Former Century CEO Schenk to advise Durham Furniture
Michael J. Knell -- Furniture Today, July 15, 2013
DURHAM, Ontario - Industry veteran Eric Schenk has entered into an agreement with Durham Furniture to serve as a strategic adviser to Gord Dilworth, the solid wood case goods producer's president and CEO.
Until he retired in April, Schenk had a 40-year career at full-line producer Century Furniture, where he was name chief operating officer in 2000 and CEO in 2010.
"Eric brings a very unique perspective to Durham having spent 40 years in the luxury furniture market," Dilworth said in a statement. "Our plans are to get Eric involved in all aspects of Durham Furniture, from product development to sales and distribution to marketing and manufacturing. Immediately, we will focus on product and the expansion of our offerings to our retail partners."
In a related announcement, Dilworth said Dave Pinamonti, who was named vice president of business development in January 2011, has left company. He recently joined case goods resource Somerton Dwelling as executive vice president.
For the time being, Schenk will assume many of Pinamonti's responsibilities in the product development area while Dilworth will supervise the sales effort. The company will launch a search for a new sales manager shortly.
"We see many different opportunities to strengthen Durham's position in North America," says Schenk. "I look forward to becoming involved with the Durham family."
Founded in 1899, the privately held Durham saw explosive growth in the late 1990s, but like other Canadian furniture companies was hard hit when the Canadian dollar started gaining value against its U.S. counterpart. Since emerging from court-ordered protection in 2009, Durham has been rebuilding its business and last year launched Perfect Balance, a line of smaller scaled bedroom furniture for the condo market.