By Alan Wolf
At the 2019 Convention & Expo, BrandSource’s five-year-old Women In Business (WIB) group for female professionals in the appliance, furniture, mattress and consumer tech sectors bestowed its Cornerstone Award to Janys Hutchings, co-owner of Hutch’s Home Furnishings in Lehi, Utah.
Hutchings, who handles merchandising, furniture buying and human resources for Hutch’s, was cited for her fierce commitment to her company, the group and to her community, and was lauded on stage before attendees during the Convention’s General Session on Sunday.
Besides her commitments to Hutch’s, Hutchings is a full-time teacher of 25 years, leading Advance Placement (AP) classes in Human Geography and World Civilizations. “People often ask me how I can do it,” she told an AVB video crew. “I say it’s a good balance because it’s fun to teach the children of the community and then be able to work with their parents and see both aspects of their lives.”
In her spare time, Hutchings also served on Lehi’s City Planning Commission for nearly two decades and has worked on BrandSource’s furniture buying committee led by Home Furnishings VP Mike Allen.
“Janys, what an amazing woman,” observed Jackie King, president of BrandSource’s Rocky Mountain Region and principal of Nampa Appliance, TV & Mattress. “I’ve never seen anybody who is so committed … I personally can’t think of anyone more deserving.”
Underscoring the point, husband Brett Hutchings recounted the time Janys broke her ankle playing ball with one of their daughters just prior to the Furniture Market in Las Vegas. Despite Brett urging her to literally sit out her showroom appointments, Janys insisted on making all her rounds, hobbling along in a cast for two days.
“She said she made a commitment to BrandSource and she was not going to fail on that commitment,” he said.
Formed in 2014, WIB was created to address the themes of female empowerment, education and inspiration, and regularly explores such topics as finding, connecting and networking with other female professionals; successfully building leadership teams; earning recognition in a male-dominated industry; bridging the gender gap in one’s professional life; and finding comfort and satisfaction in one’s personal life.
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