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World Market Center adds industry veterans to lead Gift + Home division

Randy Eller joins team as consultant

With a renewed focus to become the West's preeminent destination for the gift industry, the new Gift + Home division at World Market Center Las Vegas is now backed by an assembly of executives who have more than 100 years of combined industry experience.

World Market Center Las Vegas will debut its first-ever gift-focused event inside of Las Vegas Market, with the launch of Gift + Home, Aug. 2-6. Attendees will now have access to a growing number of leading gift and home decor manufacturers including newly-signed exhibitors such as Russ Berrie, Demdaco, Silvestri and Yankee Candle, plus long-time Las Vegas tenants including Global Views, Midwest-CBK, Andrea by Sadek, and others. More than 300 gift and home exhibitors in total will appear at Gift + Home at Las Vegas Market, with more than 1 million square feet of dedicated space.

"It has always been our foremost goal for World Market Center to diversify our base of categories and evolve into a ‘total home' market. With the extensive breadth of experience and talent within our new gift team, we are excited to be well on our way," said Robert Maricich, president and CEO, World Market Center Las Vegas. "This seasoned team was carefully assembled not just to develop new partnerships through their extensive relationships within this segment, but to successfully establish this division as a natural extension of the Las Vegas Market through their thought leadership and knowledgeable and varied perspectives."

The ten-person Gift + Home division includes:

Georgia Davis, Vice President, Gift + Home
Georgia Davis, the former executive vice president of the Dallas Market Center for 20 years, has served as a new business development consultant at World Market Center Las Vegas and has been instrumental in the growth of the category for the last three years. Davis now leads the Gift + Home Division and is responsible for the strategy, sales and growth of this show segment.

Randy Eller, Gift + Home Consultant:
Randy Eller operates Eller Enterprises, a consulting firm primarily serving the home accent, furniture and giftware industries. His background includes serving as president and part owner of home decor firm CBK. Prior to joining CBK, he previously worked for Russ Berrie & Company and managed a 20-store retail chain headquartered in Tennessee. Eller will bring his 35 years of expertise in the gift arena to assist World Market Center with its growth trajectory as the new hub for suppliers and buyers.

Ron Radin, Consultant:
Ron Radin currently leads Business Development for the Lighting division at World Market Center Las Vegas. Radin is owner and publisher of Homestyle Publications (www.homestylesmag.com) which has produced more than 30 custom magazines for lighting retailers throughout North America and has a circulation of 2.3 million consumers. Prior to this, Radin held sales/marketing positions with several lighting companies including Adjusta Post Lighting, North Shore Lighting and Casablanca Industries where he was responsible for creation of the Casablanca Lighting division.

Gerry Seibel, Director, Business Development, Gift + Home:
Gerry Seibel has been with World Market Center Las Vegas for three years as a director of design-focused events before his recent appointment to Gift + Home team. He served as vice president and general manager and later vice president of show development for the L.A. Mart. Prior to those positions he served as vice president of Chicago's Merchandise Mart for 12 years and boasts an extensive luxury retail background. His current duties include leasing permanent gift and decorative accessory showrooms.

Boyd Tasker, Director, Business Development, Gift + Home:
Boyd Tasker brings a background in media and publishing targeting the gift and accessory marketplace having served as an executive director, sales and marketing with Whereoware; group publisher with Hoyt Publishing and associate publisher with Ziff-Davis Publishing. His current duties include leasing permanent decorative accessory and lighting showrooms.

Margaret Powers, Director, Business Development, Gift + Home:
Margaret Powers served as the director of leasing at MMPI for the L.A. Mart, 7W New York and The Chicago Market: Living and Giving. Powers also served as director of marketing for Hub Group and director of merchandising for Enesco Group as well as worked as the marketing and sales manager for The Hershey Company. Her current duties include leading the sales team for the Gift + Home temporaries.

Sheri Makransky, Business Development, Gift + Home:
Sheri Makransky has been with World Market Center Las Vegas for nearly four years. Her background also includes directing leasing and marketing for Venture Development Group, a Nevada-based commercial developer, as well as 18 years in retail management for companies including Polo Ralph Lauren and Ann Taylor. Her current duties include leasing permanent gift, rug and decorative accessory showrooms.

Keith Davis, Business Development, Gift + Home:
Keith Davis has previously worked many years at MMPI's L.A. Mart prior to his arrival at World Market Center. From marketing to leasing, Davis has held many positions in procuring exhibitors to the trade show complex. His current duties include sales for the Gift+Home temporaries.

Lindsay Pearson, Business Development, Gift + Home:
Lindsay Pearson was formerly the director of sales for the Beckman's Handcrafted Show at the Chicago Market Living & Giving before joining World Market Center. Pearson oversaw the development and execution of all sales and marketing initiatives. Her current duties include sales for the Gift + Home temporaries.

Michelle Ovalle, Brand Manager, Gift + Home
Michelle Ovalle previously served as director of marketing, gift and home furnishings for the L.A. Mart/MMPI before joining World Market Center Las Vegas. She is responsible for developing and executing marketing programs and events, as well as leading a team of retail specialists focused on gift buyer acquisition.

Gift + Home at Las Vegas Market will be held August 2-6, 2010 Attendees can book discounted rooms online now at www.giftandhomelv.com. For a list of Gift + Home exhibitors, visit the online directory at www.giftandhomelv.com.

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