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Joseph Senegal - Employee Spotlight September 2022
Joseph Senegal - Employee Spotlight September 2022



Joseph Senegal
Distribution Center and Delivery Teams Driver

Joseph’s Journey Here:

Joseph Senegal has been a delivery driver for Home Furniture Plus Bedding since 2007. He is a superb driver who exhibits great customer service and problem-solving skills.

Before joining our team, Joseph was a driver for Stine Lumber. He also has experience in law enforcement, as well as management in the casino industry!

 What do you like best about your job?

“I love to drive and being able to meet customers. I also like training our helpers out on the road but training them the Home Furniture way!”

Johnathan Savoy, Delivery Operations Manager, adds, “Joseph is a pleasure to work with! He is the ‘Go-To’ guy when training new drivers. He personifies Home Furniture’s philosophy in providing true above and beyond service and he takes on the most challenging and intricate deliveries on a daily basis.”

 When Joseph is not at work:

“Number one is that I love going to Church and spending time with my family! I also enjoy working on cars, fishing, and working around the house.”

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know:

“I grew up grooming, exercising, and breaking-in horses. I come from a family of racehorse jockeys. I always wanted to be one.”

Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

“Accept the fact that you have to be responsible. Don’t be clowning. Stay focused and always be ready to learn. If you follow the Home Furniture way, you’ll have nothing to worry about.”

 Born in Lafayette, LA, and raised in the Welsh, Elton, and Vinton areas, Joseph resides in Lafayette with his wife, Jessica.

Chaz Zenon - Employee Spotlight September 2022
Chaz Zenon - Employee Spotlight September 2022



Chaz Zenon
Distribution Center and Delivery Teams Driver

Chaz’s Journey Here:

Chaz Zenon has been a team member at our Home Furniture Plus Bedding Distribution Center since September 3rd, 2012. He began as an Assembly Specialist moving on to working as a Receiver and Intercompany Loader. Chaz is now both a delivery driver and an intercompany driver. Before joining our team, Chaz was a delivery driver for Republic National Liquor Distribution in Lafayette, LA.

What do you like best about your job?

“I like the camaraderie at Home Furniture. It has a good family atmosphere. I also like being on the road every day.

Carleen Melancon, Co-Distribution Center Manager, adds, “No matter what challenges Chaz faces, he always has a positive attitude and enjoys working with his fellow co-workers. Chaz set a goal for himself to become an 18-wheeler driver, and he achieved it. He has been our dedicated 18-wheeler, intercompany driver, for our Beaumont store for the past four years. Chaz comes in early every morning not only to load his trailer but also to assist in helping the other drivers load their trucks. He always volunteers to do any project, including store remodels. Chaz is very dependable and always has a ‘can-do’ attitude.”

When Chaz is not at work:

“I’m a big sports fan and I love playing basketball in my spare time. I’m also very involved with my two oldest son’s sports programs. I’m also a big car enthusiast.”

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know:

“In high school, I was a lifeguard for the City of Lafayette at Girard Park!”

Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

“Home Furniture is a good company to work for. Have patience in the process and always give it your best; you too can get to the top.”

Born and raised in Lafayette, LA, Chaz resides in his hometown with his wife, Vondeasha, and their three sons, Chaz, Braylen, and Colin.

Thrisha Augustine - Employee Spotlight August 2022
Thrisha Augustine - Employee Spotlight August 2022



Thrisha
’s Journey Here:

Thrisha Augustine, an Assembly Specialist, has been a team member at our Lafayette, LA Distribution Center since September 2006. Thrisha’s skills ensure that our customers receive attention to detail and top-quality inspection and assembly. Before joining our team, Thrisha worked as an inspector at Fruit of the Loom in Saint Martinville, LA.

 

What do you like best about your job?

“I like what I do. I assemble and prep the customer’s furniture as if it were my own. The job can be a challenge at times, but I like challenges. I love the people I work with and Home Furniture is a good company to work for.”

 

Johnathan Savoy, Delivery Operations Manager, adds, “Thrisha is a joy to work alongside with. Her authenticity is unmatched daily. She is self-motivated and takes pride in making sure the furniture she assembles is top caliber. She can always be relied upon and demonstrates a willingness to help others.”

 

When Thrisha is not at work:

“Spending time with my family is the main thing. I love our cookouts, weddings, and I love dancing!”

 

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know:

“Back in the ’90s, I was able to be on stage watching ‘Maze featuring Frankie Beverly’ perform in Baton Rouge!”

 

Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

“Working here is like a second family. Be positive, and when you work hard, you get rewarded.”

Born and raised in Lafayette, LA Thrisha resides in Parks, LA with her fiancé, Germaine, and her daughter, Germani, of whom they are extremely proud of her attending Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.

Rebecca Boudreaux - Employee Spotlight August 2022
Rebecca Boudreaux - Employee Spotlight August 2022

Rebecca’s Journey Here: 

Heeding the wise advice from a neighbor, Rebecca Boudreaux filled out an application for a sales position for Home Furniture in Baton Rouge, LA, and as of October 2004, she has been a top-producing salesperson with us ever since.  She currently is a team member at our Julia Aubin, Baton Rouge location. 

