David Sides Retires From Hollander

Hollander Home Fashions announced the retirement of David Sides, effective Sept. 30.

A search for Sides' replacement is underway. In the interim, Chris Baker, ceo, will oversee the sales team. Chief merchandising officer Beth Mack will continue to direct the product development team, reporting to Baker.

Hollander Home Fashions will be honoring Sides' contributions with a retirement celebration during New York Home Fashions Market Week.

"David Sides' contributions to Hollander Home Fashions over the last 15 years have been immeasurable," said Jeff Hollander, executive chairman. "Not only has he been a great leader, but by serving as a strategic partner with both me and my father, Leo Hollander, he was also instrumental in developing Hollander into one of North America's largest bedding manufacturers. After my father's passing, Dave's partnership, passion and commitment greatly eased the difficulties associated with our loss. Dave will always be a part of the Hollander family."

Sides joined Hollander Home Fashions in 1994 as a business director responsible for the sales and marketing for bed pillows, feather and down comforters, and related products. He was promoted in 1996 to senior vp of sales with responsibility for sales and product development for the corporation. In 1997, he was appointed president-basic bedding, and in 2006 he was appointed president of Hollander Home Fashions, responsible for managing sales and merchandising for the company.

Sides said, "I take this step with mixed emotions. At Hollander Home Fashions, I have had the honor to work with some of the most talented people in our industry, many of whom were crucial in helping me build a strong and dedicated product development and sales team. I am confident that there will be a smooth transition and that Hollander Home Fashions is positioned to continue growing and increasing its leadership role in the bedding industry."

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, FurnitureToday

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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