MMPI announces Casual Furnishings Industry promotion

CHICAGO –MMPI is pleased to announce that Jaclyn Kelly has been promoted to Senior Director of Marketing for MMPI’s Casual Furnishings Industry. As senior director of marketing, Kelly will be responsible for strategic planning and brand development for the International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market, an annual four-day trade show at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart dedicated to the outdoor furnishings industry, and for the permanent casual showrooms residing in The Design Center at The Merchandise Mart year-round.

Kelly will continue to manage all aspects of marketing, advertising, public relations, sponsorships, seminars, events and promotion for the Casual Market. Additionally, she will continue to assist the leasing team in their efforts with marketing support and develop the day-to-day marketing programs for the permanent casual showrooms in the building.

“Jaclyn Kelly has done a tremendous job leading the marketing for the International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market as well as taking an effective role to support new leasing efforts and implementation of day-to-day marketing for the permanent casual showrooms at The Merchandise Mart,” said John H. Brennen III, executive vice president of the Design Center division at MMPI. “Jaclyn deserves this recognition for her continued achievements and ongoing industry support. We look forward to continued success in her new role.”

Kelly joined MMPI in March 2006 as a Public Relations Manager. In that role, she executed the PR campaigns for MMPI’s four Design Centers in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington D.C., as well as LuxeHome in Chicago, and the A&D Building and the Architectural Digest Show in New York. In May 2007, Kelly was promoted to the Director of Marketing for the Casual Industry. Prior to MMPI, Kelly worked at two public relations firms in the Chicago-area.

The International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market is a four-day trade show that provides retailers with an outlet to find all things related to outdoor and casual living. Featuring the latest products and trends in the industry, the Casual Market features temporary exhibitors and permanent showrooms totaling approximately 350,000 square feet of overall exhibit in The Merchandise Mart.

MMPI is the world's leading owner and operator of showroom buildings and trade show facilities, bringing buyers and sellers together in more than 300 market events, trade and consumer shows and conferences each year.

MMPI manages The Merchandise Mart and 350 West Mart Center in Chicago; the Architects & Designers Building, 7 W New York, and Piers 92/94 in New York City; the Boston Design Center in Boston; the L.A. Mart in Los Angeles; the Washington Design Center in Washington DC; and Cleveland Medical Mart & Convention Center in Cleveland.

Vornado Realty Trust, owners of MMPI, based in New York City, is a fully integrated equity real estate investment trust. Vornado’s common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and are traded under the symbol VNO.

SOURCE: MMPI

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