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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.
KB Homes wisens up with smart home features
In an effort to step up its commitment to energy efficiency and emerging technology, KB Home announced Tuesday that all of its new homes will be equipped with "smart" Wiser home management systems. The feature will allow homeowners to monitor their energy consumption in real time from their mobile devices or computers.
"This system is … a sign of our times," said Jeffrey Mezger, president and CEO of KB Home. "Not only do consumers want ‘smart’ phones, they want ‘smart’ homes as well."
The system allows users to view daily energy usage in both dollars and kilowatts and can be upgraded to include home automation features, such as remote door, lighting, thermostat and security.
The Wiser system is not the first step KB Homes has taken to equip its homes for the 21st century. KB Homes are all Energy Star certified and feature WaterSense fixtures, low-VOC paint, programmable thermostats and energy-conserving windows.
KB Homes is the first builder to adopt the Wiser system.
According to a 2012 report by Juniper Research, the smart home market is on pace to be valued at $60 billion by 2017, compared with $25 billion last year. The vast majority of the growth — 82% — is predicted to be driven by smart entertainment features.
PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: Jeanine Montgomery
Beacon Roofing Supply has appointed Jeanine Montgomery as VP and chief accounting officer, effective July 8. Montgomery is replacing current CAO Rick Welker, who will remain on board as acting CFO for approximately one month to assist with the transition.
"Jeanine has a strong history of consolidated SEC financial reporting, SOX oversight and compliance, M&A financial analysis and leadership development that makes her a perfect fit for Beacon," said CFO Joe Nowicki. "We feel very fortunate to bring a talented executive with her depth of financial experience to our team."
Montgomery will operate out of the company’s Herndon, Va., office and will oversee Beacon’s financial/SEC reporting and accounting policies.
Montgomery most recently served as the VP accounting and corporate controller for GeoEye/Digital Globe for the past five years. A certified CPA and a member of the AICPA, Montgomery brings a varied background in accounting and financial management to the table.