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International Housewares Association

Contact: Deborah A.Teschke
Senior Manager, Public Relations & Communications
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Experts Offer Guidance, Advice for Success in the New Economy at 2010 Chief Housewares Executive SuperSession

Senior-Level Conference for Industry Decision-Makers to be held in October

ROSEMONT, IL (September 22, 2010)—Experts in finance, global manufacturing, government relations, social media, retail dynamics and marketing trends will offer guidance and advice for success as the economy recovers from the Great Recession at CHESS 2010, Chief Housewares Executive SuperSession, a senior-level conference for industry decision-makers, Oct. 6-7 at The Intercontinental Chicago O'Hare, Rosemont, Ill. Registration is still available for CHESS, which is designed for chief executive officers of all IHA member companies and their top decision-makers.

“CHESS has been an extraordinary opportunity to think about our company’s business strategies, to gain insight into relevant industry issues and topics and network with key housewares executives,” says Bill Reibl, president & CEO, Progressive International Corporation. “It has given our marketing and sales management time to think about the business vs. the daily pressure of working in the business creating more focused strategies and building better financial results. It has become an annual must attend for our team.”

Adolfo Laurenti, deputy chief economist and managing director at Mesirow Financial, will sort the winners from the losers in the new economic order caused by the recession and lackluster recovery in his keynote address, "Time of Crisis, Time of Opportunities," which opens CHESS on Oct 6. On day 2, Michael Silverstein, senior partner and managing director at The Boston Consulting Group, will deliver the definitive portrait of the new "female economy" in his keynote address, "Women Want More—How to Capture Your Share of the World's Largest, Fastest-Growing Market." Women are projected to drive an incremental $5 trillion in global spending in the next several years, he will offer insights on how housewares suppliers can respond to this growing phenomenon.

Closing the two-day program will be Al Meyers, senior vice president at Kantar Retail, who will explore the fundamentals of the post-recession U.S. retail landscape and the implications for housewares manufacturers and their retail partners, in his presentation, “Retailing Trends to 2015: Recession to Recovery.”

Other speakers and topics include:

  • “After the Recession: How to Profit from the New Reality of Global Manufacturing” by Michael Hetzel, vice president/Americas, Pro QC International and president, Northern Galaxy Corporation.
  • “Federal Mandates & Business: How Will They Ever Get Along?” by Pam Sederholm, IHA’s Washington representative and head of IHA’s Government Affairs Office, and Michelle Dimarob, manager, legal affairs, NFIB.
  • “Demystifying Sustainability: How to Make Your Business ‘Green’” by William Rickert, executive vice president, sales & marketing, Mountain Valley Recycling, and Jeffrey Rosenholtz, vice president, sustainability solutions, NextLife.
  • “The Truth Behind Social Media” by Mark Bachmann, partner, and Michelle Venorsky, management supervisor, at Marcus Thomas LLC.
  • Breakout session on “Customized Merchandising Solutions for Retail Success” by Cindy Sattler, president & CEO of Lawrence Merchandising.
  • Breakout session on “Selling Independent Retailers” by Bob Coviello, president of HTI Buying Group, Inc.

The mix of general and breakout sessions includes Q&A time with speakers after each session. Networking breaks, luncheons and a cocktail reception and dinner also provide time for attendees to network and meet informally with speakers, industry service providers and their colleagues.

To register for CHESS or for more information, visit the CHESS website at or contact Judy Colitz of IHA at

EDITORS NOTE: If you would like to attend CHESS 2010, please contact Debbie Teschke at or call 847.692.0110.

The International Housewares Association is the 72-year-old voice of the housewares industry, which accounted for (US)$300.3 billion at retail worldwide in 2008. The not-for-profit, full-service association sponsors the world's premier exposition of products for the home, the International Home + Housewares Show, and offers its 1,700 member companies a wide range of services, including industry and government advocacy, export assistance, State-of-the-Industry reports, point-of-sale and consumer panel data through Housewares MarketWatch, executive management peer groups, a unique Web-based community at and group buying discounts on business solutions services.