John Iasiello steps down as president of Riverside Furniture

Executive first joined the industry as a manager trainee for Levitz Furniture in 1980

HIGH POINT – Industry veteran John Iasiello has stepped down from his position as president of case goods importer Riverside Furniture, a post he has held for the past 11 months.

John Iasiello

Iasiello told Home News Now that his last day with the company was Tuesday. While he said he has appreciated the opportunity he has had at Riverside, he said he will be considering some other opportunities in this next chapter of his life.

Iasiello joined the company in February of 2018 as senior vice president, strategic planning and business development. He was named president of the company in December 2020.

He started his career in the furniture industry as a manager trainee for retailer Levitz Furniture in 1980 and later worked for retailer Huffman Koos as a merchandise manager for just over 10 years starting in March 1984.

He then worked as a corporate merchandise manager at Macy’s Inc. for about five and a half years up until September 1999 and then went to work for Breuners Home Furnishings as a senior merchandise manager for nearly five years.

Iasiello then transitioned into the wholesale side of the business, taking a position as senior vice president, product development and key accounts at A.R.T. Furniture, where he worked for nearly eight years. In January 2012 he became vice president, sales and product development at Emerald Home Furnishings where he worked for the next six years until joining Riverside in early 2018.

Riverside CEO Fred Henjes said the company will take its time to fill the position to make sure it finds the right person to fill the role for the long term.

“We really need to evaluate the entire marketplace,” he said of the pool of executive talent available. “Riverside is in a very strong position, and I want to make sure what we do is for the long term. We are always looking for talent to strengthen our team and we will be looking to do so in the coming weeks.”

Of Iasiello, Henjes said, “John is a great guy. I have known him a long time as well. This was his decision. He wanted to step back. I respect his decision and appreciate all of his contributions and wish him all the best going forward.”

Thomas Russell

Home News Now Editor-in-Chief Thomas Russell has covered the furniture industry for 25 years at various daily and weekly consumer and trade publications. He can be reached at and at 336-508-4616.

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