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SFC announces 2014 board of directors

Five new members begin three-year terms
The Sustainable Furnishings Council, advocate for the responsible sourcing, manufacturing, marketing and sale of residential furnishings, announced five new appointees to its board of directors.

The new members of the board, who begin their three-year term this year, are: Gat Caperton, president and CEO of Caperton Furnitureworks, a West Virginia manufacturer of handmade, solid wood home furniture; environmental lawyer Alexander Elkan, partner at Greensboro, NC-based firm Brooks Pierce; Brooke Feldman, digital marketing coordinator for Nourison Industries; Albert A. Gore III, former vice president of business development and sustainability for Strategic Capital Partners LLC; and Sean Sullivan, group marketing director with Hearst Design Group and associate publisher of House Beautiful, ELLE Decor and Veranda.

"The 2014 Board of Directors brings essential know-how to SFC during a pivotal time for our organization-indeed, our planet's climate and resources," said SFC President Steve Freeman, vendor resource manager for Room & Board. "One need only read the headlines and reflect on current weather patterns to know that SFC's Directors' efforts are both essential and needed urgently. Awareness is key, so we're honored and enthusiastic to have the support of committed and high-profile environmental advocates and consumer-focused professionals."

New appointees are working alongside returning board members - Norman Coley, Lee Industries; Kathryn Fernholz, Dovetail Partners Inc.; Mitchell Gold, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; and Amy Smith, World Wildlife Fund's Global Forest & Trade Network - during one of SFC's most formative years, according to a press release.

Already, SFC has launched a consumer awareness campaign with Hearst Corporation, which can be viewed in the March 2014 issue of House Beautiful. This summer, SFC will launch SFC Next, a national conference set for June 13-14 at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

SFC Next will educate businesses about what's cutting-edge in the arena of sustainability, provide useful strategies for creating a healthful home, and teach businesses how to be successful in a low-carbon economy. Registration for SFC Next opens Friday, March 7.

The SFC Executive Committee, whose members also serve on the board of directors, is unchanged for 2014. Room & Board's Freeman returns as president; Robin Wilson, Robin Wilson Home, is vice president; Greg Harden, Harden Furniture, serves as treasurer; Peggy Burns, Circle Furniture, is secretary; and Susan Inglis is SFC executive director

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