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iha committees

The Committees and Councils listed below act as advisory resources to IHA's Board of Directors, staff and the housewares industry and provide valuable services to IHA members. Take a look at what they're doing.

Exhibitor Trade Show Advisory Committee

The Committee provides exhibitors' perspectives on trade show issues, including trade show planning, execution and measurement.

Board Liaison

Bill Endres, Select Brands

Committee Chairperson

Dan Siegel, Lifetime Brands Inc.

Committee Members

Paolo Cravedi, Alessi USA, Inc.

Sonja Dettori, Smeg USA

Michael Duncan, Luigi Bormioli Corp.

Bill Endres, Select Brands

Joe Fahy, TAG - Trade Associates Group, Ltd.

Sal Gabbay, Gibson Overseas, Inc.

Joe Hodorowicz, ABM North America Corp.

Mark Hortsman, Buddeez Inc.

Michael Karyo, Charles Viancin Group

Doug Kellam, ZeroWater

Rick Lapine, Hudson Home Group LLC

Yvette Laugier, Peugeot

Brian Melzer, Epoca International Inc.

Ingerid Mohn, Sagaform Inc.

Dan Siegel, Lifetime Brands Inc.

Fred Silber, Enchanted Home Pet

Michael Silverman, Butler Home Products, LLC

Laura Sommers, Espresso Supply Inc.

Michael Stoll, Urban Trend, LLC

Liz Wentland, Taylor Precision Products Inc.

Damon Willmott, Joseph Joseph Inc.

Government Affairs Committee

This Committee plays an integral role in policy development and implementation by providing recommendations and direction on federal legislative and regulatory issues and on initiatives that could impact the business interests of the housewares industry. It also provides guidance on long and short-term grassroots action plans.

Board Liaison

Fred Dohn, ARC

Committee Chairperson

Dale Matschullat, At Counsel, Schiff Hardin LLP

Committee Members

John Armaly, Armaly Brands

John Breeden, Demeyere N.A., LLC

Suzanne Campbell, Taylor Precision Products Inc.

Mike Cantrell, Conair Corp.

Terry Crawford, Conimar Corp.

Allen Darwin, Triangle Home Fashions

Fred Dohn, ARC

Sal Gabbay, Gibson Overseas, Inc.

James Glenn, Household Essentials, LLC

Linda Graebner, LSG Associates

Steve Greenspon, Honey-Can-Do International LLC

Luke Harms, Whirlpool Corporation

Peggy Hedgpeth, Golden Rabbit

Lindsey Hutzler, Hutzler Mfg. Co., Inc.

Mark Johnson, Newell Rubbermaid

Bruce Kaminstein, Casabella Holdings LLC

Bob Kellermann, Lodge Mfg. Co.

Yvette Laugier, Peugeot

Dale Matschullat, Schiff Hardin LLP

Scott Meyer, Zak Designs, Inc.

Elliot Molk, World Kitchen, LLC

Thomas Nichols, Pretika Corporation

Patrick O'Connor, Range Kleen Mfg. Inc.

William Reibl, Fusionbrands LLC

Erik Reid, Swissmar

Gary Seehoff, Sophistiplate, LLC

Richard Spitaletta, Lola Products

David Zrike, R Squared Sales and Logistics LLC dba The Zrike Company, Inc.

Industry Affairs Committee

The Committee acts as the sounding board for potential and current educational projects, industry research and value-added services for members.

Board Liaison

Brett Bradshaw, Bradshaw International, Inc.

Committee Chairperson

J. Bud Haley, Epoca International Inc.

Committee Members

Ed Aghajanian, EZ Brite Brands

Laura Aldrich, Fortessa Tableware Solutions, LLC

Sushil Arora, Now Designs

Brett Bradshaw, Bradshaw International, Inc.

Rick Breiling, U.S. Poly Enterprise, Inc.

Gary Darwin, Vandor LLC

Aaron Goodman, Spectrum Diversified Designs, Inc.

