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IHFRA Installs Jim Craven CHR As President

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The International Home Furnishings Representatives Association held its annual Board of Directors Meeting on Saturday, March 1, 2008 in High Point North Carolina. The Board elected the 2008 – 2009 slate of officers for the Association. Jim Craven CHR was elected as IHFRA’s 70th President. Jim is currently President of the Tennessee Furniture Travelers and has been a member of this club since 1991. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Business Administration. He and his wife Laura have three children, Jackson age 9, Ansleigh age 7 and Diana age 5. Craven has been a sales representative for Fairfield Chair Company since 1989 and has represented Cresent Fine Furniture since 2001. The Craven family is well-represented in the home furnishings industry. Father Tex was a furniture rep until his death in 2007, brother Mike is a sales representative in Maryland/Virginia/DC territory and brother Mark is VP of Sales for Fairfield Chair Company. Craven is joined on the IHFRA Executive Committee by 1st Vice President Ed Myers of Tri-State Home Furnishings Association, 2nd Vice President Sandy Dant CHR of Home Furnishings Representatives Guild of Southern California, Secretary/Treasurer Mark Scharff CHR of Metropolitan Furniture Association of New Jersey and Chairman of the Board Richard Gillispie CHR of the Virginia/Carolinas Home Furnishings Representatives Association. The slate of officers will be officially installed at the 74th Presidential Gala and Awards Ceremony on April 5, 2008. For information on the event, contact IHFRA at 336-889-3920 or ihfra@ihfra.org.

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