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Vaughan-Bassett's Wyatt Bassett elected chairman of AHFA board

Paul Toms Jr. of Hooker Furniture receives Distinguished Service Award
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MIAMI — Wyatt Bassett, president and CEO of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture, was elected 2013 chairman of the American Home Furnishings Alliance board of directors during the group's 2012 annual meeting here.

In addition, the AHFA presented its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, to Paul Toms Jr., CEO of Hooker Furniture.

Joining Bassett on the slate of officers is George Revington, CEO of Home Meridian International, who has moved to first vice chairman and Kevin Sauder, president and CEO of Sauder Woodworking, who was elected second vice chairman. Ralph Scozzafava, chairman and CEO of Furniture Brands International, will move to immediate past-chairman of the board.

 Hooker Furniture’s Paul Toms Jr., right, accepts the Distinguished Service Award from the American Home Furnishings Alliance’s Andy Counts.Hooker Furniture’s Paul Toms Jr., right, accepts the Distinguished Service Award from the American Home Furnishings Alliance’s Andy Counts.

All the new officers will assume their posts on Jan. 1.

Executives newly elected to three-year terms on the board include Roger Bland, Southern Motion; Andy Bray, Vanguard Furniture; Gat Caperton, Gat Creek; Doug Collier, La-Z-Boy; Jeff Cook, A.R.T. Furniture; Allan Palecek, Palecek; Glenn Prillaman, Stanley Furniture; Henry Vanderminden IV, Telescope Casual; and Todd Wanek, Ashley Furniture.

Toms, grandson of Hooker Furniture founder Clyde Hooker Sr., pursued a career in business and finance before stepping in as the third generation to lead the Martinsville, Va.-based furniture manufacturer.

"A man's life is a mosaic of many endeavors and opportunities - family, church, country, community, industry and service to others," Vaughan-Bassett Chairman John D. Bassett III said in presenting the award to Toms. "While some excel in just a few of these areas, few excel in all of them. The exception is honored here."

The award recognizes Toms for his leadership of his company, contributions to improving the quality of life and education in his region, and making a significant impact in the home furnishings industry. He served as chairman of AHFA in 2007 and was chairman of the High Point Market Authority from 2003 to 2006. He also was on the board of trustees for High Point University and was a director for the Harvest Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing challenges in health, education and community vitality in Martinsville and Henry County, Va.

AHFA's Distinguished Service Award has been presented annually for the past 46 years. Recipients are noted for their contributions to the industry, to the AHFA and to their communities.

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