Castelle names executive vice president of sales

Industry veteran Mark Stephens takes on the role

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Castelle announces that industry veteran Mark Stephens has joined the company as executive vice president of sales. In this role, Stephens will work with the Castelle network of regional directors and independent territory managers and oversee sales flow and growth of the line nationwide.

“Mark is a consummate professional with immense knowledge from years of working in the home category,” said Derek Ritzel, president and CEO of Castelle. “With more than 10 years of experience within Furniture Brands International (FBI) and subsequently the Heritage Home Group, Mark is poised to make an immediate impact on our business. We look to Mark to offer his extensive industry insight and provide our customers and our sales team with ongoing direction and leadership.”

Stephens joins Castelle following his tenure as vice president of sales for the Heritage Home Group, the company that encompasses the assets of Furniture Brands International (FBI) including Lane, Broyhill, Thomasville, Drexel, Henredon and outdoor furniture brand Lane Venture. His experience within the home category previously included vice president of sales and marketing for FBI. In 2011, Mark was promoted to president of Broyhill Furniture, returning the iconic furniture brand to growth and
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profitability.

“I look forward to joining such an industry leader as Castelle and for the opportunity to build and grow upon the success the company has realized within the casual furnishings segment,” said Stephens. “With Castelle’s dedication to providing clients with innovative products and advanced customer service, I’m looking forward to being a part of Castelle’s growth strategy to further enhance its strong position in the market.”

Stephens is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in communication. He currently resides in Summerfield, N.C., with his wife, Ellen, and their five sons. He will relocate to South Florida.

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