Prior to joining our team, Rebecca was a Delta Airlines flight attendant for 8 years. She also has a bachelor's degree in Pre Med with a minor in Biochemistry from Southeastern Louisiana University. 

What do you like best about your job? 

“I like people. I like helping people. I believe in the Home Furniture way of ‘If you make a friend, you’ll make a fortune!” 

Charles George, store manager, adds, “Rebecca is a true professional.  She handles every customer with the same level of respect, courtesy, and kindness.  Her customers love her and she enjoys working for them.  She has a clientele that will last because she goes the extra mile for her clients.  She even ensures the mailman and the FedEx driver have a cold bottle of water in the summer and a hot cup of coffee in the winter.  That’s the mark of a true professional.” 

When Rebecca is not at work: 

“My husband, Karl, and I love nature! We love to visit state parks where we fish and hike. There have been some days that we’ve hiked over 30 miles!” 

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know: 

“I donate monthly to five different charities, including various animal shelters and food banks. I also prepare ‘Take Care’ packages that I hand out to the homeless.” 

Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team: 

“As long as you keep the primary goal of helping customers, then Home Furniture is the home for you.” 

Born in Baton Rouge, LA,  and raised in Loranger, LA, Rebecca currently resides in Gonzales, LA, with her husband, Karl, a professional drummer, along with their three dogs.

Cody Kendall - Employee Spotlight July 2022
Cody Kendall - Employee Spotlight July 2022


Cody’s Journey Here:

Cody Kendall, a man whose actions speak for themselves, has been a member of the Home Furniture team at our Beaumont location since 2008. Since then, he has fulfilled each position in the warehouse. For the three and a half years, Cody has been the Warehouse Supervisor.

Before joining our team, Cody worked at a local competitor for two and a half years.

 What do you like best about your job?

“I like the responsibility of being a team leader. It’s very rewarding to see our team succeed and accomplish great things. We’re in a much better position than we used to be.”

Larry Domingue, Beaumont store manager, adds, “Cody has been a great addition to our store. He is a man of few words, but don’t let that fool you. Cody is very observant and in tune with what is going on in many areas around the store. As a delivery driver, Cody was who we utilized on the long-haul deliveries to Central and West Texas. He never complained, and customers always enjoyed him as much as we did. For many years, he excelled as the go-to person for long hauls or difficult stops. Three and a half years ago, we promoted him to a supervisory role. He continues to work very hard in his role. Cody is so very eager to learn new things and contribute more to the store’s success. Within the last few months, it has been a pleasure to see him emerging as an effective leader in our store. Cody is an essential, important member of our leadership team, and I’m glad he’s here!”

 When Cody is not at work:

“That’s easy: spending time with my family. I also enjoy hunting and fishing.”

Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

“Home Furniture is a place that will reward you if you work hard. It’s a great place for advancement. You may have to arrive earlier or stay later than everyone else, but if you work hard, you can get what you want.”

Cody was born in Orange, TX, and was raised in Vidor, TX, where he currently resides with his girlfriend, Lacy, and their two-year-old daughter, Kylie.

Home Furniture Plus Bedding - Executive Team 2022
Home Furniture Plus Bedding - Executive Team 2022


Home Furniture Plus Bedding is very pleased to announce several key promotions. 
Each of these employees brings extensive experience, talent, and knowledge to their new role. 

Our new President is Dwayne Arceneaux. Dwayne has filled many roles within our company throughout the years, most recently serving as our Distribution Center Manager.  His primary focus will continue to be operations and logistics within our company, as he will also serve as our Vice President of Logistics.  Dwayne joined Home Furniture in 2000 and assisted in the opening of our first Baton Rouge store on Airline Highway.  Tony Kemp, our CEO, says “This promotion recognizes the significant contributions Dwayne has made to Home Furniture's leadership team and every employee.”  Dwayne previously served our company as Delivery Manager, Assistant Store Manager, Store Manager, and Distribution Center Manager.  As President, Dwayne will join our executive team which includes Karol Fleming-Shea, Owner/Chairman of the Board; Tony Kemp, Chief Executive Officer; Ross Dees, Chief Operating Officer/VP Stores and Sales; and Lori Berwick, Chief Financial Officer.

Nathan Smith has been named Vice-President of Merchandising and Marketing for Home Furniture Plus Bedding.  Nathan joined the company two years ago.  In that time, he has successfully worked through extremely uncertain and challenging times navigating an ever-changing furniture supply chain.  His efforts have been key to the tremendous success our company has experienced recently.  Nathan brings over 20 years of retail furniture experience to our team and is excited to lead the efforts of our stellar merchandising and marketing departments.

Carleen Melancon has been named Co-DC Manager in charge of warehouse operations.  With 15 years of service to the Home Team, Carleen has always been a vital part of our Distribution Center management team.  Her performance has been key to the development and success of our fast-paced logistical operation.  Carleen is a consistent leader with unwavering loyalty and an unmatched work ethic.  We are confident she will continue to lead us in our future growth.

Faith Dorsey has been named Co-DC Manager in charge of delivery operations.  Faith joined our team in 2020 and brought years of warehouse operations experience with her.  Faith has been instrumental in helping our company navigate the home delivery challenges of the past couple of years and has led the reintroduction of our industry-leading Next Day Delivery Service.  Faith is assisted by Vicky Hargroder, our Delivery Office Manager, and Johnathan Savoy, our Delivery Operations Manager.