Steve Greenspon, Honey-Can-Do International, LLC

J. Bud Haley, Epoca International Inc.

William McHenry, Widgeteer, Inc.

Tom McMahon, Jura Inc.

David Sarnoff, Handi-Foil Corp.

Consumer Engagement Committee

The Committee is focused on creating meaningful opportunities for exhibiting IHA members to engage consumers with the ultimate goal of increasing housewares sales.

Board Liaison

Kristine Malkoski, World Kitchen, LLC

Committee Members

Greg Kairo, Groupe SEB USA

John Collins, Neatfreak

International Business Council

The International Business Council is a special interest group of IHA members, dedicated to helping its membership market and sell their products internationally by sharing information, providing networking opportunities and offering programs to assist, support and educate.


Aaron Goodman, Spectrum Diversified Designs, Inc.

Past President

Joel Arivett, Microplane

Committee Members

Giancarlo Barzotti, Whitmor, Inc.

Henrique Boscolo, Winix Inc.

Paul Michalowski, Honey-Can-Do International

IHA - IBC Board Liaison

Mark Buss, govino LLC

Retailer Advisory Council

The Council provides customers' perspectives on trade show issues and input on trade show and product planning, execution and measurement.

Board Liaison

Greg Cairo, Groupe SEB USA

Council Members

Greg Cairo, Groupe SEB USA

Mike DeSimone, Golub Corp./Price Chopper Supermarkets

Tim Eklund, Target Stores

Katie Fischer, Crate and Barrel

Michelle Foss, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

John Gehre, HEB

Craig Gourley, BJ's Wholesale Club

Tom Hayes, HomeGoods

Shelley Huff,

Joe Kirby, Imperial Distributors Inc.

Bob LeBrun, Big Lots Stores, Inc.

Molly Malone, Kroger Co.

Jacob Maurer, Sur La Table

Robin Millman, Publisher's Clearing House

Carmen Nestares, Amazon

Sandy Ovington, ULTA

David Plummer, JCPenney

Carolyn Regala, The Container Store

Specialty Retailer Advisory Council

The Council provides specialty retailers' perspectives on trade show issues and input on trade show and product planning, execution and measurement.

Board Liaison

Chip Steidle, John Ritzenthaler Co.

Council Members

Michele Catalfo-Crowley, Wegmans

Karen Chandler, Kitchenwares on the Squares

Mary Liz Curtin, Leon & Lulu

Madison Eckendorf, Zulily

Michael Higdon, National Building Museum

Doug Huemoeller, Kitchen Window

Janis Johnson, Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group

Bob Kratchman, Kitchen Kapers

KC Lapiana, In The Kitchen

Jeremy Melnick, Gordon's Ace Hardware

Mary Moore, The Cook's Warehouse

Lawrence Oates, KitchenArt-The Store for Cooks

Chip Steidle, John Ritzenthaler Co.

Howard Thornton, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Dave West, Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium

Young Professionals Advisory Council


The Council assists IHA in making the Show more meaningful for a younger audience and offers advice on how to bring more young people into the industry.

Board Liaison

Melissa Kieling, PackIt, LLC

Council Members

Isabel Barabicho, International Housewares Association

Paula DiGiovanni, True Value Company

Arielle Dunn, Honey-Can-Do International LLC

Emily Finkelstein, Full Circle

Aaron Goodman, Spectrum Diversified Designs, Inc.

Rishi Gopaul, Lapine Associates

Alyssa Graham, International Housewares Association

Lauren Greenwood, YouCopia

Megan Grennan, Architec

Alex Kaminstein, Casabella Holdings LLC

Melissa Kieling, PackIt, LLC

Jennifer Lucas, Groupe SEB USA

Sean McNeil, DKB Household USA Corp.

Rachel Sandoval, Ignite USA, LLC

Jordan Schmidt, Schmidt Bros.

Daniel Seehoff, Sophistiplate, LLC

BJ Stein, Taylor Precision Products Inc.

Ami Wilson, Household Essentials, LLC

Kachel Wittig, TAG - Trade Associates Group, Ltd.