Harold Hudson, president of Summer Classics Private Label, is the new chairman of the board of directors for the International Casual Furnishings Assn. and is starting the year with a strong idea of what he believes its focus should be.
This year, Hudson said his No. 1 focus will be on helping ICFA retailer members get back to their level of pre-COVID-19 level of health.
“Our strategic initiatives for 2021 and 2022 will promote their recovery and compel more retailers to join as they recognize the value of this dedicated support,” said Hudson. “We’ll continue to create and enhance the networking, educational and philanthropic opportunities that make the ICFA so vital to professional success for every segment of our membership.”
A 29-year veteran with Summer Classics, Hudson has been an active member of the ICFA, previously holding board positions, as well as a member of the Hearth Products and Barbecue Assn. Last year, he served on the ICFA nominating and executive committees.
At Summer Classics, Hudson has served as controller, operations manager, vice president of sales and now president. “Our ‘hybrid’ business model gives me a unique perspective on the relationship between manufacturers and retailers. I understand the challenges facing