Elmwood Park, NJ, —The Nominating Committee of the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is pleased to announce the 2011 slate of candidates recommended for election by the general CHA membership. The nominees for their first term include: Jan Kahn, Caron International, VP Sales & Marketing; Riddi Kline, Jo-Ann Stores, Inc., Senior VP, Marketing; and David Murray, ACTIVA Products, VP Sales & Marketing. Nominees for their second term include: Mike Birkholm, Darice Inc., President; and Mark Peters, a Duncan Enterprises Company, Executive VP, COO. The nominees will be running for a three-year term on the CHA Board of Directors.

“The slate of nominees for the 2011 CHA Board of Directors provides a nice cross-section of the craft and hobby industry as well a breadth of expertise that if elected will be tapped to help the Association move forward,” explained Nominating Committee Chair John Laurie (Coats & Clark). “We encourage each member of CHA to participate in the voting process, by casting your ballot before the January deadline.”

The Nominating Committee is comprised of three members of the CHA Board of Directors and three members-at-large elected by the general CHA membership. In addition to John Laurie, Rob Bostick (JudiKins Inc.) and Emma Gebo (Crafts Inc./SIERRA’S) served as the board representatives. The members-at-large were Jessica Goursolas (The Creative Network, Inc.), Mark Lee (FlowerSoft Inc.) and Jim Scatena (FloraCraft Corporation).

The nominated Board candidates will be officially elected by a proxy ballot which will be mailed to each member company’s voting contact by Nov. 29, 2010 as outlined in the Association bylaws. The confirmation of the Board directors’ election will be confirmed at the CHA Annual Business Meeting which will take place during the 70th Annual Winter Convention & Trade Show in Los Angeles, California, January 29-February 1, 2011.

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