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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 »

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 »

O Editor Casey to Keynote Chicago Market

O Editor Casey to Keynote Chicago Market

CHICAGO–Susan Casey, editor-in-chief of O, the Oprah Magazine, will lead the keynote presentation at the January Chicago Market: Living and Giving. The presentation is scheduled for Jan. 24 in the second-floor conference center of the Merchandise Mart, where the market will take place Jan. 20-26. She will share the communications strategies that brought about herMore »

Midwest-CBK Unveils Casa Cristina Holiday Collection

Midwest-CBK Unveils Casa Cristina Holiday Collection

CANNON FALLS, Minn.–Midwest-CBK is expanding its partnership with journalist and designer Cristina Saralegui by creating an inspirational holiday collection that will debut during the winter 2011 markets in Midwest-CBK showrooms across the country. The handcrafted Casa Cristina Holiday collection features spiritual icons such as angels, nativities, birds, stars, crosses and hearts in a combination ofMore »