Sustainable Furnishings Council announces 2017 board of directors

Retailer, editor and outdoor furniture manufacturer join SFC

SFC L to R: Erika Heet, Matthew Huber, Rene DeKok
EDENTON, N.C. — The Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC), the leading advocate for the responsible sourcing, manufacturing, marketing and sale of residential furnishings, welcomes three new appointees to its board of directors.

The new members of the board, who begin their three-year term this year, are Rene DeKok, president and CEO of ScanCom, a Vietnam-based manufacturer of outdoor furnishings; Erika Heet, Editor-in-Chief of Interiors magazine and Matt Huber, vice president and marketing director of Belfort Furniture.

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"I am excited to have Rene, Erika and Matt as the newest members of the SFC Board of Directors as we begin our second decade of service to the industry,” said SFC Board President of Room and Board, Steve Freeman.

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The board will execute key SFC initiatives for 2017, including the "What's It Made Of?" initiative, which was announced at the organization's tenth anniversary celebration last October and will launch officially in March. The organization will continue to focus on helping furnishings companies reduce their environmental footprint, and helping shoppers shop for and buy sustainably-manufactured furnishings.

The SFC staff will expand in 2017 to include a new member services manager, who will ensure member companies are vetted and served with a suite of membership benefits. Educational programming at industry events and online will be robust and substantive. Programs such as the popular GREENleaders certificate course and the new #GetYourGreenOn interior design competition will continue to educate businesses about what’s cutting-edge in the arena of sustainability, provide useful strategies for creating a healthy home and teach businesses how to be successful in a low-carbon economy.

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