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GHTA names Mary Liz Curtin to board of directors

Grand Rapids, Mich. - The Gift and Home Trade Association (GHTA) has named award-winning retailer Mary Liz Curtin to its board of directors.

The appointment is part of the GHTA's announcement in January 2010 to add retailers as members of its trade association.

"It made great sense to the board of directors to add retailers to its existing membership of vendors, sales agencies and allied members," said Marc Rice, GHTA president. "Now, the GHTA has all industry constituencies represented, which will enable our association to tackle many industry issues and to identify opportunities where all members can weigh in collectively. Mary Liz, representing the retail sector, has agreed to join the board as an ex-officio member and will be a valuable addition to our board."

Curtin, co-owner of retail establishment Leon & Lulu in Clawson, Mich., is an internationally acknowledged expert in independent retail and has advised numerous manufacturers on marketing, sales and management issues. She is also a book author, magazine columnist and national speaker.

"The GHTA is the voice of the gift and home industries, and I am delighted to add the independent's viewpoint to that voice," said Curtin.

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