Edward J. Audi was recently appointed president of L & J.G. Stickley Inc. of Manlius, manufacturer and marketer of premium-quality solid wood and upholstered furniture. Audi was formerly executive vice president of the 112-year-old privately-held company and president of its Stickley International division.
“This is a very exciting chapter in the history of our company, Aminy I. Audi, chairman and chief executive of the company, said. “Edward’s appointment ensures continuity and builds on the strong foundation which Alfred and I have laid. His deep appreciation for Stickley’s heritage and for our long-term commitment to our dealers and customers, combined with his vision, passion and innovative spirit, will help him take the company to the next level.”
She added that Audi has worked in almost every department during his tenure at Stickley, and has become very familiar with every aspect of the business.
“He is very well prepared for this new leadership role and has the support of everyone at Stickley,” she said.
Audi said he has been privileged to work side-by-side with the company’s “incredibly dedicated and capable team” over the past 22 years as well as fortunate to have been mentored in the business by his parents.
“Together my parents set the tone at Stickley with a tremendous example of dedication, hard work and integrity,” he said. “My mother’s leadership has been inspirational in the five years since my father’s passing, guiding the company through some of the worst economic times we’ve ever seen. It’s a privilege to be able to continue the journey that my parents started when they purchased Stickley in 1974.”
A graduate of Colgate University, Audi also attended North Carolina State University’s Furniture Manufacturing and Management Program. He joined the family-owned company in 1991, holding a variety of positions in manufacturing, purchasing, engineering, design, customer service, accounting and human resources.