Lunch with Leaders

Lunch with Leaders

Las Vegas Market | Jan 28, 2019

Meet Your Mentor for January 2019

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Eric Easter

CEO, Kittle's Furniture, Indianapolis, IN

Eric Easter, president and CEO of Kittle’s Furniture, earned finance and management degrees from the University of Virginia. But he didn’t wait until graduation to start working in the furniture industry. During summer breaks, he unloaded boxcars, made deliveries by truck and even repaired furniture.

Once he completed his formal education, he joined the largest furniture retailer in his native Oklahoma, learning all aspects of the retail trade and rising to an executive position over the next 14 years. He became general merchandise manager for Kittle’s in 1993 and eventually became president before leaving in 2003 for positions at Thomasville Furniture and Huntington Furniture.  In 2009, he returned to Kittle’s as president and chief operating office. The next year he was promoted to president and CEO. 

Indianapolis-based Kittle’s, founded in 1932, is one of the largest furniture retailers in the Midwest. It is recognized as a “Top Workplace,” was awarded National Furniture Retailer of the year in 2012/2013 and is a leading supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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.