Vanguard Furniture Reorganizes Casegoods Team

  •    Author: Mike Jasfer

Vanguard recently reorganized its development team to focus individualized talent on innovation, productivity and design. All positions will report to Andy Bray, President of the organization. In making this announcement, Bray said “the typical furniture management structure no longer reflects the needs of the business. There is no longer a straight line from design to marketplace. It is a serpentine path that involves specialized knowledge and talents and places a premium on interpersonal relations and cultural understanding.”
He added, “Vanguard is in the design and fashion as much as it is in the  furniture  business. This is further complicated by the increased importance of global sourcing and supply chain management, the integration of multiple designers, and the complexities assembling and finishing parts from different locations. New talent requires both hard technical skills and soft interpersonal relationships.”
Vanguard recently hired industry veteran Carl Bundy as Vice President of Case Goods Product Development and Merchandising. He is responsible for casegoods development after product engineering. Prior to joining Vanguard, he was VP of product development at Caracole and has worked in similar capacities at Fine Furniture, Drexel Heritage and Lexington Home Brands. Over his 30-year furniture career development has evolved from mostly domestic manufacturing to primarily global sourcing today.
Randy Sigmon has been promoted to Director of Casegoods Operations from Quality Control Manager of casegoods. In his new role, he is responsible for the day to day casegoods operations at Vanguard. Prior to joining Vanguard, he spent 32 years at Bernhardt and Hickory Chair in case goods management.
Megan Barrett has been promoted to Director of Design. In her new role, she will coordinate the creation of designs, both internally and with outside designers such as Michael Weiss and Thom Filicia. Prior to joining Vanguard Ms. Barrett was Director of Design at Sherrill Furniture and a lead designer at Heritage Home Group. She is also the Recipient of the WithIt 2017 “WOW Future Leader Award”, bestowed upon a woman who demonstrates outstanding achievement and potential to become an industry leader.
About Vanguard Furniture: Vanguard
Furniture is a manufacturer and marketer of case goods and upholstery.
It is a family held company, employing 600 associates and operates out
of six manufacturing buildings in Hickory, North Carolina, and a
40,000+-square foot showroom in High Point, NC and its newest
manufacturing location in Hillsville, Virginia. Its mission is to lead
home furnishings in style, value and service with a vision to enrich
lives through custom-crafted furniture. Vanguard is a founding member of
the Sustainable Furniture Council and its green initiatives include
recycling 95% of all post manufacturing waste; recycling paper, fabric
scraps, metal, wood scrap, plastic and corrugated products. The showroom
is located at 301 N Hamilton St, in High Point. For more information,
visit www.vanguardfurniture.com.

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