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Nancy Michael has joined the International Housewares Association (IHA) as senior manager, business development, the association announced.

"We are pleased to have Nancy join us in a full-time capacity," said Mia Rampersad, IHA VP trade show. "She brings a unique perspective to IHA, having previously worked for 10 years at TAG, one of our longtime members and show exhibitors, and then for the Merchandise Mart managing the Chicago Gift Show."

After leaving the Merchandise Mart last year, Michael worked part time with IHA's sales staff, marketing the Discover Design category before and during the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show.

Gary Maulin has been named Western States Territory Manager at Starborn Industries, a manufacturer and international distributor of fastening products.

He is responsible for expanding sales relationships throughout the western United States and training customers and employees on the benefits and usage of the company's fasteners.

Maulin joins Starborn Industries with nearly 30 years of experience in the building materials industry. For more than 15 years, he served as product manager with McFarland Cascade, supporting new product development.

Sandra C. Whitehouse has been appointed senior VP and chief human resources officer of Toano, Va.-based Lumber Liquidators, the nation's largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring.

Whitehouse, who is expected to begin her new role later this month, will oversee the development and operation of the company's human resources functions, and will report directly to CEO Robert Lynch.

Whitehouse most recently served as chief human resources officer for Earthbound Farm, where she functioned as a strategic business partner to the CEO and senior leadership team. Previously, she led the human resources department at Orchard Supply Hardware, and has also held various human resources and store operations roles at Sears Holdings over a 24-year period.

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