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Five New Industry Experts Inducted in American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame

Five influential industry leaders will be inducted into the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame on October 27 during the High Point Market. The new inductees joining the current 134 members are Joseph P. Cory Sr., former chairman of Cory 1st Choice Home Delivery; Thomas Day, designer and cabinetmaker; Steven F. Elton, chief brand curator of Brown Jordan; Bob McCreary, founder of McCreary Modern; and Clarence H. Smith, chairman and CEO of Havertys Furniture.

“This year’s impressive group of inductees represents a broad spectrum of superior accomplishments and enduring excellence from across the industry, including manufacturing, retail, design, outdoor, and transportation,” said Steve Rusing, president of the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation Board of Directors. “These five leaders have positively impacted the industry in a multitude of ways and, through their achievements, provide exceptional role models for future leaders building their careers in the dynamic world of home furnishings.”

A seven-member selection committee, composed of representatives from diverse segments of the industry, chose this year’s inductees based on their contributions to the growth and development of the home furnishings industry in the U.S. The committee uses a points-based evaluation system grounded on four foundations: enduring excellence, superior accomplishments, innovation and creativity, and philanthropic generosity.

“Our independent selection committee, which maintains the highest standards, thoughtfully and thoroughly researches candidates from across the home furnishings industry to determine the annual honorees,” Rusing said. “All five of this year’s inductees have had a significant, far-reaching impact on our industry. They epitomize the innovation, enduring excellence, and other elements of success required to achieve our industry’s highest honor.”

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