18 May Meet Steve Puckett Lang Furniture’s National Sales Manager
Energetic, talkative, persistent, and achiever are all excellent adjectives when describing Steve Puckett, Lang Furniture’s National Sales Manager. Steve’s high level of professionalism, internal motivation, and willingness to give 150% defines his work ethic. If someone were to ask Steve what his secret to success is, he would respond in his classic southern accent, “Work hard, stay humble and solve problems.”
With 35 years of experience in the hospitality and contract furniture industry, it is no surprise that Steve is so well connected, he knows just about everyone in the business. Traveling in his Volvo wagon, Steve puts thousands of miles behind him each year just to meet with Lang Furniture customers face-to-face. In an era of email and text messaging, Steve’s ability to build one-to-one relationships plays a vital role in Lang’s success.
Steve became Lang Furniture’s National Sales Manager in 2015. From that point forward, he has been listening to hoteliers, helping Lang Furniture develop product lines that meet their needs. A high priority for Lang Furniture and Steve Puckett is finding innovative ways to improve furniture design and create special features that solve hoteliers’ problems.
A native of North Carolina, Steve graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Somewhat surprisingly, he began his career in the furniture industry as an accountant for Thomasville Furniture in 1984, but then became a sales representative after four years. Steve has also worked for Progressive Furniture and Lazy Boy Hospitality in the Mid-Atlantic States.
On the rare occasion that Steve is not working, you will find him enjoying time with his wife of 34 years, Karen, daughters, Meaghan and Courtney, and his pride and joy, Leo, his only grandchild.
FUN FACTS ABOUT STEVE:
- Instead of high-tech devices, Steve prefers using $1.99 spiral notebooks from CVS to keep track of his schedule, contacts and task list.
- Steve will only consider purchasing a newer model Volvo, if it already has 100,000 miles on it.
- It is wise to give Steve a “little time” to recover if the University of North Carolina Tar Heels (the intercollegiate men’s basketball team) lose a game.