AICO’s Reilly announces retirement

PICO RIVERA, Calif. — Industry veteran, Chuck Reilly, executive vice president of AICO announced today that he will be leaving the furniture industry to spend more time with his family and relocating to Reno, Nevada, where he and his wife Susie own a home.  Reilly will stay on through the month of October and attend the October High Point Market. 

Reilly started his career in the furniture industry as a buyer for JCPenney in 1981 based out of the Los Angeles Buying Office.  In 1982 Reilly moved to Chicago to work as a national accounts manager for Lane Furniture and eventually had sales territories in Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey.  In 1994 Reilly moved to the Lane corporate headquarters in Virginia and held a variety of sales management roles.   

Reilly became a vice president of sales of the Western Region for Lane Venture based out of Southern California in 2000. In 2008, facing a changing corporate structure at Furniture Brands, Reilly left the company after a 27-year career and became the executive vice president of Lifestyle Solutions based in San Jose, California.   

Reilly’s final stop came 12 years ago when he went to work for Michael Amini at AICO. 

“I have always felt that when you find good people, you should hire them,” AICO CEO Michael Amini said. “When I met Chuck, it was clear he would be a good fit in our organization, regardless of if we had an opening at the time, I was going to hire him”.  

AICO President Martin Ploy added; “Chuck and I had the opportunity to work in the world of National Accounts more than 30 years ago, attending the same presentations to companies like JCPenney.  He has played an important role as a leader at AICO, and his dedication to City of Hope, as our industry Chairman, has been a source of pride for me personally”.   

“I will always have a special place in my heart for this industry,” Reilly said.  “I have been blessed to learn from great leaders and I leave at a time when our industry is finally experiencing a period when furnishing one’s home is a priority over other expenditures.  While there are challenges ahead for all industries in supply chain, the home is still where we make our dreams come true.  I am grateful to Michael for seeing in me a passion for this industry and the opportunity to share our friendship these past 12 years”. 

I’m Bill McLoughlin, Editor in Chief at Furniture Today and Editorial Director for BridgeTower Media's Home Furnishings Division. In the more than 25 years I’ve covered retail I've seen tremendous changes in the way people shop and the way companies serve the consumer. My goal is to share that experience and the insights gained along the way. This is an industry made great by its people and I look forward to meeting and conversing with as many of you as I can. Your comments are always welcome and encouraged.