Al Bulak, president, CEO and co-founder of home décor, wall art, lighting and furniture supplier IMAX Worldwide Home, is retiring, the company announced.
In 1984, Al and Berrin Bulak began importing various copper pots and containers from their homeland of Turkey. Establishing relationships with global manufacturers and artisans, the company soon expanded to include a variety of accessories, lighting, accent furniture and wall décor. In those early days, the couple personally handled all aspects of business operations, from sourcing overseas – hand-selecting products to sell to retailers in the U.S. – to setting up trade show booths, to photographing each product on film and processing the images in a darkroom.
“I will be retiring from my position as the CEO/President after 37 years. It has been an amazing adventure running this company, starting from nothing to one of the top home décor companies in our industry,” Al Bulak said. “I am humbled to have the confidence of hundreds of dedicated and creative people that have given me the opportunity to be their leader. I could not have achieved all of this without the support and tireless work of Berrin Bulak. She has always been the backbone and the pillar of this company and my life. It is now time for new leadership to take the reins of IMAX. I will cherish the memories and time spent with all of you, and I wish the best to all as you go forward making great memories and building a wonderful future.”
John Rains, vice president of sales and Arda Bulak, vice president of marketing and business development, will take over responsibilities effective Dec. 15, with Al Bulak consulting and mentoring as needed during the transition until the end of January.
“Al has after many years of blood, sweat and tears decided to retire. He has been our leader and a pillar in the industry for over 30 years,” Rains said. “For many of us, Al has been a part of our daily lives; walking the halls and showrooms with his smile, encouragement and even hints of mischief. It is hard to imagine IMAX without Al, but we certainly wish him the best of health and happiness. With that said, IMAX will continue its journey as an industry leader in home décor.”