HFA Influencers

2020-2021
Mark Schumacher
HFA CEO Mark Schumacher is optimistic about 2021

I love great quotations. They can capsulize thoughts and feelings or inspire. The late English author Douglas Adams said, “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” In light of last year, I could rephrase that

Home Furnishings Association
11 Furniture Industry Insights from Jerry Epperson for 2021

Jerry Epperson is a trusted researcher and analyst for Mann, Armistead, & Epperson with more than 40 years of furniture industry experience and a great friend to the Home Furnishings Industry. We always look forward to hosting his standing-room-only seminars in our HFA Resource Center. As you are all aware, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we were unable to

2021
Mark Schumacher
How do we move on from 2020?

If you are like me, you can’t wait for December 31st, when we can say goodbye to 2020. I have heard it called a dumpster fire and a train wreck. The common thread through whatever anyone calls 2020 is that it has been an ugly mess.  Everyone started the year strong even in the

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Doug Clark
City Furniture growth impresses Commerce Secretary Ross

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he was more hopeful about an economic recovery after visiting City Furniture in Tamarac, Fla., Oct. 23. Ross praised the Home Furnishings Association member for overcoming the challenges of doing business during a public health crisis. “As our economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic,

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Doug Clark
HFA members lauded for sustainability

Peggy Burns and Andrew Tepperman make it as plain as they can. They deeply care, even passionately, about sustainability in the home furnishings industry. Customers can see that in videos posted on their websites. “We only work with partners who really align with our mission of sustainability,” says Burns, co-owner

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Doug Clark
Darvin Furniture partners with a natural influencer

Darvin Furniture and Mattress recently introduced its new influencer, but Gianna Cosentino was no newcomer to the Orland Park, Ill., retailer. “She grew up with Darvin,” said Will Harris, president of the Home Furnishings Association member said. “Her parents always bought Darvin furniture, and when she got married, she became

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Doug Clark
HFA names award winners: Howell, Brakenridge, Crowley, Bright

Howell Furniture, Brakenridge Furniture, Greg Crowley of Crowley Furniture & Mattress and Joe Bright of Dunk & Bright Furniture have won the Home Furnishings Association’s top awards for 2019. Each award was being presented in the recipient’s flagship store, beginning January 6. Howell Furniture, based in Beaumont, Texas, is the

Surviving the Recession
Robert Bell
Surviving the Next Recession

Reasonable heads assure us an economic slowdown is coming. Is your store ready? These are heady times for Artis Furniture, a family run furniture store in Urbandale, Iowa. Pick a metric – any metric – and it will only reinforce that thought. Store traffic and close ratios are up. That

Kittle remembers Lugar as a friend of furniture retailers

Photo above: Doris Anne Sadler, president of the World Trade Center in Indianapolis, former Sen. Richard Lugar, Jim Kittle, chairman of Kittle’s Furniture in Indianapolis. Photo credit: Erica Quinlan, Indiana AgriNews The last time Jim Kittle saw Richard Lugar, they sat side-by-side during a panel discussion highlighting the damaging impact

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