Our Co-Founders

Our Co-Founders

In 1989, Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams created a small upholstery company in the rural town of Taylorsville, North Carolina. Today, the two business partners head an internationally renowned company with close to a million square feet of modern manufacturing and warehouse space. We now offer a full range of home furnishings, including eco-friendly upholstery, tables and storage, lighting, rugs, bed linens, accessories, window treatments and art. In addition to 30+ Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Signature Stores, our company has an e-commerce division and a hospitality division, selling to top hotel chains and eateries.

Although they hail from different backgrounds and contribute their expertise in different ways, Mitchell and Bob uphold a shared vision to make the world a more comfortable place: for all.

This vision is true within our company – where they have created a corporate culture that respects diversity, supports education, provides daycare and has been environmentally responsible since its inception – and in the greater community, where both are advocates for equality and human rights, actively supporting a wide range of charitable efforts.

About Mitchell Gold

Mitchell Gold, co-founder and chair-man of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, strives to make a difference in every aspect of his life. Since our company was founded in 1989, it has seen tremendous growth, fueled by his energy and influence on everything from design to marketing and promotion, along with a unique approach to managing the enterprise.

In addition to running an internationally known furniture brand, Mitchell is co-founder of Faith in America, a nonprofit that educates people about the harm religious bigotry causes LGBT Americans, especially vulnerable teens.

Mitchell also served on the Board of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) for seven years, and is currently on the Board of the Sustainable Furnishings Council.

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Mitchell has been widely featured in the media during the past 28 years, from The Today Show, CBS This Morning and CBS Sunday Morning to the New York Times, Time, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Inc., which included him and Bob among “26 Entrepreneurs We Love.” Out magazine named him to 2007’s “Top 50 Most Powerful Gay People in America” and The Advocate gave him a 2006 People of the Year Award.

Mitchell is also a published author. Together with Bob, he has published three books: Let’s Get Comfortable: How to Furnish and Decorate a Welcoming Home, The Comfortable Home and Who We Are. Mitchell is also editor of YOUTH IN CRISIS: What Everyone Should Know About Growing Up Gay.

Mitchell grew up in a suburban Trenton, NJ, home and attended Long Island University, graduating in 1974. He worked with Bloomingdale’s for six years, then managed The Lane Company’s national accounts and in-store gallery division, which together gave him the two things he needed most to succeed: experience in the business and a vision for change. Today, Mitchell resides in North Carolina with his husband, Tim Gold, and their Doberman, Zola.

About Bob Williams

Bob Williams is co-founder and President of Design for Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Since our company’s inception, Bob has led the award-winning design efforts, which offer a combination of style, value, and quality that has made the company a leader in its field. Bob gets rave reviews for his masterful mix of style, color and scale, resulting in soothing and subtle settings notable for their comfort.

To keep current on trends and consumer behavior, Bob is an avid reader of fashion, gourmet, and shelter print and online publications each month, and travels extensively, both to visit our stores around the country and internationally. He has been recognized by magazines such as Elle Decor, Better Home & Gardens, and Metropolitan Home from whom the company received Design 100 Awards. Along with Mitchell, he was one of Inc. magazine’s “26 Entrepreneurs We Love.”

Bob is also known for his philanthropic work for equal rights and his commitment to the arts. He has lent his talents to many charitable causes, including table settings for Elle Décor’s Dining by Design, a benefit for DIFFA. In 2014, along with Mitchell, he received a Groundbreakers Award from NYC’s Housing Works, dedicated to ending AIDS and homelessness.

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Bob is co-author with Mitchell of three books: Let’s Get Comfortable: How to Furnish and Decorate a Welcoming Home, The Comfortable Home and Who We Are. He also contributed a very personal chapter to Mitchell’s book Youth in Crisis: What Everyone Should Know About Growing Up Gay.

Born in Dallas, Bob’s family moved often during his father’s military career, living in Ohio, Indiana, Atlanta, and Houston. He graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1985. He met Mitchell while working as promotions art director for Seventeen magazine in New York. Today, Bob lives in North Carolina with his husband, Stephen Heavner, and their two French bulldogs, Lily and Violet.