Castelle Names Mark Stephens EVP of Sales
Friday, September 22, 2017
Castelle announces that well-regarded industry professional Mark Stephens has joined the company as executive vice president of Sales for the handcrafted luxury outdoor furnishings line. In this role, he will work with the Castelle network of regional directors and independent territory managers and oversee sales flow and growth of the line nationwide.
“Mark is a consummate professional with immense knowledge from years of working in the home category,” said Derek Ritzel, president and CEO of Castelle. “With more than 10 years of experience within Furniture Brands International (FBI), and subsequently the Heritage Home Group, he is poised to make an immediate impact on our business. We look to Mark to offer his extensive industry insight and provide our customers and our sales team with ongoing direction and leadership.”
Stephens joins Castelle following his tenure as vice president of Sales for the Heritage Home Group that encompasses the assets of Furniture Brands International (FBI) including Lane, Broyhill, Thomasville, Drexel, Henredon as well as the outdoor furniture brand Lane Venture. His experience within the home category previously had included vice president of Sales and Marketing for FBI. In 2011, Mark was promoted to president of Broyhill Furniture, returning the iconic furniture brand to growth and profitability.
“I look forward to joining such an industry leader as Castelle and for the opportunity to build and grow upon the success the company has realized within the casual furnishings segment,” said Stephens. “With Castelle’s dedication to providing clients with innovative products and advanced customer service, I’m looking forward to being a part of Castelle’s growth strategy to further enhance its strong position in the market.”
Stephens is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Communication. He currently resides in Summerfield, North Carolina, with his wife, Ellen, and their five sons and will be relocating to South Florida.
For 40 years, Castelle has distinguished itself in the manufacturing of award-winning luxury casual furniture. Innovation, state of the art manufacturing, and superior quality products are the trademark of Castelle and the reason Castelle is recognized as a leader in the casual furniture industry. Castelle has been the recipient of multiple Manufacturing Leadership awards for the Cast Aluminum category.
For more information about Castelle and its line of casual furniture visit www.castelleluxury.com.