hampton o. powell
Known as an industry statesman, Hampton Powell's (b.1911 d.1994) distinguished career spanned more than 56 years of tireless service to the furniture industry. He moved up steadily in the Lane organization, becoming president in 1956 and chairman in 1976.
Under his leadership, the company became a diversified manufacturer, expanding into broad product lines and acquiring upholstered furniture manufacturers whose company names and product quality complemented Lane's case good lines.
He made himself a leader within the furniture manufacturing family, serving on the board of the Southern Furniture Manufacturers Association for many years and shouldering numerous responsibilities on behalf of the industry.
It was "Hamp" who was most often chosen to represent furniture manufacturers in Washington, D.C. where he pleaded our cause with patience, persistence, and persuasiveness. His indefatigable efforts as chairman of the association's Government Relations Committee addressed industry concerns such as upholstered furniture flammability regulations and wood dust regulations.
He received the James T. Ryan award for outstanding service to the industry in 1974. In 1987, he was honored by UFAC with the "Dali" Award as "Industry Champion" for his efforts to avoid costly federal flammability regulations.
Noted for his seven-day work weeks at his company, Powell still found time to serve his community, his church, and the furniture industry. His constant quest for excellence at all levels of endeavor set a standard for quality that will endure.