Pictured in the photo, from left to right, are Furnitureland South co-owners Jeff Harris and Jason Harris
HIGH POINT, N.C., April 14, 2016 – High Point University will name a new sales education center on campus in honor of a High Point family that operates the largest furniture store in the world.
The Harris Sales Education Center, located in the recently opened Cottrell Hall, reflects the entrepreneurial spirit of Darrell and Stella Harris, who founded Furnitureland South in High Point in 1969, as well as their sons, Jeff Harris and Jason Harris, who own and operate the business today. The Harris family has made a significant impact in the city of High Point, including a new $1 million gift to HPU.
“The Harris Sales Education Center will create a legacy for the Harris family and the important role they’ve played in supporting HPU and our city,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president. “HPU celebrates free enterprise, hard work and the entrepreneurial spirit. These are the same values and fundamentals that Darrell and Stella Harris used as the foundation to build Furnitureland South. Jeff and Jason honor their parents daily by continuing to bring bold and innovative initiatives to their organization.”
About Jeff Harris and Jason Harris, Co-Owners of Furnitureland South:
Jeff Harris serves as CEO and president of Furnitureland South, which features more than 1 million square feet of showroom space and furnishes more than 25,000 homes all over the world each year. Jason Harris serves as Founder and CEO of The Design Network, a broadband television network on Apple TV that features entertaining design shows and designer-curated shopping. Both are based in High Point, the furniture capital of the world.
“We are proud to support High Point University and its mission to prepare students for the world as it’s going to be,” says Jeff Harris. “Developing the next generation of leaders in furniture is important to our industry and our city.”
“High Point University is setting a new standard for higher education. We believe in their mission and we feel so fortunate that this amazing institution is right here in our own community. We are thrilled to recognize our parents’ legacy in this way and excited about the collaborative opportunities ahead,” adds Jason Harris.
About HPU’s Sales Program:
HPU offers a degree in sales and an option to concentrate in sales within the furniture industry. The Harris Sales Education Center features a large lobby, three specialized sales and interview rooms, and the Free Enterprise Conference Room. Inside the labs, which mimic three real-world work settings – a tech company, a financial firm and a health care setting – students can record themselves selling to clients or practicing mock job interviews while also recording the reaction of the person to whom they are selling.
“HPU sales majors receive multiple job offers before graduation,” says Larry Quinn, director of the program. “Employers come to our campus to recruit the best in sales, and they hold job interviews right here on our campus inside of our sales labs. We are preparing students to be leaders in sales, and the Harris family’s knowledge of the industry is furthering our abilities to do that.”
The center is housed in Cottrell Hall, which opened in August and has quickly become a hub for student activity. Cottrell Hall allows HPU students to experience an energized, collaborative work environment that exemplifies today’s “sharing economy,” a result of the myriad technological advances of our time. This building helps students realize the benefits of their experiential learning opportunities, along with their value in the marketplace.