The best is yet to come.

Our entire Administrative and Management Team congratulates Dwayne, Nathan, Carleen, and Faith.

Karol Fleming-Shea | Owner/Chairman of the Board
Tony Kemp | Chief Executive Officer
Ross Dees | Chief Operating Officer/VP Stores/Sales
Lori Berwick | Chief Financial Officer
Jonathan Phifer | IT Director
Theresa Brough | Training & Development
Doug Smith | Marketing Director
Karen Holston | Marketing
Jonathan Richter | Merchandising Buyer
Craig Holston | Safety/Facilities/HR
Flint Davis | Customer Service Director
Rebecca Bonvillain | Controller
Riggins Dore | Surrey St, Lafayette LA Store Manager
Gene Bertrand | Lake Charles LA Store Manager
Joe Davis | New Iberia LA Store Manager
Larry Domingue | Beaumont TX Store Manager
Harry Wiggins | Airline Hwy, Baton Rouge LA Store Manager
Frank Kolarik | Johnston St, Lafayette LA Store Manager
Kasey Brough | Nederland TX Store Manager
Charles George | Julia Aubin, Baton Rouge LA Store Manager
Krystin Franco - Employee Spotlight June 2022
Krystin Franco - Employee Spotlight June 2022



Krystin’s Journey Here:

Krystin Franco has been with Home Furniture Plus Bedding in Lake Charles for two and half years working, full-time while maintaining a full-time college schedule in Accounting.

What do you like best about your job?

“I like the fact that everyone is very supportive and willing to help me with me working both inside the store at the counter as well as working next door in Accounting. I love how they all encourage me to succeed!”

Gene Bertrand, store manager, adds, “Having Krystin working in our store has been a key element to our success. There are many reasons for this, but the main thing being her determination to do the right thing.

As many of you are aware we have had a ‘whirlwind’ of business over the last year and a half, and Krystin has been in the middle of that whirlwind the entire time. It’s almost funny to say this, but it really doesn’t surprise me as to the excellent level of her work because that is just how good she really is. She is simply a great person to work with and she continues to learn and get better every day.

Even with all of that hard work and focus on display daily, one of the things about Krystin that really shines through is how much she cares for her niece Myla. Any time a conversation changes over to Myla, Krystin just lights up! It is usually a funny story or situation, but the way Krystin delivers that conversation fully conveys a message of who she really is.

She is also very focused on school and somehow manages a work/academic schedule that leaves neither side lacking excellence.

One more thing about her is her keen sense of humor. You ALWAYS have to be ready with Krystin around—because if you aren’t she’s going to cleverly slip in a ‘joke’ cleverly hidden as a ‘teaching moment’. Grammar, proper STORIS procedures, and ticket errors are her favorite targets and no one is safe!!

I’ve been at this job for a long time, and I’ve been fortunate to meet many really good, hard-working people that I’ve admired and been proud to work alongside. Krystin is definitely one of those people.

I look forward to seeing Krystin continue to grow both with our company as well as academically in her accounting field of study.”

 When Krystin is not at work:

“I really like to read, but these days, when I’m not at work, my free time is occupied with school and studying.”

 Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

“You must accept that the work can be demanding, but the work culture is unlike any other place. It’s a great team!”


Wil Weston, assistant store manager, adds, “What can I say about Krystin & her work journey since she has been here? It has been one amazing transformation from the beginning up to now. She truly cares what goes on with her co-workers as well as with the customer. She has been very enthusiastic about learning how Home Furniture operates from the front counter to the warehouse and even from a management standpoint. She is sweet and polite to everyone that encounters her. Her work ethic has been amazing. With her juggling a full-time school schedule and being a full-time employee, she has been able to perform at a high level without missing a beat. From the time I made her my lead, through ‘baptism by fire’ as we call it, she has grown from a young lady into a leader. I remember her saying, ‘Thanks for trusting me so much with the ladies at the front counter.’ Her passion for wanting to know more about the Home Furniture way has allowed her to adventure into our accounting department, which is her college major. Her future is bright in whatever path she chooses to go down. While she is here in the Lake Charles store, we like to call her our ‘Lil GG’ or ‘Wonder Woman.”

 Krystin currently resides in Sulphur, LA, where she was born and raised. She will be graduating in Accounting from McNeese State University in the Fall of 2023.

Amanda Doucet - Employee Spotlight May 2022
Amanda Doucet - Employee Spotlight May 2022

Amanda’s Journey Here:

Amanda Doucet has been with our Home Furniture marketing team since November 2020.

Says Amanda, “The stars aligned, allowing me to come ‘Home!’ Home Furniture, that is! Plus, I’m now living where I grew up! I’m really home!”

Prior to joining our team, Amanda worked in the hotel industry for 20 years as well as for Ashley Furniture in Durham, North Carolina as a “Retail Experience” manager, which consisted of customer relations, overseeing employees, and assisting the store manager as well as corporate headquarters.

