Forbes Named Forty One Madison Director

Kristi Forbes has been named the new director of Forty One Madison. Forbes, who had held executive management roles at AmericasMart Atlanta over the past 25 years, was most recently vp/leasing.

She is relocating to New York, assuming her new role December 4, succeeding Laurie Burns, who is leaving after a nine-year tenure.

According to Eric Rudin, president, Rudin Management, “We conducted a far-reaching search for this position, which uniquely requires a deep knowledge of the tabletop industry coupled with real estate leasing savvy. Kristi comes to us with substantial industry experience and a strong performance track record. Moreover, she already is well acquainted with the showrooms at Forty One Madison and the industry’s leadership.”

“This opportunity to lead the New York Merchandise Mart at Forty One Madison could not be a more perfect fit for me and the career path I’ve been traveling,” said Forbes. “It’s an incredible privilege to join this team and continue the tremendous work that has been achieved. Clearly, Forty One Madison is recognized as a global leader in the tabletop industry.”

While at AmericasMart, Forbes led a leasing team responsible for the tabletop, gift,
housewares and gourmet categories of showrooms currently occupying 687,000 square feet. She also was instrumental in creating and organizing numerous image-building and traffic-driving special events for the customer base at the market.