Courtesy of Jeff Harris
51 | president, CEO, co-owner, Furnitureland South
Harris has led Furnitureland South — the world’s largest single-store showroom with 1.3 million square feet of display space — as president and CEO since 2014. The furniture store was founded in 1969 by Harris’ parents, A. Darrell and Stella, and is now co-owned by Harris and his brother, Jason. They employ 550 people and boast more than 1,000 brands, including about 200 North Carolina-based manufacturers and vendors. Annual sales top $160 million, and Furniture Today ranked it as the 52nd-largest U.S. furniture retailer in November. Last spring, the company opened a 30,000-square-foot gallery for outdoor furniture. Harris serves on several advisory boards, including First Citizens Bank, High Point University’s President’s Circle and the String & Splinter Club, High Point’s city club. He also supports local charities, including Brenner Children’s Hospital and Victory Junction Camp, which welcomes children suffering from serious medical conditions.