In 2018, Amanda returned to Louisiana where she worked in marketing for Ivan Smith Furniture in Shreveport.

What do you like best about your job?

“Definitely the people I work with and for! The collaboration and teamwork here is phenomenal! The way people treat each other is heartfelt with true interest in your well-being.”

Karen Holston, with marketing, says, “There are days when you just need a bit of inspiration and a boost of positive energy. Since Amanda has joined our team, we don’t have to look far. She’s our sunshine on a rainy day!”

Doug Smith, with marketing, adds, “Amanda is a wonderful asset to our company. Not only does she contribute much knowledge and experience, she is eager to learn new things. She has a wonderful attitude and brings a lot of creativity along with being a great team member.”

When Amanda is not at work:

“First and foremost, is being ‘Granna’ to my one and only granddaughter (so far), Kamille! I also enjoy spending time with my family, going to estate sales, and thrifting, as well as spoiling my dog, Lalalu!”

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know:

“As a teenager, I met Jane Goodall and got to speak to her briefly one on one. I did not want to run off to the jungle to work with the chimps. I had a healthy fear of them and creepy crawly things that might live near them. I did respect and idolize Dr. Goodall’s passion and compassion for the animals and their well-being.”

Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

“Be ready to work as a team member. The success of this company relies on everyone, regardless of which department you work in. To get, for example, furniture into our customer’s homes, we all must do our part. Learn to learn from those around you. Everyone has some knowledge to offer that will help you grow not only as an employee but as a person as well!”

Amanda was raised in Acadiana and has lived in Louisiana most of her life. She now resides in Church Point, LA with her son, Chase, taking frequent excursions to Shreveport to visit her daughters, Kaylsea and Alaina, and their families.

David Texada - Employee Spotlight April 2022
David Texada - Employee Spotlight April 2022



David’s Journey Here:

While teaching an 8th grade catechism class in Lake Charles, LA, Home Furniture’s original founding father, Mr. George P. Fleming, mentioned to his students that if they ever needed anything, to let him know. Four years later, in 1970, 30 days after his high school graduation, David Texada did just that. He approached Mr. Fleming for a job as a warehouseman. Not only was David hired, but Mr. Fleming had David obtain a chauffeur's license that same day.

About a year later, Mr. Fleming’s son, George E. (Ged) Fleming, asked David to go into sales, and David never looked back. Then, in 1972, Ged asked David to do something else. Ged informed David that he was going to open up a Home Furniture store in Lafayette, LA, and asked David to transfer with him.  

“Let’s go! And as they say, the rest was history!” was David’s response. And he never looked back.

Adds David, “I then jumped on my motorcycle and rode to Lafayette to check it out. I had never been there in my life!”

Aside from a short stint of moving back to Lake Charles, LA for 5 years in management and sales, David has been at the Lafayette Home Furniture stores ever since, first at the original Lafayette location on Jefferson street, and then at the current location on Surrey street.

 What do you like best about your job?

“I like people! I like talking with everyone…coworkers and customers alike!”

Riggins Dore, Surrey Street store manager, adds, “David has been a staple at home furniture for 52 years. He shows up every day with a smile and is ready to go. He is great with his customers and is a team player through and through.”

Ross Dees, Home Furniture’s Chief Operating Officer and District Manager, adds, “Congratulations David on over 50 years with Home Furniture! You have set a very high bar that I am not sure will ever be broken in terms of years of service. Thanks for all the dedication to our customers and the company throughout your career.”

 

When David is not at work:

“I love fishing, working in my yard, visiting with friends and clients, and of course, spending time with my family.

My son, William, lives in Orlando, FL while my daughter, Dawn, lives in Houston, TX with my two grandchildren, Thad and Avery.”

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know:

“I am the unofficial and unopposed mayor of Swords, LA!”

 Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

“Be friendly. Ask a lot of questions, including our manufacturer’s reps along with your co-workers. You’re never too old to learn something new.”  Tony Kemp, Home Furniture’s Chief Executive Officer, adds, “Congratulations David. May we all be as fortunate as you to have such a long career.”

Born and raised in Lake Charles, LA, David currently resides in Swords, LA.  Great job, David, on your 52 years of continued dedication and loyalty along with being the very first sales hiree of Home Furniture in Lafayette 50 years ago!

Bill Gragg - Employee Spotlight March  2022
Bill Gragg - Employee Spotlight March 2022

Bill’s Journey Here:

Bill Gragg began his journey as an inventory manager at our Beaumont location in 2000. For the next 13 years, he fulfilled the position of assistant manager, and in 2014, Bill became manager of our Nederland store.

What do you like best about your job?

“It’s all about the people. I never wake up in the morning and not want to come to work. The people make all the difference.”

Ross Dees, CFO and District Manager of Home Furniture, adds, “Bill has contributed to the success of Home Furniture for over 21 years!  His personal values are definitely in alignment with our company values. We are extremely grateful for all he has done to help the Beaumont and Nederland stores be so successful during his years of service!”


When Bill is not at work:

“I enjoy spending time with my family, which includes seven grandchildren! And I enjoy watching sports. I love my Astros!”

 

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know:

“That I sold flooring and I was in the restaurant business before joining Home Furniture.”

