The August 20 edition of HOMEWORLD BUSINESS® revealed the 13th annual “Players,” people to watch in housewares during the next 12 months.
Selected by HomeWorld Business editors, the Players represent 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 Players 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.
Tom Neth, ThermoServ, President
PLAYER’S CREDENTIALS: Tom Neth was named to the position of president of ThermoServ in 2013, and has since overseen a variety of brand expansion initiatives tasked with growing the company’s product portfolio and retail partnerships.
WHAT TO WATCH: Just three years ago, ThermoServ underwent a major rebranding effort that aimed at repositioning the brand and its product lineup. Alongside the refresh, the company launched melamine tableware to complement its drinkware.
At the time, Neth noted, “This shift in focus towards casual entertaining provides a great opportunity for retailers to take another look at the ThermoServ brand. And we think they’ll be excited at what they find.”
Since then, the company has continued to support its growth plans. In 2016, ThermoServ invested more than $3 million on an expansion and optimization project at its facility, which included renovation of its office and manufacturing. Both spaces focused on strategizing how to best communicate with and meet the needs of the company’s retail partners and end consumer.
In March, ThermoServ illustrated its growth with a major new presence at the International Home + Housewares Show. The company nearly tripled its booth size to 1,500-square-feet, which had been designed with the brand’s new look in mind, and also allowed it to highlight its expanded product lines, including its Tritan from Eastman tabletop drinkware and new melamine collections.
The company has also focused on growing its food service business, with several acquisitions. Last year, the company acquired United States Dinnerware Inc.’s commercial melamine tableware brand, Prolon, and in 2018 acquired Capitol Cups, which had been serving the retail, food, restaurant and convenience store industries.
PERSPECTIVE: Neth continues to lead the charge in ThermoServ’s growth plans. Of the company’s latest acquisitions, Neth noted its desire to continue growing in the coming years. “We are making great gains in the convenience, retail and food service industries, and we look forward to growing our ability to serve each of them with domestically produced, high quality drinkware,” he said.
2019 HomeWorld Business Players (click on name for profile):
- Heshy Biegeleisen, Gourmia
- David Whitley, True Brands
- Marvin Ellison, Lowe’s
- Walter Lehneis, Groupe SEB USA
- Henry Liu, Cangshan Cutlery Company
- Darbie Angell, Darbie Angell
- Kevin Blossom, Spectrum Brands
- Mike Evans, Bush Industries
- Tom Neth, ThemoServ
- Jayme Smaldone, Mighty Mug
- Robert Wang, Instant Pot
- Ryan Gilchrist, Wayfair
- Davide Sereni, Luigi Bormioli/Bormioli Rocco
- Kristi Forbes, Forty One Madison
- Jean-Philippe Peugeot, Peugeot Saveurs North America
- Michelle Gass, Kohl’s
- Bob Maricich, International Market Centers
- Lance Hood, Progressive International
- Kenneth Wilkes, Corelle Brands