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Linda Graebner
CORE San Francisco, Seattle

LSG Associates
6114 La Salle Avenue, Suite 357
Oakland, CA 94611
phone: +1 510-759-7222
fax: +1 510-428-0482

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 Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Toronto

Raftery Resource Network, Inc.
593 Crosswind Lane
Lindenhurst, IL 60046
phone: +1 708-370-9933
fax: +1 847-838-1188

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.

Perry Reynolds
CORE South Florida

1525 Partners
1525 Avondale Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32205
phone: +1 708-337-8312

Perry Reynolds has been involved in the housewares industry for 40 years beginning as a housewares department manager at a mass merchant, then as a buyer and senior merchant for a regional mass merchant, supermarket chain and national distributor, then as a marketing and product development executive for two branded housewares manufacturers and concluding with a twenty year stint at the International Housewares Association with IHA roles including marketing, trade development and international services. He retired from his day-to-day role at IHA in the spring of 2017.

Chuck Rosner
CORE New York/New Jersey

5 Taylor Road
Huntington, NY 11743
phone: +1 631-271-8149
fax: +1 631-424-8440

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.