HIGH POINT, N.C., May 24, 2021 – A $250,000 gift has been received from Neil and Robin Goldberg for the Building Fund of the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame. The Tribute Wall in the new home here will be given in honor of the people behind Raymour & Flanigan, the nation’s seventh largest retailer based in Liverpool, N.Y.
“As we transition to the third generation of leaders, we are even more mindful of what this industry has given to us as a family, and of the significance of providing for the growth and development of future leaders,” says Neil Goldberg, CEO and chairman of Raymour & Flanigan Furniture. “Bernie and Arnold Goldberg founded the company in 1947 as a family endeavor, and we place a high value on remaining family owned and family oriented as an organization.
“Our people are our greatest asset and as a culture, we are passionate about our customers. Naming the Tribute Wall at the industry’s permanent home is a meaningful way for Robin and me to honor the people that make up Raymour & Flanigan,” he says. “We are proud to be a certified Great Place to Work® and this is a public means among the industry to recognize the value we place on our associates.”
The Tribute Wall will explore the rich legacies and inspiring stories of our leaders in a walk with them through their challenges, achievements and contributions. The interactive display will celebrate leadership through the use of documentaries, videos, photography and oral histories. The Hall of Fame Center for Leadership will provide a platform for education, networking and inspiration through its events and its exhibits. As a catalyst to leverage the power of the $150 billion home furnishings industry, it will serve as a unifying source to enrich the education of its leaders.
“Neil Goldberg called me one day, unsolicited, to say that he wanted to be involved in a significant way,” says Karen McNeill Pond, Hall of Fame CEO. “His support of the project is amazing, but what is of equal value will be his guidance and expertise as we move into the construction and organizational phase of development. His willingness to help is what our industry is all about: working together for the greater good.”