Gardner-White strengthens executive team with 3 moves

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Gardner-White strengthens executive team with 3 moves


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Top 100 retailer Gardner-White has made three strategic management hires as it continues its growth in Michigan.

Will Daughtrey was named vice president of merchandising, Aime Fitzhugh was promoted to president of bedding, and Matt Kibler became the Auburn Hills, Mich.-based retailer’s chief information officer. The announcement was made by Gardner-White President Rachel Stewart.

“As Gardner-White evolves and strengthens our position as an influential leader with the best team in the home furnishings industry locally and nationally, we are committed to hiring and promoting the best of the best,” said Stewart. “Will Daughtrey, Aime Fitzhugh and Matt Kibler possess proven expertise as well as exceptional talent, strength and vision. We are proud to welcome Will to the Gardner-White family as we also celebrate the achievements of Aime and Matt.”

Daughtrey joins Gardner-White after serving as vice president of merchandising for Kane’s Furniture in central Florida. Prior to that he was Chief Commercial Officer for Standard Furniture Manufacturing. He spent 14 years at Badcock Home Furniture & More in management training and as a supply chain analyst and category manager. He earned a bachelor’s degree in design from Clemson University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Florida.

Fitzhugh has more than 40 years of experience in the retail furniture industry, and 24 of those years have been with Gardner-White. His promotion to president of bedding comes after playing an integral role in establishing Gardner-White as a bedding giant in Michigan.

Kibler served as Gardner-White’s e-commerce and web development coordinator from 2016 and became director of digital strategy at the company in November 2021, with responsibilities including digital marketing strategy, enterprise integration, process automation and business intelligence. In his new role, Kibler will lead all future digital transformation initiatives. Prior to joining Gardner-White, he was a web developer at Igadea, LLC.

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Thomas Lester is Retail Editor for Furniture Today and Digital/Managing Editor for Home Accents Today. A graduate of Emory & Henry College’s mass communications program, Lester worked for newspapers in Virginia and North Carolina for a dozen years, covering a variety of topics ranging from community news, government, education, ACC sports, professional baseball and more before joining Furniture Today. in 2013. Reach out to me with your story ideas, tips and more at [email protected]



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