IMC_di Announces New Hires

Signaling its commitment to digital growth, IMC_di, the new digital innovation division of International Market Centers (IMC), announces more than a dozen recent hires including new staff for development, implementation, marketing and customer success. “IMC is not slowing down. We are accelerating our investment in digital,” said Bob Maricich, chief executive officer for IMC. “With COVID-19 causing postponement of our March and April markets in Atlanta and High Point, we are taking aggressive steps to digitally connect buyers and sellers – wherever and whenever they need to meet to do business.” “We are in exponential growth mode even during a time of global business disruption,” said IMC_di President Eric Dean. “This first wave of new hires – just two months after our launch – puts experienced professionals into key positions and increases our depth of skills across the entire organization.” IMC_di welcomes Marisa Garcia as Senior Director of Customer Success, with responsibility for building and managing a team that delivers a world class customer experience for both sellers and buyers. Garcia brings 10 years of retail engagement and e-commerce strategy experience to her role, most recently working with Scout & Molly’s, a fashion retailer with 50 locations in 19 states, and JOOR, a wholesale platform and data exchange connecting 8,600 fashion, beauty and home brands with 200,000 retailers across 144 countries. Andrew Meeks joins IMC_di as Director of Marketing, with responsibility for developing a strategic vision and marketing plan for the company’s software platforms. Meeks brings 20 years of tactical and strategic marketing experience for a diverse range of regional and national companies including information and medical technology, legal, heavy industrial and telecommunications. Most recently, as Marketing Director of Marketing Help Atlanta, he packaged his marketing and design skill set into a retained services model for regional B2C and B2B companies. In addition to full-time staff, IMC_di has retained retailer Mary S. Moore, owner of the Atlanta-based Cook’s Warehouse stores, as a consultant. In this role, Moore will provide executive-level direction and strategic visioning with a specific focus on the retailer experience. With 25+ years retail experience, Moore understands and appreciates the relationship between markets, vendors, sales representatives and retailers. She also has been in e-commerce for more than 13 years and developed an app allowing people to find foods based on diets, allergies and cuisine preferences. Another nine staff will support IMC_di’s programming, development and customer support needs. Working from IMC_di’s office in Juno Beach, FL, newly staffed positions include Back End Developer, Front End Developer, Application Developer, Enterprise Architect, Product Manager, Project Management Office Lead, Tech Lead and Quality Engineer. New hires in IMC_di’s Chantilly, VA, office...

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IMC And Christopher Guy Announce New Project in High Point

  International Market Centers (IMC) and Christopher Guy today announced their collaboration on a new 20,000 square-foot building to be constructed between Violino (123 South Hamilton Street) and New Classic Home Furnishings (135 South Hamilton Street) in downtown High Point. The contemporary structure, which will feature two floors, state-of-the-art features and an exterior infinity pool encircling the property, is scheduled for completion in 2017.  IMC is building the structure for Christopher Guy, who will be the tenant. Christopher Guy will relocate from their current High Point showroom at 418 South Wrenn Street.

“This announcement is significant for the City of High Point, High Point Market and IMC,” says Scott Eckman, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Furniture Leasing for IMC. “To have a stunning, design-driven resource this close to the heart of the Market district, completely new construction, is really remarkable and a continuation of our commitment to market. We have invested $27M toward its success for the past five years in the form of upgrades to our buildings; this is our first highly visible project. Further, we have an opportunity to partner with one of the most highly-regarded designers in the industry on this exclusive property – it’s a true win-win for everyone.” “Over recent years with so many changes in our industry, questions were inevitably raised about the future role of the High Point Market,” explains Christopher Guy Harrison, Founder of Christopher Guy. “Based on our sales, we have little doubt that High Point is, and will remain the epicenter of the North American furniture industry, and one of our most important showrooms in the Americas. For me to be allowed to design a new CG showroom on such a fabulous site, is a rare and extraordinary opportunity and honor, in which we fully share the incredible vision of IMC in their continuous development of the Market.” The building is the first High Point Market-purposed property to be constructed from the ground up since 2005, according the City of High Point Planning and Development Office. IMC is working with local architect Peter Freeman with Freeman Kennett Architects on the construction. The attached rendering of the property will have a host of contemporary features and incorporate the latest technology. Freeman plans to enlist the services of local contractors for the project, which is slated for completion by Spring Market of...

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IMC Announces Management Changes

International Market Centers (IMC) announced that Terence Morris has been promoted to Vice President for Gift Leasing. In addition, Vice President of Leasing for Home Décor, Lee Hershberg, expands his role to assume responsibility for leasing at the Las Vegas Design Center (LVDC) in addition to existing responsibility for home décor leasing in Las Vegas and at the International Home Furnishings Center in High Point. In addition to these two changes, which are effective immediately, Jared Worrall joins the Home Décor team as Leasing Director, moving from the furniture side of the business as of August 1, 2015. “These changes come at an exciting time for Las Vegas Market as we continue to grow and expand the gift and home décor side of our business,” said Dorothy Belshaw, President of Gift & Home Décor for International Market Centers. “ By calibrating key positions within the Gift and Home Décor leasing team we can most effectively support accelerated leasing activity in those categories and drive IMC’s long-term strategic goals. We’ve established a strong talent pool internally that we can draw from to fulfill these new positions, with current employees who are well-prepared for their expanded roles. It’s gratifying to watch.” With his promotion, Terence Morris will be responsible for managing permanent gift leasing on floors C1, C8, C9, C10 and C11. These floors comprise 560,000 rentable square feet and include such categories as holiday/seasonal/ floral; toy/plush; baby; personal care/fragrance; stationery/publishing; fashion; accessories; trend/novelty; tabletop/decorative accessories; gourmet/housewares; candles; inspirational/religious and handmade/artisanal. Morris, who brings 25 years of direct industry experience with the last two at IMC, also assumes management of temporary tradeshow leasing at Las Vegas Market. As Vice President of Leasing for Home Décor, Lee Hershberg expands his role to assume responsibility for the LVDC on A1-2 in addition to managing permanent leasing on floors A3-4, B3-4, C3-7 in Las Vegas and International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC) floors 2-4 in High Point. Across both campuses, these floors comprise 1.8 million feet and feature portable lighting; accent furniture; floor coverings; textiles; decorative pillows; wall art; permanent botanicals; garden décor/statuary and window coverings. Hershberg has been with the company since 2008. Jared Worrall will join the Home Décor team as of August 1 as Leasing Director for four home décor floors in Las Vegas (B3, C3, C4 and C5), which set new precedents in the industry for lifestyle merchandising. With IMC for five years, Worrall will work closely with current director of home décor Boyd Tasker, who is leaving IMC at year-end to pursue new opportunities. Worrall’s strong leasing experience and knowledge of the home furnishings channel will afford IMC the opportunity...

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