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International Housewares Association

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IHA Board Of Directors Welcomes Four New Members
Robert L. Trudeau Elected Chairman of the Board
ROSEMONT, ILL. (September 9, 2009)—Four new directors have been elected to the board of directors of the International Housewares Association (IHA), the full-service trade association for the housewares industry. In addition, the Association has elected its first international chairman – Robert L. Trudeau of Canada.

The new directors are Evan M. Dash, CEO, Dash Holdings Group, LLC; Kenneth D. Lefever, president, Wilton Armetale; Michael L. Magerman, president/CEO, Quickie Mfg. Corp., and Joseph T. Mallof, president/CEO, World Kitchen, LLC. They were elected to three-year terms that begin on Oct. 1 and expire Sept. 30, 2012.
Newly elected board officers are:

  1. Chairman – Robert L. Trudeau, chairman, Trudeau Corporation
  2. Vice Chairman/Chairman Elect – Bruce Kaminstein, CEO, Casabella Holdings LLC
  3. Treasurer – Barry D. Harper, president/CEO, Harper Brush Works, Inc.

All officers serve one-year terms from Oct. 1, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2010.
Retiring from the board is Peter B. Cameron, CEO of Lenox, Inc.  Re-elected to a second three-year term were Marty Armstrong, senior vice president, sales & marketing, Master Brands HK Ltd.; Richard L. Boynton, Jr., president/CEO, Jura Capresso, Inc.; Marc J. Navarre, president/CEO, Groupe SEB North America, and William (Bill) Reibl, president/CEO, Progressive International Corp.

Dash has nearly a decade of experience in the housewares industry, as both a retailer and a supplier. He was senior vice president & GMM of the Macy’s Home Store from 2003-05; senior vice president & general merchandise manager for hardlines at Linens ‘n Things from 2001-03, and moved to the supplier side in 2005 when he established Dash Holdings LLC, which jointly owns Innovative Technology Electronics Corp., Primula Coffee and Tea and Prepara, a manufacturer and marketer of chef’s performance tools and kitchen tools & accessories.

Lefever joined Wilton Armetale in 1999 as chief financial officer. He was named president in 2003 and CEO in 2004. The company manufacturers, markets and distributes alternative metal serveware and giftware. Before joining Wilton Armetale, he served as regional controller at Republic Industries, the third largest waste and recycling company in the U.S., from 1994-99.

Magerman joined Quickie Mfg. in 2005. The company designs, manufacturers and markets a variety of cleaning tools, including brooms, brushes (from kitchen to bathroom to car washing), mops, scrubbers, scouring pads, dust pans and squeegees. Before joining Quickie, Magerman was senior director at Centre Partners, a private equity firm, from 1999-2005 and president/CEO of Odyssey Golf, a golf club manufacturer.

Mallof has nearly 25 years of experience in the consumer products industry. He joined World Kitchen, a leading global housewares supplier, in 2006. Before that he was CEO at CIBA Vision from 2002-06; president and regional director of various world markets at S.C. Johnson and Son from 1995-2002; and held various marketing and management positions at Procter & Gamble from 1975-1995.

Trudeau began his career in the housewares industry in 1967 when he became the third generation to join the company (then called Genin-Trudeau) his grandfather had created in 1904. He was named president/CEO in 1971 after purchasing the company from several shareholders. He became chairman of the board in 1996 when Genin-Trudeau simplified its brand portfolio and launched the Trudeau and Home Presence brands, creating two organizations, Home Presence and Trudeau Corporation, successfully reinventing itself. The company is headquartered in Montreal, with divisions in Woodridge, Ill., U.S.A., Amsterdam and Madrid. Trudeau designs and markets housewares such as kitchen accessories, tableware, wine accessories, thermal products and licensed children’s products. In 2009, the company is celebrating is 120th anniversary. Trudeau served as IHA’s Vice Chairman/Chairman Elect in 2008-09 and as Treasurer in 2007-08.

Kaminstein created Kaminstein Imports in 1989, an importer of household cleaning products. In the mid-1990s, the company established the brand name Casabella® and began designing and manufacturing its line of fashionable and functional cleaning products, along with kitchen and bath products. Before starting his own company, Kaminstein was president of his family’s retail store, Kaminstein Bros. Hardware, from 1980 to 1990. He is a Board Liaison of IHA’s Government Affairs Committee and a member of IHA’s executive networking groups, Chief Officers Reaching Excellence (CORE).

Harper has served as president/CEO of Harper Brush Works Inc. since 1990. The 109-year-old family-owned business manufactures and sells high-performance, hand-held cleaning products. Harper served as chairman of IHA’s Industry Education Committee from 2003-05 and is a member of the Housewares Export Council (HECNA) and IHA’s executive networking groups, Chief Officers Reaching Excellence (CORE). He also is a board member of the American Brush Manufacturers Association and served as its president from 2007-09.

Also serving on the IHA Board are Marty Armstrong, senior vice president, sales & marketing, Master Brands HK Ltd.; Richard L. Boynton, Jr., president/CEO, Jura Capresso, Inc.; Mark Eichhorn, president/CEO, Anchor Hocking  Co.; Steven Fraser, CMO, SAI Home Products, Inc.; Sheldon Goodman, president, Spectrum Diversified Designs, Inc.; Keith Jaffee, Focus Investments; Gavin Lam, CEO, Lynns Concepts Inc.; Marc J. Navarre, president/CEO, Groupe SEB North America; William (Bill) P. Reibl, president/CEO, Progressive International Corp. and Jeff Seigel, president/CEO, Lifetime Brands Inc. and immediate past IHA Chairman.
Serving on the executive committee of the board are Robert Trudeau, Bruce Kaminstein, Barry Harper, Marty Armstrong and Jeff Siegel.

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