Duncan Named Chairman of AHFA; Bassett Vaughan Receives Award

       

       

Bob Duncan, chief executive officer of American Leather, was elected 2011 chairman of the American Home Furnishings Alliance during the organization’s Annual Meeting last month.

Jeff Cook, president of Broyhill Furniture, has moved to first vice chairman. Wyatt Bassett, president/CEO of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture, was elected second vice chairman.

John Bray, CEO of Vanguard Furniture, has moved to immediate past-chairman of the AHFA Board of Directors. The officers assume their new posts Jan. 1, 2011.

Members newly elected to serve three-year terms on the AHFA Board of Directors include:  Joe Johnston, Johnston Casuals; Bill Wittenberg, Klaussner; Kevin O’Conner, Samson Marketing; Steve Lehman, Smith Brothers of Berne; and Harvey Hollingsworth, The Natural Light.

In other AHFA news, John Basset Vaughan, former chairman, CEO and president of Vaughan Furniture Company, received the American Home Furnishings Alliance’s Distinguished Service Award

Vaughan, who also served as chairman and CEO of Webb Furniture Enterprises, was lauded as a “civic-minded industrialist.” He is the son of Senator Taylor G. Vaughan Sr., who founded Vaughan Furniture Company, and the grandson of J.D. Bassett Sr., founder of Bassett Furniture.

Vaughan’s furniture industry contributions include serving on the board of the former Southern Furniture Manufacturers Association and as president and chairman of the board of the American Furniture Manufacturers Association. He was a strong supporter of the International Home Furnishings Marketing Association and has served on the advisory board of the N.C. State School of Engineering, the American Furniture Hall of Fame and The Furniture Foundation. In 2000, he was inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame.

In the community, Vaughan served one term as mayor of Galax, Va., and many years on the Galax City Council. He served on the boards of Twin City Memorial Hospital, United Way, Boy Scouts of America, Oak Hill Academy and Galax Horse Shows. He also chaired the Galax Foundation for Excellence in Education, which provided more than $1 million college scholarships for local high school graduates.