A. Leon (Len) Capel Jr., a rug industry icon and retired second-generation Capel Rugs leader, is celebrating his 90th birthday with Capel customers and friends at a High Point Market party being held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, October 18 in the Capel Rugs showroom located at Market Square, space 112.
The event, open to all Capel retailers and designers, will feature cake, music and champagne.
“Capel Rugs is a leader in the rug industry today due in large part to the creativity, vision and innovation of A. Leon Capel Jr.” said Cameron Capel, President — Sales and Marketing for Capel Rugs, Len Capel’s daughter and Capel Rugs founder A. Leon Capel Sr.’s granddaughter. “His contributions made a big impact on our company and our industry during his distinguished 60-year career.”
In 1954, Len Capel returned from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to join his father’s rug manufacturing firm in Troy, N.C. Along with his brothers Jesse S. Capel and Arron W.E. Capel, Len Capel fostered industry partnerships and expanded product offerings as they grew the company into an industry powerhouse. A master of creativity, Len Capel was known for devising unusual promotions to drive showroom attendance and for developing innovative in-store rug display racks that have now become the industry standard.
A U.S. Army veteran, Len Capel also has been an active contributor to his state and community, serving on the Board of Trustees and Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and as a past director for the N.C. Energy Policy Council. He is past president of Montgomery Memorial Hospital, U.S. Carpet Golf Trade Assn., Troy Rotary Club, Montgomery United Services, Troy Industrial Development Commission, Trinity United Methodist Church and Methodist Men’s Club. He is past chairman of the Trinity Methodist Church Board of Trustees, Montgomery County Boy Scouts of America, Save Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Montgomery Country Club and First Health Hospital. He also was the county chairman for two North Carolina governors — James Holshouser and Jim Martin.
Len Capel’s other involvements include service on the Governors Travel Council for Exports to Europe, the Far East and South America, the North Carolina Department of Commerce for Domestic Exports and advisory boards at the High Point, Dallas and Atlanta market centers.
In 2013, Len Capel was named an industry fellow and nominee for election into the American Furniture Hall of Fame.