Joe Johnston elected AHFA board chair

The American Home Furnishings Alliance has announced that Joe Johnston, chief executive officer of Johnston Casuals Furniture in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, was elected 2023 chair of the AHFA board of directors during the organization’s annual meeting in Sea Island, Georgia, Nov. 3-6.

Joe Johnston

Johnston is joined on the Executive Committee by Nathan Cressman of Magnussen Home in Greensboro, North Carolina, as first vice chair; and Andy Bray of Vanguard Furniture in Hickory, North Carolina, as second vice chair. Roger Bland, president and CEO of Southern Motion in Pontotoc, Mississippi, continues on the Executive Committee as immediate past chair.


Executives named to new three-year terms on the AHFA board include Edward Audi, Stickley Furniture; Mark Franklin, Franklin Furniture; Sean O’Connor, Universal Furniture; Veronica Schnitzius, American Leather; Luke Simpson, Durham Furniture; and Henry Vanderminden IV, Telescope Casual Furniture.

Continuing on the board with terms expiring at the end of 2024 are Steve Elton, Brown Jordan; Fred Henjes, Riverside Furniture; Steve Lehman, Smith Brothers of Berne; Neill Robinson, Legacy Classic | Modern Furniture; and Melinda Whittington, La-Z-Boy Inc.

Board members with terms expiring at the end of 2023 are Caroline Hipple, Norwalk Furniture; Jeremy Hoff, Hooker Furniture; Allan Palecek, Palecek; and Todd Wanek, Ashley Furniture Industries.

Eddie Massood, Massood Logistics, and Andrew Wright, Smith-Leonard, are the 2023 representatives on the board from AHFA’s Solution Partners division.

The AHFA, based in High Point, represents more than 200 leading furniture manufacturers and distributors, plus about 120 suppliers to the furniture industry worldwide.

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