IMC Makes Management Changes, Hires Loper-Boyd

Renee Loper-BoydRenee Loper-Boyd

HIGH POINT, N.C.-International Market Centers has announced a series of management changes across various departments within the company.

Julie Messner has been promoted to senior vice president for furniture leasing-High Point, and Karen Olson has been promoted to senior vice president, marketing.

With Karen Olson's promotion, IMC has hired Renee Loper-Boyd as the company's new vice president of marketing. Loper-Boyd brings more than 15 years of marketing experience to her new role. Most recently, Loper-Boyd was the vice president of marketing and business development at Bassett Furniture. Loper-Boyd will report to Olson and be responsible for marketing for both High Point and Las Vegas.

Additional changes at the management level include the promotions of Philip Knott to vice president of operations services; Renae Brown to director of strategy; Cassie Catania-Hsu to leasing director, Gift + Home; and Andy Maiden to director of internal communications.

"I'm pleased we're moving forward by building the right organization and calibrating some key positions that will drive IMC's long-term strategic goals," said Bob Maricich, CEO of IMC. "We've developed a strong talent pool internally that we can draw from to fill these new positions, with current employees who are well prepared for their expanded roles. It's gratifying to watch as we continue to create an organization of enduring value."

Duke RatliffDuke Ratliff | Editor-in-Chief

Duke Ratliff, the editor-in-chief of HFN, has reported on the home furnishings industry since 1993. He oversees HFN’s print edition and online coverage of the retail industry, as well as trends in furniture and lighting, mattresses, tabletop, housewares, floor covering and textiles. He enjoys traveling to numerous domestic—and occasionally, international—trade shows. He feels that the perfect combination of a great product and a creative, attention-getting marketing plan is a thing of beauty. He lives in Westchester County, N.Y., with his wife, two children, two dogs, five chickens, two finches, three lizards and a five-foot-long corn snake.


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