 

Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

“Be open-minded. Stay positive, and have a plan. Home Furniture doesn’t work inside a box. Enthusiasm will carry you a long way!”

Born and raised in Mid-County, TX, Bill resides in Nederland with his wife, Kay.

After 21 years of service, Bill will be retiring on March 31st, 2022.

Larry Domingue, Beaumont store manager, adds, “Bill and I have worked with each other for more than two decades.  Every position that Bill worked for me, he excelled.  Bill was, and is, well liked in Beaumont by everyone.  He is honest, hard-working, smart, and funny.  The first time that I experienced Bill’s creative sense of humor was at a Christmas party years ago.  Unbeknown to me, Bill went to several employees and video taped them as he asked them who was the best manager.  Each employee responded that Larry was.  The clip ended with him coming home to Kay and asking her who was the best manager at Home Furniture.  She, of course, told Bill that he was, and hugged him.  Then she whispered to the camera, it’s Larry.  It was hilarious.  Bill and I have discussed kids, grandkids, politics, faith, sports, vacationing, and everything that two good friends would discuss.  Bill is a man of faith with very strong convictions. I have loved the times that Bill and I have worked with each other.  Bill has made a great impact on my life and he has been a positive influence on me as a husband, father, grandfather, friend, and manager.  I wish him the best of times as he embarks on a new journey.

Tony Kemp, Home Furniture CEO, adds, “I’m really going to miss Bill. He is a great leader of his team, but he is an even better husband and father.”

Bill, You will always be remembered for your hard work throughout the years. Thank you for your dedication to the team. Enjoy your retirement!

Home Furniture Plus Bedding Celebrates Exceptional Sales Performances for 2021
Home Furniture Plus Bedding Celebrates Exceptional Sales Performances for 2021



Each year an elite group of our sales associates at Home Furniture Plus Bedding earn a place in the Top 15 at the annual President’s Club Banquet. Our 2021 President’s Club recipients are recognized for achieving the highest levels of sales excellence across multiple categories. The 2021 banquet was recently held in Lafayette, Louisiana with an evening of celebration and recognition for the exceptional work our members performed. Each of our 8 stores' top performers were also recognized.  

The 2021 President’s Club winners are as follows (rankings reflect position earned out of a total of 68 associates):

Jacob Ross, Lake Charles, Ranked #1 in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance and Top Overall Sales Performance for Lake Charles

Jay Moon, Lake Charles, Ranked 2nd in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance

Paul D Le, New Iberia, Ranked 3rd in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance and Top Overall Sales Performance for New Iberia Location

Hannah Albers, Lake Charles, Ranked 4th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance and Top Sales Volume for All Locations

Blake Welch, Lake Charles, Ranked 5th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance

Sharon Ford, Lake Charles, Ranked 6th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance

David Burge, Lake Charles, Ranked 7th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance

Burke Eastin, Lafayette, Ranked 8th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance and Top Overall Sales Performance for Johnston Street Location

Darren Spell, Lafayette, Ranked 9th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance and Top Overall Sales Performance for Surrey Street Location

Adele Dearing, Lake Charles, Ranked 10th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance

Beau DeRouen, New Iberia, Ranked 11th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance

Carl Hudson, Baton Rouge, Ranked 12th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance and Top Overall Sales Performance for Airline Hwy Location

Lisa A Brittain, Nederland, Ranked 13th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance and Top Overall Sales Performance for Nederland Location

Lane T Cortez, Lafayette, Ranked 14th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance

John Truong, Beaumont, Ranked 15th in Home Furniture Plus Bedding’s Overall Sales Performance and Top Overall Sales Performance for Beaumont Location

Kevin O’Connor, Baton Rouge, Top Overall Sales Performance for Julia Aubin Location

Home Furniture Plus Bedding was founded in 1945 by George P. Fleming in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Several years later, Mr. Fleming's son, George E. (Ged) Fleming, joined his father's company. The young entrepreneur would soon spread his wings even further and opened his first Home Furniture store in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1972.  Ged Fleming would go on to open several more retail locations in the Lafayette area before eventually expanding his scope to Texas in 1996 with a store in Beaumont. Home Furniture Plus Bedding has expanded in incredible ways over the years. The heart of the company, however, remains with the customer. All members of our staff, from sales associates who work at our retail locations to those who work in our distribution center in Lafayette, are committed to providing you with quality furniture and exceptional service. 

Home Furniture is a Furniture Today's Top 100 Furniture Company in America for the past 15 years.  Shop, save and become part of the ever-growing family of satisfied customers at any of our Home Furniture Plus Bedding locations in Baton Rouge LA, Lafayette LA, New Iberia LA, Lake Charles LA, Nederland TX, or Beaumont TX.  Welcome home!

Nick Scarsone - Employee Spotlight January 2022
Nick Scarsone - Employee Spotlight January 2022

Nick’s journey here:

Nick Scarsone has been with Home Furniture at our Julia Aubin location for over two years. Prior to joining our team, Nick worked at Union Pacific Railroad for 39 years. Nick says, “I stayed with them so long because it was a good job and I have always worked hard and continue to set high standards for myself.”

