HIGH POINT, NC – John E. âJebâ Bassett, COO / Senior Vice President of Bassett Furniture Industries, was elected 2020 Chair of the American Home Furnishings Alliance Board of Directors at the organization’s 2019 annual meeting in Miami, Florida on October 31.
Roger Bland, President and CEO of Southern Motion, as Senior Vice President, and Joe Johnston, CEO of Johnston Casuals, as Second Vice President, will join Bassett on the AHFA 2020 Executive Committee 2019 AHFA President Gat Caperton, CEO of Gat Creek Furniture, remains a member of the Executive Committee as Past President.
All new officers take up their duties on January 1.
The newly elected executives to three-year terms on the AHFA Board of Directors are: Andy Bray, Vanguard Furniture; Eric Graham, Johnathan Charles; Caroline Hipple, Norwalk Furniture; Jeremy Hoff, Hooker Furniture; Allan Palecek, Palecek; and Todd Wanek, Ashley Furniture Industries.
Continuing on the board of directors, the terms of office expiring at the end of 2021 are: Edward Audi, Stickley; Roy Calcagne, master craftsman; Nathan Cressman, Ameublement Magnussen; Kurt Darrow, La-Z-Boy Inc .; Luke Simpson, Durham Furniture; Henry Vanderminden IV, Casual Telescope Furniture; and Ron Wanek, Ashley Furniture Inds.
Board members whose terms expire at the end of 2020 include Doug Bassett, Vaughan-Bassett Furniture; Bruce Birnbach, American leather; Steve Lehman, Smith Brothers of Berne; Gary McCray, Klaussner Outdoor; and Jeff Scheffer, Universal Furniture.
Heather Corrigan, Lectra, Smyrna, GA, and Richard Weeks, Leggett & Platt, High Point, NC, are the 2020 vendor representatives on the AHFA Solutions Partners Board of Directors.
AHFA is based in High Point and represents over 230 leading furniture manufacturers and distributors, as well as approximately 150 suppliers to the furniture industry around the world. The association advocates for the residential furniture industry in Washington, DC, on all legislative and regulatory matters and leads the development of voluntary environmental, product safety and construction standards for home furnishings. . Membership is open to all furniture manufacturers and distributors for the US market.