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Superbowl Bet
Robert Bell
Game on! HFA members make a friendly wager on Super Bowl LIV

Super Bowl LIV is bringing out the competitive – and generous – sides to a pair of Home Furnishings Association members. Shortly after the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers advanced to the title game, Crowley Furniture, with three stores in the Kansas City area, and Hoot Judkins Furniture

Artist's rendering of the new Hall of Fame building
Doug Clark
Ploy, Coconis take leadership roles for Hall of Fame

Industry veteran Martin Ploy will lead the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation as president of the board of directors for 2020. Randy Coconis, president and treasurer of Home Furnishings Association member Coconis Furniture & Mattress 1st, was re-elected to an additional three-year term on the board. [Coconis Furniture

Photo shows Andrew Koenig and other men in front of a City Furniture truck
Doug Clark
City, Koenig win IHFRA retailer award

Andrew Koenig’s emails carry this directive below his signature: “For My City & Ashley Furniture Family – Please do not respond to my emails during non-work hours. If it’s a business emergency, I will call you. Thank you. Work-Life Balance!” Work-life balance is a core value for Home Furnishings Association

Doctor crossing his arms
Doug Clark
HFA Insights: Learn about an Association Health Plan at LVM

Home Furnishings Association members who visit the Resource Center at Las Vegas Market will see a new face near the B 1050 entrance. They should stop and say hello, because he’s there to help meet a pressing need: How to offer your employees high-quality, affordable medical insurance. He is Tyler

Jeff Smith is general manager of Walker Furniture in Gainesville, Fla.
Doug Clark
HFA Insights: Problem leads to role on Government Relations Action Team

It began with a call for help. It led to helping fellow members of the Home Furnishings Association. Jeff Smith, general manager of Walker Furniture in Gainesville, Fla., last year received a “demand letter” from an attorney claiming to represent a visually impaired client. Walker Furniture’s website wasn’t accessible, according

Photo shows the four Matter brothers in a furniture showroom
Doug Clark
HFA Insights: Matter Brothers supports ‘special, meaningful’ project

One visit was all it took. When John Matter and others from Matter Brothers Furniture toured the five-acre All Star Children’s Foundation Campus of Hope and Healing in Sarasota, Fla., with philanthropist Graci McGillicuddy last year, they made an immediate decision. “Her optimism and excitement for creating a safe haven

Image of a clock
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

Photo shows the three owners of Howell Furniture
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

Photo shows Mark Schumacher and Joe Bright
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 &

Former BDi Furniture President Lorri Kelley will speak at the HFAs Resource Center about at Las Vegas market about finding your employees hidden strengths.
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

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