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Ebner, May Named Regional Sales Directors for Mattress Firm

Ebner, May Named Regional Sales Directors for Mattress Firm

HOUSTON–Mattress Firm has promoted Scott Ebner and Tim May to the newly created positions of regional sales directors. Ebner has assumed this role for the Midwest region, including St. Louis, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. May’s territorial responsibility is the Atlantic region, overseeing the North Carolina communities of Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte, andMore »

Toray International America Launches Website for Ultrasuede

Toray International America Launches Website for Ultrasuede

NEW YORK–Toray International America, makers of the Ultrasuede brand of products for upholstery and other applications, launched its website with B2B support features for the brand’s diverse customer base, including upholstery manufacturers and interior designers. Among the site’s new features is the Ultrasuede B2B Center, where memo swatches may now be ordered to streamline theMore »

John Bassett Vaughan Receives AHFA Distinguished Service Award

John Bassett Vaughan Receives AHFA Distinguished Service Award

HIGH POINT, N.C.–John Basset Vaughan, chief executive officer of Vaughan Furniture Company, received the American Home Furnishings Alliance’s Distinguished Service Award during the group’s 2010 Annual Meeting at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz., last week. Vaughan, who also served as CEO of Webb Furniture Enterprises, was lauded as a “civic-minded industrialist.” HeMore »

Study Reveals “Significant Interest” in Green Home Furnishings

Study Reveals “Significant Interest” in Green Home Furnishings

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.–A survey of 351 women homeowners across the United States found that they have “significant interest” in purchasing eco-friendly home furnishings. Released by the Sustainable Furnishings Council and sponsored by the World Market Center Las Vegas, the study also found that actual purchasing of these products remains at low levels due to lackMore »

National Home Furnishings Month Promotes Partnerships

National Home Furnishings Month Promotes Partnerships

LAS VEGAS-Participation in the second annual National Home Furnishings Month in September increased 30 percent over the inaugural year, according to World Market Center Las Vegas, which sponsored the event. More than 9,000 retailers nationwide participated in the marketing initiative, which included taking advantage of a listing on the homeyet.com store locator section, a complementaryMore »

Azevedo Tabbed as EVP of Merchandising for Mattress Giant

Azevedo Tabbed as EVP of Merchandising for Mattress Giant

ADDISON, Texas—Specialty retailer Mattress Giant has named Dominick Azevedo executive vice president of merchandising. In his new role, Azevedo is responsible for identifying new merchandising initiatives through existing and prospective manufacturing partners, as well as enhancing current initiatives such as store product offerings, sleep-accessory offerings, Mattress Giant’s Web site and more. He reports to MichaelMore »

hhgregg Net Falls 20 Percent in Second Quarter

hhgregg Net Falls 20 Percent in Second Quarter

INDIANAPOLIS–Net income for mattress/appliance retailer hhgregg dropped 20 percent in its fiscal second quarter, to $3.4 million. The bottom line suffered in spite of a 45 percent increase in net sales to $480.9 million in the quarter, which ended Sept. 30, 2010. Part of the quarterly numbers were a 41 percent jump in selling, generalMore »

Hellyer Named President of Kingsdown

Hellyer Named President of Kingsdown

MEBANE, N.C.–Mattress industry veteran Bob Hellyer has been appointed president of Kingsdown, replacing Pat Flippen, who announced his retirement last week. Hellyer’s new post is the latest among the leadership positions he has held in the industry. He served Simmons for 11 years, including his tenure as corporate president from 2001 to 2005. From 2007More »