By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
TUPELO – Though his entire career has been wrapped up in the furniture industry, Bill Munn’s shock at being named Tupelo Furniture Market’s Manufacturers Representative Award recipient showed on his face.
In naming the person chosen for this market’s award, Greg Giachelli of the Community Development Foundation gave some details of Munn’s background.
“Bill grew up working at his family-owned furniture store, Munn’s Furniture, in Erie, Pennsylvania, which his grandfather started as a gas station in 1920,” Giachelli said.
After learning every aspect of the business while working there through high school and college, Munn and his sister had to rebuild the business that was destroyed by fire, and they expanded it to three locations.
Munn ventured out from the family business after 21 years to work in Value City Furniture and their American Signature Store, then Wolf Furniture, before venturing into his current role as an independent furniture sales representative. He and his wife of 31 years – Robyn – currently live in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and have four grown children.
“You have to have a big head and a big ego to do what we do, but I never dreamt this honor would be bestowed on me,” Munn said after accepting the award. “It’s an absolute honor.”
The companies Munn and his business partner Randy Reynolds represent include Corsicana Bedding, Cramco Dinettes, Perdue Inc. and Malouf Fine Linens.
Dave Shock of Cramco said Munn’s six-year association with Cramco has been a good one.
“These have been some of the best years of my life, being on the road and meeting wonderful people every day,” Munn said. “Thank all of you who provide jobs for our economy and make our economy work.”