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SEHFA Honors Retailer and Manufacturer's Representative of the Year

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Southeastern Home Furnishings Association (SEHFA) announced that it honored its top retailer and manufacturer’s representative at its Annual Convention, June 8-11, Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Destin, Fla. Jason Rudd of Rudd Furniture, Dothan, Ala, www.ruddfurniture.com, was named the SEHFA Retailer of the Year. The award was presented by Bill Turner, SEHFA president. The award is presented to the retail home furnishings executive who, in the past year, has contributed to his or her community, humanity and the furniture industry. Rudd is the third generation of his family to operate Rudd Furniture which opened in 1945. In August, 2007, Rudd Furniture opened a second store in Montgomery, Ala. The SEHFA Traveler of the Year award was presented to Price McLemore III, McLemore & Associates, Montgomery, Ala., by Shane Spiller, Spiller Furniture, Tuscaloosa, Ala., www.spillerfurniture.com. The award is presented to the manufacturer’s representative who, during the past year, has demonstrated a high standard of professionalism in his or her field. McLemore has been active in the home furnishings industry for seven years and represents Liberty Furniture and Luke Leather. Other awards presented during the convention were the President’s Recognition Award and the President’s Award. The President’s Recognition Award went to Tupelo Furniture Market for its many years of support for SEHFA. Accepting the award from Bill Turner, SEHFA President, were Janice Coleman and Janie Foster. Outgoing SEHFA president, Bill Turner, Furniture World, Petal, Miss, www.furnitureworldms.com, received the President’s Award for his service as SEHFA president. Educational seminars focused on “Growing Your Business When Facing Challenging Conditions” and “Actions to Transactions” presented by Phil Gutsell, GutSELL & Associates and “Improving Your Financial Matrix” presented by John Egger, Profitability Consulting Group. Southeastern Home Furnishings Association (SEHFA) is a regional affiliate of National Home Furnishings Association and serves furniture retailers in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle. National Home Furnishings Association (NHFA) is the nation’s largest organization devoted specifically to the needs and interests of home furnishings retailers.

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