iha committees

The Committees and Councils listed below act as advisory resources to IHA's Board of Directors, staff and the housewares industry and provide valuable services to IHA members. Take a look at what they're doing.

Exhibitor Trade Show Advisory Committee

The Committee provides exhibitors' perspectives on trade show issues, including trade show planning, execution and measurement.

Board Liaison

Paul Cosaro, Picnic Time Inc.

Committee Chairperson

Committee Members

Edmond Aghajanian, EZ Brite Brands, Inc.

Brendan Bauer, Grand Fusion Housewares

Glenn Ehrenhaus, Hutzler Mfg. Co., Inc.

Chuck Fraelich, TAG

Sal Gabbay, Gibson Overseas, Inc

Joe Hodorowicz, Keter Group

Mark Hortsman, Buddeez Inc.

Doug Kellam, ZeroWater

Joe Varano, DKB Household USA Corp.

Consumer Engagement Committee

The Committee is focused on creating meaningful opportunities for exhibiting IHA members to engage consumers with the ultimate goal of increasing housewares sales.

Board Liaison

Kris Malkoski, Newell Brands

Committee Members

Government Affairs Committee

This Committee plays an integral role in policy development and implementation by providing recommendations and direction on federal legislative and regulatory issues and on initiatives that could impact the business interests of the housewares industry. It also provides guidance on long and short-term grassroots action plans.

Board Liaison

Thomas Nichols, Pretika Corporation

Committee Chairperson

Dale Matschullat, At Counsel, Schiff Hardin LLP

Committee Members

Paul Adamson, America’s Remanufacturing Company

Terry Crawford, Conimar Group LLC

Sal Gabbay, Gibson Overseas, Inc.

Linda Graebner, LSG Associates

Lindsey Hutzler, Hutzler Mfg. Co., Inc.

Yvette Laugier, Peugeot Saveurs North America, LLC

Dale Matschullat, Schiff Hardin LLP

David Zrike, R Squared Sales and Logistics LLC

Retailer Advisory Council

The Council provides customers' perspectives on trade show issues and input on trade show and product planning, execution and measurement.

Board Liaison

Steve Greenspon, Honey-Can-Do International LLC

Council Members

Taren Bachmann, Target

Craig Coleman, Macy's

Cory Ellis, Kroger

Tom Hayes, HomeGoods

Elisha Jensen, Costco

Paige Kelly, Wayfair

Joe Kirby, Imperial Distributors

Brad Kleparek, Crate & Barrel

Robert LeBrun, Big Lots

Eva Lorenz, Amazon

Chris Luce, The Container Store

Alex Ogof, Bed Bath & Beyond

Russell Winters, Walmart

Specialty Retailer Advisory Council

The Council provides specialty retailers' perspectives on trade show issues and input on trade show and product planning, execution and measurement.

Board Liaison

Jacob Maurer, The Cookware Company, LLC

Council Members

Mary Liz Curtin, Leon & Lulu

Michele Dietz, Wisconsin Cutlery & Kitchen Supply

Jim Egan, Wegmans

Jill Foucre, Marcel's Culinary Experience

Nora Gomez, Nebraska Furniture Mart

Michael Higdon, National Building Museum

Janis Johnson, Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group

Ron Kratchman, Kitchen Kapers

KC Lapiana, In The Kitchen

John Mahler, Cook, Cork & Fork

Gregg Smith, The Cook’s Warehouse

Chris Wiedemer, Cook’s World

Global Retailer Advisory Council


The Council of global retailers and distributors provides customers' perspectives on trade show issues and input on trade show and product planning, execution and measurement.

Board Liaison

Kim Cole, Gleener Inc.

Council Members

Maximo Bach, MercadoLibre, Argentina

Michelle Dickinson, Burton McCall, UK

Sandra Dobbins, Master Distributors, Australia

James Ge, Euroidea Corporation, China

Leonella Gomez, Kado, El Salvador

David Nourse, Koola World, South Africa

James Karani, Yuwa, Japan

Jackson Liang, Genesis, China

Jonathan Lim, Katrin BJ, Malaysia

Meir Maryena, Tendencias y Conceptos, Mexico

Liz Oldfield, Milly’s, New Zealand

Ben Phillips, Divertimenti, UK

Chris Shipton, Jascor Housewares Inc.

Pavel Stanek, Potten & Pannen, Czech Republic

Susan San Miguel, Gourdo’s, Philippines

Helen Widjaja, PT ACE Hardware, Indonesia

International Business Council

The International Business Council is a special interest group of IHA members, dedicated to helping its membership market and sell their products internationally by sharing information, providing networking opportunities and offering programs to assist, support and educate.

IHA Board Liaison

Mike Otterman, Lodge Cast Iron


Henrique Boscolo, Winix Inc.

Committee Members

Jennifer Dennie

Allison Elgar Suveges, me & my BIG ideas

Eduardo Lemus, Picnic Time Family of Brands

Jan Murtagh, Component Design Northwest, Inc.

Lee Riddle, Lodge Mfg.

Lily Sei

Young Professionals Advisory Council


The Council assists IHA in making the Show more meaningful for a younger audience and offers advice on how to bring more young people into the industry.

Board Liaison

Kim Cole, Gleener Inc.

Council Members

Isabel Barabicho, International Housewares Association

Lea Belzer-Adams, Companion Group

Rishi Gopaul, Lapine Associates

Emily Green, Lifetime Brands

Lauren Greenwood, YouCopia

Megan Grennan, Architec

Matt Henrikson, Dexas International, Ltd.

Alex Kaminstein, Casabella - Bradshaw Home

Jennifer Lucas, Groupe SEB USA

Daniel Seehoff, Sophistiplate, LLC

David Seguin, Honey-Can-Do International LLC

Trey Steidle, John Ritzenthaler Company

Andy Tonken

Kevin Whalen, DKB Household USA Corp.

Sarah Wilson, International Housewares Association