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Darvin Furniture GM Bill Bright retiring after 30-plus years

 Image of Carol DizonCarol Dizon

ORLAND PARK, Ill. — Darvin Furniture General Manager Bill Bright is retiring after more than 30 years with the Top 100 company, which also announced other management changes.

Bright will continue to work with the Chicago-area retailer as a consultant.

In addition, Carol Dizon, who has been the company's controller for 15 years, was promoted to vice president of finance. Two other new executives have joined the company, Lori Stengren as vice president of sales, merchandising and marketing, and Janet Sweno as vice president of operations.

"Bill is irreplaceable. He will be sorely missed," said Steve Darvin, who co-owns the one-store retailer with brother Marty Darvin. "We wish him well in his retirement and are extremely happy that we can retain his expertise on a consultation basis."

In announcing Dizon's promotion, Marty Darvin said, "Carol keeps things running smoothly," and "is an invaluable asset, who will help take us into the future."

 Image of Lori StengrenLori Stengren Image of Janet SwenoJanet Sweno

Before joining Darvin, Stengren and Sweno each spent more than 20 years with the former Richard Honquest Fine Furnishings of Barrington, Ill. Stengren oversaw marketing, merchandising and sales, and Sweno was over store operations.

Dizon, Stengren and Sweno will absorb Bright's former duties, the company said.

Darvin, with a 130,000-square-foot showroom in Orland Park, Ill., is No. 71 on Furniture/Today's Top 100 with estimated 2012 sales of $79 million.

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