American Furniture Hall of Fame Announces Industry Fellows and Nominees

John Portman

John Portman

HIGH POINT, N.C.–The American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation announced the 2011 Industry Fellows and candidates for election into the American Furniture Hall of Fame. The voting period begins July 8 and ends Aug. 5. Only members of the organization are eligible to vote.

The six nominees who will be made Industry Fellows are: Donald A. Belgrad, Schnadig International; George Alexander Bernhardt, Bernhardt Furniture; Donald G. Flanders, Lloyd/Flanders; John C. Portman, AmericasMart; Gordon Segal, Crate & Barrel; and Roy B. Unger, Sealy and Serta.

“There is tremendous diversity in the background of each person on this year’s slate with one common thread: they all represent the pinnacle of their fields and they all represent individuals of great leadership, innovation and generosity,” said Kurt Darrow, president of the Foundation. “When you read their full bios, it is humbling and immediately apparent that each one is more than worthy of the honor of being made an Industry Fellow.  This is a slate of industry giants.”

Under the new selection system, the inductees will be determined by the combination of a vote of the membership and a points-based rating system of each nominee by the Foundation’s Industry Fellow Selection Committee.  New members will be announced and officially inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame at the annual banquet celebration on Oct. 23 at the High Point Market.

The candidates were selected from open nominations and the Industry Fellows Selection Committee based on their contributions to the growth and development of the furniture industry in America with a focus on four standards:  enduring excellence, superior accomplishments, innovation and creativity, and philanthropic generosity.