Last week, just before Thanksgiving and the bustling holiday season, Bham Now sat down with longtime employees of La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries to talk to them about La-Z-Boy, the Birmingham community and family.
A big family
Our first interview was Renee Louallen. She is in Sales Design, and has worked with La-Z-Boy for 14 years. She described how La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries’ dedicated customers and employees are like a big family.
“Working for this company has truly been a blessing in my life. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t love it. I love meeting people. I love the people that I work with. We are like a big family here,” stated Louallen.
About the La-Z-Boy family, Curt Morris, owner regional La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries added.
“Here at La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Birmingham, Montgomery, Huntsville, and Chattanooga, we feel as if our team members are family. In all reality, it just seems organic knowing that in most cases we spend as much time, if not more with each other than we do with our own true family members.”
Integrity and pride
Eli Anding, an account executive at La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, expressed pride in working for a company that has integrity and whose products are made here in the United States.
“We are a ninety year old company. We invented the recliner. People know us for quality. We are one of the last manufacturers that actually build our furniture here in the United States. Its just an awesome product to sell because it lasts.”
The fact that I get to work for a company that is known for integrity and know when we sell it (furniture) to a customer it is going to last, not just go in a house, but make that house a home.”
Fannie Vanderburg, who is in management at La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, has been with the company for 9 years. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, she illustrated La-Z-Boy’s partnership and volunteer efforts with Ronald McDonald House.
“La-Z-Boy does a lot of work with Ronald McDonald House. We’ve been gathering La-Z-Boy employees together and providing a home cook meal once a month.
The people down there are so gracious, happy and thankful. You have some families who are there for a long period of time. We talk to them about the progress their children are making, getting better and going home. It’s very rewarding to help them.”
Customers for life
Morris summed up La-Z-Boy’s mission.
“As an owner, I know that that many of the thoughts and ideas must come from the people that meet and greet each of our welcomed guests that come through our doors each day. In our corporate office is posted a sign that reads, “None of us is as smart as all of us.” I believe that says it all when it comes to how we feel about our team. I know that it certainly leads us all in the best way to follow our company mission statement. “Passionately create customers for life…One exceptional experience at a time.”
More than just a furniture gallery, La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries gives back to the community, makes its furniture here in the United States and treats its customers and employees just like family.
La-Z-Boy’s After Thanksgiving Black Friday Sale begins on November 24th.