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Business of Furniture - February 1, 2023

  •   Stephen Says - "I'm a Regional Sales Manager Who Wants to Go Back to Being a Sales Rep, But How?" - by Stephen Viscusi - I get it, and I am not one of the recruiters that would discourage you, but I would tell you to carefully inspect and reposition your LinkedIn profile and resume with an eye towards being much more modest than they probably look now.
  •   Interiors Industry Forecast: Focus on These 5 Shifts to Get Ahead in 2023 - Today's design teams are formed around the best talent for the job, with less emphasis than ever on physical location. Tomorrow's comp plans and distribution models will need to align.
  •   2022-Q4 Market Outlook Report Now Available - Billings and pipeline increasing, backlogs come off of historic peak.
  •   Steelcase and Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Launch New Collaborative Collection - Drawing on a connection that began over 80 years ago, the two organizations debut a collection for living and working at home.
  •   Project Spotlight: Helping the Homeless - We believe that everybody deserves the opportunity for a fulfilling future, this is why when you select Verandas not only are you choosing a sustainable, design-led solution, but you're investing in a greater future for all," Nick Stedman, VP Marketing at Spacestor.
  •   Highlights: BIFMA 360 Leadership Conference Future First - Celebrating 50 years of success, BIFMA members can be proud of the industry they have built.
  •   Rimadesio Miami by Solesdi Opens New Store in Design District - The exhibition space is designed to create a continuous environment and communicate the best qualities of the brand.
  •   Fishman Flooring Solutions Names Tarkett Contract 2022 Vendor Partner of the Year - "I speak for the entire Tarkett Commercial team when I say we are truly humbled and honored to receive this recognition for the second straight year," said Kevin McGregor, commercial sales vice president for Tarkett.
  •   Legrand Announces New Chief Marketing Officer, Laurie Englert - Laurie brings to this position 30+ years of experience in various marketing and communication roles; managing high-performing, customer-focused functional teams such as digital experience, customer relationship management (CRM), learning experience, channel marketing, customer care, and more.
  •   Clever Joins the SURROUND Podcast Network - Prior to her foray into podcasting, Amy Devers spent years as an independent designer and builder of furniture and interiors.
  •   Mohawk Group Launches Sustainability Estimator Platform to Gauge Impact of Flooring Specifications - When you are able to have a firsthand glimpse of the possible positive effects of your specifications, it is incredibly empowering. That alone connects all the dots in a very tangible and meaningful way.
  •   Spacekit Partners with Armstrong World Industries - "We're a team of designers with a passion for beautiful spaces – a passion we share with Armstrong," said Rob Barber, ATOMIC/Spacekit Vice President Modular Systems and R&D.
  •   Cooper Robertson Elevates Team and Amplifies Leadership, Adding Two High-Profile Directors - Growing firm announces promotions and addition of two established leaders in urban design and architecture in key positions to expand portfolio of building and citymaking works globally .
  •   Team Led by Buro Happold Creates Sustainable Design Guidelines for the University of Southern California - For USC, the new guidelines establish process management guidance for project teams to understand their roles and responsibilities, as well as key sustainability activities required for tracking and reporting.
  •   Supporting Healthcare Safety and Flexibility - Steelcase Health partners with KwickScreen to address infection control and flexibility in healthcare spaces.
  •   UPFRONT: Claridge Welcomes Mark Pescatello as the New SVP of Operations - Mark brings tremendous talent and nearly 30 years of operations management to Claridge, most recently serving as SVP of Operations for HAPCO Pole Products/Concord American Flagpole.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: 9to5 Seating Unveils Designer Multipurpose Chair Cavo - Aesthetics are only half the story with this durable, easy-to-clean seating solution.
  •   AWARDED: Lesro Announces 2022 Rep of the Year - Chris Ivan of Ace Office Furniture has been awarded Lesro Industries' coveted Manufacturers Rep of the Year Award.
  •   EXPANDING: Lodes Announces Strategic Expansion in North America - "I am incredibly proud of the growth we've been able to achieve since my grandfather, Angelo Tosetto, founded the company in 1950," said Lodes Managing Director, Massimiliano Tosetto.
  •   PLACES - ZOZO Offices – Chiba, Japan | The architect's aim was to create a "regionally integrated office" that will grow with the city.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - HNI Global and KOKUYO Partner to Expand Services Worldwide / LRS Architects Celebrates Growth, Promotes Boumatar and Loverro to Associate
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Okamura's LW Lounge – The Form of Feeling Good at Work / Deep Cushions, Deeper Convos in Crest from Scandinavian Spaces / KFI Studios Launches Willow Table
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  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 25, 2023

