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American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation names five new members to Hall of Fame


Furniture World News Bureau on 06/09/2022




Pictured counterclockwise from To Leave: Michael Amini, Michael K. Dugan, John Gabbert, Neil Goldberg and Stephen K. Pond.

Five industry leaders will be inducted into the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame on October 23 during the High Point Market. Joining the current 126 members of the Hall of Fame are Michael AminiChairman and CEO of AICO/Amini Innovations Corp. ; Michael K. Dugan, former President and CEO of Henredon Furniture Industries; John Gabbertfounder of Room & Board; Neil Goldberg, President and CEO of Raymour & Flanigan Furniture; and Stephen K. Pondfounding editor of Furniture today.

“This year’s inductees represent a broad spectrum of enduring excellence and superior achievement across the industry, including design, global sourcing, manufacturing, retail and communications,” said said Caroline Hipple, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and President of Norwalk Furniture. “Their impact is significant and far-reaching. Each embodies the innovation and creativity worthy of our industry’s highest honor.

A seven-member Selection Committee, comprised of Hall of Fame Foundation Board members and representatives from various industry segments, selects inductees based on their contributions to the growth and development of the Hall of Fame. furniture industry in America. The committee uses a point-based evaluation system based on four foundations: enduring excellence, superior achievement, innovation and creativity, and philanthropic generosity.

“Our independent selection committee, which maintains the highest standards, is committed to thoughtfully and thoroughly seeking applicants from across the industry,” says Hipple. “The 2022 inductees have positively impacted the industry in multiple ways and serve as outstanding role models for future leaders in home furnishings.”

The five new inductees are:

Michael Amini, CEO and Founder of AICO/Amini Innovation Corp., takes a holistic approach to home design. The company was founded in 1988 as an importer of side tables and has grown to become a producer of designs ranging from contemporary, traditional and glamorous to transitional, rustic and casual at various price points. Inspired by his world travels, fashion and commitment to quality, the Michael Amini® brand includes home storage, upholstery, home accents, accessories, lighting, wall decor, carpets and textiles. Its showrooms in High Point and Las Vegas offer extravagant visual and audio experiences. He has earned a reputation as a consistently innovative, flamboyant and creative champion of the industry.

Michael K. Dugan is a savvy businessman who sparked great discussion when he wrote the book, The Furniture Wars: How America Lost a $50 Billion Industry. President of Henredon Furniture Industries for 17 years and co-founder of Jamestown Sterling, he skillfully and strategically positioned companies. Through collaborations with highly visible designers and fashion brands, Henredon has solidified itself as a style leader known for its fresh and original designs. A marketing specialist at heart, he focused on reaching consumers through the media. Later, as the Alex Lee Professor of Commerce at Lenoir Rhyne University, where he received an honorary doctorate, he remained involved in educating the industry he loves.

John Gabbert left a traditional family store at 26 with a vision to create a new business model: Room & Board. The brand is known for leading its own product development with timeless modern design, quality American craftsmanship and a commitment to environmental stewardship. Based in Minneapolis, more than 90% of products sold are made by small US manufacturers who practice responsible wood sourcing. Its loyal, even fanatical customer base has established itself through its 17 retail stores and nationwide multi-channel business. The company introduced a non-commissioned sales force, daily low prices, a By-the-Inch program for certain custom-made customer products, and a commercial furniture program for offices, hotels, restaurants and universities.

Neil Goldberg is president of Raymour & Flannigan, the Northeast’s largest furniture and mattress retailer and the seventh largest nationally. Under his leadership, the company grew through organic expansion and acquisitions, growing from three stores to 145 locations in seven states. It includes a real estate portfolio of stores, shopping centers, warehouses and office buildings. Goldberg is known for creating a strong and loyal team culture with a consistent focus on operational excellence to improve the customer shopping experience. A Great Place to Work® company, the retailer maintains 98% in-stock inventory for fast delivery, seven days a week. Social responsibility is expressed through extensive community involvement and sustainability practices, including recycling 99 % of packaging materials.

Created by Stephen K. Pond Furniture today in 1976 with a vision to create “the journal of the industry” that would inform stakeholders and build businesses globally and across the furniture industry. During its ownership, parent company Communications Today also launched Home Textiles Today, Home Accents Today, Design Today, Upholstery Today, The Professional Upholsterer, Video Today and Manufacturing today. He has set the highest standards for journalistic integrity: objectivity, accuracy, professionally conducted research, industry intelligence and knowledgeable reporting across all product categories. Skilled at connecting people and building a diverse team, he was instrumental in establishing the Paul Broyhill Future Leaders Award and Hall of Fame’s Home Furnishings Leadership Institute.

Sophia, the world’s first humanoid celebrity, will deliver an inspirational speech, engage in onstage conversation and answer questions from the audience, during the Master the Challenge 2022 induction celebration. industry will once again take place at the Sheraton Greensboro Four Seasons.

The Hall of Fame is supported by the 2022 Induction Celebration Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: Surya

Dinner Table Sponsor: Nourison Industries

Inducted Video Sponsor: Surya

Cocktail Sponsor: International Market Centers

After Party Sponsor: Klaussner Furniture Industries

Platinum Sponsors: Carpenter Company; global views; Jerome Furniture; Southern Movement; Springs Creative; and Bill and Julia Wittenberg


About the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc

The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. is an industry-wide organization founded in 1988 to preserve the history of the home furnishings industry, to celebrate exceptional individuals who have made contributions to the American furniture industry and to inspire the next generation of innovative leaders. In 2019, the organization purchased a building at 311 S. Hamilton St. in High Point. Our new home will be a symbol of the Home Furnishings Capital of the World™ where the industry comes together, where we tell our stories and learn from our past, and where we inspire future generations. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, funds support our history and leadership programs. The organization is currently based in High Point, North Carolina at 202 Neal Place, Suite 101, and can be reached at 336.882.5900. Watch for ongoing developments and details regarding the grand opening of a new permanent home at www.homefurnishingshalloffame.com, which is scheduled for April 2023.