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Todd Litzman

 

Chairman of the Board

Brandwise

 

Todd was co-founder of Showroom Solutions in 1998, which later merged with Brandwise. In addition to leading Brandwise, Todd is actively involved in the Gift and Home Trade Association. Todd has more than 25 years experience in designing, developing, installing, and supporting computerized point of sale, inventory management, and sales process automation systems. Prior to starting Brandwise, he was an independent consultant for Paramount Parks Inc., and was responsible for the recommendation and implementation of ticketing, concessions, merchandising, and inventory control systems for five major theme parks in the United States and one in Canada during this two year project. 

Bob Ricciardi

 

 

President

 About Face Designs 

Robert Ricciardi has been in the gift industry for more than three decades. He is President and Owner of About Face Designs, the company he founded in 1999 based in Highland Park, IL. About Face Designs markets and distributes proprietary sentiment gifts to the card, gift, and specialty industry. Ricciardi began his career in 1978 at Enesco Corporation and quickly advanced to management positions.  During his tenure, he was Vice President of Sales, Executive Vice President and President of Sales, Acquisitions and North American Subsidiaries.  He resigned from Enesco in 1997 to become President of Ty, Inc. – a position he held until he started his own company. Over the years, he has served on numerous industry boards of directors, including the California Gift Show, Americas Mart, New York Gift Show, Philadelphia Gift Show and Gift Association of America.  

 

 

Joe Harris

 

Vice President

 Whereoware 
 

Joe Harris is currently the Vice President and Director of Professional Services with Whereoware, a web development and marketing firm located in Northern Virginia. Joe joined Whereoware in 2004 and currently manages the development of website and technical-based projects for over 150 Whereoware customers. Prior to joining Whereoware, Joe was a Founder and Vice President at SmartPants Media, a multimedia, software design firm specializing in the creation of interactive CD-ROMS, websites, and kiosks for marketing and educational purposes. He worked directly with a wide assortment of clients including non-profit organizations, small to medium-sized business, and federal and state governments.   

 

Fred Schmidt

Treasurer

All for Color
 

Fred Schmidt joined Prime Source Accessories in 2004 as a partner to assist co-founders Jamie Chauss and Maureen Lorr in launching Prime Source Accessories first consumer branded collection, All For Color™.  With a strong background in key account sales, sales team management and marketing Fred currently serves as the Vice President of Sales and manages a network of top-tier sales agencies to market and sell the All For Color™ and Sloane Ranger™ brands. Today that network consists of over 170 sales professionals in the gift, collegiate, resort, and athletic channels.

Allison Barrows

Secretary

Ganz
 
Allison Barrows is the Senior Director of Sales and Marketing with the Ganz Gift Company, established by Samel Ganz and sons Jack and Sam in 1950. This privately-held, family company is now headed by the founder's grandson, Howard Ganz, at the corporate headquarters, located in Woodbridge, ON, Canada. Allison has worked for Ganz for the last 13 years and has served on the GHTA Board of Directors for the last two years. Prior to Ganz, Allison worked for The Limited Corporation, as a Store Director and Regional Trainer for five years, after graduating from Appalachian State University, where she was an All-American soccer player.

Majda Rensberger

OneCoast

Lindsay DeMyer

Darrah & Co.

Dylan Schauben

JGROB Associates 

Dylan is the Executive Director for JGROB Associates, a sales and marketing representative agency serving the mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley region. Dylan is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board for the Young Gift Executives, an organization in the gift and home industry that focuses on furthering the development of the gift trade, addressing key challenges facing the sustainability of the industry and engaging new audiences to ensure a vibrant future. Through education, collaboration, industry dialogue, and philanthropic opportunities, the YGE is committed to redefining the gift trade for the next generation. In addition, he volunteers as the Music Director and Children's Group Leader for Caminar Latino, Georgia's first and only comprehensive domestic violence intervention program for Latino families. 

Cliff Price


 

Cliff Price & Company 
 

 

Greg Bilezikian

 DEI

Greg is President and Owner of Dennis East International (DEI). DEI is a collection-based gift company located on Cape Cod. The organization mantains full design staff and a staff in Asia. Greg's strength in sourcing allows the company to offer products in each collection sourced in a variety of countries, offering the retailer great value and selection in the same color scheme and theme. DEI and its staff bring fun into each of the products they bring to market.

 

 

Randy Eller

 

Eller Enterprises

Randy's expertise in the home and gift industry is the result of a committed career. His path to success began with a 10-year stint in the retail management of variety stores for a 20-store chain headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. In the 1980's Randy worked for Russ Berrie & Company. He is perhaps best known for his accomplishments and guidance of CBK, an importer and wholesaler of home decor. 

Currently, Randy operates Eller Enterprises, which was founded in 2004. It is a consulting firm serving companies and individuals primarily within the home accent, furniture, and giftware industries. These businesses include wholesalers, product designers, marketing, public relations, and advertising firms. Eller Enterprises also offers personal executive coaching, professional speaking, and mergers and acquisitions advice to clients in a variety of industries.  

 

 

 Chad Corzine

 

 

Archipelago Botanicals

Chad is the Director of Business Development at Archipelago Botanicals. Chad has a strong background in sales and international commerce and uses these attributes to help support the strategic growth of Archipelago. In addition, Chad is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Young Gift Executives, an organization in the gift and home industry that focuses on networking, consulting, education, and philanthropic opportunities for the next generation of industry professionals. 

 

 

George Kacic

George Kacic

 

Giftcraft

George Kacic is president of U.S. operations for Giftcraft, Ltd, the Toronto-based lifestyle home decor and giftware industry leader serving a diverse network of specialty retailers around the world. His career spans more than 38 years within the home and gift community, including senior sales and business development roles at GANZ and Russ Berrie. Kacic's career also reflects long service to the industry through leadership of the Gift & Home Trade Association (GHTA) and other prominent trade organizations. He is a chairman of the AmericasMart Atlanta Gift & Home Furnishings Advisory Board; is a member of the Gift for Life Board; and most recently, ICON Honors founding partner. He has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Luminary Scholarship Award and the CHUCK YANCY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Award. He can be reached at gkacic@giftcraft.com.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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