First Merchants Hall of Fame Inductees Honored

Lori Milligan Cassidy of Stein Mart, pictured with her husband, accepts her 2011 Merchants Hall of Fame plaque at FABB. Below, Hall of Fame recipients line up to receive their plaques.

New York—As part of the festivities during the 22nd annual FABB (Fashion Accessories Benefit Ball), Accessories magazine honored the first 13 inductees into the 2011 Merchants Hall of Fame.

“What is so impressive about Accessories magazine’s Merchants Hall of Fame awards is that all of these amazing professionals have been voted in by their peers and the vendors they do business with,” Lorrie Frost, Accessories magazine’s publisher, told the more than 600-member audience at FABB on Tuesday.

Selected by Peers, Vendors

“All of them have distinguished themselves through: a keen sense of who their customer is, by developing strategic partnerships, and by having the ability to take risks by bringing in innovative and progressive accessories to their selling floors,” Frost said. “And they all have a strong sense of trend/fashion direction combined with timing on when to deliver merchandise to their customers.”

The Merchants Hall of Fame, which will be added to annually, welcomed the following as initial inductees:

Ginny Johnson, vice president, DMM, Belk Stores

Gretchen Deutmeyer, buyer, handbags and small leathergoods, Von Maur

Helen Cain, buyer, designer and trend jewelry, Lord & Taylor

Joyce Packman, vice president, DMM,  handbags, small leathergoods, jewelry and watches, Bloomingdale’s

June Ley, accessories buyer, Bealls/Burkes Outlet

Laura C. Martinez, buyer, fashion jewelry, JCPenney

Lori Milligan Cassidy, buyer, costume and sterling jewelry, Stein Mart

Lynne Lindley, accessories director, rue21

Marnie Newkirk, senior buyer, soft accessories, Saks Fifth Avenue

Nancy Behrendt, vice president merchandising, eBags.com/Handbags.com

Risa Alper, buyer, footwear and handbags, Marmi

Stacey Manary, buyer, jewelry, hair accessories, sunglasses, watches, Buckle Inc.

Stephanie Mourao, product coordinator/buyer, Dillard’s

The Hall of Fame merchants each received a plaque commemorating the honor, which includes their respective full-page profile published in Accessories’ January 2011 issue.

Special note: Accessories magazine offers its sincerest apologies to Lori Milligan Cassidy of Stein Mart, whose name was inadvertently left out when the inductees were announced at FABB.

 

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