SFC sets webinar on antimicrobial downsides

Dr. Ted Schettler warns of antimicrobial overuse in SFC webinar.

The Sustainable Furnishings Council presents Antimicrobials in Furnishings in the time of COVID for its monthly Sustainability Essentials webinar series on Thursday, Sep. 17, at 12 p.m.

Dr. Ted Schettler MD, MPH, science director of the Science and Environmental Health Network, will lead the discussion around antimicrobial use during the COVID-19 pandemic, bridging the topic with antimicrobial textiles and surface treatments for home furnishings.

Although health safety concerns around the spread of disease are justified, overuse of antimicrobials is documented to have detrimental effects on human health and the environment, possibly leading to more resistant strains of bacteria.

“It’s important to know the facts before rushing to false conclusions,” says Susan Inglis, SFC executive director. “We don’t want to see a proliferation of antimicrobial product offerings in the home furnishings categories that cause more harm than good.”

The webinar is open to all industry professionals, including product manufacturers, retailers, and interior designers. Attendees may register here for the free event.

Vicky Jarrett has worked with various furniture industry publications — including Furniture Today, Retail Ideas, Our State magazine and Casual Living — for more than 20 years and rejoined Furniture

IMC promotes two, reorganizes leasing and leadership teams

Scott Eckman


Dorothy Belshaw

ATLANTA / HIGH POINT / LAS VEGAS — International Market Centers has announced a new organizational structure for its leasing and leadership teams.

Effective immediately, Dorothy Belshaw and Scott Eckman are promoted into new executive leadership roles, and Ryan Mahoney, Julie Messner, Terence Morris and Caron Stover expand their category-specific leasing responsibilities across all IMC’s campuses.

“This restructuring of IMC’s leadership and leasing teams allows us to more effectively support the current needs of our business, differentiate the customer experience and drive more value to all constituents,” said Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “This new organizational structure will allow us to meet the strategic challenges ahead, futureproof our business and position our markets and digital opportunities for growth in the post-COVID world.”

Under the new structure, Eckman will oversee all permanent showroom and temporary tradeshow leasing across all product categories and campuses and has been promoted to the newly created role of chief revenue officer.

In line with this change, Mahoney, senior vice president, furniture; Messner, senior vice president, home décor; Morris, senior vice president, gift; and Stover, senior vice president, apparel, will oversee category leasing for both permanent showroom and temporary tradeshow all three

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