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International Housewares Association

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IHA Board of Directors Welcomes Four New Members

Bruce Kaminstein Elected Chairman of the Board

ROSEMONT, ILL. (September 13, 2010)—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.

The new directors are David E. Elliott, general manager/KitchenAid Small Appliances, KitchenAid; Daniel Oehy, president, Swissmar; Alvise Ricoveri, managing director, De’Longhi America, Inc.; and Gary Seehoff, CEO, Evriholder Products, LLC. They were elected to three-year terms that begin Oct. 1 and end Sept. 30, 2013.

Also elected were new board officers:

  • Chairman – Bruce Kaminstein, CEO, Casabella Holdings LLC Corporation
  • Vice Chairman/Chairman Elect – Barry D. Harper, president/CEO, Harper Brush Works, Inc.
  • Treasurer – Bill Reibl, Progressive International Corp.

All officers serve one-year terms from Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011.

Retiring from the board are Jeff Siegel, president & CEO, Lifetime Brands Inc. and Kenneth Lefever, president, Wilton Armetale. Re-appointed for a second three-year term were Sheldon Goodman, president, Spectrum Diversified Designs, Inc.; Keith Jaffee, Focus Investments; and Gavin Lam, CEO, Lynns Concepts Inc.

Elliott joined Whirlpool Corp. in February 2009. Whirlpool is the parent company of KitchenAid and the largest manufacturer of major and small appliances in the world. Before joining Whirlpool, he worked for Jarden Corp. from 1997-2009, where he was vice president of global marketing with responsibility for personal comfort and wellness products. During his tenure at Jarden, Elliott also served as vice president, global marketing, for Sunbeam Appliances and as president of Sunbeam Canada. He began his career in 1990 with General Electric in Ontario, Canada, where he held various sales and marketing positions.

Oehy created Swissmar, an international distributor of gourmet housewares products, in 1983. The company’s brands include Borner, Dalla Piazza, Peugeot, Swissmar and Wenger. Along with owning Swissmar, Oehy is also the joint owner and president of PSP USA, LLC, a joint venture with Peugeot France established in January 2008. He also is a member of IHA’s Gourmet Trade Development Council, which works to support the growth and profitability of the gourmet products community.

Ricoveri has spent his entire housewares career with De’Longhi Spa, joining the company in 1999 in Treviso, Italy. He moved to De’Longhi America in 2007.

Seehoff founded Evriholder Products in 1994 after inventing its first two products, Twirl A Tie® and Twirl A Belt®. He has built the company into one of the largest distributors of housewares impulse products in the kitchen, barware, cleaning, storage and bath & personal care categories. Prior to founding Evriholder, Seehoff was a partner and, for several years, managing partner at the consulting firm Duitch Franklin & Co., and before that was a manager at Touche Ross (now Deloitte & Touche) from 1984-87.

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 the Board Liaison for IHA’s Government Affairs Committee and a member of IHA’s executive networking groups, Chief Officers Reaching Excellence (CORE). He served as IHA vice chairman/chairman elect in 2009-10 and as IHA treasurer in 2008-09.

Harper has served as president/CEO of Harper Brush Works Inc. since 1990. The 110-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. He served as IHA’s treasurer in 2009-10.

Reibl, who has more than 30 years experience in the housewares industry, joined Progressive in 1994 as senior vice president of marketing and sales. He was promoted to vice president/general manager in 1996 and named president/CEO of the marketer of kitchen tools and gadgets in 1998. Before joining Progressive, Reibl worked for Melitta North America from 1987-94, where he served as senior vice president of sales and marketing for the marketer of coffee and coffee brewing accessories. Reibl also served as director of marketing & merchandising for Bulova Watch Company from 1986-87. He began his career in retailing as a buyer for Gimbel’s, where he worked from 1977-82.

Also serving on the IHA Board are Richard L. Boynton, Jr., president/CEO, Jura Capresso, Inc.; Evan Dash, CEO, Prepara; 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.; Michael Magerman, president/CEO, Quickie Mfg. Corp.; Joseph Mallof, president/CEO, World Kitchen, LLC; and Robert L. Trudeau, chairman, Trudeau Corporation and immediate past IHA Chairman.

Serving on the executive committee of the board are Bruce Kaminstein, Barry Harper, Bill Reibl, Richard Boynton and Robert Trudeau.

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