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Lowe’s appoints former WellPoint CEO to its board

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Lowe’s has named former Wellpoint CEO Angela Braly to its board of directors, the company announced Friday.

“As former chair and CEO of a publicly traded company, Angela has strong executive leadership and strategic management skills that will be an asset to this board,” said Robert A. Niblock, Lowe’s chairman, president and CEO. “She also brings a wealth of experience and insights in critical areas such as consumer marketing, communications and public relations.”

Braly’s term on the audit and governance committees is effective immediately and expires at Lowe’s 2014 annual meeting of shareholders. Braly also serves on the board of The Procter & Gamble Co.

Braly was president and CEO of Wellpoint, a health benefits company based in Indianapolis, from 2007 and 2012. She also served as chair of its board from 2010 through 2012. Prior to her role at Wellpoint, she was president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri from 2003 to 2005.

With the addition of Braly, the board at Lowe’s will be comprised of 12 members, 11 of whom are independent.

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Comstock earns 4 Gala Awards for D.C. building innovations

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Comstock Homes of Washington (a subsidiary of Comstock Holding Companies), received four Great American Living Awards (GALA) at the annual namesake event judged by a panel of building industry professionals.

Comstock took home accolades for Best Design & Architecture Attached Home for both its Villas at East Gate – Villa B project and its Eaton building at Townes at the Hampshires. It also won Best Interior Merchandising Attached Home for Villas at East Gate – Villa B, and an Award of Merit for Best Interior Merchandising Attached Home, also for The Eaton.

“To be a GALA winner signifies excellence and the finest the industry has to offer," said program sponsors. "It translates into true value for the consumer and signifies acknowledgement of excellence by peers. GALA is a true mark of distinction — assurance that your home, community, and the sales and marketing efforts that support it meets the highest standards.”

GALA is sponsored by the Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association (MNCBIA), Washington Metropolitan Sales and Marketing Council (WMSMC) and Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA).

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Tom Moser makes the New England Design Hall of Fame

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Tom Moser, founder and designer of furniture company Thos. Moser, has been inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame in the Specialty Design category.

"I never thought of myself as a designer, but rather as a builder working closely with form," Moser said. "The funny thing is that I learned my woodworking technology from people who preceded me by hundreds of years, doing restoration and repair work."

Moser was a college professor in the 60s, but spent the next 40 years following his impulse to build with his hands, which led to the creation of the Maine-based, all-American-made company.

"I never set out to create a business," he said. "I set out to recapture some of the values we lost 100 years earlier. My early designs were based on antecedent forms — they were within the aesthetic forms. A couple years into it I realized if I were going to make a success, I couldn’t just sell and celebrate other designers forever. The model I used for this was George Nakashima, Japanese furniture maker, who imposed the Japanese aesthetic on an 18th-century American form (Windsor chair). If he could bring the Windsor chair to Japan, I could bring the Windsor to the 20th century. That was the impetus of my design. It was time to build a brand, rather than sell a service, and that is how it all started."

The Hall of Fame specializes in residential design in New England, largely honoring architects, interior designers and landscape architects with notable careers.

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