Charles George, store manager, adds, “Mr. Nick is always at least 30 minutes early for his shift. He is very crafty with tools and keeps our warehouse 100% functional. If there is something he feels will make the job easier, he always puts that in place to help the flow of merchandise coming in and going out of the warehouse doors. Mr. Nick also built racks for our supplies and a tool board to organize all the tools needed to build our floor samples as well as tighten things up when they get a little loose. He has been a leader since his arrival and he is a morning key holder at Store 80. When I was the only manager and my assistant was out for a couple of weeks, Mr. Nick stepped up and opened the store every morning. He’s always willing to help and has a great attitude. He is an asset to our team.”

 

What do you like best about your job?

“It’s a good environment and everyone is friendly, like family. It also keeps me busy and I love meeting customers when they come for load outs.”

 

When Nick is not at work:

“I love spending time with my family. I have 4 kids and 4 grandchildren. I also love listening to and playing music as well as fishing. My favorite sport is baseball, but my favorite sports team is LSU!”

 

The ONE thing most of us may not know:

“I always start my day off with reading a few pages of the Bible. I believe in family and I miss my mom and grandson, Logan, very much.

Born in White Castle, LA, and raised in Plaquemine, LA, Nick and his wife Patsy currently reside in Prairieville, LA.

Roy and Larry - Employee Spotlight December 2021
Roy and Larry - Employee Spotlight December 2021
When I (Gene Bertrand, Store Manager) was asked to recognize someone that I appreciate for our employee spotlight, these are the first two names that came to my mind: Roy Myrick and Larry Bellard.


Roy and Larry are still here. They are the last remaining warehouse team members at our Lake Charles store. Over the last few months, we’ve had others attempt to work in the warehouse, but none have lasted. Yet, over all of the years along with the addition of Covid, enduring a pair of hurricanes, an ice storm, and a flood, Roy and Larry are still here and working better than ever.


Roy joined Home Furniture in April of 1997. He came to us from a job working at the cemetery. That’s a great story if you ever get the chance to hear him tell it! He has seen a LOT of things change around this place! A LOT!


Larry originally started with Home Furniture in January of 2001 after working in the auto-detailing business. He was a Home Furniture delivery helper for over 10 years. He left us in May of 2011, but came back in January of 2018! We are so glad Larry came back Home!


ROY’S HOBBIES:

Fishing; Cleaning and detailing his car; and cheering on the New Orleans Saints! (During football season, I can always tell how the Saints played just by Roy’s demeanor on Mondays!)


LARRY’S HOBBIES:

Pets; fishing; and horseback riding (the only things that Larry is nicer to other than our customers are his animals!)

Larry shows great kindness to the Lake Charles Home Furniture kitties—buying them food and making sure they get fed.


It is not unusual to walk into the warehouse and hear the two of them going at it. It really is almost like a sketched and rehearsed comedy. Larry is a subtle instigator (clever and sneaky) and Roy is quite possibly the best at coming up with one-liners that are very hard to beat (I told Roy he missed his calling as a stand-up comic!). You literally can get stomach pains from laughing if you hang around them for a few minutes. And the whole time they are getting work done and taking care of customers.


They were both around with our founder, Ged Fleming, and continue to honor his legacy by exhibiting many of the values he set forth. Although many things have changed over the years, Roy and Larry have always maintained a steadfast work ethic. Tony, Ross, and Dwayne have mentioned on several occasions how good they are and how fortunate we are to have them here. They are absolutely right!


Thank you, Roy and Larry, for being dedicated, loyal, appreciative, courteous, easy-going, responsible, friendly, and reliable!


Written by Gene Bertrand, Store Manager, Lake Charles Home Furniture Plus Bedding
Paul Le - Employee Spotlight 2021
Paul Le - Employee Spotlight 2021

Paul’s Journey Here:

Paul Le has been a salesperson at our New Iberia, LA location since January, 2017.

Paul first arrived to the United States in 1975 from Vietnam along with his parents, Ben and Ann, his younger sister, Lisa, and his younger brother, Tony.

Says Paul, “Living in the USA and working at Home Furniture is like living the Perfect Dream! Dreams do come true if you want it bad enough and work hard for it! This company has allowed me to fulfill this dream!”

 Joe Davis, store manager, adds, “What makes Paul Le so great is that he truly wants to help people . He opens up the customer’s mind as to what is possible . He does it every day, every week , every month and every year! He is truly a great asset to our company.”

 

What do you like best about your job?

“I love helping people and making their dreams come true as well!”

 

When Paul is not at work:

“While I enjoy travelling and sightseeing, these days occupy my spare time getting ready for the arrival of my daughter, Joli. And of course, I love spending time with my family!”

 

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know:

“That I can speak Vietnamese very fluently!”

 

Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

“Home Furniture is the best company and has the best customers. This is the best job, hands down! If you like helping people, and help them achieve their dream, this is the best job for you.”

Paul resides in New Iberia, LA with his wife, Thao N, and their three sons, Noel, Jake, Jack, and daughter, Joli.

Lori Berwick - Employee Spotlight December 2021
Lori Berwick - Employee Spotlight December 2021

Tony Kemp, Home Furniture CEO, says “We are very fortunate to have Lori on the team. She is a key asset to the ongoing success of our company.”

