IHA’S Perry Reynolds to Retire After 20 Years of Service

Trade group tabs Murphy as vice president of international
January 11, 2017David Gill

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ROSEMONT, Ill.-Perry Reynolds, vice president of global international development for the International Housewares Association, will retire March 31 after 20 years with the organization.

Jeff Murphy, vice president of international sales for Wilton Brands, will join IHA as vice president of international on Feb. 1. Murphy will bring to the association more than 20 years of experience in international sales in the housewares industry.

In all, Reynolds served in the housewares industry for 40 years, beginning as a buyer and merchandise manager for retailers in the mass market, supermarket and distribution channels, and then moving to the manufacturing side with positions at Ekco Housewares and Progressive International. He joined IHA in 1997 and filled various management roles leading up to his current position.

Reynolds’ trade development responsibilities will be undertaken by Jon Jesse, vice president of industry development. After his retirement, Reynolds will work with IHA on various special projects.

“Perry brought a unique perspective to IHA from having been on both sides of the manufacturer/retailer relationship,” said Phil Brandl, IHA’s president and CEO. “Through the years, he has used those experiences to create programs and services that have enhanced the International Home + Housewares Show for attendees and exhibitors and strengthened IHA member services.”

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Murphy has been with Wilton Brands for more than 13 years. Prior to that, he was an international sales consultant for companies such as Nordic Ware, Progressive International, Home Products International (Homz), Pfaltzgraff and Anchor Hocking Glass.

Separately, IHA announced that its International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, slated for March 18-21, is sold out. The show will host more than 2,200 exhibitors from around the world, including 400 companies exhibiting for the first time.

David GillDavid Gill | Senior Editor

David Gill covers home textiles, small electrics housewares, personal-care products, cleaning products, mattresses, consumer electronics and major appliances. He also reports on retailers and writes about the business and financial side of both vendors and retailers. He has more than 30 years of experience in business journalism, and has worked for other publications and websites that cover consumer products from both the manufacturer and retailer sides. His outside interests include sports (he is a big fan of the New York teams and of British soccer), cooking, movies and theater. He occasionally enjoys a good cigar as well.


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