Common Furnishings CEO Jeff Scheffer to Retire


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Jeff Scheffer and Sean O'Connor.

Jeff Scheffer and Sean O’Connor.

After 45 years within the furnishings enterprise, Common Furnishings CEO and President Jeff Scheffer has introduced that he’ll step down on the finish of the 12 months. Present Senior Vice President Sean O’Connor will succeed Scheffer as president on January 1, 2023.

Since 2008, Scheffer has led Common Furnishings, a division of Samson Holding, taking it from a commodity casegoods producer to a complete house useful resource, providing vogue ahead appears to be like throughout a number of types within the higher center market phase. He has pushed the corporate’s modernization and enlargement together with a brand new showroom, a brand new home upholstery program, profitable licenses with manufacturers together with Coastal Residing and Miranda Kerr Residence, and the introduction of a to-the-trade program for inside designers. 

“Jeff’s management at Common has been exemplary,” mentioned Samuel Kuo, chairman of Samson Holdings. “Each his imaginative and prescient to revitalize the corporate and his potential to efficiently navigate the enterprise by unprecented challenges, together with a recession and a pandemic, are laudable.” 

Scheffer’s profession contains profitable govt tenures at Common Furnishings, (vp nationwide gross sales 1992–1996),  American Drew (president 1996-2001), Stanley Furnishings (president and CEO  2001–2008) and Common Furnishings (president and CEO 2008-2022). His business management positions have included chairman of the Excessive Level Market Authority (2017-2018) and board member of the American Residence Furnishings Alliance (2018-2022). Scheffer started his profession as an assistant purchaser in furnishings for Burdine’s Division Retailer in 1978.

“It’s been an honor to work with Samuel and Grace at Samson. Their belief and help allowed us to vary the corporate’s course and entice a brand new stage of retailer, whereas increasing into the inside design commerce,” Scheffer mentioned. “I’d wish to thank our workers, the those that I’ve labored for and discovered from, and my business colleagues, all of whom have made this such an exquisite experience.”

New Management

On January 1, 2023, Sean O’Connor will assume the presidency of Common Furnishings. O’Connor, who joined the corporate in 2011 as vp of gross sales, was promoted to senior vp of gross sales in 2017. He has been instrumental within the improvement of Common’s upholstery program, each home and imported, and he’s a life-long pupil of the house furnishings business, having spent 14 years at Rowe earlier than transferring to Common.

He started as advertising consultant for Tennessee and Arkansas and ended his tenure at Rowe as Nationwide Gross sales Director.

“Main an organization like Common has been a long-term aim,” O’Connor mentioned. “Jeff is a good mentor with a widely-held popularity for private integrity, and it has been an honor to work with him for the final 11 years.”

“This management change is a deliberate succession,” mentioned Scheffer. “Sean and I’ve spent the final couple of years working carefully collectively within the day-to-day operation of the corporate. He’s properly ready for this subsequent chapter in his profession.”

O’Connor is targeted on a singular aim for Common—persevering with to prioritize the event of furnishings that resonate with retailers and inside designers.

“Greater than something, we would like Common Furnishings to proceed to be often called the simplest firm to do enterprise with,” O’Connor mentioned. “We look ahead to continued success sooner or later as we construct on the relationships, craftsmanship and design experience that has introduced us this far.”

“We look ahead to Sean’s tenure as president,” mentioned Kuo. “We’ve watched Sean develop and succeed underneath Jeff’s mentorship and we’re assured he’ll assist the Common model proceed to evolve to help buyer wants.”


About Common

Retailers and inside designers world wide belief Common Furnishings’s award-winning, good and trendy designs to create fashionable, well-appointed dwelling areas for the entire house. The corporate’s casegood, upholstery, accent and outside designs are developed underneath the model names Common Furnishings, Miranda Kerr Residence and Coastal Residing.

Common Furnishings, based in 1968 and based mostly in Excessive Level, N.C., is the recipient of 13 Pinnacle awards for design excellence from the Worldwide Society of Furnishings Designers. It’s a model of Samson Holdings, one of many world’s largest vertically built-in furnishings producers. For extra info, go to www.universalfurniture.com, or discover us on Fb, Instagram, and Pinterest @UniversalFurn.