IHFRA Names Steven Allegrezza Managing Director

HIGH POINT — Steven Allegrezza has been promoted to managing director of the International Home Furnishings Representatives Assn., a new position for the organization.


Steven Allegrezza

Steven Allegrezza

Formerly director of digital strategies and marketing, Allegrezza will retain responsibilities for the creation and implementation of digital events, podcasts, member training and IHFRA’s website, www.ihfra.org, but will now work closely with IHFRA’s Executive Director Ray Allegrezza on long-term, big-picture strategy and direction for the group, said IHFRA President John Pinion IV.

Bonnie Wallace, IHFRA’s operation manager, and Brandi Baker, director of membership, events and education, will now report to Steven Allegrezza.



IHFRA Weighs in on Biden Administration


Association leaders and analysts weigh in on the pros and cons of a Democrat-controlled Whitehouse and Congress

HIGH POINT — While acknowledging it’s a bit of a guessing game this early on, furniture industry association leaders and industry analysts see a fair amount of positives for the furniture industry under the new Joe Biden administration.


In interviews with Home News Now, they pointed to the possibility for new stimulus that could drive more business, to the potential calming of the trade tensions and a more nuanced approach to tariffs and trade concerns than the one witnessed under the former president. And they see all the economic benefits the industry stands to gain from the Biden administration’s emphasis and greater focus on getting the Covid-19 pandemic under control.



New tax on number of miles you drive? Incoming Transportation Secretary Buttigieg likes the idea

Buttigieg endorsed moving to a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) system as a presidential candidate.

Incoming Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has suggested taxing Americans for the number of miles they drive, a policy he endorsed as a Democratic presidential candidate.

The Biden Administration is actively searching for ways to fund its ambitious $1 trillion infrastructure plan.

Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., acknowledged "privacy concerns" related to implementing a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) system but said it should be considered as a potential replacement for the gas tax.


Business OF Home Magazine Interviews IHFRA’s Ray Allegrezza

Lead times are terrible. When will they get better?

For designers already sick of explaining to clients why their furniture is taking forever, here’s a fun new one: Your sofa might be sitting at the bottom of the ocean.

Last weekend, a California-bound cargo ship hit a patch of rough weather, and 750 containers were lost at sea. According to American Shipper, which covers the global supply chain and international transportation, the vessel—which is now being rerouted to Mexico so the damages can be assessed—was carrying more than 4,000 containers of furniture cargo, including goods from Amazon, Ikea and Williams-Sonoma. Such is the strange interconnected world of globalized logistics that rising barometric pressure over the Pacific Ocean can lead to an empty living room in Dayton, Ohio.


Hall of Fame Moves Induction Celebration to June 6

The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation has moved its Class of 2020 Induction Celebration, traditionally held during the October High Point Market, to Sunday, June 6 at the Sheraton Greensboro Four Seasons.

“We are moving our event along with the postponement of the April High Point Market to ensure that our 2020 Hall of Fame inductees will enjoy an evening worthy of the industry’s most prestigious honor,” says Caroline Hipple, president of the Foundation board of directors. “In an industry that thrives on relationships, the goal of our board is to create a safe, healthy world-class event for the family, business associates, peers, and members of the industry.





For Immediate Release Contact: Megan Streba, Director of Marketing mstreba@arthomefurnishings.com 828.429.9247


Ontario, CA (January 18, 2021)— A.R.T. Furniture, a division of Markor, is pleased to announce Doug Rozenboom to the position of president.

As president, Doug will be responsible for all company-wide operations including the coordination of busines activities among executive offices and the company’s High Point, NC showroom; customer service, warehouse and logistics functions located in Ontario, CA; and manufacturing and sourcing offices now fully based in Vietnam.

“Doug is a highly qualified industry veteran with rich and broad experience in multiple phases of our industry,” remarked Jeff Young, A.R.T. CEO. “Throughout the past year, Doug has played a critical role in the resurgence of the A.R.T. enterprise. Going forward, Doug is well positioned to oversee and direct the company’s continued expansion of its Vietnam case goods and upholstery manufacturing facilities.

“I’m honored to have this opportunity and look forward to sustaining the growth we have seen throughout 2020. The company is well-positioned as a relevant and preferred resource for higher style and exceptional value in the marketplace.” said Rozenboom.

Prior to his promotion, Doug has served for the past 2 1⁄2 years as A.R.T.’s Senior Vice President of Product Development and Merchandising. Young will continue his position as C.E.O for A.R.T. and Chief Branding Officer for Markor’s MIBD home furnishings division.

About A.R.T. Furniture:

USTR Releases Findings in Section 301 Investigation of Vietnam’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Currency Valuation



Washington, DC – The U.S. Trade Representative has issued findings in the Section 301 investigation of Vietnam’s acts, policies, and practices related to currency valuation, concluding that Vietnam ’s acts, policies, and practices including excessive foreign exchange market interventions and other related actions, taken in their totality, are unreasonable and burden or restrict U.S. commerce.  In making these findings, USTR has consulted with the Department of the Treasury as to matters of currency valuation and Vietnam’s exchange rate policy.



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RESCHEDULED! Northeast Furniture Market | Aug. 1 - 3, 2021

Every year, we look forward to connecting the Furniture Industry in-person at the Northeast Furniture & Accessory Market. But given concerns surrounding COVID-19, we’ve made the decision to postpone the event.

This was a difficult call to make – the Northeast Furniture Market is an incredibly important event for the Industry here in the Northeast -- but we needed to prioritize the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, and partners who help make the market a success.

Here's the Good News...

We were able to secure the dates of August 1 - 3, 2021 this year to showcase the region's many wholesale suppliers of furniture, bedding, and home decor!

In the meantime, thanks for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times -- and we look forward to welcoming you to the Northeast Furniture & Accessory Market, August 1 - 3, 2021 in Edison!.

See you at the Show!


Kevin McLaughlin

Show Director

MAC Expos, LLC