Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers is pleased to announce that John Bassett, III will be Special Guest Speaker at the 2015.
A dynamic storyteller and passionate individual, Mr. Bassett will share how his company faced extreme challenges when China began dumping cheap furniture into the American market in the 1980s. His story reveals how he discovered exactly who in China was producing it, his relentless commitment to his employees and his successful pursuit of political support for enforcement of anti-dumping duties.
Mr. Bassett is a third-generation furniture man, with a total of 53 years in the industry, first at Bassett Furniture Industries founded by his grandfather, J.D. Bassett, Sr., and since 1983 at the helm of Vaughan-Bassett—currently the largest wooden bedroom furniture manufacturer in the U.S.
Mr. Bassett is a past president of AFMA (now AHFA). He was named Furniture Today’s Manufacturer of the Year in 2001 and InFurniture Magazine’s Man of the Year in 2003. In 2013 he was inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame and in 2014 was named UNCG’s Entrepreneur Extraordinaire.
AWFS is proud to present and honor Mr. Bassett, in the show’s first ever featured Special Guest spot. Mr. Bassett will kick off the second day of the show, speaking on July 23, at 8:00 a.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event is free and open to all show attendees.