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Wayne Rivers
HFA Insights: Time is money. Are you using yours wisely?

Let’s talk about time management. Every family business is unique unto itself. But while there are no two that are alike, that doesn’t mean there are not similarities. When I meet with a family business – whether it‘s a construction company or a furniture store – we end up having the same talk. I bet you’ve had the same talk about your store, or at least you’ve thought about it before. It’s the talk about the need for senior executives in family businesses to redefine their roles and focus on high-payoff executive functions versus the menial task functions that a

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David McMahon
Build your company to last

One hundred years ago marked the start of the Roaring Twenties. This decade saw the U.S. economy expand by 40 percent, fueled by consumers purchasing high-ticket items for the first time. Automobiles, appliances, and furniture were bought en masse and on installment. This was also the founding year of the Home Furnishings Association. In the spirit of recognizing the HFA’s centennial milestone, I want to reflect on the successful practices of others that have been around for a century. Organizations that have the resilience to survive the ups and downs and live past 100 years have been referred to as

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Anna Ferguson of Brakenridge Furniture in Ferriday, La.
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Robert Bell
HFA Insights: Brakenridge’s win affirms just how far the store has come

Anna Ferguson didn’t need that phone call before Thanksgiving telling her that her store, Brakenridge Furniture in Ferriday, La., was the winner of the HFA’s 2019 Retailer of the Year award for stores with less than 50 employees. She learned she was a winner just by filling out the application. “There was something about putting our accomplishments down on paper that made me step back and realize just how far we’ve come as a business,” said Ferguson. In fact, after filling out the form, Ferguson gathered her employees around so she could remind them of everything they’d accomplished over the

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Doug Clark
HFA Insights: Howell award says ‘the industry believes in us’

Howell Furniture has been named Retailer of the Year for 2019 by the Home Furnishings Association. The award was presented Jan. 6 to owners Wade Witt, Shawn Hanley and Tom Schwaab in their Beaumont store by Mark Schumacher, executive vice president of the HFA. [Watch: HFA Facebook live at Howell Furniture] Howell, which also operates stores in Nederland and Lake Charles, La., was the winner in the large retailer category, or those with more than 50 employees. It was chosen from a field of finalists, most much larger, by a panel of furniture industry judges. The company was founded in

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Doug Clark
HFA Insights: Bright represents future success in Syracuse

When Joe Bright, president of Dunk & Bright Furniture in Syracuse, N.Y., was honored as the Home Furnishings Association’s 2019 Emerging Star, a reporter from The Stand covered the event. The award was presented Jan. 10 by HFA Executive Vice President Mark Schumacher. [Watch: HFA Facebook live at Dunk & Bright] The Stand is not a business publication or even a general-circulation newspaper. A product of the South Side Newspaper Project and supported by Syracuse University, it reports on the economic and cultural revitalization of the city’s South Side neighborhood. Dunk & Bright, and Joe Bright, are strongly invested in

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Former BDi Furniture President Lorri Kelley will speak at the HFAs Resource Center about at Las Vegas market about finding your employees hidden strengths.
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Robert Bell
Las Vegas seminar: Unearthing your employees’ hidden strengths

There’s little room for error in today’s tug of war between online giants and brick-and-mortar furniture retailers. The latter need to be at the top of their game, leveraging the unique, but often hidden strengths that each employee possesses to gain a competitive advantage. Unfortunately, Lorri Kelley, former president of BDi Furniture and now a retail adviser, sees more furniture retailers too busy elsewhere in their store to tap into their employees’ hidden strengths. Her seminar at the Home Furnishings Association’s Resource Center On Monday, Jan. 27, at Las Vegas Market is designed with those retailers – maybe you’re one

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