Roy Calcagne, who has been CEO and president of Craftmaster for 16 years, plans to step down after the October furniture market, a news release from Craftmaster said.
Calcagne has been in the furniture industry for 41 years. He started at Craftmaster when Samson Holdings bought the company. He saw the furniture manufacturer through several expansions, including the most recent addition in Lenoir.
Calcagne said the decision to retire brought mixed emotions. “I have thoroughly enjoyed every step of the way and have developed some wonderful friendships over the past 41 years,” Calcagne said in the release. “This industry is made up of a close-knit group of outstanding people from my co-workers, our customers and suppliers.”
Calcagne helped Craftmaster celebrate 50 years in business this year.
A new president will be announced shortly, and Calcagne will help during the transition.
Calcagne’s wife Barbara, director of interior design sales for Craftmaster, plans to retire as well, he said in the release. “We will now enjoy more time with our family and friends along with some long overdue travel plans,” Calcagne said.
Craftmaster Furniture was founded in 1972 in Taylorsville. Its specialties are custom-ordered and moderate-priced upholstery produced in the United States. Craftmaster is a subsidiary of Samson Holdings along with Universal Furniture and Legacy Classic Furniture.