• Thomas Russell

Kevin Bowman leaves executive sales role at Stanley

Has been with company seven years

HIGH POINT — Kevin Bowman, senior vice president of sales at Stanley Furniture and sister company Young America, has stepped down to pursue other leadership opportunities in the industry.

Bowman joined Stanley in October 2006 as vice president of sales. A year later he took over the sales for both Stanley and Young America and was promoted to his current role in 2009.

He told Furniture/Today he had been discussing the move with Stanley President and CEO Glenn Prillaman as far back as 18 months ago. For some time, he has wanted to head a furniture company, a goal he said he would be unable to attain at Stanley given that Prillaman has a solid standing at the helm.

However, Bowman said he decided to remain on board to help out during a period of transition. This included moving the Stanley and Young America headquarters from Stanleytown, Va., to High Point and relocating its showroom to the same facility in the Hamilton Wrenn district from the International Home Furnishings Center. During the transition, the company also opened a new showroom in Las Vegas and launched a new enterprise information system.

Bowman, 43, came to Stanley from Thomasville, where he worked for two years, first as national sales manager and later as vice president of sales and retail development.

Before that he was a general manager with Hendricks Furniture Group in Atlanta and before that worked a regional manager in the Southeast for Sears Homelife Furniture.

Bowman said the company announced his departure to reps in July. Around this time, Stanley promoted its international sales manager, Richard Broderson, to sales manager. In this role, Broderson will take over Bowman's responsibilities, managing both international and U.S. sales and managing its independent sales force.

Bowman said he looks forward to his next role in the industry.

"I have been preparing for the next step and wanted to take it relatively soon," he said, noting that he not only has experience in sales and product development, but also in operations, finance and organizational development. "There are a lot of companies now thinking about succession planning. This is a good time for me - my experience level and my youth puts me in a good position."

He also thanked Stanley - from its management team and associates to its sales reps and customers - for "allowing me to serve them these past seven years. The company has completed its transition and is poised for growth in the coming years, and I wish them the best of success in the future."

Prillaman said, "Kevin is one of the rare young yet experienced executives in our industry who has been given a tremendous amount of responsibility during our company's transition over the last several years. His judgment, integrity and decision-making have contributed greatly to our future."

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, FurnitureToday

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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