Hudson steps up to 2021 ICFA chairman of the board

Harold Hudson, president of Summer Classics Private Label, is the new chairman of the board of directors for the International Casual Furnishings Assn. and is starting the year with a strong idea of what he believes its focus should be.

This year, Hudson said his No. 1 focus will be on helping ICFA retailer members get back to their level of pre-COVID-19 level of health.

“Our strategic initiatives for 2021 and 2022 will promote their recovery and compel more retailers to join as they recognize the value of this dedicated support,” said Hudson. “We’ll continue to create and enhance the networking, educational and philanthropic opportunities that make the ICFA so vital to professional success for every segment of our membership.”

A 29-year veteran with Summer Classics, Hudson has been an active member of the ICFA, previously holding board positions, as well as a member of the Hearth Products and Barbecue Assn. Last year, he served on the ICFA nominating and executive committees.

At Summer Classics, Hudson has served as controller, operations manager, vice president of sales and now president. “Our ‘hybrid’ business model gives me a unique perspective on the relationship between manufacturers and retailers. I understand the challenges facing

IMC kicks off Market Insights with Pantoneview 2021

International Market Centers kicks off its monthly webinar series “Market Insights” with PANTONEVIEW 2021 – Color of the Year on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Participants in this hour-long session will receive 1 CEU credit.

The 2021 PANTONE Colors of the Year – PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating – are two independent colors that highlight how different elements come together to support one another. According to PANTONE, these two signify a union of strength and positivity and encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly.

“IMC is excited to partner with the PANTONE Color Institute to offer IMC’s market universe — designers, manufacturer and retailers from the gift, home and apparel industries – with an inside look at trending color choices,” said IMC Chief Customer and Marketing Officer Dorothy Belshaw. “This session will provide participants with inspiration and relevant trend information now and throughout 2021.”

PANTONEVIEW 2021 – Color of the Year will be presented by Laurie Pressman, vice president of the PANTONE Color Institute, on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. (EST)/1 p.m. (PST). Pressman highlights key color trends for 2021 and provides insight into the Color of the Year and how