HIGHLIGHT – The US Home Furnishings Hall of Fame has received a $ 1 million investment in the Wanek Family and Ashley Furniture Inds Building Fund. for the home of the Center for Leadership at High Point.
“The furniture industry is changing; we have to be quick and to the point to stay competitive, ”said Todd Wanek, President and CEO of Ashley. “We are making exponential investments in our own business and investing $ 1 million in this project as a center of leadership to become a catalyst for concrete change in the industry. We want this project to provide a transformative spark through executive training that will lead us to future opportunities as a country and as an industry.
“Education is a critical part of our country’s success in the global marketplace,” added Ron Wanek, Founder and Chairman of Ashley. “In order to secure our country’s position as a global leader in advanced technology and manufacturing, we must continue to evolve ourselves, our business and our industry. We believe this investment will create educational partnerships in an industry that we love and that has given so much to each of us.
The Center for Leadership will provide a platform for education, networking and inspiration. The plans call for exploring new technologies, new techniques and all the future holds to improve the quality of decisions made across our industry for generations to come.
“We are deeply grateful to the Wanek family and Ashley Furniture Inds. for the vision they bring to this project, ”said Karen McNeill Pond, CEO of the Hall of Fame. “Their leadership and partnership will be instrumental in helping us fulfill this mission. “
Fundraising donors include: the Wanek family and Ashley Furniture Industries; Bill and Carolyn Hinks, Furniture Mart USA; International market centers; Lacquer Craft USA; Manwah; Karen McNeill and Stephen Pond; Bill and Candy Fenn; Roger and Martha Bland; Michael Amini, AICO; Aminy Audi, L. & JG Stickley; The Broyhill Keith Koenig Family Foundation, City Furniture; Chad Spencer, the Dufresne Spencer group; Hooker Furniture; Bill and Julia Wittenberg; Schwarz Properties; Patrick Cory, Joseph Cory Holdings LLC; Hassell Franklin, Franklin Corporation; Markor; Nebraska Furniture Market; Nourison Industries; The BB&T Foundation; Donald Belgrade; Andy Bernstein, FurnitureDealer.Net; John Bray, Vanguard Furniture Company Inc .; Bobby Bush; Jeff Child, RC Willey; Randy Coconis, Meubles Coconis; Bruce and Kena Cohenour; J. Don Coleman, Coleman Consulting LLC; the DRIVE Foundation; Jerry Epperson; Mickey Holliman, five stars; Fred Feinbloom; The Furniture Foundation; David Gebhart, Global Views; Lyle Harris, this is the house; Haverty furniture companies; The Ina Mae Kaplan Historical Preservation Fund; Bill and Sue Kimbrell; Amir Loloi, Loloi Rugs; New Atlantic construction; Norwalk Furniture; Phillips Collection; Martin and Mary Ann Ploy; Prestigious arts / Artistic trends; Laurent Rogers; Will Somers; Jim Sneed, Affordable Furniture; and Imogene Zimmerman.