Su Hilty, vice president of marketing for 7 W New York and a familiar friendly face in the gift and tabletop industry, will retire in June.
Hilty joined the showroom building in 2004, after serving as vice president of marketing for the 225 Fifth Ave. showroom building. MMPI, 7 W New York’s owner, credited her with playing a crucial role in establishing the building as a showroom location for vendors in the gift, home-furnishings, tabletop and textiles industries.
“We reluctantly accept Su’s resignation knowing 7 W and MMPI will not be the same without her efforts and dedication,” said Joan Ulrich, senior vice president, MMPI. “We were lucky to have Su lead the marketing charge when we launched 7 W and she has continued to support our customers and team with best-in-class marketing. While we will miss her personally and professionally, Hilty’s decision to start this new chapter in her life will allow her to pursue her passion for travel, as well as expand her involvement with charity organizations and other volunteer associations. She is truly a valued resource and we intend to continue to tap into her talents whenever possible.”
Hilty will remain involved with the International Furnishings and Design Association, where she was past president of the New York chapter. She will also maintain her involvement in the Home Products Advisory Board of the Fashion Institute of Technology, The Fashion Group International, Gift for Life, Alpha Chi Omega and the Global Give Back Circle.
“After a varied and rewarding career and finally achieving MMPI’s highest honor, the coveted Marty Award last year, I felt the timing was right for the next step,” Hilty said. “This is never an easy decision, but while I may be resigning from 7 W, my love for and connection with the home and gift industry will continue along with the visits I plan to make with friends and family and the many places still to see and experience.”
Jessica Kreider, marketing manager for 7 W New York, will assume many of Hilty’s responsibilities and will work closely with Nancy Michael, senior marketing and strategy director for MMPI.