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Bogner joins American OEM as COO

Burns, Tenn.—American OEM has added Harry Bogner as chief operations officer. Beginning April 2, Bogner is responsible for the manufacturing plant and design center, reporting directly to Don Finkell, the company’s CEO.

“Bringing Harry on will have a tremendously positive impact on our business in very short order,” said Finkell. “His knowledge of engineered hardwood manufacturing and operations, as well as his entrepreneurial spirit, make him a perfect fit for our team and culture.”

Bogner is equally excited for the new venture, stating, “The opportunity to work for American OEM, a company committed to the sustainability of American hardwood and manufacturing in America, is exciting. It is an honor to be a part of the team and I anticipate fresh opportunities, growth and a bright future ahead for American OEM.”

Bringing 14 years of industry experience to his new role, Bogner has served in senior manufacturing and operations positions at both Mohawk and Armstrong. His background includes extensive plant management in engineered and solid hardwood flooring, overseeing both domestic and international facilities. He also brings logistical and financial experience from outside of the wood industry, working as general manager for Sunbeam and holding an accounting position at General Electric Plastics.

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Silverman retires as president, COO of Abbey Carpet Co.

Screen Shot 2017-10-13 at 2.50.33 PMBonita Springs, Fla.—After 24 years of dedication to Abbey Carpet and Floor and its affiliates, Steve Silverman has decided to retire so he can spend more time with his grandchildren. His commitment and contributions to the growth and development of the franchise over the years have been numerous. The group wishes him good health and much happiness in the years to come.

Going forward, Ted Dlugokienski, CFO, will take over as executive vice president of operations. Dave Hardy will continue as executive vice president of merchandising and member services. Steve Mintz will continue as vice president of franchise development and franchise relations. All three will report to Philip Gutierrez, who will continue as CEO and assume the title of president.

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Nebraska Furniture Mart names new president, COO

screen-shot-2016-12-20-at-9-41-20-amOmaha, Neb.—Nebraska Furniture Mart’s Tony Boldt, presently the company’s Kansas City store director, has been named president and COO. The transition is part of long-term succession planning for Nebraska Furniture Mart’s future. Current president and COO Ron Blumkin will still be active in the business as Chairman, and Irv Blumkin will remain with Nebraska Furniture Mart as CEO.

“Tony is a focused, dedicated and creative leader,” Ron Blumkin stated, “who will be an exceptional leader for Nebraska Furniture Mart’s future.” In his new role, Boldt will continue the customer-focused vision and mission for Nebraska Furniture Mart.

“I am extremely fortunate to have the skilled and dedicated team at Nebraska Furniture Mart to deliver exceptional products, value and service to our customers,” Boldt said of his new role. “I look forward to leading this dedicated team and continuing on with Nebraska Furniture Mart’s strong commitment to our customers and communities we serve.”

Boldt has had significant experience within Nebraska Furniture Mart starting at Homemakers Furniture, a subsidiary of Nebraska Furniture Mart in Des Moines, and in 2002, taking a leadership role directly for Nebraska Furniture Mart in the warehouse in Clive, Iowa. Boldt rose to store manager of the Clive, IA Nebraska Furniture Mart operation before transitioning in 2011 to Omaha as the appliance and electronics general sales manager. In December of 2012 he was promoted to his current position as store director of the Kansas City Nebraska Furniture Mart store where he has successfully led and managed all aspects of store operations.

As Chairman, Ron Blumkin will continue to oversee Nebraska Furniture Mart’s subsidiaries including Homemakers Furniture in Des Moines, Iowa, Floors Inc. in Omaha, Neb., and Grandscape in The Colony, Texas. In addition, he will be an ambassador for Nebraska Furniture Mart inside and outside the company.

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Robert Moran, Congoleum CEO, retires

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Mercerville, N.J.—Congoleum’s CEO Robert Moran has retired, effective Nov. 21. At the same time, the company’s board of directors has appointed Christopher O’Connor COO, effective Dec. 1. Additionally, current board members Peter Venetis and Tom McKay—whose investment firms are Congoleum’s largest stakeholders—will assume the roles of executive chairman and vice chairman, respectively.

“We are grateful to Bob for his successful stewardship over the past five years and we are confident that, in Chris, we have selected a strong leader at a time when the company is well positioned for the challenges and opportunities ahead,” Venetis said. “The pace of change is accelerating and Congoleum has incredible potential to leverage its long-standing commitment to quality, design and innovation to capture an increasing share of the market segments in which it participates. Chris’ insight, vision and executional track record—along with the support of a terrific management team—are exactly what Congoleum needs as we enter a very exciting next chapter in our over 100-year-old corporate history.”

Moran expressed confidence in the board’s choice. “Chris is a bright and capable leader who has contributed significantly to our success in a relatively short time,” he said. “He will ensure Congoleum continues to execute on the strategic growth plans and deliver long-term success.”

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Lumber Liquidators appoints new COO

102455083-1280px-Lumber_Liquidators_Store_Ypsilanti_Michigan.1910x1000Toano, Va.–Lumber Liquidators, has named Dennis Knowles chief operating officer, effective March 1. He joins the company from Lowe’s.

Knowles will be responsible for the company’s stores organization and related operations and will report directly to CEO John Presley.

Knowles has more than 25 years of leadership experience in store and business operations. He has served in numerous senior management roles across the retail and home improvement industries, most recently as chief store operations officer at Lowe’s Companies, Inc. In this role, Knowles was responsible for overseeing the omnichannel operations of more than 1,700 Lowe’s stores across the country.

Knowles has served in store operations leadership roles at Lowe’s Companies Inc. since 2001, most recently as chief store operations officer, and prior to that as senior vice president of store operations support and specialty sales and its senior vice president of store operations for Lowe’s West and South Central divisions, respectively.