Derek Miller, International Housewares Association

IHA people to watch 2021

The August 17 edition of HOMEWORLD BUSINESS® revealed the 15th annual “People To Watch” in housewares during the next 12 months.

Selected by HomeWorld Business editors, “People To Watch” represents a cross section of a diverse housewares business— from established to newly installed company leaders; from large to small operations, from big-box to specialty retailers; from trade show managers to celebrity endorsers.

The HomeWorld “People To Watch” are in the spotlight not only for how they might impact their respective organizations in the coming months, but also for how they might impact the overall housewares business.

Derek Miller, International Housewares Association, President

CREDENTIALS: Derek Miller, president of the International Housewares Association since 2018, joined the IHA in December 1999 as director of international business development, then was named vp/international services in October 2001. He became IHA vp/global marketing in March 2014. Miller has been central to the recent move by the IHA to add a stronger consumer lifestyle connection to the association’s core role as a B2B bridge between housewares sellers and buyers. That evolution was to be celebrated this past March in Chicago with the debut of the newly named Inspired Home Show, which was canceled as the coronavirus outbreak intensified.

WHAT TO WATCH: Miller recently announced the IHA, in expectation of a more contained COVID situation by the middle of next year, is rescheduling the 2021 Inspired Home Show from March to August 7-10. That decision keeps the near-term spotlight on IHA efforts implemented during the pandemic to keep the industry connected through virtual product and trend exhibits, online educational webinars and peer meetings and frequent updates on government programs and assistance during the pandemic.

The inaugural IHA Market Watch Report, released through a recent webinar series, was developed to align with the new consumer lifestyle focus of the IHA and its show. Revised to account for shifting attitudes and behaviors spurred by the pandemic, the report examines how five consumer trends— Time, Space, Experience, Wellness and Responsibility— shape life decisions, home product purchases and the opportunities for housewares developers and retailers.

PERSPECTIVE: “The single greatest need by the industry is to have a successful show in 2021. The industry needs this gathering of like-minded professionals to showcase and source new products and innovations,” Miller said. “Even though planning for next year’s (rescheduled) show continues to be challenging in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, we are dedicated to creating a safe and productive event for the industry. The additional five months will give the health care system more time to develop treatments and possibly a vaccine to rid the world of this threat.”

“We’re taking each day as it comes, solving each problem at hand, while also looking to the future to ensure IHA remains a meaningful partner with and service provider to the home and housewares industry.” —Peter Giannetti

2021 HomeWorld Business People To Watch (click on name for profile):

Janet Hayes, Crate & Barrel Holdings

Derek Miller, International Housewares Association

Samantha Rose, GIR (Get It Right)

Jay Zilinskas, Legacy Companies

Ed Vlacich, Lasko Holdings

Ben Gadbois, Corelle Brands

Joana McKenna, Walker Edison

Andreas Hansen, Plum

Marvin Ellison, Lowe’s

Chris McDonough, Corkcicle

Mark Tritton, Bed Bath & Beyond

Mike Evans, Bestar-Bush

Greg Cairo, Le Creuset of America

Pamela Stafford, Hestan Culinary

Bob Maricich, International Market Centers

Mark Rosenzweig and Mark Barrocas, SharkNinja