Michael Delgatti to Retire from Senior Executive Role at Hooker
Michael Delgatti, who has been in leadership roles with some of the industry’s top brands since the 1980s and a senior executive at Hooker Furniture (HFC) since 2009, will retire in early February 2020, making this his last High Point Market in an official capacity with the company.Currently President of Hooker Domestic Upholstery brands and Emerging Channels, Delgatti has previously served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Sales, Executive Vice President and President of Hooker Upholstery and President of HFC. Prior to joining HFC, he spent over 25 years at major furniture brands Lane and Broyhill, where he served in executive sales, merchandising and operations roles. He also served as President of Clayton-Marcus and Southern Furniture.
Speaking of Delgatti’s contributions at the Company, CEO Paul B. Toms Jr. said, “Mike’s been a Godsend, joining our company during the worst recession of our lifetimes and helping us through that difficult period in numerous ways. He has contributed on so many levels in the 10 years he’s been here. First, he led merchandising at Bradington-Young, then led our domestic upholstery companies, and also our casegoods for several years. Today, the emerging channels of e-commerce, interior design, international sales and H Contract all report to him. It’s been great to have Mike’s steady hand at the helm, upholstery expertise in a primarily case goods company and to benefit from his great relationships across the industry,” Toms said. Reflecting on his years in the furniture industry, Delgatti said the overwhelming emotion he has is gratefulness. “It’s a great industry with a bright future, despite challenges in the last several years,” he said. “I feel so thankful to have worked here for one of the best companies in the industry, one that I feel has its brightest years still ahead,” he said. One of the accomplishments he’s most proud of is “the opportunity to have been with Hooker during the Great Recession. It was a tremendous learning and growing experience, and it was gratifying to be part of helping the company come through that experience even stronger.”Hooker will announce its plan for replacing Delgatti early next year.
About Hooker Furniture: Incorporated in 1924, Hooker Furniture is one of the most respected furniture brands in the world. The company’s 2016 acquisition of Home Meridian International (HMI) ranks Hooker as one of the top five sources for the U.S. furniture market. An importer of residential wood and metal furniture and a manufacturer and importer of upholstered furniture, Hooker Furniture is based in Martinsville, Va. Major wood furniture categories include bedroom, dining, accent, home entertainment and home office furniture in the upper-medium price points sold under the Hooker Furniture brand. Hooker’s residential upholstered seating companies include Hickory, N.C.-based Bradington-Young, a specialist in upscale motion and stationary leather furniture, Bedford, Va.-based Sam Moore Furniture, specializing in fashion upholstery with an emphasis on cover-to-frame customization, and Martinsville, Va.-based Shenandoah Furniture, an upscale upholstery company specializing in private-label sectionals, modular, sofas, chairs and beds in the upper-medium price points. The Hooker Upholstery brand offers imported leather upholstery in the upper medium price range. The Home Meridian division addresses more moderate price points and channels of distribution. HMI brands include Pulaski Furniture, Samuel Lawrence Furniture, Prime Resources, Accentrics Home, Sourcing Solutions Group, Right 2 Home and Samuel Lawrence Hospitality.
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