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Industry vet Michael Foulds retires

 21 May 2019     Ashley Newport 

LONDON - An industry veteran recently announced that he will be retiring this summer.

In a statement, Zucora Home said its long-time sales executive, Michael Foulds, will retire at the end of June.

Foulds has dedicated 63 years of service to the industry.

“I have been very fortunate to have been able to spend so many years serving retailers throughout the home furnishings industry,” said Foulds. “Many of the people that I’ve had the pleasure of working with have become such great friends.”

Foulds began his sales career in 1956 with his first position as a sales agent for Pride of Paris Drapery Fabrics (formerly Holland Traders) selling drapery fabric and hardware to customers in the Maritimes, Newfoundland, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.

In 1963, Foulds joined Sklar Furniture Company (later renamed as Sklar-Peppler) in London, Ontario. He represented Sklar-Pepplar for 47 years, working as an export manager and opening accounts in Bolivia, the Middle East, and Jordan.

Foulds increased his representation with various product lines that included Leather Trend, Eurodesign, Crawford and Zucora Home (formerly Magi Seal). In 2010, Foulds decided to exclusively represent Zucora Home.

“Mike is a true people-person,” said Brad Geddes, president and CEO of Zucora Home. “Not only is he a real gentleman, but Mike possesses incredible integrity, positive enthusiasm and boundless energy,” said Geddes.  “I’ve always admired Mike for his willingness to share his expertise. He has been a great mentor for me personally and for so many in our industry,” said Geddes. “I know his professional and wise counsel will be missed!”

In his earlier years, Foulds enjoyed riding his motorcycle, tennis and downhill skiing. He later discovered golf and gardening. Both of which keep him active.

Foulds plans to enjoy his retirement by spending more time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

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This HGO article was written by:
Ashley Newport
Ashley Newport

A regular contributor to HGO Merchandiser, Ashley Newport is a Toronto-based freelance journalist who writes primarily for trade and business publications. Her specialties include food, hospitality and emerging social/business trends.

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