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Tervis Reorganizes Executive Ranks

Tervis Reorganizes Executive Ranks

VENICE, Fla.—Tervis Tumbler Company has established an executive office of the president and added Barry Wolfson as president and chief executive officer. Laura Spencer, the current president and CEO, was named chief financial officer. Wayne Varnadore was promoted to chief operating officer from vice president of operations, and Rich Kaplan was promoted to chief salesMore »

MMPI Appoints Senior Marketing and Strategy Director

MMPI Appoints Senior Marketing and Strategy Director

CHICAGO—Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. has appointed Nancy Michael senior marketing and strategy director for the gift and home decor industry, effective Jan. 3, 2011. In her new role, Michael will be based in Chicago working directly with Trisha Schultz, marketing director, and the entire Chicago Market team, as well as coordinating and leveraging marketing activityMore »

MMPI Names Skelton Leasing Director for L.A.Mart Gift

MMPI Names Skelton Leasing Director for L.A.Mart Gift

CHICAGO—Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. has named Katherine Skelton director of leasing for L.A. Mart Gift. Skelton, who reports to Jim Nahin, vice president of leasing, joins MMPI with 14 years of experience in specialty leasing at a variety of shopping centers ranging from regional to high-end centers. Skelton previously worked as the specialty leasing managerMore »

Ogden Publications Acquires Housewares Company

Ogden Publications Acquires Housewares Company

TOPEKA, Kan.—Ogden Publications, the company that publishes the magazines Mother Earth News, Utne Reader and Natural Home, among others, has acquired Cataluña Enterprises, the company that launched Ogden’s Natural Home line of sustainable kitchenware. Cataluña will be renamed Natural Home Products LLC and will continue to use Ogden’s brands to develop products for sale inMore »

Thos. Moser Appoints Ricci Marketing, Sales VP

Thos. Moser Appoints Ricci Marketing, Sales VP

AURBURN, Maine—­Thos. Moser has named Jim Ricci senior vice president of marketing and sales.  Ricci will oversee marketing, sales and customer service and be responsible for establishing strategies to expand business opportunities. “We are excited to have Jim Ricci join our team at this juncture in the company’s history,” said company founder Tom Moser. “WeMore »

Birding & Backyard Nature Category Takes Flight in Atlanta

Birding & Backyard Nature Category Takes Flight in Atlanta

ATLANTA—AmericasMart has launched Birding & Backyard Nature as part of the Market Temporaries. A natural extension of the established temporary and permanent garden product collections, Birding & Backyard Nature will make its debut at the January Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, featuring more than 50 leading companies on the forefront of this industry.More »

Staten Named Senior Product Manager at Manual Woodworkers

Staten Named Senior Product Manager at Manual Woodworkers

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C.—Dur Staten has been appointed senior product manager for Manual Woodworkers & Weavers. Staten has thus assumed responsibility for new product development in the company’s gift and home division and national-account product needs. Staten also oversees Manual Woodworkers’ catalog-marketing initiatives for “Manual Gift and Home,” “Inspirational Catalog” and “Izzy,” the company’s baby and childMore »