Beehive Furniture Library Announces Board Updates for 2023 – Furniture World | NutSocia

Furniture World News Desk on 1/11/2023

The 2023 board members include CEO Dudley Moore, Jr. (left);  Vice President Brian Simpson (center) and two new board members, Jane Dagmi (right) and Sumner

The 2023 board members include CEO Dudley Moore, Jr. (left); Vice President Brian Simpson (center) and two new board members, Jane Dagmi (right) and Sumner “Sandy” Finch (not pictured).

Beehive Furniture Library announces updates to its Board of Directors for 2023, including Dudley Moore, Jr. in the role of Board Chairman; Brian Simpson as Vice President; and two other home furnishing industry executives, Jane Dagmi and Sumner ‘Sandy’ Finch, as new directors.

Moore is President and co-owner of Otto & Moore, Inc. Furniture Designers. Founded in 1960 in High Point, the award-winning company is one of the largest independent furniture design firms in the home furnishings industry and a recipient of the library’s annual student furniture design competition. In addition to serving on the board of directors of Bienenstock, Moore is a past president and current chairman of the board of directors of the International Society of Furniture Designers (ISFD).

Simpson is Vice President and Creative Director at Alderman Company, where he leads a team of art directors, graphic designers, programmers and imaging professionals. He founded the company’s digital imaging and web development divisions, which are critical links in Alderman’s full-service delivery continuum. Simpson was instrumental in the development of the library’s digital communications.

Dagmi is Executive Director of High Point by Design (HPxD), responsible for connecting buyers with the organization’s exhibitor members through year-round programs. She was a former editor-in-chief of Designers Today magazine and holds an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Interior Design from Parsons. Dagmi was a keynote speaker at the inaugural Future Designers Summit event organized by the library in 2021 and she is also a board member of the High Point Market Authority (HPMA).

Finch owned and operated a high quality upholstered furniture business before selling it to Theodore Alexander in 2012. Since then he has served on numerous boards with a focus on sharing his expertise in finance. His father was Tom A. Finch, a member of the Furniture Hall of Fame, and his grandfather was T. Austin Finch, son of Thomas J. Finch, founder of the Thomasville Chair Company, which became Thomasville Furniture Industries in the early 1960s.

The board positions are for two years, according to executive director Karla Jones, and take effect this month.

“Beehive Furniture Library is proud to help create the next generation of design professionals in our industry with our signature student-focused initiatives, and we look forward to our Board of Directors for their experience and industry connections in support of this goal.” says Jones, who oversaw the development of the annual Future Designers Summit, which launched in 2021. “We look forward to this year’s board updates and thank outgoing CEO Christi Spangle for her outstanding efforts over the past two years.”

About the Beehive furniture library

The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library is a global center for research, design and collaboration. With more than 5,000 volumes, it has the world’s largest collection of rare and important books on the history and design of furniture.

The library is located in High Point, NC and is open to members of the home furnishing community, students and the general public. The library was established in 1970 with a donation from Furniture World Magazine and the Bienenstock family. It is supported by a board of directors drawn from nearly every facet of the home furnishing industry. It is dedicated to advancing knowledge of design, furniture, interiors, architecture, textiles, finishes and construction.

The library’s rare book collection includes volumes published since 1543. A special air-conditioned room houses these rare volumes. It is a treasure trove of inspiration for anyone interested in living and interior design.

Library facilities include the Vuncannon Seminar Room, the high-tech Hadley Court Center for Design Collaboration, and the Pat Plaxico Sculpture Gardens. These areas are available for seminars, courses, events, meetings, design collaborations, networking and design retreats for a small fee.

For more information, visit or contact Karla Webb, Library Director, at or 336-883-4011.


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