When I was 8 years old, I sold my first mattress. I was instantly bit with the retail bug. During my high school years at North Farmington, I worked in the warehouse and back room of Hillside, learning the business one lamp assembly at a time. After 4 years at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, my father sat me down for a dinner at Gratzi on Main Street, and proceeded to interview me and then offer me the job as merchandising assistant. In order to truly understand any business, you have to understand each department and how they make the company run efficiently as a whole. Therefore, after merchandising assistant, I spent time working in the warehouse as well as running the order department, the service department, the sales floor, the advertising, and now I understand how it all comes together.
About 9 years ago, my father, now CEO of Hillside, had an unexpected triple bypass heart surgery. When this happened, I was thrusted into the position of answering any and all matters on his behalf for a 90 day period during his recovery. It was at that moment when my family business needed me, that I am proud to have been able to stand in and run the show on my father's behalf. After his recovery, I was promoted to President as my father became CEO and more invested in long term planning than the day-to-day operations. Today I oversee the complete operation including the buying, advertising, and sales training.
Hillside furniture is the sole member of The Contemporary Design Group in the state of Michigan. We are a group of 33 independently owned furniture retailers that collectively buy together to form the largest Contemporary furniture-buying group in the country. As a group, we are actually number 65 in sales in relation to the top 100 retailers in the country. I myself am the committee head for innovation and technology within the contemporary design group.
Kids Kicking Cancer is an organization that I love to support. For the last several years, we do a toy drive every holiday season at Hillside Furniture. All December long, when a client brings in an unwrapped, unopened children's toy valued at $10 or more, they receive an extra 10% off of their purchase. This year we collected almost 100 gifts and $725 in cash donations. (Pic attached). We also have an annual promotion for Kids Kicking Cancer through one of our furniture Manufacturer's. During December and half of January, when a client purchases an Ekornes chair and ottoman and donates a check for $50 to Kids Kicking Cancer, the client can get $400 off their purchase. On behalf of Hillside Furniture, I also attended as a sponsor or donator to charity events for Yoga Moves MS, Celebrities Against Autism, and SKIN, a skin cancer awareness event. In October 2012, I was sworn in to the Board of Directors for the National Home Furnishings Association. My tenure began at the beginning of January, and I look forward to serving my term as the youngest person ever elected to one of these prestigious positions. My goal is to help shape the future of my industry through the use of technology and innovations in communication.
Oakland Count Involvement
As an active member of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, I attend fundraisers, grand openings, and community luncheons as an attendee or sponsor. We recently furnished one of the community luncheons for The BBCC which featured speakers from MSU--Athletic Director, Mark Hollis and President and CEO of the Parade company, Tony Michaels.
The information presented here was accurate as of January 2013.