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Art Van Furniture Names Keri Durkin Vice President Franchise Development

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Retail veteran Keri Durkin has joined Art Van Furniture as vice president franchise development. The announcement was made by Kim Yost, president and CEO of Art Van Furniture.

In this newly created role, Durkin is responsible for accelerating the growth and leading the operations of the company’s franchise division. She reports to Steve Glucksman, senior vice president of business development.

“Keri is a franchising champion and embraces her role with enthusiasm, conquers challenges with smart strategy and has a stellar history of success,” said Yost. “Her expertise and dynamic leadership style are invaluable to Art Van Furniture as we continue to grow our franchise system.”

Durkin comes to Art Van Furniture from Ashley HomeStore, where she held the position of senior vice president of licensee operations. She previously held numerous senior leadership roles at Sears Hometown Stores, World Kitchen and Kohl’s.

“It is a professional thrill to join Art Van Furniture to help steer franchising growth at this iconic retailer,” said Durkin. “I’ve long admired the talent and tenacity of the company as well as its leadership team. Big plans are under way to drive further growth for Art Van and our franchise partners.”

Durkin holds of bachelor of arts degree in communications from the University of Wisconsin. 

More about Art Van Furniture: Art Van Furniture is the Midwest's largest furniture retailer. The company operates more than 120 stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, including freestanding Art Van PureSleep mattress stores, Art Van Flooring stores, Art Van Furniture franchise locations and Scott Shuptrine Interiors, the interior design division of Art Van Furniture, as well as a full-service e-commerce website. Founded in 1959, the company is headquartered in Warren, Mich. Visit artvan.com for more information. For more information, visit artvan.com

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