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leadership in professional development for its members is not
only significant for individuals. It serves the entire home
industries in its support of established and emerging talent.
Kelton “Kelly” Peterson, President, WithIt
WithIt, the organization dedicated
to the support and development of female professionals in the
home industries, named Kelton “Kelly” Peterson, group
advertising director for powerhouse consumer magazine publisher
Hearst Corporation, its new president and board for 2007.
Peterson succeeds outgoing president Kathy Wall of The Media
Matters, Inc., who becomes chairman of the board.
Peterson will spearhead the 2007 board’s efforts to enhance
tangible benefits to its members – networking, mentoring and
access to education and other information critical to
professional and personal growth are among them and the Withit
tenth anniversary celebration.
Other members of the WithIt executive committee for 2007 are:
board of governor’s chairman, Robin Campbell, Stanley Furniture;
vice president/president elect, Tiffany Mullis, Vanguard
Furniture; secretary, Sev Ritchie, FurnitureFan; and treasurer,
Rachel Fleming, Grant Thornton, LLP. Executive committee members
serve one-year terms.
New vice presidents/committee chairs, serving for one year, are:
financial development, Margaret Fontana, Anthem Leather;
marketing, Betty Lyn Eller, O at Home magazine; media, Leslie
Newby, Brand Communications; membership, Mary Frye, HFIA;
mentoring, Sharon Kepley, Woolrich; education, Jean Welch,
Haverty’s; networking, Phyllis Zaepfel, PROFITsystems;
scholarship/foundation, Liz O’Brien, Carter Furniture/Star
“WithIt’s leadership in professional development for its members
is not only significant for individuals,” says Peterson, “It
serves the entire home industries in its support of established
and emerging talent.”
On the eve of its diamond anniversary, WithIt announces plans to
celebrate the organization’s growth in both membership and
prominence since its inception. Special events will be scheduled
throughout the year. Established in 1997, WithIt provides
educational and mentoring programs to benefit hundreds of
participants and corporate sponsors annually.
Regional vice presidents serve two-year terms and are
responsible for organizing events and opportunities for members
in their areas. They also represent their membership to the
board. In the second year of their terms are: in
Atlanta/Southeast, Christina Mairs, American Drew/Lea
Industries, in San Francisco/Northwest, Linda Carey, in
Texas/Southwest, Stephanie Cole, Dallas Market Center; in
Florida, Heidi Higgins, Carl’s Furniture; in Metro/Northeast,
Susan Egan, House and Garden; in Chicago/Midwest, Erin
Piotrowski, Leggett & Platt; and in the Virginias/Carolinas,
Susan Inglis, From the Mountain.
Named as at-large board members, representing various segments
of the industry, are: sales representative,
Sealy; case goods/upholstery manufacturer, Kimberly Roussey, La
Z Boy; supplier, Patty Toler and retail, Deb Linkhorn, Morris
Connie Post, The Connie Post Companies, will act as special
chair of the 10th anniversary and Leslie Carothers, The
Kaleidoscope Partnership will chair the 2007 Education
Conference to held in Charlotte, NC, August 7 -9, 2007.
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