Hall of Fame Foundation names next CEO

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HIGH POINT — The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation has named Patrick Chapin as CEO.

Karen McNeill, who has led the organization for 16 years and was promoted to chief vision officer in March, has been elected to the board of directors and will become its president in January.  In addition, she will lead the installation of Phase 2 of the exhibits, focus on new educational events and building the Home Furnishings Leadership Institute at High Point University.

Prior to joining the Hall of Fame, Chapin served as president and CEO of Business High Point-Chamber of Commerce. During his six-year tenure, the Chamber experienced exceptional growth in revenue, membership, sponsorship and fundraising. Chapin has been recognized for leading the development of Congdon Yards, a public-private initiative with the goal of transforming and revitalizing downtown High Point.

“The Hall of Fame experienced extraordinary growth, including expansion of our programs, the purchase of a building, the launch of the Leadership Initiative and the development of a world-class executive education program during Karen’s leadership,” said Caroline Hipple, president of the foundation board of directors and president of Norwalk Furniture. “Patrick is perfectly positioned to expand on our core strengths and take the Hall of Fame to the next level, as we continue to chronicle our history, celebrate our leaders and unite the industry across all roles.”

Previously, Chapin served as president and CEO of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce in Central Florida, executive director of the Sarasota YMCA and in multiple management roles with the Walt Disney Company.

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