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International Housewares Association

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IHA Announces Leadership Transition; Phil Brandl to Retired at the end of 2018

Will Transition to a Consulting Role with IHA


ROSEMONT, Ill. (May 22, 2018)—After 22 years as president and CEO of the International Housewares Association, Phil Brandl will retire from the Association at the end of the year, IHA announced today. Calling it a natural evolution, Brandl said he will transition to a consulting role from day-to-day responsibilities.

“This transition has been planned for quite some time, all things must come to sunset at some point,” he said. “My time at IHA has allowed me to enjoy a full and enriching career. Transitioning to a consulting role will allow me additional time for family and the opportunity to work on a few new projects and hobbies. It all seems natural and appropriate at a time when IHA is blessed with such a great and talented staff to continue to lead the Association to the next level, and a great and successful future.”

“On behalf of the entire board of directors of IHA and all of our members, I thank Phil for his leadership and commitment over the past 24 years,” said Brett Bradshaw, co-president, Bradshaw Home, and IHA chairman. “He and his talented team have built an organization that is truly world class, and we are fortunate as vendors to be able to see his efforts come to life every March in Chicago.

“Bringing the domestic industry together at the Show has always been the centerpiece of IHA, but Phil had the vision and provided the leadership to lift the Show into a world-class international showplace with exhibitors and buyers attending from around the world,” Bradshaw continued. “In addition, he worked to provide innumerable educational, informational and support services to all members, large and small. Phil is a true housewares icon and will be missed for sure, but we congratulate him on his many achievements and on his well-deserved retirement.”

Brandl joined IHA in March 1994 as director, marketing & trade development, was named vice president of the Association in 1996 and president Feb. 1, 1997. Under Brandl’s direction, the not-for-profit association has grown to offer 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 www.housewares.org, group buying discounts on business solutions services and IHA’s most recent initiative, The Inspired Home, a consumer engagement platform allowing exhibiting members to reach the consumer through lifestyle-oriented content to ultimately increase sales of home and housewares products.

Brandl also guided the Association through a name change in 2000 from the National Housewares Manufacturers Association to International Housewares Association; led the industry’s premier housewares marketplace through a name change to the International Home + Housewares Show; and in 2004 moved the Show from its entrenched January date to a March timeframe at the request of the buying community. The Show is the largest annual trade event in Chicago and in the top 20 of the Top 200 trade shows in the U.S.

Shortly after becoming IHA president in 1997, Brandl met with several industry executives as a founding committee for a philanthropic initiative that would become the Housewares Charity Foundation. As the HCF grew, he took on additional responsibilities as legacy co-chair of the foundation. In 2017, Brandl was honored by the HCF with the Lifetime Leadership Award. He will continue to work with the HCF Board in his consulting role.

Prior to joining IHA, Brandl was vice president of the National Association of Service Merchandising, a national trade association for distributors and manufacturers of general merchandise and health and beauty products. He also has 15 years’ experience in the retail sector, holding operations and merchandising management positions with H.C. Prange and Copps Department Stores.

Scott Robinson, managing director, The Robinson Resource Group, is assisting with the transition.

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The International Housewares Association is the 80-year-old voice of the housewares industry, which accounted for (US)$355.4 billion at retail worldwide in 2016 ($87.1 billion at retail in the U.S.). 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 www.housewares.org and group buying discounts on business solutions services.