Lunch with Leaders

Lunch with Leaders

High Point Market | Oct 14, 2018



Meet Your Mentors for October 2018

Tim Donk

Director of Marketing & Business Development, Legends Furniture

Tim Donk is the Director of Marketing and Business Development for Legends

Furniture where he builds brand awareness and relationships.

An optimist with nearly three decades in furniture, Tim’s experiences cross the
full spectrum of the industry.  From retail to rep, manufacturing to product development & design, Tim’s been successful across the board.  Known for
his passionate problem solving, Tim’s ideas have proven critical in countless
victories throughout his career and he’s always looking for the next
“million-dollar idea”, a skill he prides himself on. 


Tim lives in the Phoenix area where he enjoys learning, making music and winter.

Stan Pickett

Owner, Quality Furniture & Appliance

Since 1984, Mr. Pickett has owned Quality Furniture and Appliance in Mesquite, Texas.  A family owned, full service furniture, mattress, appliance and electronics store that serves the local market just outside Dallas, Texas. This 2-store chain, with an offsite warehouse, has survived 2 economic downturns and been able to adapt to an ever-changing retail environment. One of the biggest assets of the business is their in-house financing book of business that has helped thousands of families afford new home furnishings and appliances that may not have been able to.


Mr. Pickett obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Upon completion of his degree, Mr. Pickett joined the Sanger-Harris retail group in Dallas where his training in Department store management set the foundation for a lifetime of running a retail furniture business. After a successful four-year tenure in the Human Relations department of Wyatt Cafeterias, he was afforded the opportunity to purchase his furniture business, Quality Furniture and Appliance, which has been succeeded in business for 43 years in Mesquite.


Having resided in the city since 1959, Mr. Pickett is a lifelong resident of Mesquite. His deep ties to the Mesquite community are evidenced by his many years of service on City Council, Boards and Commissions and his involvement in numerous civic organizations including the Mesquite Housing Board, the Civil Service Commission and the Mesquite Quality of Life Corporation. He has also been actively involved in the Chamber of Commerce, the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation and the Mesquite AMBUCS. Mr. Pickett was also a member of Leadership Mesquite’s inaugural class in 1989.


Along with operating the furniture store, Mr. Pickett has served as Mayor since May of 2015. Prior to his election as Mayor, Mr. Pickett represented District 3 on the City Council from 2004-2014.  He serves on the Regional Transportation Commission of the North Central Texas Council of Government, and the Star Transit transportation board, a regional transportation authority.


He and his wife, Mary Jo, are members of Mimosa Lane Baptist Church where Mr. Pickett serves as a Deacon and a Trustee.  They are the proud parents of a son and daughter, both of whom are married, and currently have three grandchildren.

What is Lunch With Leaders?

Lunch with Leaders is a program in which big-name industry leaders open up their busy schedules for lunch mentoring sessions with next-generation home furnishings professionals. This is an opportunity to get quality face time with top industry executives who can offer invaluable advice, give feedback on your ideas, and become mentors in your career.