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George Little Management (GLM)

In connection with the summer 2013 reorganization of NYIGF into four broad market collections, GLM has announced a series of personnel changes, effective immediately, for the New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®) team. These staffing changes include the creation of new positions, a new hire, internal promotions and shifts in areas of responsibility.

Changes to the NYIGF team, which are effective immediately, include creation of two new positions, Sales Director for NYIGF Home and Sales Director for NYIGF Lifestyle, with responsibilities including oversight of exhibit floor layout changes and exhibitor relocations connected to changes planned for August 2013.

Randi Mohr, a veteran member of the NYIGF staff, has been promoted to Sales Director for NYIGF Home Divisions. Mohr will oversee five members of NYIGF’s Home Sales team: Jaime Sikorjak, who has been promoted to Sales Manager of Accent on Design and Studio; Marc Delman, Sales Manager for Tabletop and Gourmet Housewares Show; Danielle Giacoponello, Sales Manager for At Home; Kristen Hamilton, Sales Representative for At Home; and Mary Hennessy, Sales Representative for Accent on Design, At Home, Gourmet Housewares Show and Tabletop.

Scott Kramer, a gift and home industry veteran and former member of the NYIGF team, has returned to GLM to serve as Sales Director for NYIGF Lifestyle Divisions. Kramer will oversee six members of NYIGF’s Lifestyle Sales team: Patricia Rivas, who has been promoted to Sales Manager of Baby & Child and will continue to work on New York’s Newest; Paula Bertolotti, Sales Manager for New York’s Newest; John Kelly, Sales Manager for General Gift; Melissa Engongoro, Sales Manager for Personal Accessories and EX·TRACTS; Nicole Climent, Sales Representative for General Gift; and BibiJaved, Sales Representative for Personal Accessories and EX·TRACTS.

More than 40 educational seminars, special events, displays and product awards will be offered for attendees and exhibitors during the winter 2013 New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®), Saturday January 26, through Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 and 94.

Four full days of seminars, covering topics such as design and color trends, social media, sustainability, and retail strategies such as merchandising, marketing and in-store events, will be presented during NYIGF. Industry and social events will include on-site receptions, off-site award ceremonies and a “Night on Broadway.” Other special features include the return of the NYIGF Bookstore, the SustainAbility: design for a better world display and introduction of a new NYIGF Design Project showcase.

Other special events scheduled during the winter market include Gift For Life’s 21st Anniversary “Party for Life” Fundraiser at the Central Park Boathouse (January 27), and the 2013 Housewares Design Awards Gala & Ceremony at the Marriott Marquis (January 29).

Additionally, NYIGF will sponsor an opening day At Home welcome reception on Pier 94 (January 26); and Earnshaw’s will host an opening day Baby & Child hot cocoa break (January 27). Details about all winter NYIGF seminars and special events are available online.

Urban Expositions & Development

Set to return to its home at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa., from January 5-8, 2013, the Philadelphia Gift Show is putting a special spotlight on the souvenir and resort product sector during the upcoming winter edition. Bringing together a comprehensive selection of products in a wide range of categories, including Handcrafted, Home Accents, Birdwatch and Outdoor Living and Made In The USA, the nation’s largest regional gift show is the place to see the newest introductions from the gift industry’s leading sales representatives and manufacturers.

“For 17 years, retailers in the Mid-Atlantic and Tri-state region have come to rely on the Philadelphia Gift Show as the place to find the industry’s main lines and top regional sales representative groups all in one place,” said Doug Miller, president, Urban Expositions. “And with the show all on one floor for easy shopping, free parking, discounted hotel rates and free seminars, the low-cost and convenience of the Philadelphia Gift Show makes it easy to keep coming back.”

In addition to exploring a full range of resources in virtually every product category, the Winter edition will put a special spotlight on: Souvenir and Resort; Made In The USA; Birdwatch and Outdoor Living; Home Accents; and Handcrafted.

In addition to product, the show features a wide range of buyer services, including: discounted travel with low-cost hotel rates; free educational seminars; goody bag giveaway; free buyer continental breakfast; and, Stay For The Last Day.

