CONVERSATIONS is series of video conversations with innovators in home furnishings, plus a blog about questions we should be asking ourselves. Dean Horowitz, President of PBM and Furniture/Today, leads viewers through a deep-dive with technology and innovation leaders and the ideas that could impact your business.



  • Conversations: Steve Lowsky
    Steve Lowsky, President/CEO of Middle Market Strategies on what makes a company great now

    Why keeping things simple can translate into a successful business in today's marketplace. PBM President Dean Horowitz talks to Steve Lowsky, President/CEO of Middle Market Strategies.

  • Conversations Christi Barbour
    Designer Christi Barbour on her 'anything is possible' work philosophy

    Dean Horowitz, President of Progressive Business Media, speaks with Christi Barbour, Founder and President of Barbour Spangle Design.

  • Susan Wood Conversations
    Susan Wood with Habitat For Humanity

    Progressive Business Media's Dean Horowitz speaks with Susan Wood of Habitat for Humanity about their organization and how helps the people of High Point NC.

  • Ron Wanek
    Ashley's Ron Wanek shares his thoughts on education in America

    Progressive Business Media's President, Dean Horowitz speaks with Ron Wanek, Founder and CEO of Ashley Home Furnishings on the gaps in the U.S. Education System and how it can be improved.

  • Ecutopia Conversations
    CONVERSATIONS: ecUtopia changes the way the furniture industry does business

    Dean Horowitz, President of Progressive Business Media talks with Co-Founder and Executive Vice President Ron Sellers of ecUtopia.  He explains how they are changing the furniture industry through management of electronic data. 

  • Klaussner Bill Wittenburg
    Klaussner CEO Bill Wittenburg Details Company's Key to Success

    Klaussner CEO Bill Wittenburg and Furniture Today President Dean Horowitz discuss the company's explosive growth over the past few years due to solid leadership, a solid management team and incredible workforce.

  • Moes Conversations
    Moe's Home Collection...Furniture, Fashion & Family

    Publisher Dean Horowitz chats with the Samieian family, where they started, where they are and where they’re going.

  • John Burns Conversations
    John Burns Provides Insights on Demographics, Trends

    John Burns, CEO of John Burns Real Estate Consulting, and Furniture Today Publisher Dean Horowitz discuss how studying demographics and trends can more accurately forecast the future of the home furnishings industry.

  • Surya Conversations
    Satya Tiwari of Surya leads the way in simplifying business to meet client needs

    Publisher Dean Horowitz speaks with Surya's Satya Tiwari on their success in meeting the needs of their customers through innovation.

  • Tom Conley Conversations
    Conversations: Tom Conley & Neil Marritt talk Beacon Technology

    Tom Conley is the president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority, the official sponsor and organizer of High Point Market, the world’s largest home furnishings trade show. Drawing on almost 40 years of experience in the trade show and association management industries, Conley has led the Market Authority since 2011. He has served as president of several associations, including the American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Association, the National Housewares Manufacturers Association, the Steel Service Center Institute and the Toy Industry Association. He also worked in the association management field with International Travel Management Partners, The Sanford Organization and his own consulting firm, TPC & Associates. Conley’s innovative thinking and strategic planning expertise has led to a track record of balanced budgets, increased revenues and streamlined processes, all resulting in organizations operating more efficiently and intentionally towards key goals while playing a vital role within their industries. Conley has a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia College, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. Out of the office, he enjoys golf, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.

  • Lael Thompson Conversations
    Conversations: Lael Thompson of Broyhill Home Collection shares their business survival story

    Lael Thompson, Chief Operating Officer, Broyhill Home Collections talks opportunities, change, struggles, and solutions when owning a family business and what it took to not only survive and thrive in changing times.

  • Jason Phillips Conversations
    Conversations: Jason Phillips of Phillips Collection Combines Creativity with Business Mentality

    For over 35 years, The Phillips Collection has taken a creative approach to their product line – resulting in fresh, unique pieces that deliver the unexpected beautifully.

  • Sam Malouf Conversations
    Sam Malouf of Malouf Sleep talks the secret to his success

    Sam Malouf has been innovating, manufacturing, and importing quality bedding products for over 13 years. Malouf’s product lines include Z pillows, WOVEN linens, STRUCTURES frames, SLEEP TITE protectors, and ISOLUS toppers. This comprehensive offering provides retail partners with the tools needed to enhance every mattress sale. Malouf now owns over one and one half million square feet of warehousing space between the east and west coasts, allowing for streamlined shipping logistics and faster transit times. For more information about Malouf, visit .

  • Mark Kinsley Conversations
    Mark Kinsley of Leggett & Platt Incorporated talks sleep geek and more.

    Mark Kinsley, Staff VP of Marketing for Bedding Group, Leggett & Platt In addition to leading marketing and advertising, he oversees , an online community purpose-built for the mattress industry. Outside the office, he enjoys designing athletic wear, hiking and snow skiing

  • Michael Magnuson Conversations
    Conversations: How Michael Magnuson made mattress shopping easy with

    Furniture today Publisher, Dean Horowitz, talks with Michael Magnuson the founder of about their path to success in helping consumers identify a mattress that fits their unique needs and connecting to the correct retailer.

  • Cozzia Conversations
    Conversations: Cozzia

    Furniture Today Publisher Dean Horowitz launches the first in a series of video conversations with innovators in the home furnishings marketplace. In this first video, Dean speaks with Cozzia USA's CEO Mark Holmes & President Bob Bruns.

    Mark Holmes is responsible for leading the Cozzia group and brand in setting and realizing its vision, goals and direction. Mark has a proven executive management track record and over 15 years experience driving sales growth and product development in the massage industry. Under Marks leadership, Cozzia USA has been awarded top brand performing division for the last 3 years running.

    President – COZZIA USA
    Bob Bruns is a veteran furniture industry executive with 43 years of experience. He has held various sales and management positions with Nebraska Furniture Mart, Bassett Bedding, Schweiger, Serta, Benchcraft, Berkline, and Cozzia USA. In 2011, he formed BRCM Enterprises, LLC. In 2013, Bob decided to dedicate all of his efforts to one of those companies to become President of Cozzia USA. In three years Cozzia moved from zero volume to the #1 share position in the furniture channel in the US.



  • The Boring Company

    Elon Musk

        Elon Musk releases a video explanation of his new venture - The Boring Company. While the Hyperloop is conceivable and exciting, would a series of tunnels with strategically placed elevator shafts and sleds be the answer to traffic and logistic problems? His company's Boring Machine has already begun a test dig to prove concept. Soon the company hopes to begin digging in LA as a means to alleviate that city's famous traffic issues. Cars will be able to travel at high speeds, projected at 130 mph, and the Hyperloop is expected to be incorporated into this system.   How will ...
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