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The Fab Five: New Stars in the Vermont Furniture World

December 20th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

The Fab Five | Vermont Furniture Sales and Marketing Experts

The Fab Five, our freshman Sales and Marketing Team.  From left:   Sean Henry, Heather Gantt, Liz FranceseHeather Barrett,  and Loryn Dion.

Meet the Fab Five

In recruiting for six Vermont furniture sales and marketing positions this year, we reviewed over 400 resumes and interviewed dozens of excellent candidates.  It’s been a challenging task to find the combination of skills and talent needed to run our online fine furniture gallery.  So we feel extremely fortunate to have been able to hire the following superstars for our team: Heather Gantt, Loryn Dion, Heather Barrett, Liz Francese and Sean Henry.

The Fab Five | Vermont Furniture Sales and Marketing Team

The Fab Five have been quite gracious about providing photos for Diane Sawyer’s   ABC World News, Made in America series.  This  picture was taken after a long, strenuous day of photo shooting… can you tell?

Made in America Holiday Shopping in Brattleboro, Vermont

This photo was taken last week when we tasked the freshmen with providing photographic inspiration at the request of Diane Sawyer and the ABC World News crew.  If you followed our activities at this time last year, you’ll remember that national news team spent a day filming our Made in America Holiday Shopping Challenge at our office and all around Vernon, Vermont.  This year they were curious about our progress and wanted to learn about any new people we had hired to help grow this American made furniture business.

The Fab Five were most gracious in accommodating ABC’s request for photos and videos so I thought I’d share a few of them here on the blog.

Holiday Shopping in Vermont

The Fab Five shopping for American made gifts in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.  Notice Sean is carrying everyone’s shopping bags in that photo on the right?  What’s up with that, girls?

Visit our Facebook to see more photos and our picks for 2012′s best Made in America Christmas gifts.


Sean Henry: Welcome To The Woods!

December 9th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

Sean Henry - Welcome to the Woods!

Please help me welcome Sean Henry to Vermont Woods Studios Fine Furniture. He’s becoming a great Sales and Customer Service Representative. Liz and Heather are supposed to be training him but in the back of her mind (or front?)  Liz thinks we hired Sean to get her coffee and shine her shoes.   What’s up with that?

I can’t believe how lucky we’ve been at Vermont Woods Studios Fine Furniture this year.  Somehow we’ve been able to find 6 new staff members, all extraordinary in their capabilities and drive, not to mention passion for our green mission.  If you’ve ever owned or worked at a small company, you know it’s not easy to find just the right professionals to bring on board.  Small businesses need people who can work under pressure but go with the flow, leap tall buildings in a single bound and take out the trash, be friendly to customers and co-workers but clam up and put their nose to the grindstone when it’s time to crank out the work.  Already Sean seems to be juggling those things with finesse.

He’s working for Douglas alongside Liz and Heather G as a Sales and Customer Service Representative.  I’ll try to give you some inside scoop on him, so you can surprise him if he answers the phone next time you call.  Let’s see.  Before Sean came to us, he owned and operated his family business–one of Brattleboro’s favorite restaurants, the SteakOut.  Owning a restaurant?  That was our first clue that he knew how to work hard.

Sean holds a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont where he studied financial and office management. While working his way through school, he sold Cutco knives.  Now I love Cutco products (they’re made in America, by the way) but they’re not exactly an easy sell.  When was the last time you happily welcomed a door-to-door salesman into your home?  Right.  So anyone who can sell anything door to door gets my respect.

Liz and Heather have been trying to dig up some dirt on Sean (it’s so competitive around here) but at this point– still nothing.  It’s early though so stay tuned.  They’ll manage to unearth something good.

And speaking of Liz… could it be that she actually believed Douglas when he said we were interviewing for a personal assistant for her?  Hmmm.  That could explain why she keeps asking Sean to get her coffee and shine her shoes.

Stay up to date on Sean’s adventures with Liz, Heather and other enigmatic personalities at Vermont Woods Studios by visiting our Facebook now and then.