Lori Berwick works at the Home Furniture Accounting Office in Lake Charles, where she manages the accounting department team. She has been with the company for 27 years. Lori is very passionate about her work and she is also passionate about helping others.  We have recently highlighted 2 of Lori's Mission Trips to Haiti where she traveled with Louisiana's Baptist Children's Home and worked with Louisiana Reach Haiti to build an orphanage for children in and around Port Au Prince. You can read about them here: https://homefurn.com/haiti-part-1   and here:  https://homefurn.com/haiti-mission-trip-home-furniture-plus-bedding.

Lori's 1st mission trip was to Canada where she helped build a kids' camp.  Her mission work will continue, and she hopes through her work and the work of other volunteers, they will make a difference, “I’ve always wanted to do mission work, ... I’m looking forward to going back.”

Thank you, Lori, for your service and dedication for so many at Home Furniture, in our community, and abroad.

Jill Mills - Employee Spotlight November 2021
Jill Mills - Employee Spotlight November 2021

Jill’s Journey at Home Furniture Plus Bedding:

“I began my journey with Home Furniture as an intern in 1996 upon recommendation by one of my professors. Shortly after graduating from McNeese State University, I became full-time at the Lake Charles accounting office, and I’ve been with the company for over 20 years now. I’ve met some amazing co-workers over the years that have become a second family to me!”

What do you like best about your job?

“The thing I appreciate the most is working for Home Furniture, and I appreciate the flexibility that the company offers with an emphasis on work and life balance. I love doing accounting, and coordinating and organizing goodwill events, such as the Give Thanks, Give Hope campaign for St. Jude each year. I’ve been doing this since 2017. The company makes a considerable effort to keep the outreach local and personal, making the experience meaningful for the connection between the community and our Home Furniture employees.

Lori Berwick, Home Furniture CFO, adds, “Jill is a tremendous asset to our accounting department and our company. I’m so glad she is a part of the Home Furniture team.”

When Jill is not at work:

“I enjoy spending time outdoors, reading and traveling. And my family really loves the Houston Astros!”

The ONE thing most co-workers may not know:

“I’ve been on mission trips to Colombia and Nicaragua, where I taught conversational English. Also, my kids and I were extras in a movie filmed in Lafayette, LA, but only my son Aaron’s part made the final cut! Oh, and I am a huge Investigative Discovery Channel and Jeopardy Junkie!”

Advice for anyone wishing to join our Home Furniture Team:

“Home Furniture certainly has a great family atmosphere. The company is very supportive of those who work hard and who are team players.”

Originally from Moss Bluff, LA, Jill and Jason, her husband of 15 years, currently reside in Katy, TX, with their two children, Aaron (13) and Alayna (11), and the family dog, Scout.

Kenn Rosenberg - Employee Spotlight November 2021
Kenn Rosenberg - Employee Spotlight November 2021


Kenn’s Journey at Home Furniture Plus Bedding:

“It all started when I replied to that small ‘Help Wanted’ newspaper ad. I was actually hired as ‘Employee #1’ for the store on September 1st, 2000. I was the assistant manager for over three years and have been in sales ever since,” says Kenn Rosenberg, salesperson at our Airline location in Baton Rouge, LA.



Before joining our team, Kenn's prior work experience included store manager at a local rent-to-own furniture store and supervisor for Copelands.



Harry Wiggins, store manager, adds, “Kenn has been with Home Furniture for 21 years. He is quick to help and offers his input into issues affecting the sales staff. He also helps to train new sales hires and provides assistance to even the long-term salespeople when needed. He is relied upon for his vast experience and rational thought on how to proceed at unsure times. I am very blessed to have Kenn as part of my sales team and truly appreciate all that he does for the store, customers, sales members, and myself. He is one of a kind and has a great sense of humor that is never in short supply.”



What do you like best about your job?

“I enjoy the challenge of what’s going to happen today, and the best thing is, I get to help people! I feel like I’m the best manager of my business. I’m always trying to make everyone around me a little bit better than they were before we met.”



When Kenn is not at work...

“In my spare time, I love listening to my classic rock collection, and I love the tropical lifestyle. I’m actually building a tiki hut in my backyard right now. It’s called ‘Kenn’s Tacky Tiki Hut,’ and I even have a Facebook page for it!”



The ONE thing most of us may not know.

“That I have a very perceptive gift. I often see things that others don’t see when it comes to details.”



Advice for anyone wanting to join our Home Furniture team?

“Focus. Focus. Focus on what we do. Our job is to take care of our Home Furniture customers. We are the best at creating great customer experiences; we just happen to sell furniture and mattresses! And by the way, every customer first is a Home Furniture customer before they become my customer. Every situation is pretty much 3-sided as a Win-Win-Win scenario. The customer must win. The company must win. And then I will win. But if the customer doesn’t win, nobody wins.”



Born in Ohio and raised in Pittsburg, PA, Kenn moved to Slidell, LA in 1978. He and Julie, his wife of 32 years, currently reside in Denham Springs, LA. And oh, by the way, all three of Kenn and Julie’s sons have worked in the Home Furniture warehouse during their college years, and their youngest still does!
J T Truong - Employee Spotlight October 2021
J T Truong - Employee Spotlight October 2021

JT's Journey here.

