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High Point Market Authority
HIGH POINT - The High Point Market Authority recognized the service of outgoing board member John Bray and introduced its newest member during its annual board meeting.
     "John is a past chairman of the HPMA and did a fantastic job promoting the market during his tenure," said Doug Bassett, Market Authority chairman. "More recently, we called on him to serve an additional term on our executive committee and we thank him for the many years of guidance and wise counsel he has provided our board."
     The board welcomed Jeff Scheffer, president and CEO of Universal Furniture, as its newest member.
     The Market Authority also named to a non-voting liaison role Michael Hayes, director of the furniture export office, international trade division for the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
     The new members join the current board, including Tom Mitchell of IMC, Kevin O'Connor of Samson Marketing, Scott Eckman of IMC, John Gunter of Home Comfort Furniture & Mattress Center, Jena Hall of Jena Hall Designs, Mike Huber of Belfort Furniture, Heinz Kattenfeld of 220 Elm, Tim Mabe of the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau, Joseph Mussallem of Kuka Home, Mark Phillips of the Phillips Collection, Kelly Sain of the High Point Chamber of Commerce, Tim Schelfe of JDavis Architects, and Bernita Sims, mayor of High Point.
     Ex officio and liaison members are Strib Boynton of High Point, Sharron Bradley of the North American Home Furnishings Assn., Bruce Davis of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, Rick Gillispie of the International Home Furnishings Representatives Assn., Loren Hill of the High Point Economic Development Corp., Bri
tt Moore of the High Point City Council and Mena Parrish of the High Point CVB Board.
HICKORY, N.C. - Furniture and bedding component manufacturer HSM named two directors of its Corporate Innovation and Technology Center here.
     Scott Beatty is the new CI&T director of design services and Jim Cardinale is CI&T director of furniture solutions.
    "Earlier this year, when we announced the company's migration from a components supplier to a supplier of integrated solutions with a market-focused strategy, we also explained we were going to place greater emphasis on research and development by increasing our engineering staff and leveraging our new
Corporate Innovation and Technology Center," said Dwayne Welch, HSM executive vice president chief marketing and innovation officer.
    "The addition of Scott and Jim supports the build-out of the center and enhances our research and development capabilities at HSM."
    Beatty oversees product design and development for HSM's four business units, including responsibility for new product testing, prototyping and validation. He also manages resources to ensure adherence to HSM's New Product Development process.
    Beatty had more than 28 years of engineering and leadership experience, most recently as director of program management with Jarden Consumer Solutions.
    Cardinale manages engineering research and development activities for new and existing products in the furniture business unit. This includes product design, development, testing prototype/validation and manufacturability.
     Cardinale worked as a product development director with upholstery producer Smith Brothers of Berne before joining HSM.
     Beatty and Cardinale will report to Gregg Greulich, corporate vice president of innovation and technology.
International Warehouse Logistics Assn.
DES PLAINES, Ill. - Steve De-Haan, longtime executive director of the former National Home Furnishings Assn., has joined the International Warehouse Logistics Assn. here as its president and CEO.
     DeHaan's NHFA post was eliminated early this year when the retailer association merged with Western Home Furnishings Assn. and the Home Furnishings Independents Assn. to form the North America Home Furnishings Assn. The NAHFA is led by CEO Sharron Bradley, formerly executive director of WHFA.
     With nearly 500 member companies, IWLA "promotes the growth and success of third-party logistics companies" by providing members with resources, educational and other information and professional programs, the group said in a release.
     DeHaan, who replaces the retiring Joel Anderson, was with NHFA for more than 14 years, and "drove two major advocacy initiatives, strengthened NHFA membership, grew attendance at the association convention and successfully led the board and staff through three strategic plans," the release said.

Innovative Delivery Systems
CHINO, Calif. - Warehousing and home delivery provider Innovative Delivery Systems has hired Krista Przybylowicz as vice president of operations.
     In the newly created position, she will oversee operations at the company's service centers in California, Arizona, North Carolina and Georgia. She reports to Innovative Delivery Systems President Howard Dell.
   Most recently, Przybylowicz managed the largest La-Z-Boy showroom in Florida. Earlier, she was regional operations manager for Thomasville Home Furnishings, overseeing 20 stores. She also was manager of Ethan Allen's service center operations in Washington, D.C.
    "We are honored to have Krista join our growing team during such an exciting time," said Dell. "Her extensive background and proven track record in the high-end retail furniture business will be a great asset and a perfect fit for our dynamic company."

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