worked diligently to find the very best candidates that each represents enduring excellence, superior accomplishments, innovation and creativity, and philanthropic generosity in their time, talents and resources.” 

Under the new selection system, the inductees were determined by the combination of a vote of the membership and a points-based rating system of each nominee by the Foundation’s Industry Fellow Selection Committee. The voting period began July 15 and ended August 16. 

Platinum level sponsors are headlined by AICO/Amini Innovations; Ashley Furniture Industries; La-Z-Boy, Inc., and Zenith Global Logistics.

Gold sponsors: Art Van Furniture, Inc.; Berkshire Hathaway Furniture Companies; Casana Furniture; FEI Marketing; HSM; Leggett & Platt, Inc.; Palliser Furniture Ltd.; Sealy, Inc.; United Furniture Industries/Simmons Upholstery; and Vaughan-Bassett Furniture, Inc.

Silver sponsors: American Leather; A.R.T. Furniture, Inc.; Bob’s Discount Furniture; Castro Convertibles; Culp, Inc.; El Dorado Furniture, Inc.; Flexsteel Industries, Inc.; Homelegance, Inc.; Klaussner Furniture Industries Inc.; Planned Furniture Promotions; Raymour & Flanigan Furniture; Simmons Bedding Company; Haverty Furniture Companies; and Stein World.

Copper sponsors: Carpenter Company; CR Laine Furniture Company, Inc.; Furniture World; Grand Home Furnishings; International Market Centers; Kittle’s Home Furnishings Center; Rooms To Go; L. & J.G. Stickley, Inc.; Rooms to Go; Samson Holding; Schnadig International Corp.; Steinreich Communications; Therapedic International; Watkins and Shepard Trucking, Inc.; and Wolf Furniture/Allegheny Furniture Consignment.

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