Foreign Accents marks 30th anniversary with new ownership
Retail Editor 5 -- Home Textiles Today, December 10, 2013
The new Foreign Accents team – from left: Kris Anderson, national sales manager; Molly Anderson, design diva; Trish Rempen, founder and outgoing president; Doug Anderson, incoming president; Susan Sturner, accounting; Trevor Gonzales, danger zone manager (warehouse and e-commerce); Sally Price-Brittenham, office manager; and Mike Mernin, warehouse.
"After 30 years of success and innovative design, it's time to hand the reins of rug responsibility over to a new team," said Rempen, who recently published her first book, "Meanwhile, Back in Los Ranchos," and wants to devote more time to traveling and writing more books in the future.
The new owner is Doug Anderson, who has owned and operated both startup and existing businesses. His son, Kris Anderson, who leads a major business group in the finance industry, is joining as national sales manager; and Kris' wife, Molly Anderson, is being named head designer under the title "design diva" after working for several years in merchandising, design, and artistic production with major retailers as well as a television network.
"We like what we see at Foreign Accents, and we don't intend to change anything," Doug Anderson, incoming president, said. "Yes, we plan to expand the collections, add designs, and grow the company, but the Foreign Accents look and spirit will remain the same."
Rempen will stay on with the company as a design consultant, and will join the team at High Point Market in April, where the company will unveil its first new collection under the new ownership. Molly Anderson is currently developing the line.
"I'm delighted with the way things have developed," she said. "The Andersons are a dream team, with expertise in business, design, merchandising, management and finance. They are excited about running Foreign Accents, and I'm thoroughly enjoying the transition activities. They are not only capable and professional, but they're good people."
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