Independent retailer buying group BrandSource has announced the pending retirement at the end of January 2020 of Home Furnishings Vice President and longtime industry veteran Mike Allen. Allen plans to step down after serving the group for the past 24 years.
He will be succeeded by Seth Weisblatt, formerly Chief Marketing and Information Officer and an Executive VP at Fort Worth, Texas’ Sam’s Appliance and Furniture, a member of BrandSource parent company AVB.
Allen grew up in the furniture business, working in a family-owned store while attending college. He went on to become a regional director of the National Home Furnishings Association (NHFA) before joining BrandSource in 1996 as furniture coordinator. He was later promoted to General Manager of Home Furnishings, and then, Vice President, with responsibility for the group’s bedding and residential furniture business.