Martin Ploy to Retire from AICO After Greater than 50 Years in Trade

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After over 50 years within the residence furnishings business, Martin Ploy, President of AICO is saying that he has determined to retire this yr in early November. Mr. Ploy has loved a really exceptional profession and has been a part of AICO’s government management crew for the final twenty years, approaching board as Vice President of Gross sales & Advertising and marketing in 2002, and has served the previous twelve years as AICO’s President.

“Martin’s manufacturing, retail, gross sales, advertising and marketing, managerial background, and distinctive communication abilities have been an excellent asset to our firm and our business. His broad breadth of experiences has at all times supplied us with a novel and stable perspective as to how we should always worth our workers, prospects, and our suppliers, with an aggressive drive and important eye on constructing our enterprise for the longer term,” mentioned CEO Michael Amini.

Ploy’s influence on the house furnishings business has been monumental.  He has had a various profession within the business together with his expertise in retail in addition to wholesale. Previous to AICO he previously was the Government Vice President for retailer RB Furnishings, Key Accounts Government for Kanowsky Furnishings, and Government Vice President of Gross sales for BenchCraft Furnishings.

As Ploy’s profession began to take form, he determined it was time to provide again. As a retailer supervisor for RB Furnishings in 1974 he grew to become President of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce after which served as a volunteer ‘listener’ for the Ventura Hotline. In 1980 he received concerned with the House Furnishings Chapter of Metropolis of Hope and ultimately served as President in 1984 and 1985, in 1989 was honored because the Humanitarian of the 12 months by the House Furnishings Chapter of Metropolis of Hope and was offered the distinguished Spirit of Life Award.

His ardour and work for Metropolis of Hope has continued and grown. He at the moment serves as member of the Worldwide House Furnishings Trade Advisory Board. He’s energetic in producing assist for each The Spirit of Life Dinner in Excessive Level and the West Coast Golf outing in Southern California. Additionally, he’s at all times a number one fund raiser for Metropolis of Hope’s Stroll for Hope the place Ploy has served as captain of the AICO All-Stars for the previous 12 years.

One other necessary and philanthropic effort of Ploy’s has been his unwavering assist and energetic participation as a member of the Board of Administrators of the American House Furnishings Corridor of Fame Basis. He was a member of the Government Committee for 4 years and served as Chairman final yr. Ploy continues to be an necessary advocate and fund raiser for the Corridor of Fame.

Ploy has at all times appreciated his time as a salesman and can ever be pleased about these experiences and classes that helped form his profession. His influence on gross sales professionals has been profound over the course of his profession. In 2018, he was awarded the Pillar of the Trade Award by the Worldwide House Furnishings Representatives Affiliation.

AICO Government Vice President, David Koehler, states, “Martin has had an indelible influence, not solely because the President of AICO, however all through his illustrious profession within the residence furnishings business, and within the charitable work he has achieved.  He has at all times been an action-oriented chief with a resolute concentrate on ‘doing it now.’ It has been my luck to work with and study from Martin. He’s really a novel, one-of-a-kind chief who has given a lot to so many individuals. I’m extraordinarily grateful for Martin Ploy.”

Retirement has not come simple for Ploy, however now he says, “I’m anxious to spend extra time with my spouse and do some lengthy missed touring. Except for journey, I must get out on the golf course once more, compensate for my studying and probably do some writing too. Additionally, I’ll proceed to at all times do volunteer work.”

Ploy goes on to say, “Stepping away from the world of furnishings after 55 years will definitely be an unlimited change for me. I’ve loved this business a lot, and the extraordinary those that make this residence furnishings neighborhood so particular. All through my profession I’ve been so lucky to work with nice leaders and lecturers that helped me develop and develop…I hope in a roundabout way, I’ve been in a position to do the identical for others. I suppose the toughest half about leaving is lacking the really devoted and caring folks of AICO, particularly Michael.”

“Martin’s management and strategic pondering over these previous 20 years has been invaluable to our success. He’s not solely a world class government, but in addition a particular and distinctive individual and I’m lucky to name him my pal. Martin, thanks for the whole lot you will have achieved for me personally, for our firm, and for the business. I’m most grateful,” mentioned Amini.

AICO will rejoice Martin Ploy’s profession at Excessive Level Market with a cocktail reception of their Showroom on Saturday, October 22nd, from 4:00-6:00PM IHFC-C802.


About AICO

AICO is a world residence furnishings firm that manufactures residence furnishings and accent product traces of full case items and collections, high-fashion upholstery, prime of mattress designs, and an prolonged catalog of accent items.

CEO and Founder, Michael Amini, combines his in depth world travels and his affinity for trend to create the inspiration for every distinctive design. From the traditional ruins of Greece, to celebrated historic palaces; from the sunny hillsides of Tuscany, to the charming cafes of a crowded Paris avenue, Michael finds inspiration in world tradition, conventional artwork and structure. It’s his purpose to create furnishings that connects folks emotionally with their tradition, nation and heritage.


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