IMC Announces Senior Management Changes in Leasing & Marketing

IMC Announces Senior Management Changes in Leasing & Marketing

Monday, January 19, 2015

IMC Announces Senior Management Changes in Leasing & Marketing

Julie Messner SVP of Furniture Leasing, High Point & Karen Olson SVP of Marketing, among others

HIGH POINT, NC – (January 19, 2015) – International Market Centers (IMC) today announced that Julie Messner has been promoted to Senior Vice President for Furniture Leasing –High Point and Karen Olson has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Marketing.  Additional changes at the management level include the promotions of Renae Brown to Director, Strategy; Philip Knott to Vice President of Operations; Cassie Catania-Hsu to Leasing Director, Gift + Home; and Andy Maiden to Director of Internal Communications.  Messner, Olson and Brown will be based in High Point; Knott, Catania-Hsu and Maiden in Las Vegas.

“I’m pleased that we’re moving forward by building the right organization and calibrating some key positions that will support and drive IMC’s long-term strategic goals,” says Bob Maricich, Chief Executive Officer of International Market Centers.  “We’ve developed a strong talent pool internally that we can draw from to fulfill these new positions, with current employees who are well-prepared for their expanded roles.  It’s gratifying to watch as we continue to create an organization of enduring value.”  

As Senior Vice President for Leasing – High Point, Messner will be responsible for leading the furniture leasing team in and acting as the senior leasing executive interfacing with many of IMC’s largest tenants. She will be responsible for managing 6.7 million square feet of leasing space as well as 14 properties in High Point, including the recently acquired Commerce & Design building.

Olson will oversee all IMC marketing for High Point and Las Vegas in her new role as Senior Vice President of Marketing.  Based in High Point, she will be responsible for managing the marketing teams on both campuses, including the interactive and social media marketing, public relations, graphic design, and call center  functions. 

In her new role as Director of Strategy, Brown will continue her current duties from a marketing strategy standpoint take on the additional responsibility of directly managing the publications and sponsorship function. Based in High Point, Renae will have direct reports on both campuses, including the publications team.

With Karen Olson’s promotion, IMC has hired Renee Loper-Boyd as the company’s new Vice President of Marketing. Based in High Point, Renee brings more than 15 years’ of marketing experience to her new role, with the last 10 spent in the home furnishing industry – including, most recently, as the vice president of marketing  and business development at Bassett Furniture. Prior to Bassett, she was director of marketing and communications for aspenhome. Based in High Point, Renee will report to Karen and be responsible for marketing for both campuses.

About International Market Centers, L.P.
International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC) is the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. IMC owns and operates 11.7 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C. and Las Vegas, including the 14 primary buildings at the High Point Market. In addition, IMC operates the Las Vegas Design Center, a year-round resource open to both the design trade and consumers with more than 40 showrooms and hundreds of designer brands. IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. For more information, visit