Erin Stone, Vice President, Samuel Lawrence Hospitality (A Division of Hooker Furnishings)

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Articles Jul 27, 2023

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Erin Stone, Vice President, Samuel Lawrence Hospitality (A Division of Hooker Furnishings)

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Erin Stone is the Vice President of Samuel Lawrence Hospitality, a division of Hooker Furnishings. Her division develops and manufactures furniture for four- and five-star hotels. Prior to this role, she spent eight years in various roles in residential furniture sold-to-the-trade, from Senior Account Manager to VP of Relationship Management Operations. All of these roles share a common thread – developing proprietary products and providing next-level service to fulfill customer needs.

Design is Erin’s first love, but management came calling early in her career and being able to manage teams and divisions in these design-focused industries was a great fit for her. Being the co-chair of the company’s Advancement of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (AIDE) committee, rounds out the trifecta with its values-based mission to make the company the best place to work in the furniture industry and within the communities where it operates.

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