International Market Centers announces promotions in leasing divisions
Casual Living Staff -- Casual Living, December 2, 2011
International Market Centers has promoted four key members of its High Point and Las Vegas-based leasing teams.
Julie Messner, Craig Staack, Lee Hershberg and Margaret Powers were promoted to vice presidents, responsible for advancing new business opportunities for IMC's portfolio of properties while offering more value to its showroom partners, according to an IMC press release.
Prior to joining the IHFC, Messner spent three years as the director of leasing for MMPI High Point responsible for leasing temporary showrooms in the Suites at Market Square and the Plaza Suites buildings. Messner also has more than 10 years of furnishings retail sales experience.
Before joining World Market Center's leasing team in 2009, Staack owned and operated three furniture stores in Las Vegas. He also served on the Executive Committee of a Fortune 500 company and held the SVP/GMM post of three top retailers, including Montgomery Ward, Heilig-Meyers and Homelife.
Messner and Staack report to Tom Mitchell, IMC president of home furnishings.
Powers is a 20-year veteran of the gift industry, having held top merchandising and corporate retail positions with Hallmark Cards, Enesco and Hershey. Prior to joining WMC as director of business development in 2008, she worked as a director of leasing for Merchandise Mart Properties.
Hershberg and Powers report to IMC's President of Gift+Home, currently held in an interim capacity by Georgia Davis.
"We are confident in the track records of these key team members," Mitchell said. "They represent some of the very best talent in the country and are incredibly in tune with the business, our industry and our customers. We believe in their abilities to lead IMC's leasing teams to success in both cities and nationally."
IMC's portfolio consists of 11.5 million square feet in 18 showroom venues in High Point and Las Vegas. Through a series of transactions announced in May, all assets in the portfolio have been recapitalized with significant equity investments, according to IMC.
IMC owns and operates the following facilities:
+ Building A, World Mark et Center Las Vegas
+ Building B, World Market Center Las Vegas
+ Building C, World Market Center Las Vegas
+ World Pavilions, World Market Center Las Vegas
+ International Home Furnishings Center, High Point (comprised of the Hamilton, Green, Commerce, Wrenn, Design Center and Main Wings)
+ Historic Market Square, High Point
+ Market Square Tower, High Point
+ Suites at Market Square, High Point
+ Plaza Suites, High Point
+ Furniture Plaza, High Point
+ National Furniture Mart, High Point
+ Hamilton Market, High Point
+ 300 South Main, High Point
+ Showplace, High Point
+ Showplace West, High Point
+ 200 N. Hamilton, High Point
+ 320 N. Hamilton, High Point
+ 330 N. Hamilton, High Point
Tiny Girl, Big Dream