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NHFA Announces Retailers of the Year 2013: HW Home and Coconis Furniture

Furniture World News Desk on 2/4/2013

NHFA announced that HW Home in Denver, Colorado, led by Ron Werner and Jim Hering and Coconis Furniture in South Zanesville, Ohio, led by Randy Coconis, are the National Home Furnishings Association’s Retailers of the Year for 2013. HW Home is the honoree in the category of annual sales under $10 million while Coconis Furniture is the honoree with annual sales over $10 million.

NHFA’s prestigious Retailer of the Year Awards are presented annually at the Spring High Point Market Furniture Industry Awards Gala. This year’s Gala will be held on Monday, April 22, at 6:15 p.m. in the IHFC Ballroom, 11th Floor, Green Wing. Candidates were nominated by active members of the home furnishings industry. The recipients are selected for their outstanding contributions to the home furnishings industry, exemplary service to the community and personal business achievements. The awards, signified by crystal obelisks, are the highest honor the ninety-year old trade association can bestow upon a member.

Ron Werner and Jim Hering are the Co-founders and Owners of HW Home, Inc.; a Colorado based home furnishings retailer and design source. HW Home likes to say that the company lives in the Yes striving to deliver the highest level of customer service and satisfaction to its clients while simultaneously building trustworthy vendor relationships and supporting the company’s loyal team members with dignity and respect. Ron graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Economics and minor in Jewish Studies. Prior to forming HW Home in 1998 Ron was a Sr. Vice President of Investments with Smith Barney. Ron serves on various boards including The Alexander Muss High School in Israel, The Mathew Shepard Foundation, The Riverfront Park Community foundation, The Riverfront Park Association, and the National Home Furnishings Association. Jim graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Business and Political Science. Prior to forming HW Home in 1998 Jim was the General Manager of Holly Hunt’s Flagship Chicago showroom and was responsible for management of her showrooms and proprietary furniture collections. Before joining Holly Hunt, Mr. Hering was the production manager for Dennis & Leen, and Formations in Los Angeles. Jim is a board member of the Accessory Resource team and an avid tennis player.

HW Home first opened its doors for business on June 15, 1999 in Boulder, Colorado. The newly created lifestyle boutique was founded by Jim Hering & Ron Werner. The duo crafted the shop’s concept after visiting and assisting Werner’s sister with a home décor project during January 1998. During that visit they quickly realized that both Boulder and Denver were void of a chic home store. Their concept was relatively simple… offer design center styled merchandise at retail competitive price points while maintaining stock levels to satisfy today’s consumers demand for instant gratification. Their assortment blend and high level of service has proven to be a success. Today the company operates three retail locations spanning fifty miles of the Colorado Front Range, a stocked distribution facility and executes design projects coast to coast.

In 1972 Randy Coconis began working for his father in the Zanesville, Ohio based family furniture business full time just out of high school. He began his career on the delivery truck and then moved into sales and eventually into management. Due to a sudden serious illness that his father suffered, Randy began managing the store in 1981. Five years later after his father’s passing; he became owners with his brother, Paul Jr.

Under Randy’s leadership Coconis Furniture has grown from six employees to sixty and is one of Ohio’s largest independent furniture retailers. The store’s showroom has grown from 5,000 square feet to now over 70,000 square feet. A new 30,000 square foot warehouse was constructed in 2005 and in 2010 a second satellite store was opened featuring a mattress and reclining furniture gallery. Currently plans are being finalized for a new 30,000 square foot store in Heath, Ohio.

Randy is a past recipient of Ohio’s “Furniture Retailer of the Year”, past Treasurer of the “Ohio Home Furnishings Association”, serves on the board of “Furniture First” buying group, and currently sits on the board of the new “North American Home Furnishings Association.”

In his hometown of Zanesville, Ohio, Randy sponsors and is involved in many community activities and charity organizations such as, The Muskingum Valley Red Cross, Sertoma and Autism charities including the local annual “Tee it up for Autism” golf outing held each June. He also participates in local recycling center and disaster victim relief donations. Randy is also the founder of the Coconis Family Endowment Fund established with the Muskingum County Community Foundation.

In 2011, Randy received the prestigious Dick Johnson Community Service Award presented by the Muskingum County Community Foundation.

Randy is proud to have his two sons, Chad and Kyle (Bo) involved in the family business, making them the fourth generation who are innovating and growing the business. Coconis Furniture attributes its success to the dedicated help and enthusiasm of its many valued employees, some of whom have been with the company for over twenty years.