Welcome to Episode 8 of the https://www.retailpride.com/ (RETAIL IN AMERICA) podcast! I would love to introduce you to two awe-inspiring retail heroes from the Ashley HomeStore in Asheville, North Carolina.
Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Fort Mill, South Carolina, https://broadriverretail.com (Broad River Retail) is a privately held company and one of the largest and fastest growing independently owned Ashley HomeStore licensees.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leanna-mares-b9475051?lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_profile_view_base_contact_details%3Ba%2BsrjFKSSRODn9Mxd26uCw%3D%3D (Leanna Mares) started her retail career in 2009 at the age of 39 and had never sold a thing! She was recently promoted to the General Manager of the Asheville, NC location, having spent time in other roles with the company, including Sales Manager and Retail Performance Manager.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/cory-houston-plott-9b269317a?lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_profile_view_base_contact_details%3BePOnH7c6Tx%2Bt2ntiWUkIhQ%3D%3D (Cory Plott) had always drawn and painted as a child to pass the time. After graduating from Haywood Community College with an associate in Professional Crafts focusing on production pottery, Cory produced 8 tons worth of wares annually and sold them at art shows and State Fairs from Philadelphia to Miami.
In 2019 he decided to pursue his passion for furniture and interiors by working at Ashely HomeStore and quickly became a Million Dollar Memory Maker!
This is a great episode full of passion and pride for what they both do and filled with authentic local North Carolina southern charm.
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Keep your retail pride strong, and I will see you on the road!
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Cover image shot by https://www.instagram.com/dukewinn.newyork/ (Duke Winn)