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John Keiser


Chairman of the Board


John Keiser is Chief Executive Officer of OneCoast, the leading national sales and marketing agency of gift, fashion, baby, and collegiate products. Previously, John served as Senior Vice President, where his primary responsibility was the development and management of National Division ONE, while also being involved in other strategic initiatives for OneCoast. For a one year period, John served in the role of Senior Vice President of Strategic Relationships for OneCoast. In this role, John was responsible for developing strong supplier relationships for the OneCoast Midwest Sales Region for 21/2 years. John has over 25 years of industry experience, working for both American Greetings and Enesco prior to joining OneCoast in 2003.

Todd Litzman





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


Vice 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



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.   

Cindy Henry



Cindy Henry is the Executive Vice President of Wellspring, Lancaster, PA.  Wellspring brings art and organization to everyday life with stylish and functional personal and home accessories.  For over 30 years, the family-owned company has enjoyed great retailer loyalty in the gift industry.  Cindy brings to GHTA experience on multiple boards and a unique perspective of over 20 years on both the manufacturing and the rep side of business.  She served two terms as secretary on the board of directors of GSMA (Gift Sales Managers Association) and on the GHTA auction committee for 4 years.  Prior to joining Wellspring, she worked as a management consultant in multiple industries and in sporting goods.  She is a member of Vistage International.  She authored two children’s books and serves locally on a school board committee, Relay for Life, and as president on the soccer parents association board.

Allison Barrows 


Dan Loughman


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 



Fred Schmidt

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.


Randy Spoor


The Center Stage Team

Randy Spoor is the managing partner of The Center Stage Team, providing sales management services to a variety of gift and home decor companies. With over 35 years of sales and marketing experience, Randy has "done it all" and then some. From road salesman, vice president of sales, owner of a gift company, and everything in between, Randy is as passionate about the industry as he ever was. 



 Lisa Wohlhart




Lisa Wohlhart is the Director of Sales Operations, Inside Sales and International Sales for the Ivystone Group. She has over 15 years of experience within the gift and hone industry, with wide-ranging experience in brand management, marketing, licensing, product development, sales, business operations, process improvement, and strategy. Prior to joining Ivystone, Lisa held positions at OneCoast, Yakety Sak, and Enesco. She currently works with sales management teams on growth strategies for all sales divisions, process engineering and implementation efforts, as well as sales and marketing integration. Lisa has been a member of the GHTA since 2006. 



George Kacic

George Kacic



George Kacic is President of US 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 35 years within the home and gift community, including senior sales and business development leadership roles at GANZ and Russ Berrie. Kacic's career also reflects long service to the gift and home industry through the GHTA and other prominent organizations. He is Chairman of the AmericasMart Atlanta Gift & Home Furnishings Advisory Board, on which he has served for nine years, and is also a member of the Gift for Life Board. 


Julie Dix


FalconBlue LLC & JBAT LLC 

Julie Dix is currently a managing partner in two companies. FalconBlue provides consultative expertise and experience to develop and grow consumer product brands through professionial brand strategy, management, licensing, and distribution. She is also a partner in a manufacturing company Justa 'bout Any Thangoes (JBAT) as the creator of Headliners, a new and innovative product focusing on messaging. Julie began working in the specialty business when she invented and co-founded Taggies, Inc. a children's manufacturing company which grew from an idea to a childhood "must have" brand. Julie has been featured in People Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, USA Today, and other major news publications as a mompreneur and an innovator.  

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. 





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