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A Gathering Of Leaders

Our industry’s best meet at the American Home Furnishings Hall Of Fame Induction Celebration

If you’ve ever wanted to spend some time with the most exceptional individuals in home furnishings, mark your calendar for 5:30pm on Sunday, October 15. “The American Home Furnishings Hall Of Fame Induction Celebration is the industry’s biggest networking event,” says Bob Maricich, president of the Hall of Fame Foundation board of directors.

“We’re an inclusive organization of leaders in every segment and facet of the industry,” Maricich says. “We hope those who view themselves as leaders – or envision themselves becoming leaders – will attend and become inspired by the stories of these exceptionally accomplished individuals.”

2017 Honorees

Induction into the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame is our industry’s most coveted honor. This year’s celebration will honor the lives and work of Donald H. Flanders, Sr., founder and chairman of Lloyd Flanders, Inc.; Vladimir Kagan, contemporary furniture designer; Samuel Kuo, cofounder and chairman of Samson Holding Ltd.; and Bernard D. Moray, chairman of Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design.

“We look forward to honoring these four extraordinary leaders, each of whom has transformed the home furnishings industry in powerful and significant ways,” says Bob Maricich. “Throughout their careers, each has demonstrated ongoing excellence and innovation in his field and has earned the respect of both colleagues and competitors.”

Keynote Speaker

Gen. Colin Powell, USA (Ret), will deliver an inspirational message on leadership. “I can’t think of a better way to honor our Hall of Fame inductees than to have an inspiring, globally recognized leader like Gen. Powell deliver our keynote address,” Maricich says. “We believe Gen. Powell’s message will inspire each of us to greater leadership, and will be the launch of an initiative to go beyond celebrating leadership to creating future leaders.”

Musical Guest

Kicking off the evening will be the legendary musical group, The 5th Dimension. Known for five number one hits, 22 Top 40 hits, six Grammy Awards, and sales of more than 20 million records worldwide, they are famed as one of the defining groups of the late 1960s.

Special Celebrity Guests

Adding an extra touch of star power, Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress Jane Seymour; model, actress, and entrepreneur Kathy Ireland; famed entertainer Donny Osmond; and popular television personality Rachael Ray will join the festivities. Plus, for the first time ever, guests will gather for an After Party, following the induction dinner.

As always, this special event promises to be an elegant, inspiring, and fun gathering of the individuals who are creating our industry’s future. Extending a welcome to all home furnishings professionals, Maricich says, “We invite the whole industry to come together and celebrate leadership at its best.”

The Event

Hall of Fame Induction Celebration:
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Cocktail Reception, 5:30pm
Dinner, 6:30pm
After Party, 9:15pm
Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons
For Tickets, www.aspiretolead2017.com. Members, $250; Non-members, $300
Black tie optional