Forty One Madison Names New Director

AmericasMart executive Kristi Forbes succeeds Laurie Burns and starts Dec. 4
November 9, 2017Allison Zisko

Kristi ForbesKristi Forbes
NEW YORK—Kristi Forbes, a longtime AmericasMart executive, has been named director of permanent tabletop showroom building Forty One Madison.

Forbes is relocating to New York and will take the reins Dec. 4, succeeding Laurie Burns, who is leaving after a nine-year tenure. Forbes, who ascended the executive management ranks at AmericasMart Atlanta over the past 25 years, most recently was vice president of leasing, leading a team responsible for the tabletop, gift, housewares and gourmet categories of showrooms currently occupying 687,000 square feet. She also was instrumental in creating and organizing numerous image-building and traffic-driving special events for her customer base.

“We conducted a far-reaching search for this position, which uniquely requires a deep knowledge of the tabletop industry coupled with real estate leasing savvy,” said Eric Rudin, president of Rudin Management, which owns and operates Forty One Madison. “Kristi comes to us with substantial industry experience and a strong performance track record. Moreover, she already is well acquainted with the showrooms at Forty One Madison and the industry’s leadership. We are extremely pleased she has agreed to accept this important position.”

“This opportunity to lead the New York Merchandise Mart at Forty One Madison could not be a more perfect fit for me and the career path I’ve been traveling,” said Forbes. “It’s an incredible privilege to join this team and continue the tremendous work that has been achieved. Clearly, Forty One Madison is recognized as a global leader in the tabletop industry.”

Allison ZiskoAllison Zisko | Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor

After 15 years of covering the tabletop industry, Allison Zisko is still as enthusiastic as ever about the dinnerware, glassware and flatware categories. An in-depth analysis of how the category works intrigues her just as much as the latest fashion trends. As managing editor, Allison oversees the daily e-newsletter and works behind the scenes to help produce the print issue each month. She also directs HFN’s housewares coverage and covers the cutlery category. An avid reader, Allison is eager to talk to anyone and everyone about the latest book they are reading.


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