Gooding Named VP of MMPI's Washington Design Center

CHICAGO--Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. has promoted Jim Gooding to vice president and general manager of the Washington Design Center in Washington DC, effective immediately.

In his new role, Gooding will be responsible for overseeing the operations and leasing efforts for the 60 showrooms and office tenants housed at the Washington Design Center. Gooding will also develop the strategic positioning for the facility, while overseeing and maintaining tenant relations at the Design Center.

Gooding comes to the Washington Design Center with more than 25 years of experience in the home furnishings industry. Most recently, Gooding was vice president of sales for MMPI's six properties in High Point, N.C. In that position, Gooding oversaw the leasing efforts for more than 125 home furnishings showrooms, encompassing more than two million square feet.

"Jim brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the home furnishings industry to the Washington Design Center," said John H. Brennen III, executive vice president, MMPI. "Jim understands our business, the challenges that our showrooms face, and the importance of strong relationships with our clients and customers. Jim's strong leadership and business acumen will be a tremendous asset to this world-class facility."

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