John "JT" Truong has been a top-performing salesperson at our Beaumont, TX location since April 2014. Before joining our team, JT attended Lamar Institute of Technology while working part-time at a local hardware store. Larry Domingue remarks, "JT has been with us for seven years. He has remained a student of his craft and enjoys helping his fellow salespeople. He is extremely focused and driven. He is dedicated to excellence, and success is the byproduct of his efforts." 

 

What do you like best about your job?

"I've found that being a salesperson at Home Furniture is my calling. What I like best is seeing the smiles on the customers' faces. I always confirm with them that they are satisfied. It makes me feel good knowing that I've done a good job. I continually drive myself to keep learning and improving my skills by reading books as well as educational videos because I know that at the end of the day, I am the one who writes my check."

 

The ONE thing most of us may not know.

"When I'm not at work, I'm flipping houses. I started doing this during the peak of Covid."

 

Advice for anyone wanting to join our Home Furniture team?

"At Home Furniture, we're a winning team. We are people-oriented. Sell to someone as if they are your own family. Work hard, and everything will come your way."

Born in Vietnam, JT moved to Beaumont, TX, in 1999 at nine years of age where he still resides along with his beloved Raycela Campbell and their three adorable children.

 

Fay Zachary- Employee Spotlight September 2021
Fay Zachary- Employee Spotlight September 2021
Fay’s Journey here:
Before joining our team in 2009 at our Airline location in Baton Rouge, Fay Zachary worked in the grocery industry for 26 years and five years working at Office Depot.

Fay’s past retail experience led her to “doing a bit of everything” when she joined our team. And now, her job tasks consist of “still doing a bit of everything!” She also adds, “And the rest is history! I love it here!”

Fay’s skills can be felt anywhere in the store ranging from helping customers at the front counter to managing the warehouse and assisting management.

Harry Wiggins, store manager, adds, “Fay has been a long-term member of the team here at store 50, and I cannot even begin to describe how important she is to the daily operation of the store. She provides great confidence to the sales team, ensuring that the inventory is accurate and provides outstanding customer service. She never hesitates to jump in wherever needed and always does an outstanding job regardless of the task. Fay spends the bulk of her time taking care of others both at work and home. She is always in demand and on the go. She is such an important person in so many lives and truly appreciated by me and all of the employees and customers. Thank you, Fay, for all that you do.”


What do you like best about your job?
“I love what I do, and the fact that I’m not stuck doing the same thing every day is awesome!”

When Fay isn’t at work...
“I enjoy reading and spending time with friends and my seven grandchildren, who range in ages from 3 years to 25 years old.”

The ONE thing most of us may not know?
“That my grandson, Eli, was one of the children featured as a spokesperson for Saint Jude's a few years ago with Home Furniture. He now lives in Columbus, Montana, and is considered fully healed!”

Advice for anyone wanting to join our Home Furniture team?
“To love what you do. Home Furniture is a great company to work for. They care about you. You’re not just a number.”


Born in Alabama and raised in Mississippi since the 6th grade, Fay now resides in Ethel, LA, with her husband, Steve.
Lisa Crooks - Employee Spotlight August 2021
Lisa Crooks - Employee Spotlight August 2021

Lisa's Journey Here:
With one phone call, Lisa Menard Crooks transformed her journey from selling bicycles to establishing a career in sales with Home Furniture at our Johnston Street location beginning in January 2018. Prior to joining our team, Lisa owned and operated Capitol Cyclery for 42 years in Lafayette, LA.

What do you like about being a salesperson?
Lisa said “It doesn’t matter what is being sold, whether it’s bikes or beds, I just make sure I sell myself and my company, and Home Furniture makes it easy for me to welcome the customer and be the best you can at showing them what they need! It’s so exciting and such a joy to help them! I work with some great people, and I know that I have a great team that supports me. I love Home Furniture! It’s such a great team effort here. And if you love what you do, you’re never really doing a job!”

When Lisa isn't at work:
When Lisa was asked what she likes to do when she isn’t at work, she said “I enjoy cooking, but the highlight of my time off is spending time with my two-year-old granddaughter, Scarlett. And I’m looking so forward to my second granddaughter, Audrey, who is due August 8th!”

The ONE thing most of us don't know about you?
What is one thing most people don't know about Lisa? She says “That I am the woman I am today because of my growing up with seven older brothers! That taught me to be strong!”

Advice for anyone wanting to join our Home Furniture sales team?
What is Lisa’s advice for anyone wanting to join our Home Furniture sales team? “Always focus on the moment with your customer. They are excited about shopping and making a purchase and we need to be just as excited, and that’s what makes it so much fun!”


Frank Kolarik, Johnston Street manager, adds, “Lisa is certainly one of the most interesting people that I have had the pleasure to work with.”

Lisa can always be found with a smile and with plenty of enthusiasm and excitement. It’s easy to see why she loves her job so much. She has a vast and comprehensive knowledge of the products she sells, but she also possesses a wealth of knowledge of being in “the people business.”


Born and raised in Lafayette, LA., Lisa now resides in Scott, LA. with her husband, Jack.