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Brown Jordan Appoints Tortorici to Executive Vice President

Vincent A. Tortorici

St. AUGUSTINE, Fla.–Brown Jordan International has promoted Vincent A. Tortorici to executive vice president. Tortorici also will continue his role as chief financial officer, which he has held with the company and its predecessors since March 1988. He has previously held positions as vice president and treasurer of the company, its predecessors and subsidiaries. “ForMore »

Last updated: October 14, 2014

Wendover Art to Debut Lillian August Artwork at High Point

Lillian August

LARGO, Fla.–Wendover Art Group will debut a licensed collection by Lillian August at the High Point Fall Market, Oct. 18-23. “We are absolutely thrilled to debut Ms. August’s new collection,” said Richard D. Forsyth, CEO of Wendover Art Group. “Her pieces are exquisite. The collection spans a broad range of looks—traditional, transitional and modern—and includesMore »

Last updated: October 14, 2014

Houzz’s Study Full of Surprises

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By Duke Ratliff “Trendy” just might be a dirty word when it comes to home furnishings. As retailers head to the New York Tabletop Show and the High Point Market this month for two of the year’s most important product-procuring events, it’s more than a little interesting to note that consumers are not big onMore »

Last updated: October 13, 2014

Marvin Ellison to be J.C. Penney President/CEO

Marvin Ellison

PLANO, Texas–J.C. Penney has appointed Marvin Ellison, currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot, as president and CEO-designee, effective Nov. 1. He will also join the Board of Directors at that time. Ellison will succeed Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, as CEO of J.C. Penney on Aug. 1, 2015. At that time, UllmanMore »

Last updated: October 13, 2014

Twin-Star International Purchases Bell’O International Corporation

Twin-Star International

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.-Twin-Star International has completed the purchase of Bell’O International Corporation, maker of audio-visual furniture and accessories. Included in the purchase is the Bell’O Digital brand, which produces consumer electronic accessories such as digital headphones, AV cables, TV mounting brackets and power surge protection devices. Under a licensed agreement with mattress powerhouse, Serta, Bell’OMore »

Last updated: October 13, 2014

Vietnamese Manufacturers to Show at High Point Market

Vietrade

HO CHI MINH CITY–Vietrade, the international trade development arm of the Vietnamese Government, has selected 11 manufacturers to exhibit at the upcoming High Point Market at the Pavilions on Main in the International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC), in spaces M328 and M336-339. High Point Market takes place Oct. 18-23. The showcase is intended to reachMore »

Last updated: October 13, 2014

High Point Market Authority Targets Retailers

Tom Conley

The High Point Market Authority has done its most extensive marketing ever to attract retailers to this month’s event. HPMA CEO Tom Conley said his organization has taken a three-tiered approach, for the first time, to drive retailers to the fall market. The HPMA is utilizing direct mail, e-mail and a two-pronged telemarketing effort toMore »

Last updated: October 13, 2014

Picture Source Names Marks Chief Visionary Officer

Julia Marks

SEATTLE-Picture Source named Julia Marks chief visionary officer, a new position within the company. Marks will set the company’s strategic and creative course, and oversee general operations. She originally joined Picture Source in 2003 as an art consultant specializing in hospitality sales. Her most recent work for the company included sales management, marketing, mentoring, productMore »

Last updated: October 10, 2014