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Home furnishings executive Bud Young launches CR Young Consulting

Bud Young, a home furnishings industry marketing executive with more than 40 years of experience, recently launched CR Young Consulting, a full-service consulting firm for home furnishings manufacturers.

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Young intends to use his experience and professional connections to offer consulting services for all aspects of home furnishings manufacturing, including exports, financing,  marketing and product development, according to a press release.

"My goal in creating CR Young Consulting is to bring a new approach to servicing the home furnishings industry," Young said. "I am excited for this opportunity to share what I've learned throughout my career and to offer clients the services of people I've enjoyed working with, who are each experts in their fields."

"Bud Young possesses the unique combination of knowledge, experience, dedication and integrity, and in this industry, that's priceless to have on your team," said designer Bob Timberlake. "Bud is not only immensely talented and knows everyone in the industry, he's also a pleasure to work with."

A number of leaders in the home furnishings industry will contribute to the services CR Young Consulting will offer.

Bruce Hric, former president and CEO of Capel Rugs and current managing director with Essex Capital Group, has developed a partnership with CR Young to advise clients with capital needs.

"I have enjoyed a great relationship with Bud over 11 years, and I look forward to working in partnership with him to help companies in the home furnishings industry finance their operations going forward," Hric said.

Norm Sweeters, president of Sweeters Consulting, will offer his services to clients interested in sourcing floor coverings and related textiles out of India and Nepal.

"I've known Bud for many years, and he has more marketing and exports savvy than anyone I know," Sweeters said. "I am excited to be networking with such a notable member of the home furnishings industry."

One of CR Young's early goals is to offer clients the opportunity to tap into fabric sourcing opportunities in India other than area rugs.

"India is one of the most culturally diverse fabric-producing countries in the world, and there is a tremendous amount of opportunity for design and fabric variety from that region," said Leslie Stroh, publisher of Rug News and Design Magazine. "By offering the opportunity to source fabrics out of India, CR Young will be giving its clients access to beautiful, handmade products that help them fill a unique niche in the home furnishings market."

Sarah Stroh Thornton, a principal in Trade Data Reports, will be acting as a textile design coordinator for CR Young clients who source out of India. She will work with designers from CR Young clients on the operational realities of design implementation in India.

CR Young also plans to create a consortium of Southeastern home furnishings companies and to establish a permanent joint showroom for those companies at Source of Furniture and Accessories, the design center at the International Centre in Toronto. According to a press release, the goals of the project are for participating companies to work collectively with the aim of increasing foreign market share, exploiting potential in the Canadian market and gaining exposure to the design community.

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