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HIGH PROFILE: Sam's Club CEO John Furner

After a brief stint as an aspiring rock star in college, he majored in marketing management and interned at a Sam’s Club in Mexico

By Ginny Monk

This article was published February 11, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

“I’m kind of one of those people that I’m either really into something or not at all, so if I get into a subject, I get way into it.”

SELF PORTRAIT

John Furner

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: Aug. 29, 1974, Jacksonville

MY FANTASY DINNER PARTY WOULD INCLUDE: If I could have a fantasy dinner, I’d bring the family. … We’d probably eat tacos. We’re very sophisticated like that. It’s my favorite food. My wife and I used to joke that the two things we liked about each other before we knew each other were that we had a mutual appreciation for rock music and Mexican food.

MY PETS ARE: A 2-pound, 4-ounce maltipoo named Stella and a 40-pound wheaten terrier named Max.

MY FAVORITE HOBBIES ARE: Cycling. Road cycling is probably my most frequent hobby. I still do mountain bikes here in town. I like to fly airplanes, so I’m a pilot.

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT MY JOB: It’s always changing.

ONE THING I WISH MORE PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT ME IS: I think what I want most people to know is where I started here. I started part time in a job I didn’t know if I’d do for a summer or anything else and this has led me to doing things and seeing parts of the world that I wasn’t sure I could ever experience as a kid from a small town in central Arkansas who spent summers running around chicken farms.

ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE ME: Curious.

Sam’s Club CEO John Furner talks with Karthicka Krishnan, director of apparel, jewelry and accessories. When he became CEO, he gave up his office and ...

When John Furner became the chief executive officer of Sam’s Club, he gave up his big office in the center of the floor and his prime parking spot at the front of the lot.

SELF PORTRAIT

John Furner

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: Aug. 29, 1974, Jacksonville

MY FANTASY DINNER PARTY WOULD INCLUDE: If I could have a fantasy dinner, I’d bring the family. … We’d probably eat tacos. We’re very sophisticated like that. It’s my favorite food. My wife and I used to joke that the two things we liked about each other before we knew each other were that we had a mutual appreciation for rock music and Mexican food.

MY PETS ARE: A 2-pound, 4-ounce maltipoo named Stella and a 40-pound wheaten terrier named Max.

MY FAVORITE HOBBIES ARE: Cycling. Road cycling is probably my most frequent hobby. I still do mountain bikes here in town. I like to fly airplanes, so I’m a pilot.

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT MY JOB: It’s always changing.

ONE THING I WISH MORE PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT ME IS: I think what I want most people to know is where I started here. I started part time in a job I didn’t know if I’d do for a summer or anything else and this has led me to doing things and seeing parts of the world that I wasn’t sure I could ever experience as a kid from a small town in central Arkansas who spent summers running around chicken farms.

ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE ME: Curious.

Sam’s Club CEO John Furner talks with Karthicka Krishnan, director of apparel, jewelry and accessories. When he became CEO, he gave up his office and ...

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