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IMC Announces Gift+Home Team Restructuring

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International Market Centers (IMC) announced strategic modifications, including promotions, lateral moves, and new appointments, to streamline its gift and home décor team. The changes, which are effective immediately, will create a single unified team supporting cross-category leasing for permanent and temporary presentations in Las Vegas, and for permanent home décor floors at IHFC in High Point.

“We are maximizing team leasing efforts to take best advantage of individual category expertise,” said Bob Maricich, CEO of International Market Centers. “This effort mirrors the strategic development of Gift+Home at Las Vegas Market, and facilitates its growth as the industry’s premier western marketplace.”

In line with the new personnel structure, Lee Hershberg has been promoted to the role of Vice President of Gift and Home Décor, and will continue to report to Dorothy Belshaw, IMC’s President of the Gift and Home Décor Division.

Hershberg will manage all category related leasing efforts to include prospect development, key tenant and prospect account management, and new and renewal leasing activity. His team will include Boyd Tasker and Ron Radin, both Leasing Directors of Home Décor based in Las Vegas, as well as RJ Maricich, newly appointed Leasing Manager of Home Décor, who will be based in High Point, NC.

Pam Williams has also been promoted, assuming the role of Leasing Director of Gift, reporting to Lee Hershberg. Williams will assume management of day-to-day gift leasing activity, and will manage Gift+Home at Las Vegas Market tradeshow leasing. In addition to responsibility for the addition of new categories, as well as growth and repositioning of the temporaries in Building C, she also maintains direct leasing responsibility for global craft and vintage accounts. Her team members include: Cassie Catania, Leasing Manager, Gift; Sheri Makransky, Leasing Manager, Gift; Lindsay Pearson, Leasing Manager, Gift+Home Temporaries; Joy Jansen, Leasing Manager, Gift+Home Temporaries; and Keith Davis, Leasing Manager, Home and Design Temporaries.
As Vice President of the Las Vegas Design Center, Paul Watson will assume management of the c-ONE temporaries, working with Dorothy Belshaw and Keith Davis to launch a merchandised presentation of design-forward, market-time showrooms on C1 for the Summer 2013 Market.

Experienced industry experts also have been recruited to supplement the team’s efforts in consultancy positions. Terence Morris, a 25-year industry veteran who has held positions with Americas Mart in Atlanta and the California Gift Show, will work with the gift leasing team to accelerate participation by industry leaders at Las Vegas Market.

Gift +Home at Las Vegas Market is a leading gift and home décor marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 800-plus gift and home décor resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of furniture, gift and home décor lines, allowing for cross- category commerce among the gift, furniture, home décor and accessory industries. The Winter 2013 Las Vegas Market runs January 28-February 1, 2013, at the World Market Center. For more information, visit GiftandHomeLV.com.

About International Market Centers, L.P: International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC) is the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. IMC owns and operate 11.5 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C. and Las Vegas. In addition, IMC operates the Las Vegas Design Center, a year-round resource open to both the design trade and consumers which is comprised of more than 40 showrooms and hundreds of designer brands. IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. For more information on IMC, visit imcenters.com.

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