Andrew Tepperman, David Gunn join NAHFA board
Tina Benitez-Eves -- Furniture Today, October 17, 2013
ROSEVILLE, Calif. — The North American Home Furnishings Assn. has appointed Andrew Tepperman of Tepperman's, Windsor, Ontario, and David Gunn of Knight Furniture, Sherman, Texas, to its board.
The retailer association also said it will hold its first membership meeting during the High Point Market, Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in its Retailer Resource Center on the first floor of the Plaza Suites building in High Point.
NAHFA said Tepperman is active on the association's RetailerNow editorial committee. Gunn participated in a panel discussion during the group's merger process earlier this year, a move that brought together the National Home Furnishings Assn., the Western Home Furnishings Assn. and the Home Furnishings Independents Assn. retailer organizations.
"We know the wealth of knowledge and experience that Andrew and David have will add to the strength and innovation of this impressive team of entrepreneurs," said NAHFA CEO Sharron Bradley.
Howard Haimsohn, of San Diego's Lawrance Contemporary and NAHFA chairman, said the addition of Tepperman and Gunn "will bring added experience to the organization."
"Both of these leaders have a strong retail background along with industry respect and credibility," he said. "They share the commitment and the vision of building an organization dedicated to helping all home furnishings retailers to become more successful."
The association said it has developed "collaborative teams" of board members and NAHFA staff, working on issues identified as "imperative to the growth and prosperity of its members." Tepperman will serve on the member relations team and Gunn will be on the partner relations team.
"We have already seen action on team projects," Bradley said. "This uncompromised focus creates an agility that was not achievable prior to the merger of the three organizations."
At the membership meeting, Haimsohn and NAHFA President Rick Howard of Sklar Furniture in Boca Raton, Fla., will recap the past six months and provide a look at the organizations future direction.
The meeting will be followed by a "State of the Industry Address" by Jerry Epperson of Richmond, Va.-based Mann, Armistead & Epperson, in the resource center's seminar room.
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