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Scott Hayim, left, president of the Rug Decor stores, Earth City, MO., and Jeff Brown, vice president of the Shaw Living division. Scott and his colleagues were ALL over the market, and we kept bumping into them for three days.
Josh Roberts, left, Jaipur vice president of sales and marketing, greets the beautious Carla and Gerald Gerami of Rug Gallery, Lafayette, LA.
The Rugs Direct guys swoop down on 828, from left: Randy Kremer, president of Rugs Direct; John Shepherd, president of 828 International Trading; Bill Martin, national sales director of Rugs Direct, and David Craig, chief executive officer of the Rugs Direct, the Winchester, VA-based Internet specialist. Randy told us he is taking off on a fishing trip up the Amazon on Jan. 26. He and a group of fellow nut cases are in search of a world-record Peacock Bass. It's a catch-and-release program, of course. "We only eat the piranha fish," he said. "They're delicious." The entire adventure will be televised on the Sportsman's Channel and Randy said he'd supply us with some videos of the trip.
At Kas: Steve Fruchter, left, of Montauk Rug, Farmingdale, NY, and Hari Tummala, executive vice president of Kas.
Escalator Howdy to Michael Joseph, left, president of the Oriental Rug Retailers of America and also of Joseph's Oriental Rug Imports, Indianapolis, and Elizabeth Arnold, executive director of ORRA.
Rob Leahy, owner of Fine Rugs of Charleston, Charleston, SC, shares a hug with Safavieh's Angie Hebert.
Steve Finkelstein, center, of Couristan, welcomes Penney's buyer Charlene Robnett, left, and Kay Ruffin, Penney's senior assistant buyer.
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