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Pride Family Brands hires design consultant Marcia Blake

Pride Family Brands announces the hiring of Marcia Blake as an independent design consultant for the award-winning manufacturer of cast aluminum outdoor furnishings and accessories. Blake currently is the president and creative director of a full service design firm specializing in outdoor environments.

"Marcia's work within the casual industry is well recognized," said Steve Lowsky, president of Pride Family Brands. "We are looking forward to applying her design talents and expertise in the outdoor segment to further define the luxury message of Pride Family Brands within our catalogs and showrooms." Blake's responsibilities will include consultation on fabrics across the company's multiple lines including the luxury cast aluminum Castelle line.

Blake also will coordinate and consult on catalog photography as well as brand and showroom displays. Blake's expertise will be focused on Pride's 12,000 square foot showroom in Chicago's Merchandise Mart and its 10,000 square foot showroom within the company's Ft. Lauderdale headquarters.

Marcia is an eight year veteran of outdoor furnishing design and has served on the board of directors for the ICFA since 2009. "I have long been a fan of Pride Family Brands and its Castelle line and am excited to begin working with the Pride organization in the presentation of its luxury products," said Blake. "My goal with our association is to bring the quality of the products to the forefront for all to see through the studied selection of fabrics as well as the proper staging for its retailers' media and showroom experiences."

A 1978 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Blake worked in executive-recruiting and marketing positions. In 2004, she became the Manager and Buyer for Patio Furniture & Collectible for Roger's Gardens. A contributor to outdoor living trade and consumer publications, Ms. Blake is also a sought after speaker on topics of home decor and outdoor living. Ms. Blake resides in Orange County, CA.

For more information about Pride Family Brands visit www.pridefamilybrands.com.

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