PFP Founder, Gene Rosenberg inducted into Hall of Fame!
As reported in Furniture Today…
The sold-out event, which marked the Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary, was hosted by Adriana Hoyos, international designer of interiors and furniture.HIGH POINT — Industry leaders John Bassett III, Hassel Franklin and Eugene Rosenberg were named the newest members of the American Furniture Hall of Fame at a market banquet last night.
“The diversity of the slate this year was representative of the breadth of our industry and the richness of our leadership. Every person on the slate is to be greatly honored and appreciated,” said George
Cartledge III, president of the American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation. “We applaud the foundation’s Industry Fellow Selection Committee worked diligently to find the very best candidates that each represents enduring excellence, superior accomplishments, innovation and creativity, and philanthropic generosity in their time, talents and resources.”
In addition to the inductees, the Hall of Fame also honored nominees Aminy I. Audi, chairman and CEO of manufacturer L. & J.G. Stickley; designer Milo Ray Baughman Jr., a pioneer of the mid-century modern style; and A. Leon Capel, an innovator in the rug industry who led Capel Inc. until his retirement in 2005.
Rosenberg is a founder of Top 100 store Bob’s Discount Furniture, based in Manchester, Conn., and Planned Furniture Promotions, and a partner in the revival of Boyles furniture. In 1962, he co-founded Gene Rosenberg Associates (GRA), now called Planned Furniture Promotions, which has assisted over 6,000 retailers with high impact sales that have enabled retailers to survive, reorganize or close without extensive debt. In 1991, he co-founded Bob’s Discount Furniture. Dedicated to assisting those in need, he founded Camp Rising Sun for children stricken with cancer and the Bob’s Discount Furniture Foundation, which benefits dozens of children’s charities and other charitable groups.
Platinum level Hall of Fame sponsors are AICO/Amini Innovations, Ashley Furniture Inds., La-Z-Boy and Zenith Global Logistics.
Gold sponsors include Art Van Furniture, Berkshire Hathaway Furniture Cos., Casana Furniture, FEI Marketing, HSM, Leggett & Platt, Palliser Furniture Ltd., Sealy, United Furniture Inds./Simmons Upholstery and Vaughan-Bassett Furniture.
Silver sponsors are American Leather, A.R.T. Furniture, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Castro Convertibles, Culp Inc., El Dorado Furniture, Flexsteel Inds., Homelegance, Klaussner Furniture Inds., Planned Furniture Promotions, Raymour & Flanigan Furniture, Simmons Bedding Co., Haverty Furniture Cos. and Stein World.
Copper sponsors are Carpenter Co., CR Laine Furniture Co., Furniture World, Grand Home Furnishings, International Market Centers, Kittle’s Home Furnishings Center, Rooms To Go, L. & J.G. Stickley, Samson Holding, Schnadig International, Steinreich Communications, Therapedic International, Watkins and Shepard Trucking and Wolf Furniture/Allegheny Furniture Consignment.