Art Van hires Durkin for new franchise development post

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WARREN, Mich. — Art Van Furniture has hired retail veteran Keri Durkin as vice president franchise development.

In the new position, Durkin is responsible for accelerating the growth and leading the operations of the Top 100 company’s franchise division. She reports to Steve Glucksman, senior vice president of business development.

Durkin most recently was with Ashley HomeStore, where she was senior vice president of licensee operations. She previously held senior leadership roles at Sears Hometown Stores, World Kitchen and Kohl’s.

“Keri is a franchising champion and embraces her role with enthusiasm, conquers challenges with smart strategy and has a stellar history of success,” said Art Van President and CEO Kim Yost. “Her expertise and dynamic leadership style are invaluable to Art Van Furniture as we continue to grow our franchise system.”

Durkin said she has “long admired the talent and tenacity of the company as well as its leadership team,” adding, “Big plans are under way to drive further growth for Art Van and our franchise partners.”

Warren, Mich.-based Art Van operates more than 120 stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa.

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