Meet the Team

Dedicated to Your Success

The IHFRA team is comprised of staff, executives, and a board of directors who work together with the common mission of helping furniture industry representatives thrive. 

Ray Allegrezza

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Allegrezza, the former Editor in Chief at Furniture/Today is well-versed in all aspects of this industry and even before joining IHFRA was a staunch advocate of the independent home furnishings rep. When he’s not at work, he can be found jamming his guitar at open mic night or playing gigs with one of his bands. He enjoys spending time with his family and tinkering with his Packard.

Steve Allegrezza

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Steve entered the home furnishings industry in 2013 after spending five years working at Apple, Inc. He’s had the privilege of working with some incredible companies including Summer Classics, Magnussen Home and ManWah, where his focus was E-Commerce growth and development. Since joining IHFRA in 2020, Steve has been instrumental in providing direction for the group’s digital strategies and initiatives. He is passionate about building relationships, problem solving and utilizing technology to help streamline processes. Outside of work Steve enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, playing hockey and volunteering with his church’s youth.

Bonnie Wallace

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Bonnie, a native High Pointer, has grown up in and around the furniture industry, and loves being a part of it. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from High Point College (University) with a concentration in Home Furnishings Marketing. When she isn’t keeping the books, helping members with benefits, or any other task for IHFRA, she loves gardening, jigsaw puzzles, sewing, and time spent with family and friends.

John Pinion

PRESIDENT

John holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and an MBA, from Thunderbird, School of Global Management. He resides in Cedar Park, Texas, with his wife, Michelle, and their two boys, Johnny and Austin. With over two decades of experience in territory management for interior and exterior furnishings, Pinion brings his extensive knowledge and passion for the furniture industry and its representatives to IHFRA.

Jonathan Schulman

CHAIRMAN

I’ve been in the furniture business since middle school having spent my summers as a volunteer worker at my father’s factory in Los Angeles. I learned the meaning of an honest day’s work in the industry by loading trucks, sweeping the docks and the factory floor in the hot LA summers.During lunch, I was allowed to come into the office and hang out with my dad in the air conditioned office and it was always fun to hear him interact with his reps that stopped by….Some of them are still in the biz today. I looked at those guys with their new Porsches, sharp clothes and country club tans and thought I could do that too.Later in college, I worked on the floor for one of my father’s customer’s in San Diego and realized I could sell. Feeding my entrepreneurial spirit, I opened my own store and then another, cornering the then lucrative RTA market selling computer desks and entertainment centers until I found some experienced partners and opened the third Ashley HomeStore in CA.After a few years, Ashley decided they wanted the entire state and bought our stores, which brought on the opportunity to finally have a chance to be a rep.The timing was right at AICO asthey were looking for someone in the area and I joined their team. I was there for ten years and was awarded several accolades including the coveted Rep of the Year.When my time at Aico ran it’s course, I became a multi line rep which brought the privilege of having my hands in lots of different categories such as sourcing, warranties and accessories. It’s been a lot of fun to work on unique projects as I continually endeavor to add value to my customer’s business.I have been on the Executive Committee since 2016 and have the distinction as the longest serving chairman in the history of IHFRA.

Harrison Rose

1ST VICE PRESIDENT

Harrison received his Bachelors of Business Administration from University of Wisconsin-Madison–School of Business. He has a commercial real estate background, but transitioned into the furniture business after the Great Recession. Over a decade after making this transition, he is now a seasoned Manufacturer’s Representative, working with multiple supply lines in both the residential and contract distribution channels. Harrison lives in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife Abby, and his three children,Georgia, Theo, and Sam.

Emmanuel Maurette

2ND VICE PRESIDENT

Emmanuel grew up in Toulouse, France, where he studied Marketing and Sales for 5 years. After graduating in Montreal, QC, he started working for INSPI, an innovative tech-company offering 3D solutions to the furniture manufacturers and retailers, in 2015. When he was offered to take the lead of the US subsidiary, he permanently moved to Florida and has been devoted to helping the furniture industry ever since!

Wendy Buzzard

SECRETARY/

TREASURER

I am experienced in selling and marketing directly to influencers, champions and decision makers. I build lasting relationships through identifying needs and then providing excellent service and communication.I have a strong desire to succeed through growing every territory’s sales. I enjoy coaching my team and helping them succeed in all that they do. I possess strong organization and territory planning skills to guide my team in goal setting and managing their business.  Specialties: I Like to build relationships with customers, sales reps and vendors. I like to find solutions that solve needs. I like to work with people and companies that have a vision and values that motivate their business success.

