furniture world news desk November 29, 2022
The company announced that retail and digital veteran Karen Ryder has joined the Dallas Market Center as Chief Operating Officer. Having consulted for the company for several months, Ryder is responsible for overseeing marketing, retail development, market services, IT and digital. She brings retail, brand development and technology experience to her new role. She reports to her president and CEO, Cindy Morris.
Cindy Morris, President and CEO, said: “Karen’s background in technology, brand development and growth strategy will be invaluable as we evolve to meet the changing demands of our customers. “She is a proven leader who has demonstrated the ability to drive company goals while continuing to focus on technology-powered buyer and brand growth that will benefit from her knowledge and expertise.”
Ryder joins the Dallas Market Center amid an unprecedented increase in buyers visiting the market and new brands occupying space in the 5 million square foot building collection. Marketplace recently debuted over 50 new or expanding showrooms, hosted a larger Marketplace event than it had in years past, and welcomed a record number of new buyers from around the world.we
Karen Ryder says: “We also look forward to advancing our mission of inspiration and commerce in innovative ways. We see the opportunity to work with such important stakeholders as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Ryder joins a leadership team with decades of experience that includes President and CEO Cindy Morris. Joan Ulrich, EVP of Gifts, Homes and Lighting Leasing. Eva Walsh, Senior Vice President, Apparel, Accessories and Footwear Leasing. Cherie Marcus, EVP of Finance. Mitzi Tally, EVP, Lease Management. His EVP of Technical and Facilities Services, Jeff Bachman, said:
She also joins recently hired business development strategist Dave Savula and Jo Ann Miller Marshall, Home & Gift’s Temp Leasing SVP.
Ryder brings an impressive background that includes brick-and-mortar retail and digital to this position. Previously, he held positions such as Vice President of Growth at Michaels, Global Head of Brands and Retail at RewardStyle (now LTK), and Global Director of Innovation and Corporate Strategy at Estee Lauder Companies.
Upcoming trade events in Dallas include Total Home & Gift Market (January 4-10; Tempus at Total Home & Gift Market, January 4-7); Lightvation (January 10-13); ) and the Dallas Apparel & Accessories Market (January 10-10). 13), KidsWorld (January 10-13), WESA’s International Western/English Apparel & Equipment Market (January 12-15), AETA International Trade Show (January 12-15), and the Dallas Men’s Show ( January 28-30) .
About Dallas Market Center
The Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center serving retailers and interior designers with gifts, home décor, gourmet and homewares, holiday/flowers, gifts, lighting, apparel and accessories. Within its dynamic 5 million square foot campus, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries follow industry trends, Business education, seeking new products from exhibitors. The nation’s most comprehensive apparel and accessories marketplace featuring the latest styles from East and West Coast designers. North America’s largest residential lighting trade show. The largest and most successful Open Daily Design Center. The market is located in the country’s most powerful economic zone. Additionally, more than 80% of Dallas Market Center buyers report not shopping at other market centers. To plan for future markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center App. Also, visit the Dallas Market Center on Facebook for the latest information. twitterInstagram, and the Dallas Market Center blog.