Barb Hunter, Agio, USA’s vice president of sales, national accounts, is retiring from the company on Aug. 1 after 16 years.
Hunter, a lifelong resident of Portland, Tennessee, began her 42-year casual industry career with Sunbeam Outdoor Products, then called Lawnlite, where she served for 21 years. Following her time there, Hunter spent five years working with Wellington Home Products before coming to Agio. For most of the last 10 years, Hunter’s energy has been focused on leading one of Agio’s key account teams.
“I had known Barb for over 20 years and respected her reputation in the industry even before she joined Agio,” recalls Bob Gaylord, president of Agio. “We were lucky to have a seasoned veteran like Barb, not just in casual furniture but also experienced in umbrellas, fabrics and fire products. In an industry often dominated on the manufacturing side by men, Barb brought an important viewpoint tempered by her valuable sales experience that benefitted both our company and our customers.”
In retirement, Hunter says that she and her husband of 49 years, Jack, are looking forward to spending time with their grandchildren and enjoying their Agio furniture on their backyard deck. She also plans to increase her involvement with a few favorite charities as well as her church, and take a few courses at her local community college.