Jake Freedman

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

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Ed Myers

EMERITUS

I have been a Board Member of IHFRA since 2020 and I was fortunate to have served as IHFRA’s 71st President in 2009. I have remained active with IFRRA, as a Board of Director, plus I continue to advise IHFRA with their finances. I am currently employed at Jackson Furniture Industries, as a Vice President of Sales. Prior to that I spent 14 years with Broyhill Furniture and Zenith Global Logistics.  All  total I have been associated with the Furniture Industry for almost 50 years. 

Mike Root

EMERITUS

Hi, I’m Mike Root , president of Furniture Sales of Mid-America (www.furnituresales.biz), a furniture wholesale company representing multiple factories serving retailers in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain states. I was honored with the IHFRA Distinguished Service Award, am on the board of directors of the International Home Furnishings Representative’s Assn. and previously served six years on the executive committee. Our agency was started by my father in 1963 as a multi-line furniture rep firm. Over the years we have represented some of the more reputable firms in the home furnishings space. My father retired in 2020 at the age of 86, so those are big shoes to fill. I am a lifelong furniture guy with past experience in retail, rental and wholesale. I am blessed to have my son Jay now working in the business along with 5 other associates.

Tom Schuckert

EMERITUS

Schuckert worked in retail for 11 years and has been a sales representative for more than 50 years. He has been active with IHFRA both on the state level and nationally, having served as IHFRA’s 65th president in 2003.

Frank Lorenzo

DISTRICT CHAIR-

SOUTH

Lorenzo has been an independent sales representative since 1986 and has been a representative for AICO Furniture since 1993. In 2015, Lorenzo was elected as the 77th president of IHFRA.

Tommy Leflein

DISTRICT CHAIR-

NORTHEAST

Tommy is a REP’S REP! Almost 50 years on road with biggest name brand companies like  Thomasville, Stratford, Pennsylvania House, Rowe, Lexington and ART Furniture. Also Vice President of Sales for Berkline, Nourison and others. I was president and chairman of Ihfra and now district chairman of IHFRA. I am currently Vice President of GFMA of Ny/Nj. I was also President and chairman of Tri State furniture organization of Pennsylvania. Currently a sales rep for ART Furniture covering 8 states including all of New England, NY and Nj.

Warren Cancel

DISTRICT CHAIR –

WEST

Senior Business Developer, Full Spectrum Furniture Corp. – Lafayette, California. As a no-nonsense and innovative thinker, Warren utilizes his extensive experience in sales, sales management, importing, distribution and overall business operations in order to positively drive performance and develop creative win-win solutions.

Open Position

DISTRICT CHAIR-

MIDWEST

Tammy Nagem

ADJUNCT

Tammy Nagem has been with the High Point Market Authority since its formation 20 years ago. She has held many operational roles for the largest home furnishings market in the world and in January 2023 she will assume the President/CEO role. She has been Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for overseeing daily operations of theHigh Point Market, including transportation, security, entertainment, registration and all aspects of guest services since 2011. During her tenure at the Market Authority, the High Point Market has expanded its services to Market guests and put increased focus on customer service. She has made significant operational improvements so that the logistics of the show are effortless and the concentration is placed on the real focus of Market–new products and trends in home furnishings. Tammy enjoys being involved in her community and has served on many boards and advisory councils. She is a long-time member and past President of the Kiwanis Club of High Point and currently serves on the board for Piedmont Triad Ambulance & Rescue and High Point University’s Advisory Council for Home Furnishings & Design. Tammy holds a Master of Science Degree from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. In 2011 she received WithIt’sFuture Leader Award. She was also named High Point’s Business Woman of the Year in 2012 and last year was named to the Triad Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business. 

David Gunn

ADJUNCT

David Gunn serves as adjunct member of IHFRA’s Board of Directors. As a retailer, David understands the challenges facing our industry and provides a unique insight and perspective of how sales representatives can better serve their customers. David is based out of Texas and owns Knight Furniture.

We would love to hear from you

Whether you are a long time associate or a prospective IHFRA member, we would love to have you stop by the office and say hello. While you are here, grab a free breakfast, pick up some goodies, and chat with one of our staff about ways you can best be using your IHFRA benefits to save you thousands of dollars. 

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