Furniture industry veteran Roy Calcagne to retire after High Point


TAYLORSVILLE, NC — Roy Calcagne, who has led Craftmaster Furniture as CEO and president for the past 16 years, plans to retire this fall after October’s High Point Market.

A trusted industry veteran, Calcagne has been in the furniture industry for 41 years. Samson Holdings purchased Craftmaster and appointed Calcagne to run the business where he oversaw several expansions, including the company’s recent addition to Lenoir, North Carolina.

“I have truly enjoyed every step of the way and have developed wonderful friendships over the past 41 years,” Calcagne said in a company statement. “This industry is made up of a tight-knit group of exceptional people among my colleagues, our customers and our suppliers.”

A new president will be announced shortly, and Calcagne will assist during the transition, according to the release.

Barbara Calcagne

According to the release, Calcagne’s wife, Barbara Calcagne, interior design sales manager for Craftmaster, also plans to retire. “We will now be spending more time with family and friends as well as long overdue travel plans,” Calcagne said.

Samuel Kuo, President of Samson Holdings, said, “I would like to thank Roy for his leadership at Craftmaster and for the company’s outstanding performance and contribution to Samson Holdings over the past 16 years. It was a pleasure to work with him and to watch the company grow to over one million square feet of manufacturing space and 750 associates.

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Jean Marie Layton is Upholstery Editor at Furniture Today. Passionate about design and furniture, she has worked as a writer/editor in industry and nonprofits, academic administration and furniture retail. She pursued an MA in Design History at Parsons/Cooper-Hewitt and holds a BA in History from Mount Holyoke College and an MA in Liberal Arts from Stanford University. Contact Jean Marie with your story ideas, tips and more at


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