Brams to chair 2021 ICFA Retail Council

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Karen Brams, president of Island Living & Patio in West Palm Beach, Fla., is serving as the 2021 chair of the International Casual Furnishings Association Retail Council following four years as a member. Collins Stuart, owner of Outdoor Living in St. George, Utah, steps up to vice chair after serving on the Retail Council for the past two years.

Karen Brams

The ICFA Retail Council represents the approximately 120 outdoor specialty store members nationwide and provides a strong voice in the leadership of the trade association. The Retail Council is the sponsor of the ICFA Industry Roundtables held the day before the official opening of Casual Market Chicago and scheduled for Monday afternoon, September 20, 2021.

Members of the Retail Council with terms expiring at the end of 2021 are Nancy Del Campo, Tri-Supply, Temple, Texas; Judy Miller, Outback Patio Furnishings, Marble Falls, Texas; Tom Vielbig, Backyard Living, Ridgewood, N.J.; Jack Wills, Jack Wills Outdoor Living, Tulsa, Okla.; and Collins Stuart.

Members with terms expiring at the end of 2022 are Melissa Glikes, Sisset’s, Gainesville, Fla.; Grant Henegan, The Fire House Casual Living Store, Charlotte, N.C.; Eli Hymer, Gasper Home & Garden, Richboro, Pa.; Lee Recchia, American Casual Living, Suwanee, Ga.; and Karen Brams.

Retail Council members with terms expiring at the end of 2023 include Amy Arant, Wrapsosdy Outdoor Living, Blue Ridge, Ga.; Don Davis, Heat n Sweep, Okemos, Mich.; Ben Harvey, Patio Productions, San Diego, Calif.; Panatda Hengboonyaphan, The Wickery, South Toms River, N.J.; and Scott Horvath, O’Malia’s Living, Carmel, Ind.

Jennifer Bringle

Jennifer Bringle is the executive editor of Casual News Now. She has served as editor-in-chief of Casual Living, the leading trade publication covering the outdoor furnishings and accessories industry. She also served as managing editor of Designers Today, a trade publication focused on the interior design community. Prior to that, she served as editor-in-chief of Kids Today magazine, the leading trade publication of the infant and juvenile home furnishings and accessories industry. Jennifer also has been featured on Good Morning America, The Plum and the Associated Press.  Jennifer is a 2001 graduate of North Carolina State University with a B.A. in mass communication with a minor in journalism.

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