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The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Board of Directors announced today the appointment of Mark Hill as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hill was serving as Interim President and CEO since August 2015. “
During his interim tenure, it was clear that Mark’s vision for CHA is aligned with the Board’s strategic goal of expanding CHA’s role internationally and strengthening its position as a thought-leader and business catalysts for its members and the creative products industry,” said David Murray, Chairman of the CHA Board of Directors. “With his deep business experience and forward-looking execution, we are confident that Mark is the right person to lead CHA in this exciting new direction of member benefits and growth.”
Mr. Hill brings to CHA more than 20 years experience in the creative products industry. He has held senior management positions with leading companies including Plaid Enterprises, Creativity Inc., New Image Group and most recently the Thomas Kinkade Company. As an active and committed CHA Member, Mr. Hill also served two terms on the CHA Board of Directors from 2009 through 2014. During his Board terms he led the International Committee’s initiative to successfully establish CHA-UK, in addition to chairing the Nominating, International, and Market Research Committees.
“This is a dynamic time for the craft and hobby industry with many innovations and forms of creativity coming to market. I am honored to lead CHA, and with the Board’s support and dedicated CHA staff, look forward to providing unmatched value to our members and helping all sectors of this vibrant community thrive and succeed,”
 added Mark Hill.
At the 75th Annual CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show (CHA MEGA Show), January 7-12, 2016 in Anaheim, CA, Mr. Hill will host the Annual Business & Town Hall Meeting on January 9th at 5:30 p.m. All current members and those interested in learning more about the CHA and its mission are encouraged to attend.
The CHA MEGA Show is North America’s only event for the creative products industry, and will showcase over 400 exhibitors and thousands of new products along with a conference program that features a broad range of workshops and seminars, including a trend-focused Keynote from world renowned Edelkoort/Trend Union, followed by a panel of industry leading suppliers, retailers and media sharing how they track and utilize trends in their businesses. Thousands of buyers, designers, suppliers, and creative professionals from over 50 countries are expected to attend the CHA MEGA Show. For more information visit www.chamegashow.org.