• Thomas Russell

Heritage Home taps McCray for high-end division

St. Louis - Heritage Home Group has named Gary McCray senior vice president of its Designer Brand Sales division, a new position.
     McCray was most recently president of Lane Venture, one of several companies under the Heritage Home umbrella.
     Heritage Home was formed by KPS Capital Management, which recently acquired various assets of the former Furniture Brands International, including Broyhill, Drexel Heritage, Henredon, Hickory Chair, Lane, La Barge, Maitland-Smith, Pearson and Thomasville.
     In his new role, McCray will report to Ira Glazer, president and CEO of Heritage Home. He also will lead the sales organization that supports the company's Henredon, Drexel Heritage, Hickory Chair, Lane Venture, Pearson and LaBarge brands.
     In a statement, Glazer said, "As we begin the process of transforming Heritage Home Group into an industry leader, we are pleased to promote Gary McCray to this important position leading sales on behalf of many of our iconic brands. Gary is a well-respected industry veteran and we believe he will be very successful in this new position given his strong track record at Lane Venture."
     McCray said he looks forward to his new role at the company.
     "Our brands have incredible growth potential, and I am excited to build a sales organization that will enable us to most efficiently deliver our products to customers," he said in a statement.
     McCray joined Venture Furniture, one of Lane Venture's predecessors, in 1979 in the engineering and product development area. He has been president of Lane Venture since 2008 and has been involved in all areas of the business, the company said. He also serves as vice chairman of the International Casual Furniture Assn.
     The announcement marks the first new hire KPS has made at the executive level at Heritage Home's individual brands. Dan Bradley, who formerly headed up the Designer Brand unit, resigned effective Dec. 6. It was unclear whether the company plans to fill this position.
     At the time, Bradley, an industry veteran who was formerly held executive roles at Baker and Ferguson Copeland, said he planned to stay in the industry, but did not reveal any further specific plans.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, FurnitureToday

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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