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Safavieh Hires Barry Burress

Upscale rug supplier Safavieh has appointed Barry Burress to the newly created position of Midwest territory manager, responsible for sales in the Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan markets.

"Barry's solid understanding of the hand-knotted business and strong relationships with customers in his territory are a tremendous asset to Safavieh," said John Thompson, national sales manager, to whom Burress reports.

Prior to joining Safavieh, Burress spent the past three years as Midwest regional manager for Feizy Rugs. Before that, from 1989 to 2005, he was principal of High Point, N.C.-based C.B.S. Imports, a high-end wholesaling company specializing in imported reproduction furniture, antiques and accessories.