March 25th, 2015Industry leader Kacic joins AmericasMart as executive VP for retail services operations
George Kacic will join AmericasMart Atlanta as Executive Vice President responsible for retail services operations, according to Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., vice chairman, president and chief operating officer of AmericasMart parent company AMC, Inc.
Kacic’s appointment is effective April 1 following his departure from Giftcraft Ltd., the Toronto-based lifestyle home décor and giftware industry leader, where he has served as president of U.S. operations since 2012. Kacic will direct AmericasMart’s large and growing retail services operations with a major focus on sustaining and expanding domestic and international retailer and designer presence and enhancing their experience while attending AmericasMart’s 14 annual markets and shows.
Kacic’s career spans more than 36 years within the home and gift community, including senior sales and business development leadership roles at GANZ and Russ Berrie. His career also reflects long service to the gift and home industry through leadership of the Gift & Home Trade Association (GHTA) and other prominent trade organizations. Prior to his Giftcraft presidency, Kacic served as Vice President at GANZ USA for 20 years. Previous positions also include a seven-year engagement with Russ Berrie; five years as President of an independent sales representatives firm; and a Vice Presidency with Takara USA, during which he helped establish the Japan-based firm within the U.S. market.
His industry activities are as deep-rooted as his corporate leadership. He is vice-chairman of the Gift for Life Board, on which he has served since 2011, and has served for nine years on the GHTA Board, during which time he held the offices of President, Chairman Emeritus and ICON HONORS founding partner. Kacic has received numerous awards from GHTA, including the prestigious Luminary Scholarship Award, which is devoted to the enhancement of leadership and business development skills in young students. His most recent industry honor came in January 2012, when he received Gift For Life’s Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award.
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