Swavelle Mill Creek names new CEO, CFO

Jeff, left, and Greg Thomases.

Jeff Thomases has stepped down as CEO of fabric resource  Swavelle Mill Creek, parent company of Bella-Dura Home, Bella-Dura and more, and its CFO, Alan Halpern has retired.

Greg Thomases has stepped into Jeff’s former role as CEO, and Jeff, although not involved with day-to-day activities, will retain the title of Chairman & Founder and remain active in the organization and involved with product development and strategic planning. In his new role, Greg will oversee all aspects of Swavelle’s business and continue to lead sales efforts for the furniture division.

Eric Zissman, Swavelle’s controller for more than a decade, will take on the role of CFO for Halpern, who had been with Swavelle for more than 30 years. Having worked closely with Halpern for the past thirteen years, Zissman will oversee all financials, IT and HR in his new role.


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Designer Genevieve Trousdale launches Circaphiles

Genevieve Trousdale, founder of Circaphiles.

Interior designer Genevieve Trousdale launched Circaphiles, a platform created to connect industry experts through a private community in an effort to share educational assets, experiences and access to a network of resources, on Oct. 29.

Conceptualized in late 2019, Trousdale has been working to create a platform that can serve as a designer’s right hand.

“Saving time and energy is, arguably, the most common thing any solopreneur or design firm needs. The time-vampires of qualifying new vendors, asking design peers for advice, finding collaborators for projects and educating yourself and your staff will now be accessible in this one central, credible place privatized to the trade,” Trousdale said. “In particular, reviewing vendors and their products has caught the attention of most designers when they hear about the platform. In my humble opinion, I think the greatest part about Circaphiles is that it will be built upon by every single professional and student member. ”

As an exclusive resource, Circaphiles is reserved for the top level of design professionals. The platform’s vendors include curated and personally vetted brands, artisans and service providers drawing upon decades of A-list experience. Circaphiles has enlisted designers such as Timothy

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