I know there are lots of local gay designer types who’d like a fancy new job!
MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS, the home furnishings/lifestyle gay owned company needs a new CEO!
Downside…their HQ/plant is in the heart of Red State America: Taylorsville North Carolina. You’d have to live in the heart of Trumpsylvania.
I think Gold and Williams are great for being gay corporate success stories (and, they’ve helped to change attitudes in Taylorsville towards LGBTQ people) but to be frank, their “clean crisp white” design aesthetic is just not my cup of tea.
Who wants their house looking like EVERY damn design layout you see in the media? Everything looks like an upscale hotel/plastic surgery office. You really can’t much difference from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams from Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel or IKEA. A sea of crisp white surfaces…zzzzzzzzzzzzz
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Announces Search for New CEO
Search Being Conducted by Global Executive Search and Leadership Advisory Firm Spencer Stuart
April 2018, Taylorsville, NC—Renowned home furnishings brand Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is conducting a CEO Search. “After careful consideration and in light of our company’s growth plans, we have decided to initiate a search for a CEO to help lead us to a new stage of success in the future,” said Mitchell Gold, Chair-man and CEO, who co-founded the company with Bob Williams, President of Design, in 1989.
“Bob and I built this company from the ground up with an incredible team, and now we want someone to take the reins, work with us to transition the company to the next generation of leadership, and allow me to focus on my strengths, including new strategic partnerships for both our products and our ethos,” he notes. Gold will continue as Chair-man following completion of the search.
Based in Taylorsville, NC the company operates a state of the art manufacturing and distribution center spanning close to one million square feet that supports the brand’s expanding retail, wholesale, office and contract/hospitality sectors.
Adds Williams: “With 32 stores and more on the horizon, we are particularly interested in finding someone who is an expert in retail to help guide our expansion.”
Many consumers know the brand’s furnishings and philosophy of comfort from its extensive coverage in national and regional media. The company offers employee friendly benefits that help attract top talent, including a not-for-profit, education-based on-site daycare center and a health-conscious gourmet café run by the company’s corporate chef. The company also provides health fairs, an on-site nurse, and college scholarships for children of employees.
The Stephens Group, a family-owned investment firm based in Little Rock, AR, has backed the company since 2014. The Stephens Group uses its permanent capital base and extensive resources to support private companies with compelling growth opportunities in pursuit of their long-term strategies.
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams has retained the services of global executive search and leadership advisory firm, Spencer Stuart to lead the search for the next CEO.
About Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Corporate Headquarters/Factory: Taylorsville, North Carolina
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is a renowned lifestyle furniture brand best known for comfortable, stylish and well-priced modern upholstery, tables, storage, lighting, rugs, accessories, bed linens, a carefully edited collection of wall art and a drapery collection.
From the beginning, Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams set out to create a company with a different mindset–one that would take care of its employees and customers in a way no other had. As a result, they have raised the bar and set a standard in the traditional furniture industry for others to follow. The company’s family-centric programs started from the outset and continued with innovative efforts including the creation of Lulu’s Childhood Enrichment Center, an award-winning, non-profit, on-site daycare facility so employees of the company and members of their rural community had a great place to drop off their children and grandchildren in the morning (the daycare was the first on-site center in the residential furniture industry, setting the standard for others to follow).
Another benefit to employees is Café Lulu, their health-conscious gourmet cafe run by the company’s formally trained chef so that employees can always have healthy, affordable meals. There is also a physical fitness center, college scholarships for students of employees, a free annual health fair, and many other programs that continue to contribute to the company’s exceptionally low turnover, and industry-leading productivity levels. The company is considered a model corporation within its community, at the regional and national levels, and received the Large Business of the Year award for the third time in five years from the Alexander County Chamber of Commerce.
Today, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams employs over 1,000 people. The factory headquarters is in Taylorsville, NC, where they operate from a modern 1M square foot facility. Many consumers already know Mitchell and Bob’s philosophy of comfort from their furniture and retail stores. The company they co-founded has become a leading home-furnishings brand. There are Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Signature Stores that carry exclusively their products, in cities ranging from New York to D.C., Boston, Chicago, Houston, St. Louis, Denver, Miami, Kansas City, Atlanta, Dallas, Austin and Beverly Hills. From an initial investment of $60,000, the company has grown into a multi-million-dollar business.
Mitchell and Bob are known for creating a corporate culture that respects diversity, supports education, and has been environmentally responsible since its inception. Mitchell is a Commissioner on the North Carolina Child Care Commission, sits on North Carolina Governor Cooper’s Business Council and the board of directors of The Tyler Clementi Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to end bullying everywhere for everyone. Mitchell edited a book entitled, CRISIS: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain & Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America, now out in paperback as CRISIS: What everyone should know about growing up gay. Bob also makes design contributions, such as creating table settings for Elle Décor’s Dining by Design, a benefit for DIFFA, and styling rooms for The Hamptons Designer Showhouse by House & Garden, benefiting Southampton Hospital.
In addition to its popularity with consumers, Gold and William’s furniture is a favorite of interior designers, TV and feature film set designers, and the design press. It has been chosen in the redecoration of the Obama White House. It has appeared on the sets of Friends, Sex & the City, The Office, The Good Wife, The Good Fight and This is Us to name a few.
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams furnishings have appeared in every major shelter and lifestyle publication. They have been recognized by magazines such as Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and Metropolitan Home—from whom Mitchell Gold +Bob Williams has received “Design 100” awards. Mitchell and Bob were chosen as one of Inc.magazine’s “Entrepreneurs We Love.” Their first book, Let’s Get Comfortable: How to Furnish and Decorate a Welcoming Home, was published by Meredith Books in March 2007, and led to two appearances on NBC’s highly acclaimed Today Show.
In addition, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams released their second decorating book in October 2009, to commemorate the company’s 20th anniversary. Entitled The Comfortable Home (Clarkson Potter/Melcher Media, Inc.), it is not only a beautiful decorating book, but is packed with invaluable information about how to make your home more comfortable. The authors were featured on the Today Show as well as on other TV programs across the country. 2014 marked the company’s 25thanniversary, and they released a third coffee table book to commemorate this milestone entitled Who We Are, published by renowned book house Assouline and based on the company’s 25 mantras. It is a combination coffee-table/business book, covering Mitchell and Bob’s takes on life, style, philanthropy, and business.