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International Housewares Association

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IHA Board Of Directors Welcomes Three New Members
William P. Reibl Elected Chairman of the Board

ROSEMONT, ILL. (September 17, 2012)—Three 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 Hildy Abrams, president/chief executive officer, Gourmet Settings Inc.; Brett Bradshaw, president, Bradshaw International, Inc.; and Jay Zilinskas, managing director, Meyer Corporation U.S. They were elected to three-year terms that begin Oct. 1, 2012 and end Sept. 30, 2015.

Also elected were new board officers:

  • Chairman – William Reibl, president and CEO, Infusion Living LLC.
  • Vice Chairman/Chairman Elect – Michael Magerman, president/CEO, Quickie Mfg. Corp.
  • Treasurer – Keith Jaffee, chairman, O2 Cool.

All officers serve one-year terms from Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013.

Retiring from the board are Bruce Kaminstein, CEO, Casabella Holdings LLC, and Joseph Mallof, president/CEO, World Kitchen LLC. Re-appointed for a second three-year term were Evan Dash, CEO, Storebound, and Michael Magerman.

Abrams joined Gourmet Settings, then known as Trupco, in 1994 as vice president of sales & marketing. In 1996, the Toronto-based company changed its name to Gourmet Settings and began specializing in the design and manufacture of stainless steel flatware and dinnerware. Abrams was named president and CEO in 2009. Prior to her career at Gourmet Settings, Abrams worked in sales at Murray Sales Company in Montreal, from 1987-94.

Bradshaw joined his family-owned company in 1994. A leading supplier of kitchen tools, bakeware and cookware marketed under the Good Cook, Betty Crocker, Bialetti and Oneida brands as well as various retailer private labels, the company was started in 1966 by brothers Doug and Ben Bradshaw and their father, Buzz. Before becoming the 4th generation in the family business, Bradshaw was a key account manager for Nestle from 1990-93.

Zilinskas joined Meyer in 1996 as regional sales manager.  Two years later he was promoted to national sales manager and then to vice president in 2000.  In 2006, Zilinskas was promoted to managing director where he oversees all facets of the U.S. and Latin American business for the distribution of cookware and food preparation products. Meyer specializes in moderate to gourmet branded cookware, dinnerware, serveware and food preparation products. Prior to joining Meyer, Zilinskas held sales manager positions at Whirlpool’s KitchenAid Portable Appliances division from 1993-96 and was national sales manager for Homak, a Chicago-based metal fabricator, from 1990-93.

Reibl, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the housewares industry, founded Infusion Living LLC in 2012 with a mission to infuse into the market innovative products that simplify life. The products will be debuted at the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show.  He previously served as president of Progressive International, which he joined 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. He was elected to IHA’s board in 2006 and re-elected in 2009. He served as Vice Chairman/Chairman Elect in 2011-12 and Treasurer in 2010-11.

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. He was elected to IHA’s board in 2009 and served as treasurer in 2011-12.

Jaffee joined O2 Cool in 2011. The company designs, produces and markets “cool,” creative and fun battery operated misting and portable fans, water-cooling hydration products, outdoor accessories and novelty items. Prior to joining O2 Cool, Jaffee was CEO of Focus Products Group, which he co-founded in 2001. Focus owns several housewares companies, including Amco Housewares, Chicago Metallic, West Bend Housewares and Back to Basics Products, with the last two companies comprising the Focus Electrics Group. Prior Focus Products, Jaffee served as president of the Store Fixture and Store Products Group at Leggett & Platt from 1997-2001. Before that, he served as president of Amco Corporation, a manufacturer of commercial storage systems and upscale housewares, from 1982-97. He was elected to the IHA Board in 2007 and re-elected in 2010.

Also serving on the IHA Board are: Richard L. Boynton, Jr., president/CEO, Jura Capresso, Inc. and immediate past IHA Chairman; Gregory C. Cairo, president, Groupe SEB USA; Evan Dash, CEO, StoreBound; David E. Elliott, general manager/KitchenAid Small Appliances, KitchenAid; Steven Fraser, chairman, Knightsbridge Global Ltd.; Sheldon Goodman, president, Spectrum Diversified Designs, Inc.; Anthony E. Kircher, president, Winix, Inc.; Gavin Lam, CEO, Lynns Concepts Inc.; Daniel Oehy, president, Swissmar; Erik Reid, general manager, Kyocera Advanced Ceramics;  David Sabin, president, Kids Line; Gary Seehoff, CEO, Evriholder Products, LLC and Jenna Sellers Miller, president, Architec.

Serving on the executive committee of the board are Bill Reibl, Michael Magerman, Keith Jaffee, Richard Boynton and David Elliott.

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Editors: To download digital photos of the IHA Board of Directors, go to http://www.housewares.org/iha/about/board.aspx