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The Hammock Source Hires Nifong as VP of Sales & Marketing

The Hammock Source Hires Nifong as VP of Sales & Marketing

The Hammock Source hired Todd H. Nifong to serve as vice president of sales and marketing. Nifong is an innovative and dynamic executive bringing 18 years of experience in the home furnishings and textile industry. He is a strong leader with a progressive career encompassing operations, sales, design, merchandising, marketing, business management, and distribution in both domestic and international markets.

Prior to joining the Hammock Source, Nifong held executive positions with Swavelle Performance Fabrics LLC, New York, New York; and Al Fresco Functional Fabrics, High Point, North Carolina. He is an industry award winner and has been chairman of the International Textile Alliance and International Casual Furnishings Association board member.

Nifong’s goals at The Hammock Source are to “continue the tradition of creating and providing the highest quality handcrafted products to our business partners while exploring and validating growth opportunities in adjacent markets. Refine and leverage the immense amount of resources and talent at the Hammock Source to achieve sustainable growth for the future of every aspect of the business.” In addition, he wants to “create a dynamic team that will be able to react to the ever-changing marketplace needs and continually exceed our partners expectations.”

“We are very excited about having Todd join our team,” says CEO Walter Perkins III. “His experience and enthusiasm will continue to propel The Hammock Source successfully into the future.”

Executive vice president Doug Peppler will become the new president of Agio, USA, as part of a long-planned management succession arrangement. He succeeds Bob Gaylord, Agio’s visionary co-founder, who will move into the newly created position of executive committee chairman. In this new role, Gaylord will step into a strategic advisory position.

Peppler, a company partner, has been with Agio for nearly 20 years, rising through Agio’s senior management positions. In his latest position, Peppler managed and oversaw Agio’s key account business. He has also been active in ICFA for many years, including serving on the association’s board of directors. In 2018, Peppler succeeded John Oppenheimer, Agio’s executive vice president and partner for over 20 years before his retirement.

Peppler conceived and launched Agio’s “Reserve Program,” a warehousing option that introduced many single dealers or small chains to direct-shipping by “reserving” certain collections to be mixed and matched into a single container for importing. Another career highlight is his leadership to reintroduce traditional furniture retailers or acquaint first-time furniture merchants with selling outdoor furniture.

“Over the years, Agio, USA has brought together some of the best product managers, designers, R&D, and merchandisers in the industry,” Peppler says. “Working with such a great group of people has made my career here extremely fulfilling and rewarding.”

Gaylord, who is recognized in the outdoor furniture industry as an innovator and visionary, will no longer be involved in day-to-day company management. However, as executive committee chair, he will continue to provide guidance and cultivate industry relations he’s built up over five decades.

Gaylord lists a number of highlights—Agio’s leadership in outdoor fire elements and the portable gas firepit in particular; the move away from glass-top tables to higher quality tops; investing in actionable trend research and hiring fresh designers; and the overall embrace of “The Outdoor Room” concept. But Gaylord believes the greatest impact was his pioneering role in building longstanding manufacturing relationships in China and his unabashed boosterism of the outdoor category.

“The relationships we established as the company grew have mutually benefitted not only furniture retailers of all stripes—specialty, traditional, dot-com, clubs—but consumers; perhaps most of all from quality goods at accessible price points,” Gaylord says. “I’m really proud of the way we operate. We’re one ownership group, with multiple designers and campuses to pull from. That’s the secret to Agio’s ability to deliver quality goods on time.”