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Mark Schumacher
Voice of a Furniture Retailer

I always remind myself and other people that I am not a furniture retailer. I do have retail in my background, but I don’t own a furniture store. As CEO of the Home Furnishings Association, my job is to serve members and always advocate for them and their businesses. My

David Gunn at US Capitol
David Gunn
Lawmakers can’t hear our voices if we don’t speak up

I have been to Washington, D.C. twice to discuss furniture industry issues on behalf of HFA and our members. It’s a trip HFA makes annually to meet face-to-face with our lawmakers and various government agencies to make sure our voices are heard as people who make a living in the

Man extending an opened hand
David Gunn
The helping hand of friends

As I write this, people throughout the country are dealing with crippling winter storms and need a helping hand. My area in Texas has been hit especially hard. In the six days my stores were closed, most of my employees were without power. City water facilities experienced power failures, generator

Ghost in the store
David Gunn
Furniture stores have ghosts

We use facial recognition traffic counters on our front doors to get as accurate of a count as possible of the people entering our furniture stores. It also captures a small image of each individual. A couple of years ago, we discovered that on more than 30 occasions, a particular

The furnishings industry is craving contact
Mark Schumacher
The furnishings industry is craving contact

I am craving contact! I think in home furnishings, we all are craving contact right now. Our industry has many wonderful attributes, but the one thing that I fell in love with and that resonates with me is our business’ collegial nature. We are part of a customer-centric industry, and

David Gunn
David Gunn
Welcome David Gunn – HFA President

I’m David Gunn of Knight Furniture, your HFA president for 2021. I’ve never looked more forward to a new year than this one. Yet as painful as 2020 was on many levels, I did learn a few lessons. I was reminded never to take anything, or anyone, for granted. It

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

Richard Haux Sr
Home Furnishings Association
MOR Furniture founder Richard Haux, Sr. passes away at 74

The HFA community has lost a true industry leader and friend in the passing of MOR Furniture founder Richard Haux, Sr. Rick passed away on November 5, 2020, at 74. Rick attended and graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Accounting and began a career in Accounting

Randy Coconis, President- Coconis Furniture
Home Furnishings Association
Coconis Furniture’s Free Mammogram Screening Carries On

Even a pandemic can’t prevent Coconis Furniture from its annual mission to help local women. During October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Coconis Furniture-Mattress 1st, Genesis HealthCare System, and a local NBC affiliate WHIZ TV teamed up to offer Southeastern Ohio area, women free mammogram screenings. This year, due to the

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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