NEW YORK–Gift For Life, the gift, stationery and home decor industries’ charitable organization, announced new leadership and new board members.
Taking over as chairperson of the board is Stu Teller, who previously served as vice chair. Teller is managing partner of Right Angle Strategies, a business development services company. Teller has more than 30 years of experience in the gift, home decor, and collegiate industries including senior executive positions with OneCoast and Madco.
Joining Teller is Frank Joens, who was elected vice chair. Joens is senior vice president and general manager of the LA Mart. Joens began in the gift and home industry 28 years ago with Russ Berrie & Company. In 2001, he joined Los Angeles’ LA Mart as director of marketing then progressed to vice president of leasing and was recently appointed general manager.
“I am excited and motivated to serve as chair of Gift For Life,” said Teller. “I have been involved with Gift For Life for more than 20 years and it’s very important to support the organization and the great work it has done. Thanks go to Leslie Nathan-Street for her service; she has been an amazing chairperson and has guided Gift for Life through two of its best years.”
Recently joining the board are two industry veterans, bringing the total number of board members to 29.
New board member Marc Blackwell creates and produces his own line of home products and creates retail, home, and event experiences. Blackwell also serves on the board of DIFFA: Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS. Matthew Katzenson, who has joined the board, is founder and CEO of Fine Lines Company, a leading multi-line rep agency based in the southwest U.S.