CORE is a unique resource of networking peer groups designed exclusively for industry decision-makers. Since 1998, CEOs in the housewares industry having been using CORE groups as a sounding board and a special resource to help meet professional challenges. Meetings are held quarterly in Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Ft. Lee, N.J., Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Toronto, Canada and Weston, Fla.

Why Join CORE:

  • Learn from your peers and share your expertise and experience in non-compete forums intended to foster personal and professional growth
  • Each CORE group is led by a professional facilitator with industry experience who keeps meetings lively and on-track.
  • Meeting topics are chosen by group members and have included current business trends, new channel developments, personal challenges, new product or business growth ideas

For further information, contact:
Isabel Barabicho
ibarabicho@housewares.org
847-692-0111


Meet the CORE Group Facilitators

Linda Graebner
CORE San Francisco

LSG Associates
6114 La Salle Ave, Suite 357
Oakland, CA 94611
phone: 510-759-7222
fax: 510-428-0482
email: linda@lindagraebner.com

Linda Graebner is an entrepreneur, CEO and director who has successfully grown and transformed consumer products companies. Graebner brings extensive experience serving on the boards of directors of a number of private and public consumer products companies, industries including food, wine and beer, kitchen, cleaning, personal care, cookware, bakeware, gardening and medical devices.

As executive chairman of Chef’n Corporation, she led the Board as well as directly managed company marketing, sales, finance and operations. Graebner also served as president & CEO for Tilia, transforming this relatively small, unprofitable and insolvent company into a leading manufacturer of premier lines of small electric kitchen appliances. Awards include the Ernst & Young Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Northern California.

Graebner is a past Chairman of the International Housewares Association.

Daniel Raftery
CORE Canada, Chicago, Cleveland & West

Raftery Resource Network, Inc.
800 North Main Street
Antioch, IL 60002
phone: 847-838-1177
fax: 847-838-1188
email: Dan@RafteryNet.com
web: www.RafteryNet.com

Dan Raftery has more than 25 years of experience as a management and research consultant for the food, drug and housewares industries. He covers a range of topics from specific supply chain operations to strategic business and industry issues.

Raftery Resource Network is a diverse team of independent professionals from consumer goods production and distribution industries, who solve business problems for suppliers, manufacturers and systems and service providers.

Raftery is a facilitator for committees, conferences and executive share groups...a writer for industry reports, white papers and corporate newsletters...a presenter at industry conferences and corporate events... and a resource for all stages of research projects from product design to delivery to corporate acquisition.

He has authored over three dozen reports on a variety of subjects for food, drug and housewares industries including Scan Based Trading, Invoice Accuracy, Unsalables Management and Direct Store Delivery, Category Management, Direct Product Profitability, Customer Frequency Marketing and Efficient Consumer Response.

Chuck Rosner
CORE East Coast & Southeast

CIR Assoc LLC
5 Taylor Road
Huntington, NY 11743
phone: 631-271-8149
fax: 631-424-8440
email: cros117@optonline.net

Chuck Rosner has more than 20 years of experience in the housewares industry, serving as president and chief executive of several manufacturing companies, including Robinson Knife Manufacturing Company, EKCO Housewares and GemcoWare Inc. He is currently president of CIR Associates LLC in Huntington Bay, N.Y.

Rosner is a charter member of CORE and over the years has served on boards and committees for several industry associations, including GMDC’s General Merchandise Advisory Board, IHA’s Industry Affairs Committee and the Board of Directors of the American Cutlery Manufacturer’s Association.


Upcoming CORE Meetings

CORE Group: Canada

Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Time: 10 AM - 3 PM
Facilitator: Dan Raftery
Location: Residence Inn Marriott Toronto Airport
17 Reading Court
Toronto, ON M9W 7K7
Tel: (416) 798-5701

CORE Group: Chicago

Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017
Time: 10 AM - 3 PM
Facilitator: Dan Raftery
Location: IHA Office / Board Room
6400 Shafer Court, Suite 650
Rosemont, IL 60018
Tel: (847) 292-4200

CORE Group: East Coast

Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017
Time: 3 PM - 7 PM
Facilitator: Chuck Rosner
Location: Doubletree by Hilton
Fort Lee/George Washington Bridge
2117 Rte 4 East
Ft. Lee, NJ 07024
Tel: (201) 461-9000

CORE Group: Northwest

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Time: 3 PM - 7 PM
Facilitator: Linda Graebner
Location: Filament Corporate Headquarters
830 Fourth Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134
Penthouse level
Tel: (206) 448-1210

CORE Group: San Francisco (Bay Area)

Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Time: 3 PM - 7 PM
Facilitator: Linda Graebner
Location: Trader Vic's Emeryville
9 Anchor Dr.
Emeryville, CA 94608
Tel: (510) 653-3400

CORE Group: Southeast

Date: Thursday August 31, 2017
Time: 3 PM - 7 PM
Facilitator: Chuck Rosner
Location: Bonaventure Resort & Spa
250 Racquet Club Rd
Weston, FL 33326
Tel: (954) 389-3300

CORE Group: Texas

Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Time: 10 AM - 3 PM
Facilitator: Dan Raftery
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Marriott
8440 Freeport Pkwy
Irving, TX 75063
Tel: (972) 929-8800

CORE Group: West

Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Time: 9 AM - 2 PM
Facilitator: Dan Raftery
Location: Renaissance Los Angeles Airport
9620 Airport Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Tel: (310) 337-2800