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Art Van Furniture

October 07, 2009 09:07 ET

Art Van Furniture Appoints Kim Yost CEO

WARREN, MI--(Marketwire - October 7, 2009) - Art Van Elslander, Founder and Chairman of Art Van Furniture, today announced the appointment of Kim Yost as the company's Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Art Van Furniture, Yost was CEO of The Brick Group, one of Canada's largest volume retailers of furniture, mattresses, appliances and home electronics.

"Kim Yost is one of the most respected and knowledgeable furniture executives in the industry, with over three decades of trend-setting and innovative retail industry expertise. Because of our long-standing relationship with The Brick, Kim is extraordinarily familiar with our company and I am absolutely delighted to have him on the team to help us move forward with our plans for continued growth," stated Mr. Van Elslander.

Under Mr. Yost's leadership as CEO, sales at The Brick soared from $900 million to $1.6 billion in just six years. Mr. Yost has also held key executive positions with Wosk's, Woolworth and Woodwards.

"It is a privilege to work with an industry leader like Art Van Furniture, and I look forward to growing the business with new stores and new markets," said Mr. Yost. He officially assumed his post as CEO on October 1.

About Art Van Furniture

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Art Van Furniture is Michigan's largest furniture retailer and America's largest independent furniture retailer, operating 31 stores in 29 communities throughout Michigan, a full service e-commerce website and a new freestanding bedding store in Canton, Michigan, 'Art Van Pure Sleep.' The company was recently named "2009 Furniture Retailer of the Year" by Furniture Today. Art Van Furniture is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Michigan. For more information, visit

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