Comings & Goings | Mar 12, 2014 |
Comings & Goings: Design professionals on the move
Boh staff
By Staff

The design industry is full of new and changing faces. Editor at Large is tracking who's coming and who's going. Below are a few changes of note.

Furniture manufacturing and retail

Jay Reardon, formerly the President of Hickory Chair, will join Chaddock as Chairman of the Executive Committee and member of Board of Directors, effective immediately. In partnership with the company's President and CEO Tom Powell, Reardon will advise the company on implementing a growth and development plan. Chaddock is a privately-held American furniture company in Morganton, NC, with designer collections including David Easton, Larry Laslo and Dave Hinckley. Mary McDonald for Chaddock will launch at the April 2014 furniture market.

Randy Wells will join Gloster America in the newly created post of CEO. Wells most recently served as Stanley Furniture’s VP, Creative and Brand Development. He will report to Angelo van Tol, Chairman of the Gloster Group board. Wells will lead a team which includes Eric Parsons, President and Director of Retail and Trade Sales; Pamela Clark, Director of Contract Sales; Philip Behrens, Product Development Manager; and John Nelson, CFO and COO.

Richard Chilcott has been promoted to CEO of J. Robert Scott, a company founded and led by interior designer Sally Sirkin Lewis. Chilcott joined the company in 2009 as COO. 

Avery Boardman President Dennis Scully has hired Lori Decker as Sales Manager. She was most recently the Assistant General Manager at Lillian August, and prior to that she that was the Company Sales Manager at Ligne Roset.

Moore & Giles announced that Matt Buckley has joined the company as its Senior VP, Sales and Strategic Development. In this newly created position, Buckley’s responsibility will be to develop, implement and manage a global vision and growth strategy for the company’s hospitality, aviation and high-end residential design markets. Most recently, Buckley was the VP, Contract Sales for Design Within Reach, and prior to that, he was VP, Sales for Edelman Leather.

Vic Carlson has joined Hunter Douglas as Senior VP, Marketing and will report directly to President and COO Ron Kass. Jim Mathews, who previously held the position, is retiring after 25 years with the company. Prior to his appointment, Carlson was VP, Consumer Marketing and Digital Commerce at Panasonic of North America, based in Secaucus, N.J.

Chairish announced notable hires including Giacomo DiGrigoli, formerly of One Kings Lane, as VP, Product; Jae Hah, formerly of Fab and Design Within Reach, as VP, Merchandising & Sales; Mugs Buckley, formerly of Federated Media, as Head of Media Partnerships; Jennifer Rivas, formerly of Piperlime, as Head of Publicity; and Jennifer Olsen, formerly Crate and Barrel, as an advisor. Giacomo, Jae, Mugs and Jen will join the company’s staff at its headquarters in San Francisco, bringing the Chairish team to 25 people.

Thos. Moser hired interior designer Katia Graytok to lead its Manhattan Showroom. A three-time American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) award winner, and a Designers Challenge Award Winner: Kitchen Renovation and Interior Design for HGTV, Graytok has also appeared on The Discovery Channel and The Today Show.

In media and PR

Andrew Joseph PR has hired Jenny Melendez to join its team. Melendez has worked in set design, architecture, interior design, visual merchandising, graphic design and marketing. 

Interior design and architecture

Stonehill & Taylor has hired Vince Stroop to be the new principal of its hospitality design team. Stroop has worked for hospitality brands including Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Intercontinental Hotels, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Marriott International, MGM Resorts International, Kerzner International Resorts, and Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Faulkner Design Group, an interior architecture and design firm based in Dallas, and with offices in Phoenix and Portland, Ore., has added Carlos Tripp to its Phoenix office as its newest Associate. Before joining FDG, Tripp was an Architect Designer at BRR Architecture in Phoenix.

Non-profit organizations

Five new members have joined the board of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, an advocate for the responsible sourcing, manufacturing, marketing and sale of residential furnishings: Gat Caperton, president and CEO of Caperton Furnitureworks; Alexander Elkan, an environmental lawyer and Partner at Brooks Pierce; Brooke Feldman, Digital Marketing Coordinator for Nourison; Albert A. Gore III, former VP, Business Development and Sustainability for Strategic Capital Partners LLC; and Sean Sullivan, Group Marketing Director with Hearst Design Group and Associate Publisher of House Beautiful, ELLE Decor and Veranda.

WithIt, the women’s leadership development network serving the home and furnishings industries, has named its 2014 Board of Directors: Kimberley Wray, co-founder of WithIt; Dorian Sims, President of Stacy Furniture; Anita Wimmer, VP and Controller at Stanley Furniture; and Cindi Williams, director of marketing and events at North American Home Furnishings Association. Sara Lyke remains WithIt’s executive director and Amy VanDorp is membership/media manager.


Sales and marketing executive Kate Shanley has been named Sales Consultant for art + design new york, which debuts with a VIP preview on Wednesday, May 7, at 82 Mercer Street in SoHo. The announcement was made on February 13 by the fair's director Donna Davies.

Gretchen Aubuchon of Fashion+Décor will act as a consultant to support the International Market Center's marketing efforts and foster collaboration between its brands and industry leaders.

Comings and goings we missed? Drop us a line at ssnowden@editoratlarge.com and let us know!

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