FFD names Adams president
Thomas Russell -- Furniture Today, May 7, 2013
HIGH POINT - Case goods and upholstery manufacturer Fine Furniture Design has replaced industry veteran Ted Philpott with Jim Adams as president and CEO.
Philpott left the full-line furniture source late last month and Adams immediately filled his responsibilities. Adams has been with the company since mid-2007 and previously was vice president of marketing and product development.
Before joining FFD, Adams was with Hickory White and was CEO of the CTH Sherrill Occasional division of Sherrill Furniture. Earlier, he spent 29 years at Thomasville Furniture.
Philpott, who worked for 17 years at Lexington, also held executive sales roles at case goods sources Pennsylvania House and Kemp Enterprises before joining Fine Furniture in 2005.
He said he plans to remain in the industry and that he is pursuing other opportunities.
Adams has largely been responsible for marketing and product development at Fine Furniture Design while Philpott oversaw sales and administration at the company, which was founded in 2000 by the late Larry Moh.
Adams said he will continue his role in marketing and product development, while also overseeing sales and administration.
He said Philpott was "a devoted leader of Fine Furniture" over the years. "He has done a good job for us, and we are just now at a point where the company and ownership felt it wanted to move in a different direction with a different leader."
Adams said he is eager to move the company forward, particularly following its success at the April High Point Market of FFD's new Biltmore for Your Home line, which he said he believes has been the company's most well received collection to date.
"This is a great opportunity for me to take the experience I have had in the industry and the experience I have had with Fine Furniture and bring those two things together," he said. "It will bode well for me moving forward."
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