wallace w. "Jerry" epperson, jr.
Jerry Epperson (b.1948), born in Virginia, had polio when he was three yet he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an MBA from William and Mary. He is a chartered financial analyst and an NASD registered representative.
Jerry became a furniture research analyst with Scott & Stringfellow in Richmond, Virginia in 1971. He then joined Wheat First Securities where he authored the Home Furnishings Research Compendium, a nationally distributed furniture industry data service. This was his start in analyzing furnishing trends, demographic research, and predictions. Jerry had now given the industry something it had lacked a focused resource of furniture knowledge. Added to his knowledge of mergers and acquisitions, this makes him an invaluable industry asset and resource. Jerry helped form Mann, Armistead, and Epperson in 1991 to focus on the furniture industry. He publishes The Furnishings Digest Monthly.
His sense of humor, humble nature, generous spirit, and vast knowledge of the industry keep him in demand as a speaker, teacher, and columnist even to briefing the White House. Jerry, who is listed in the "Writers Hall of Fame," received the "Distinguished Service Award" from AFMA, the "Pillar of the Industry" award from IHFRA, and was on Furniture Today's list of "Twenty-Five Who Made a Difference." Jerry, wife Kathryn, and two children are very active in their community.