After 22 years as president and CEO of the International Housewares Association, Phil Brandl will retire from the association at the end of the year.
Calling it a natural evolution, Brandl said he will transition to a consulting role from day-to-day responsibilities.
“This transition has been planned for quite some time, all things must come to sunset at some point,” he said. “My time at IHA has allowed me to enjoy a full and enriching career. Transitioning to a consulting role will allow me additional time for family and the opportunity to work on a few new projects and hobbies. It all seems natural and appropriate at a time when IHA is blessed with such a great and talented staff to continue to lead the association to the next level, and a great and successful future.”
Brandl told HomeWorld Business the next IHA president is expected to be confirmed by early in the fourth quarter. Chicago-area executive search firm Robinson Resource Group is assisting with the transition.
“On behalf of the entire board of directors of IHA and all of our members, I thank Phil for his leadership and commitment over the past 24 years,” said Brett Bradshaw, co-president, Bradshaw Home, and IHA chairman. “He and his talented team have built an organization that is truly world class, and we are fortunate as vendors to be able to see his efforts come to life every March in Chicago.
“Bringing the domestic industry together at the show has always been the centerpiece of IHA, but Phil had the vision and provided the leadership to lift the show into a world-class international showplace with exhibitors and buyers attending from around the world,” Bradshaw continued. “In addition, he worked to provide innumerable educational, informational and support services to all members, large and small. Phil is a true housewares icon and will be missed for sure, but we congratulate him on his many achievements and on his well-deserved retirement.”
Brandl joined IHA in 1994 as director, marketing and trade development, was named vice president of the association in 1996 and president in 1997. Under Brandl’s direction, the not-for-profit association has grown to offer its 1,700 member companies a wide range of services, including industry and government advocacy, export assistance, state-of-the-industry reports, point-of-sale and consumer panel data through Housewares MarketWatch, executive management peer groups, a web-based community at www.housewares.org, group buying discounts on business solutions services and IHA’s most recent initiative, The Inspired Home.
Brandl also guided the association through a name change in 2000 from the National Housewares Manufacturers Association to International Housewares Association; led the industry’s housewares marketplace through a name change to the International Home + Housewares Show; and in 2004 moved the show from its entrenched January date to a March timeframe.
Shortly after becoming IHA president in 1997, Brandl met with several industry executives as a founding committee for a philanthropic initiative that would become the Housewares Charity Foundation. In 2017, Brandl was honored by the HCF with the Lifetime Leadership Award. He will continue to work with the HCF Board in his consulting role.