Gift For Life Names Forbes, Stuttard To Board

Gift for Life, the gift, stationery and home decor industries’ national charitable organization, has added Kristi Forbes of Forty One Madison and John Stuttard of Emerald Expositions to its board of directors.

Forbes is the svp/director of Forty One Madison, The Merchandise Mart and a trade show veteran with more than 25 years of experience in the gift and home industries. Stuttard is svp/group director at Emerald Expositions and is an executive with trade show and media experience.

“On behalf of our energetic and very active board I am pleased to welcome John and Kristi,” said George Kacic, chair of the Gift for Life board. “Their New York marketplace leadership will be essential in our expanding efforts to unite the industry to raise funds that support HIV/AIDS-related education, care and advocacy programs.”

Each year, Gift for Life hosts events throughout the U.S. benefitting DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. The primary mission of Gift for Life and DIFFA is to raise funds and awareness to flight HIV/AIDS. In 2018, with Gift for Life’s help, DIFFA National granted $285,000 to 26 organizations providing HIV/AIDS service and education programs nationwide.