Gift Industry Veteran Randy Newcomb Dies
LOS ANGELES-Gift industry veteran Randy Newcomb, co-owner of the independent rep firm The Newcombs, passed away on June 1 at his home in Southern California.
Newcomb and Aileen Haugh, his wife and business partner, opened their L.A. Mart showroom in 1975 and built the third-generation rep firm's family legacy over the course of more than 30 years. Newcomb was also a founding member of several gift industry organizations, including PRO, The Source and GHTA, among others.
"Randy embraced his work with great passion; he believed the gift business was a very intimate world comprised of individuals who loved what they did as much as he did," said Mark Furlet, vice president and general manager L.A. Mart. "He was always looking for novel ways to motivate and reward everyone who touched his world, we were honored to have him as a valued tenant in the L.A Mart for so many years."
Haugh and her team will continue to run the business without interruption.
"Randy was larger than life," Haugh said. "He was passionate about what he did. Starting every day with his newspapers, he was an information omnivore and a total sales guy. He always went out of his way to make people feel comfortable and part of the team. His life was about living. He will be sorely missed but we will make sure that his legacy lives on."
The Newcomb family is planning a celebration of Randy's life on September 10, 2011. Anyone wishing to make a charitable donation in his name can contact The Assistance League of San Pedro-South Bay, (310) 832-8355, sanpedrosouthbay.assistanceleague.org or Guide Dogs for the Blind, PO Box 3950, San Rafael, CA 94912.