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2019 RSP honourees named

 29 April 2019     Michael J. Knell 

LONDON, Ontario – The organisers have announced the names of the four individuals who will receive the Retail Sales Professional Award (RSP) at the upcoming Canadian Home Furnishings Awards gala, set to be held on the opening night of this year’s Canadian Furniture Show (CFS).

During the evening, one of these regional recipients will also be recognised as Canada’s National Retail Sales Professional for 2019.

“Excellence in retail sales is driven by impeccable customer care and the recipients of the 2019 class are true examples of Canada’s retail best. At a time when retail is transforming and customer expectations are more challenging, I applaud and thank these leaders for their commitment to consistently deliver outstanding sales and service,” Brad Geddes, president of Zucora Home, the program’s presenting sponsor, said in a statement.

The 2019 RSP Award recipients include:

  • Amanda Mansfield of Hampton House Furniture in New Minas, Nova Scotia for the Atlantic Region;

  • Christina Lamont of Smitty’s Fine Furniture in Kitchener, Ontario for the Central Region;

  • Jennifer Nelson of Leon’s Furniture in Medicine Hat, Alberta for the Western Region; and,

  • Parry Gallagher of Coombs Junction Furniture in Coombs, British Columbia for the Pacific Region.

The recipients were selected from nominations received from their peers, associates and managers in an industry-wide nomination process by a four-member panel that included David Cohn, national sales director for Zucora Home; John Power, general manager of sales and strategic development for Mega Group; Raffaele Laserra, assistant vice president of home furnishings for Cantrex Nationwide; and, Corrie-Ann Knell, director of sales and marketing for Home Goods Online.

Now in its third year, the program’s supporting sponsors include Home Goods Online, the Canadian Home Furnishings Alliance and the Canadian Furniture Show.

For more information about the gala or to buy tickets to attend, contact CHFA president Murray Vaughan by telephone at (905) 678-4678 or by e-mail at The gala will be held on the evening of May 24 in the International Centre’s Orion Ballroom.

The event will also see the presentation of the CHFA’s Retailer of the Year Award to Paul Hogeboom of La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries and the Lifetime Achievement Award to Daniel Walker, president of leather upholstery specialist Jaymar Furniture.

The 2019 Canadian Furniture Show will run from May 24 to 26 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

To learn more about the Retail Sales Professional Awards program or its previous recipients, visit the web site at

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This HGO article was written by:
Michael J. Knell
Michael J. Knell

Michael is the publisher and editor of Home Goods Online. A seasoned business journalist, he has researched and written about the furniture, mattress and major appliance industries in both Canada and the United States for the past three decades.

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