You ask, He Tells: a Q&A with Replacements, Ltd. Founder and CEO Bob Page
Bob Page remains true to his roots. Bob grew up on a small tobacco farm in North Carolina, where he helped by working alongside his family in the fields. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, Bob served in the United States Army, leaving active duty in 1970. A Certified Public Accountant, Bob spent the 1970s hating his job as a state auditor. As he says, he lived for his weekend hobby of searching for china and crystal at flea markets. When Bob founded Replacements, Ltd. in 1981, he never envisioned that a business begun as a part-time hobby in his attic would grow into a multi-million dollar enterprise. Today, Replacements, Ltd. is the world’s largest retailer of old and new china, crystal, silver, and collectibles. Replacements carries more than 425,000 tableware patterns and serves over more than 10 million customers.
Bob and his partner of nearly 27 years, Dale Frederiksen, say that nothing matters more than raising their 16 year-old sons, twins they adopted as infants in Vietnam. The family is very involved in community-building and social justice advocacy work, and they are all avid basketball fans.