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Executive Moves

IMC Announces New Hire To Enhance Open Year Round Experience

Caroline Russell joins International Market Centers as design services manager; IMC sets AmericasMart “Market Wednesday” dates set through 2022.

Caroline Russell, Design Services Manager

ATLANTA – International Market Centers (IMC) has announced the hiring of Caroline Russell, who as the new Design Services Manager will focus on driving open daily and at-market attendance of designers and home retailers to AmericasMart and will provide on-site customer service once they arrive. IMC also has released its full 2022 schedule of “Market Wednesday” activities at AmericasMart Atlanta.

“Bringing Caroline on as our Design Services Manager will not only enhance our implementation of awareness for design-focused showrooms and drive attendance to Open Year-Round events, but further AmericasMart Atlanta’s position as the focal point of home and gift education,” said Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “IMC’s ‘Market Wednesday’ events will continue to elevate the traditional Open Year-Round shopping experience through inspiring design direction and driving order writing in 2022.”

As IMC’s Design Services Manager, Russell is the direct liaison between AmericasMart and the local design community, with a specific focus on Open Year-Round showrooms. She also serves as concierge to AmericasMart visitors in the Designer Workspace – IMC’s designated gathering space for designers to meet, conduct business, ask questions and more. Russell will report to Eleanor Hunt, Director of Marketing for Gift & Home in Atlanta.

Russell joins IMC with two prior years of experience as a Client Services Representative at Ferguson Enterprises, where she assisted interior designers in selecting lighting, appliances and plumbing and was selected as one of two sales associates to pilot international Build.com rollout. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in advertising from the University of Georgia in 2019.

Russell will oversee the Designer Workspace daily and is available during six 2022 “Market Wednesday” events - February 2, April 6, June 1, August 3, October 7 and December 2 - during which buyers can shop all three AmericasMart buildings for gifts, accessories, home furnishings and décor. “Market Wednesdays” are held from 10am – 4pm on the first Wednesday of each month when a market is not in session.
For a full list of AmericasMart Atlanta events and market dates, visit www.americasmart.com.

The Open Year-Round home decor collection at AmericasMart features 140+ showrooms in Building 1, with 350+ lighting, accent furniture, rugs, wall décor, casual furniture and linens brands plus 100+ commercial design brands. The gift collection features more than 130 multi-line representative groups and branded showrooms throughout Buildings 1 and 2 with gift, lifestyle, gourmet, tabletop, holiday / floral and outdoor living product. In apparel, 80+ Cash & Carry showrooms and some six children’s apparel showrooms on Building 3, Floor 13 are open every day. The Open Year Round Design Center offers signature events, in-person and virtual seminars, educational opportunities, designer concierge services, a resource library and guided tours throughout AmericasMart Atlanta. For more information, visit https://www.americasmart.com/en/Year-Round.

About International Market Centers: International Market Centers (IMC) serves as the center of commerce for the wholesale furniture, gift, home decor and apparel industries. With more than 20 million square feet of premium wholesale showroom space in High Point, N.C., Las Vegas and Atlanta, IMC has more than 60 years of relationships and experience creating scalable business platforms for wholesale commerce. With the launch of Juniper, a fully integrated omnichannel B2B commerce solution and multiline B2B e-commerce marketplace empowering buyers and sellers to better manage and grow their business at markets and year-round, IMC now provides the only omnichannel sales and marketing platform that seamlessly connects physical and digital wholesale commerce. For more information, visit www.imcenters.com.
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