  •   Top Eight Workplace Trends for 2023 - A company culture that prioritizes employee health and wellbeing has the best chance of attracting and retaining top talent, as well as amplifying the employee experience.
  •   9to5 Seating Wins Four GOOD DESIGN Awards - "Last year, 9to5 Seating received three prestigious GOOD DESIGN Awards and to receive four awards this year is representative of our continued commitment to providing high-design products to the market that are both functional and attainable," said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating.
  •   Framery Builds Best-In-Class Hybrid Workspaces with Logitech - All-in-one video conference set-ups equip the office for effective and intuitive hybrid work.
  •   Finch™ Takes Flight - Byrne's clever new accessory is perfectly positioned to elevate any space with easily-accessible power from both the front and back.
  •   Allsteel Moves Sales Organization to Chicago - In late Spring of 2023, Allsteel will open the doors to its new Experience Center in Fulton Market in Chicago, one of the fastest growing markets for Allsteel and the HNI family of brands.
  •   Years In The Making: The McKenzie Family's Continued Investment In Watson's Future - As CK McKenzie takes on the role of President, we look at the ways the McKenzie family has shaped Watson's culture, and how they're committed to help guide its future while maintaining its deeply-held values.
  •   As New Year Rings in, Wyatt Seating Celebrates with New Staff and Promotions - As operations continue to grow, a trusted leader in seating solutions promotes new VP, adds fresh talent to operation.
  •   Louis Poulsen Announces Appointment of CEO, US and Canada - "We see an incredible potential in the US and Canada, and we're excited to bring Carly Conelli in to ensure continued growth." said Tommy Rothoff, Louis Poulsen's chief sales officer.
  •   Formica Celebrates 110th Anniversary - Iconic inventor of laminate will commemorate its history and future with events, product highlights throughout the year.
  •   Choosing Color, Materiality and Design - The Davis Color Story continues to expand with the release of the Aurora Leather Collection.
  •   KAI Enterprises and The UP Companies CEO Michael Kennedy, Jr. Named a 2023 St. Louis Titan 100 - As CEO of Minority Business Enterprise KAI (architecture, engineering and construction firm) and UPCO (electrical, carpentry and labor subcontractor services), Kennedy has successfully embraced change in the ever-evolving design and construction industry.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is Your Email Address Costing You a Job?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Before we get into the fun and games, let me just point out why the email address on resumes is so important.
  •   UPFRONT: BOS Orlando Names New Executive Team - BOS, a 100% ESOP, full-service Haworth Preferred Office Furniture Dealership, is pleased to announce new executive leadership as Robert Bagley, III joins Mike Berry.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Introducing Spinni by Division Twelve - The bent metal furniture brand takes on the classic drafting stool, with a twist.
  •   NOW REPPING: Landscape Forms Appoints Annette Baubie as Business Development Representative for British Columbia - Baubie brings to Landscape Forms over 25 years of experience in the furniture industry, working extensively with architecture and design professionals, contractors, and end users alike.
  •   INDUSTRY FABRIC: Bernie Gordon - Bernie Gordon, Co-founder of Wolf-Gordon and beloved father of former Executive Vice President David Gordon, recently passed away.
  •   PLACES - Nestlé Offices – Jakarta | The Customer Engagement Centre for Nestlé Professional is designed for team meetings and training sessions with customers.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Ware Malcomb Announces Promotion of Yamini Mudaliar to Studio Manager, Architecture in Atlanta Office / FK Architecture Adds Talent and Continues Growth, Hires John Anderson, Linda Rodriguez, and Hamilton Carias / Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering Welcomes Commercial Interiors Industry Titan Paul Cleary as New President and CEO- Former Mohawk Group SVP Brings Years of Industry Leadership Experience to Momentum / Hollman Announces Promotion of Sue Hwang to President and COO / Material Bank Expands Global Presence with Launch in Europe
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Kirei Unveils Geo Collection of Printed Acoustic Panels / Flos Skynest: Hypnotizing Woven Light
  •   NEW CLASSIFIED - Page 74: Looking For Energetic Sales Professional
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers


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