Management

Our management is responsible for implementing strategies set by our Board and providing leadership to put them into effect. Let us show you the team who have attributed their strength and expertise to make our company a success.

Management

Samuel Kuo (Shan Huei Kuo)

Co-Founder, CEO, Chairman & Executive Director

Samuel Kuo is an Executive Director of the Company and Chairman of the Board since 11 July 2005, Chairman of the Nomination Committee and Chief Executive Officer of Lacquer Craft Mfg. Co., Ltd. (Zhejiang). Mr. Kuo is a director of various subsidiaries of the Company. Mr. Kuo is one of the founders of our business and has been one of the principal managers responsible for our business and corporate strategy, marketing and production operations and expansion strategies. Mr. Kuo has more than 30 years of experience in the furniture business in Taiwan, the PRC and the U.S. Mr. Kuo is also the former Chairman of the Taiwan Businessmen’s Association Dongguan. Mr. Kuo served two years in the military in Taiwan after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics Development from Tamkang University in 1978.

Mr. Kuo is the husband of Ms. Yi-Mei Liu, Executive Director of the Company and Deputy Chairman of the Board. Mr. Kuo and Ms. Liu are the controlling and substantial shareholders of the Company.

Grace Liu (Yi-Mei Liu)

Co-Founder, Deputy Chairman & Executive Director

Grace Liu is an Executive Director of the Company and Deputy Chairman of the Board since 11 July 2005. She is also a director of all subsidiaries of the Company. Ms. Liu, together with her husband, Mr. Shan Huei Kuo, Executive Director of the Company and Chairman of the Board, are founders of our business. Ms. Liu has over 30 years of experience in the furniture business and she has been closely involved in executing the corporate strategy and daily operations of our Group. In addition to her general management role, she oversees the financial control, cash management and human resources operations of our business. Ms. Liu obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Suzhou University in 1979.

Ms. Liu and Mr. Kuo are the controlling and substantial shareholders of the Company.

Mohamad Aminozzakeri

President, Lacquer Craft & Executive Director

Mohamad Aminozzakeri, also known as Mohamad Amini, is an Executive Director of the Company since 24 October 2005. Mr. Aminozzakeri is also a director of Houson International Limited and Willis Gambier (UK) Limited, members of the Group and President of Lacquer Craft and has been with our Group since May 1995. Prior to becoming President, he held senior management positions in Lacquer Craft both in manufacturing and sales and marketing, and was formerly the executive Vice-President of Lacquer Craft. Mr. Aminozzakeri owned and operated furniture retail stores in California and Arizona for 6 years before then. Mr. Aminozzakeri has over 30 years of experience in the furniture industry and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University in Long Beach in 1983.

Jeffrey R. Scheffer

President and CEO, Universal Furniture

Jeffrey R. Scheffer, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Furniture. Mr. Scheffer joined our Group in December 2008 and came to us from Stanley Furniture where he was President and Chief Executive Officer. During Mr. Scheffer’s 30 years’ career in the furniture industry, he has also held the top executive position of American Drew and executive positions with Hyundai Furniture and Carter Industries. Mr. Scheffer was also Vice President-Sales at Universal Furniture from 1992-1996. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Miami University in 1978.

Michael W. Jolly

President and COO, Baker Interiors Group

Michael W. Jolly, aged 61, is the President of Baker Interiors Group. Mr. Jolly joined Baker in September 2018 when he joined the company as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining the Samson Group, Mr. Jolly served as Vice President – Residential Casegoods Operations at Bernhardt Furniture for 10 years. Mr. Jolly began his professional career with Thomasville Furniture where he served for 27 years in various leadership roles including Sr. Vice President – Operations and Supply Chain, as well as other executive positions. Mr. Jolly received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1979.

Donald A. Essenberg

President and CEO, Legacy Classic

Donald A. Essenberg, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Legacy Classic. He transferred from Universal Furniture, where he first began in 2009. Mr. Essenberg has held senior sales and merchandising positions with Broyhill Furniture, Berkline, Bernhardt Furniture and Magnussen Home. He has over 30 years of experience in the furniture industry. Mr. Essenberg received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in management and marketing from Appalachian State University in 1977.

Earl R. Wang

Vice President, Samson International

Earl R. Wang, aged 54, is Vice President of Mass Merchandise Division (d.b.a. Samson International) of Samson Marketing. Mr. Wang has previously held the positions of President of Legacy Classic Kids and has been with our Group since December 2011. Prior to joining our Group Mr. Wang previously held the position of Sr. Vice President of Merchandising at LEA/American Drew/Hammary. With more than 20 years' experience in the furniture industry, Mr. Wang has held various management positions in product development and merchandising as well as working for Universal Furniture Mass Merchandise Division and Riverside Furniture. Mr. Wang received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL in 1986.

Roy R. Calcagne

President and CEO, Craftmaster Furniture

Roy R. Calcagne, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Craftmaster Furniture and has been with our Group since August 2003. Prior to joining our Group, Mr. Calcagne was Vice President of Merchandising at Broyhill Furniture Industry. He has previously worked for Joan Fabrics Corporation as Vice President of Sales and Macy’s department store as Merchandise Manager and Upholstery Buyer. Mr. Calcagne has over 25 years of experience in the furniture industry. Mr. Calcagne was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1981.

Noel L. Chitwood

President, LacquerCraft Hospitality

Noel L. Chitwood, age 59, is President of Lacquercraft Hospitality and has been with the Group since April, 2010. Mr. Chitwood came to our group from contract furniture producer American of Martinsville where he served as President for 9 years of his tenure with the company following a 2 year period as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Prior to entering the contract furniture industry, Mr. Chitwood enjoyed a successful 18 year career in the Banking sector specializing in commercial lending. Mr. Chitwood received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Virginia Tech in 1980 and he also completed the post-graduate Stonier Graduate School of Banking program at the University of Delaware in 1996.

Michael MOORE

President and CEO, Grand Manor Furniture

Michael MOORE, age 64, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Grand Manor Furniture and has been with the group since the May 2016 acquisition of the company. Mr. Moore brings almost 40 years of experience with some of the leading providers to the hospitality industry. Senior management positions with American of Martinsville, Sealy, Shelby Williams, Charter, and Flexsteel makes him uniquely suited to lead Grand Manor’s hospitality focused business. Mr. Moore received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of North Carolina in 1975 and has completed additional management seminars at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and the Institute for International Studies & Training in Tokyo.