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david j. brunn

David Brunn (b.1909 d.1995) served the furniture industry for 60 years as a retailer, sales representative, manufacturer, journalist, educator, lecturer, and industry leader An immigrant son, he was raised in a NYC ghetto, and rose from clerk to Vice President/GM of W&J Sloane, prestigious national retail and contract powerhouse (1924-52).

He guided Drexel Furniture Company as a high end manufacturer, style leader and trend setter as he rose to Board Member and President (1952-1964).

Following his retirement at age 60, he contributed 20 years of additional voluntary service. For ten years, he was Chairman of FICAP and served as a board member for the first all-industry promotions, "Debut 71 & 73." He was a faculty member and advisor for an Appalachian State University furniture course which earned him Honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science. He was a member of the Presidential Commission to explore U.S. furniture European potential (1972) and was an advisor in establishing the American Furniture Hall of Fame (1976 and 1988). He has been recognized with distinguished service awards by Southern and American Furniture Manufacturers Associations.