What would make 2003 a happy new year for you?
December 23, 2002,
John Shepherd, ceo 828 International Trading Co.
A: "A healthy new grandchild, due in January."
Alan Gladstone, president Anna's Linens
Marty Dollenmaier, vp, sales Anichini
A: "Our hotel division just landed a huge account in Los Angeles, so that's made it a good New Year. Our hotel division is just taking off."
Amy Bell, executive vp Ashford Court
A: "Winning the lottery and to have Gore and Lieberman decide to run on the same ticket again so they can lose again."
Charlie Bowers, president The Bacova Guild Ltd.
A: "We would like to see our retail partners enjoying the financial results that will foster more marketing efforts that focus on issues other than price."
Nancy Kristoff, president, sales and marketing Bardwil Linens
A: "A one-month ski vacation would make me very happy."
Loren Sweet, president Brentwood Originals
A: "What would make me happy as a vendor is to be able to spend my time developing, manufacturing and selling product and not dealing with all the other issues present today."
Larry Queen, president Britannica Home
"To retire! Frankly, a much more stabilized world and business environment. We've been through hell. We're hoping for more stability and predictability with what's going on politically and in business."
Nelson Chow, vp, sales C&F Enterprises
A: "Spending time with family and friends and enjoying the holidays."
Michele Duval, director, marketing and advertising Claire Murray
A: "On a personal note, as always it will be a very busy winter and spring, especially with the hectic travel schedule that my business requires. I would like to be able to spend more time in my home in Naples, FL, or at least spend more than three days in one place."
David Kahn, ceo, president Croscill Home
A: "Peace in America and to win the war on terrorism."
Tom Muscalino, president, home fashions division Dan River
A: "From a business point of view, for consumer consumption to start approaching the 'normalized levels' that we experienced from 1993 through the second quarter of 2000. Consumption has abated significantly since then and hasn't really recovered."
Andy Payne, vp, sales Down Lite International
A: "We would just like to see the economy regain some stability."
Kevin Finlay, president Ellison/Alice Mills
A: "Fifty rounds of sub-par golf."
Barry Leonard, ceo Glenoit
A: "I guess I should say 'orders, orders and more orders,' which goes without saying. However, what would make me happiest would be to spend more time with my family."
Farley Nachemin, chief merchandising officer, The Company Store Group; president, Domestications Hanover Direct
A: "It would be a happy new year for me if we are right about the first half of the year being positive for us; the economy and consumer confidence continues to improve; the various relevant political leaders don't do something dumb; and my nine-month-old baby girl sleeps through the night — at least occasionally."
Leo Hollander, chairman Hollander Home Fashions
A: "A repeat of the amount of business we did in 2002. It was a very good year."
Lonnie Scheps, vp, sales and marketing Hudson Industries
A: "A 25 percent increase over 2002. And perhaps a bonus to go with it."
Tom Etheridge, president Lacey Mills
A: "If my family remains healthy and safe and our business continues to grow, 2003 will be a dynamic year."
Gary Wahrmund, vp, urethane products division Leggett & Platt
A: "Closing out a good year for Leggett & Platt and keeping my kids healthy and happy."
Gerd Miller, president Miller Curtain Co.
A: "If the government puts a 100 percent duty on Chinese imports."
Bill Kilbride, president Mohawk Home
A: "Seeing foreign exchange rates shift to reduce the benefit of foreign imports, continued low interest rates and no war in the Middle East."
Ed Vairo, director, creative marketing Nourison
A: "A mass deportation of all the people who have ever appeared on 'American Idol' or any of the 'Survivor' shows."
David Starr, national sales manager Orian Rugs Inc.
A: "What would make 2003 a happy new year for me? To come to work and have more orders than I can ship and for the bank to call me and tell me that someone mysteriously deposited $1 million into my checking account, and to win Powerball. Is that enough?"
Janie Leonard, national sales manager Peking Handicraft
A: "I wish the economy would get back on its feet, so business is better and my 401(k) gets better. So we both benefit."
John Facatsellis, ceo Phoenix Down
A: "Vendors paying their invoices and staying in business. There's less and less players out there. It's rough. Business is not easy. It would make me very, very happy if they paid their invoices and stayed in business."
Carl Goldstein, senior vp S. Lichtenberg
A: "The elimination of auction bidding. And the retailers to come back to the reality of dealing with people instead of doing business through computers."
Michael Day, vp, design Textile Fabric Associates
A: "Knicks play better basketball, Glavine performs well for the Mets and the Yankees win the World Series this year."
Louis Ragy, senior vp, marketing and sales Trade Am
A: "The safe arrival of our new baby."
Dick Fish, vp, dmm, domestics Wal-Mart
A: "I just hope that my family's healthy, there's no war anywhere in the world, and we're prosperous and have a good economy."
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