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PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: Nancy Michael

The former Merchandise Mart official joins the International Housewares Association.

Nancy Michael has joined the International Housewares Association (IHA) as senior manager, business development, the association announced today.

“We are pleased to have Nancy join us in a full-time capacity,” said Mia Rampersad, IHA VP trade show. “She brings a unique perspective to IHA, having previously worked for 10 years at TAG, one of our longtime members and show exhibitors, and then for the Merchandise Mart managing the Chicago Gift Show.”

After leaving the Merchandise Mart last year, Michael worked part time with IHA’s sales staff, marketing the Discover Design category before and during the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show. In her new role she will develop and execute strategies to recruit and retain exhibitors for the Show. She starts at IHA on June 24.

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