Ralph Scott III named Chamber's 2009 Business Person of the Year

The Board of Directors, along with the Business and Economic Development Committee of the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce has named Ralph Scott III of Scott's Furniture, Inc., this year's honoree for the Business Person of the Year award. The success of a business invariably depends upon its representation in the community it serves, and that reputation is nearly always the result of a strong company leader. Each year since 1995, the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce has selected a "Business Person of the Year that best meets the stringent criteria set out by the Business and Economic Development Committee under the leadership of committee chair, Randall Cash. The person or persons has a substantiated record as an established business. The company has demonstrated growth through the years, is innovative in its approach, and takes pride in serving its customers. The business contributes to the advancement of the community as a good place to live, work and play. This prestigious award will be presented at the Chamber's Fall General Membership Dinner on October 22 at the Seaford Fire Hall. Dinner is $25 per person. For reservations contact the Chamber office, 629-9690, by Oct. 16. Most of you have seen the television ad with the cute youngsters telling you that Scott's Furniture is "The home of the real low prices. Scott's Furniture, Inc. has been a family-owned and operated business for more than 75 years. Current president and General Manager Ralph Scott III comes from a long line of retailers. In the late 1920s his grandfather, Ralph Scott, Sr., owned general stores in downtown Greenwood and Bridgeville, and in 1935 opened a furniture store on Market Street. Ralph Scott, Jr., took over as manager of the business in 1954. A new furniture store was built in 1972 halfway between Dover and Salisbury on US Route 13 where it remains to this day.

Both of Ralph's parents inspired him and supported him when he purchased the business. Ralph's mother worked in the store from the 1970s to the 1990s as secretary and sales person. Ralph, Jr. had the vision to move the store to the major north-south road in western Sussex County. Ralph Jr. was also one of the first furniture stores to advertise on television. Ralph III and his brother Jeff Scott purchased the business in 1990. Four years later, Jeff left to pursue a career in music and teaching. Scott's Furniture store continues to believe in low prices on quality furniture and bedding, friendly knowledgeable service, and a trustworthy sales staff. They believe in building long-term relationships with their customers and employees through a genuinely forthright approach to home furnishings throughout the complete buying experience. Ralph Scott III graduated from Woodbridge High School in 1977. After attending Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania for a year, he transferred to Salisbury State College where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in 1981. Ralph was a partner in F & S Racing for 12 years. He is proud of the team's top-ten finishes and winning four features. Ralph also did vocals for two different local rock bands while still in his 20s. Ralph has been married for 15 years to Ida Mae West Scott. They have three children, Rebekah Lynn, 13, Rachael Lee, 11, and Ryan Luke, 2-1/2. Ralph considers his greatest personal accomplishment his three children. The Bridgeville Kiwanis Club awarded Ralph the Hixon Award for outstanding service to the club. He also served two terms as president of the Kiwanis during the 15 years he has been a member. Ralph and his family attend Family Ministries, Inc. located in the old furniture store in downtown Bridgeville.

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