Dorothy Belshaw named president of International Market Centers' gift division
Heath E. Combs -- Home Accents Today, March 13, 2012
International Market Centers, owner of the High Point and Las Vegas markets, has named Dorothy Belshaw the president of its Gift division.
Most recently, Dorothy Belshaw was a senior vice president at George Little Management, serving as the d irector of the New York International Gift Fair and overseeing GLM's sales, customer service and corporate communications departments.
"I am very pleased to have a true industry leader and professional join our executive team," said
Robert Maricich, CEO of International Market Centers. "Dorothy brings the leadership and experience to accelerate the growth of our Gift+Home show in Las Vegas. As a recognized and proven leader, Dorothy brings a wealth of expertise and relationships to help establish Gift+Home as the industry's premier Western Market."
Belshaw will report to Maricich. Reporting to her will be Margaret Powers, vice president of
tradeshow/Las Vegas, and the five-person tradeshow sales team. Belshaw will also manage
World Market Center's permanent gift leasing team consisting of Leasing Managers Sheri
Makransky and Cassie Catania.
"I am thrilled to join the IMC team in building an exciting new marketplace for the gift and home industries. IMC's clear and compelling vision for the Las Vegas Market and their strong commitment to the project to date have resulted in impressive and immediate results. I look forward to working with this dynamic team as we establish Gift+Home as the premiere gift show west of the Mississippi," Belshaw said.
Prior to joining IMC, Belshaw joined GLM in 1992, as part of the company's New Business division, and was promoted to vice president in 1999.
Belshaw also has served as manager of the South African Trade Expo, the Visual Marketing &
Store Design Show and GLM's Soiffer/Haskin private sale division. From 2001-2007, Belshaw supervised GLM's Los Angeles office from which the company's West Coast Gift Shows were managed.
GLM issued a statement about the announcement today.
"Dorothy has played an integral role in the success of GLM and the New York International Gift Fair. Under her direction, the NYIGF has become the nation's defining marketplace for fashion-forward and design-driven home, gift and lifestyle resources. We thank her for her service and contributions, and wish her success in future endeavors," said Charles McCurdy, CEO, GLM. "We are developing a plan to reassign Dorothy's responsibilities within GLM, and expect an announcement before her departure."
"I've enjoyed working with GLM and the challenges and opportunities it has afforded over the years" said Belshaw. "I leave behind a strong, seasoned NYIGF team to carry out the sales, marketing, management and operations of the Fair, as well as the NYIGF ‘Focus Forward 2013' strategic reorganization that is under way."
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