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Old 09-06-2008, 09:24 AM
 
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Hi-My family lives in NW Greensboro and my husband has been in the Giftware/housewares industry for 20 yrs. He has valuable experience as a VP Of Sales/Sales management positions. This industry has not weathered well in today's economy as many others. He has worked for out of state Companies for the past several years from his home office. We have had opportunities to relocate, however, we have been determined to stay here. He has been out of work for several months now so we are finally getting to the point where we are going to have to consider out of state opportunities. It seems obvious that the High Point furniture industry may be a good fit, however, have not found any resources to locate job openings?? There are such great companies in the triad in other industries as well that he could transition into a sales position with but companies just don't seem to want to invest in training anymore.
We have so much invested in this community with friends and volunteering just looking for a break. Anyone have any good furniture contacts out there?
Thank you, VC
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Old 09-07-2008, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Man, I wish! (((hugs)))
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Old 09-08-2008, 07:47 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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The furniture industry is just not a place you can break into easily these days. So many experienced sales people have lost jobs or lost clients . . . people hire people they have worked w/ who have experience in the industry. It is nearly impossible to break into. Just being honest.

Check out Hallmark corporation in Kansas City - see if he can pick up a route here representing them.

I also know several furniture sales people who took on lighting manufacturers - you might want to check that out, as well. Big box stores have changed that, too . . . not as many small clients to call on these days- but it is still something to consider.

Other suggestions might be floor sales w/ a large furniture retailer, such as Boyles.
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Old 09-08-2008, 09:34 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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If it was me I would totally reconsider getting involved in anything with 20th century type of manufacturing but I did find a good article for you

Manufacturers say they can't afford to make furniture in
America. Bob Timberlake makes sure some of his is.
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:27 AM
 
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