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Benton, Ballard leave executive posts at Oasis Home Collections

Bill BentonBill Benton
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Industry veterans Bill Benton and Scott Ballard have left full-time executive roles at Oasis Home Collections to pursue other opportunities in the home furnishings industry.

Joyce Kuo, business director, confirmed that Benton, group president, left the company May 26. She added that Ballard, who previously handled merchandising and business development, has accepted a position in the hospitality industry while continuing to do freelance product design work for the company.

“It is his strength, and he enjoys it and does a great job with it,” she said of Ballard. “His passion and focus is product development. That is where he emphasized he wanted to spend his time, and that works for us too since he continues to work for us, just in a different capacity.”

Ballard was not available for comment.

Kuo noted that Benton, who was with the company since mid-2016, left on good terms. “It was purely due to a difference in vision related to the growth of the company,” she said. “We continue to be in touch, and we wish each other the best.”

Benton said that after just a short period of time with the company, “it was obvious our business philosophies and growth initiatives were not compatible, but we left each other on good terms.”

While declining to provide specifics, Benton said he plans to stay in the furnishings industry.

Kuo said that the company is actively seeking a replacement to fill the vacant positions.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, Furniture Today
trussell@furnituretoday.com

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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