As the West Coast’s first market of the year, the Seattle Gift Show returns to the Washington State Convention Center with a new Thursday - Sunday date pattern. From January 17-20, 2013, retailers can find everything they need to start the year off right. From a wide range of product in countless category options, to innovative designs and the industry’s biggest names all under one roof, the Seattle Gift Show takes the lead this winter.

“The Seattle Gift Show offers retailers a cost-effective, convenient and enjoyable way to kick off the 2013 retail season,” Miller said. “Not only will they find great new resources from a selection that’s custom-tailored to the Pacific Northwest consumer, but retailers can also take advantage of significant travel savings and a host of other great buyer services. And, with its wonderful mix of restaurants, shopping and nightlife, Seattle is a great business travel destination too.”

Among the highlights for the Seattle Gift Show: eco-friendly/Made in America; expanded selection; discounted hotel room rates; on-site buyer services; product preview area; terrific Thursday; free business-building educational seminars; free show specials and parking rebates.

Returning January 19-21, 2013 to the Orange County Convention Center’s North Concourse (Hall A), the Orlando Gift Show and Orlando Cash & Carry Show are perfectly timed to help Florida retailers preview new lines for the spring holidays and restock after the busy holiday season. Once again, the winter edition will collocate with the American Craft Retailers Expo™ (ACRE™) – offering retailers a tremendous, complementary product selection of giftware, accessories, jewelry and artisan crafts.

Show highlights include: One badge for the Orlando Gift Show that will also be honored at the other events at the Orange County Convention Center – the Orlando Cash & Carry Show and ACRE ™; free educational programs; free freight Monday; low-cost hotel rates and more.

As the first edition under Urban Expositions management, the January 25-28, 2013 California Gift Show will welcome an expanded exhibitor base, including established industry leaders, emerging newcomers and two new product categories custom-tailored to the Southern California lifestyle – Boardwalk and Outdoor Living. Free parking for buyers, discounted hotel rates, a full-scale educational program and a host of other new buyer services further enhance the offerings buyers will find at the revitalized show at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Urban Expositions acquired the California Gift Show from Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. (MMPI) at the close of the Summer 2012 edition. Upon completion of the management transition, the Urban team set its sights on rebuilding the trade show marketplace for retailers throughout Southern California and the surrounding areas.

“With more than 22 million people living in Southern California alone, there’s a vibrant, underserved retail audience right at the show’s doorstep,” Miller said. “Since taking over the reins of the show in August, we’ve focused tremendous effort on rebuilding this show and working to create a whole new buying experience for these retailers. When they come back in January, retailers will see that we really are making a fresh start at the California Gift Show, with new resources, new programs and new plans for continued growth and development.”

Winter 2013 market highlights include: new categories, resources and expanded selection; a Boardwalk section featuring souvenir, resort, beach apparel and board sport resources; an Outdoor Living section; seven other well-balanced product categories; one badge also admits to the LA Mart; free parking for pre-registered buyers at the Los Angeles Convention Center lot; an expanded buyer education program; a goody bag giveaway; the Launching Pad product preview area; a spotlight on eco-friendly and handmade products; show specials; discounted hotel rates and more.

The San Francisco International Gift Fair (SFIGF) will bring even more new product resources, educational programs and buyer services for retailers to explore during the February 16-19, 2013 edition at Moscone Center’s South Hall. In addition to significant expansions in key categories such as Design and Tabletop, Gourmet and Housewares, the show continues to attract the attention and participation of emerging companies, first-time exhibitors, as well as returning vendors. All told, more than 650 companies will comprise the exhibitor base in February

“Western region retailers know when it comes to finding something new and different for their stores, the overall selection and quality of merchandise found at the SFIGF is top-notch,” Miller said. “Our show is categorized in an easy-to-shop layout to help buyers quickly discover extraordinary items they just won’t see at other shows, which is why many retailers are putting the San Francisco International Gift Show back on top of their list of ’must-attend’ trade shows.”

Show highlights include: more tabletop, gourmet and housewares resources; an expanded product selection; green and eco-friendly product resources; wine accessories and gifts; buyer amenities including free seminars and events; Terrific Tuesday show specials; a transportation rebate program; discounts at local businesses and more.

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