Since this is an article about markets, some memorable ones come to mind. How about early 60’s when the Furniture Plaza Building just opened and I was running back and forth from Bernhardt in Lenoir, over to High Point depending on the flow of major buyers. We were sitting in Kingsley space listening to the progression of the Cuban Missile Crisis! Needless to say, it was hard to focus a customer’s interest on a $150 sofa. Or how about 1987 when the stock market dropped 20% and was predicted to go into depression? Talk about tough sledding! There are so many other interesting little tidbits. I was representing Silver Tables when the news came during the early days of the show that their new plant in Knoxville had burned to the ground. That actually led me to be recruited by John St John to join Pilliod Cabinet Company. From that association I joined the Progressive team and never looked back. A couple of other tragic surprises were when the Berkline sales force showed up to find that the private equity folks had drained the company and shut the doors. Once again, the good news was Bob Bruns made lemonade from lemons by combining with Mark Holmes to start the world leader in mas-sage products: Cozzia. So most of the 120 or so Southern markets are rather commonplace, but thought you might like to hear some of the more exciting chapters! Anyway, as always, I am charged to be with friends on both sides of the distribution chain in another exciting week in High Point, NC.
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