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MMPI announces key executive changes

Myron Maurer reaffirms industry commitments

CHICAGO — Merchandise Mart Properties announced changes to its management team and reaffirmed its commitment to producing the International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market in partnership with the International Casual Furnishings Association.

Myron Maurer, a 27-year veteran of MMPI, has assumed the role of managing the Chicago team. John Brennen III had announced last month that his responsibilities would be transitioned to other executives at the end of 2013 as he ended his 26 years with MMPI.

"John has been a valuable member of the MMPI organization in dozens of initiatives and has been instrumental to the company's success during his tenure," Maurer said. "He leaves an everlasting presence within the organization and The Merchandise Mart community."

Maurer went on reaffirm MMPI's commitment to the industries it serves and name its new executive team.

"Our commitment to the home furnishings, casual furnishings and LuxeHome industries, as well as the other industries that the Mart serves, remains strong under the experienced and talented leadership team consisting of Katherine Flaherty, Julia Chappell, Byron Morton, Madeleine Tuller and Susan McCullough," Maurer said. "Our goal is to create an organizational structure that optimizes synergies between industry groups, better serves our customers and clients, and aligns our efforts and individual strengths."

During the past two years, the Merchandise Mart's casual and home furnishings showrooms have been consolidated on four floors representing more than 700,000 square feet of space. "This has created a strong and vibrant showcase for these industries, who are now well-positioned going forward," Maurer said. "Over 100 showrooms have significantly improved their presentations during the last year."

Noting MMPI is fortunate to have a very strong team, Maurer provided details about the key members who will be involved in this transition.

Susan McCullough, Senior Vice President who has been with MMPI for more than 25 years and oversees MMPI's Trade Show division, will now oversee the International Casual Furnishings and Accessories Market and Preview Show.

Madeleine Tullier, director of sales for Casual Markets over the past seven years, will continue to head those sales efforts. She will become a valuable member of McCullough's tradeshow team.

Byron Morton, a 10-year MMPI veteran, will continue as VP of Leasing, managing Casual Market and NeoCon leasing efforts at the Mart.

Katherine Flaherty, VP of Building Products and Special Projects, who is responsible for the Architects & Designers Building in New York and launching LuxeHome, the kitchen and bath retail concept in Chicago, will now oversee residential home furnishings leasing at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

Julia Chappell will continue to lead the Mart's residential home furnishings marketing efforts.

During the past two years, MMPI improved and reorganized The Mart's design center, casual furnishings and gift permanent showrooms and invested significantly in infrastructure to make The Mart the epicenter for commerce across multiple industries, including a new Design Center Resource Lounge on the 14th floor. MMPI has also improved cell phone coverage throughout the building and addressed fire and safety updates, Maurer said.

"We have continued to invest significant capital resources into The Mart to serve the changing needs of both permanent showrooms and office tenants," Maurer said. "I encourage you to work directly with and reach out to our talented team as we look forward to continued success with our industry partners in 2014."

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