Peggy Burns and Richard Tubman, Circle Furniture — 2008 Furniture/Today Leadership Conference
December 5, 2008,
Peggy Burns, Owner and Queen Bee of Circle Furniture, oversees the buying of all product lines as well as managing the design direction for the company's stores. Known for promoting bold color and rich textures in the store offerings, Peggy has helped to set Circle Furniture apart from its competitors with its strong merchandising of quality furniture and decorative accessories.
Peggy is a member of the founding Board of Governors of the Boston UMASS Club; Chairperson of Merchandising for the Ally Foundation Flip Flop Regatta; and a member of the Circle Furniture bicycle team that participates in the Rodman Ride for Kids. Peggy also fosters an on-going relationship with the Boston Ronald MacDonald House, The Ellie Fund and The Mass. Coalition for the Homeless.
Richard Tubman, co-owner of Circle Furniture, grew up literally surrounded by furniture. From a very young age, he learned about the business from his parents in their crowded Cambridge location where they specialized in selling unfinished bookcases, beds and more to local college students.
In 1974 Richard graduated from UMASS with a degree in Zoology. After college he worked in a custom furniture shop to learn the ins and outs of designing and producing furniture.
Having a passion for computers and all things that need plugging in, he decided to step away from the furniture world in 1978 and owned and operated a successful computer store. In 1984 his heart led him back to the family business where he provides all of the IT support and co-leads the Circle Furniture staff with his brother, Harold and his wife, Peggy Burns.
Richard is an avid sailor and is currently the Commodore of the Constitution Yacht Club in Boston. He also spends his down time hiking, skiing and biking. Richard has ridden in the Rodman Ride for Kids for numerous years, raising money for the charitable event. He has volunteered and sailed in the Flip Flop Regatta, a local fundraiser, for the past 6 years.
He enjoys his two children, Erica on the West Coast, and Max on the East Coast. His wife, Peggy, a.k.a. "Queen Bee", is a force to be reckoned with and the two of them make a team full of energy and inspiration.