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The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is pleased to announce three new officers elected to serve on the Board of Directors for a one year term effective immediately. The new officers are: Chuck McGonigle, Chair; Jim Thielen, Vice Chair; and Christopher DiTullio, Secretary. The officers join the current Board Directors: Nora Abousteit, Judi Atkinson, Brigid English, Don Guidi, Sarah Hodsdon, Roseann Kermes, Mark Lee, Ursula Morgan, Frank Rizzo, Tony Sheridan, Greg Tipsord, and David Murray, Immediate Past Chair.
“Our new Board leadership brings a combined 38 years of experience in the creative arts product industry,” says Mark Hill, President and Chief Executive Officer, CHA. “Their long dedication and expansive connections to creative businesses qualifies them for their new roles and positions them as strong leaders to guide CHA through its transformation and an ever-changing marketplace.”
Chuck McGonigle is the President of Spencer Enterprises and the Owner of Phoenix Hope Consulting LLC. He has served on the CHA Board of Directors since 2009, and has worked in the creative arts products industry since 2003, the year he joined CSS Industries as the President of Cleo. In addition, Chuck served as the Chief Executive Officer of Colorbok from 2007 to 2013, and then of Artissimo Designs when he joined the company in 2013. Previously, he spent 18 years with Procter and Gamble. Chuck has been married to his wife, Hope for 34 years, and has four children, one grandchild and a second grandchild on the way. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University; a Master of Science in Engineering from Drexel; and an Executive Development degree from Wharton Business School.
Jim Thielen is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of H.A. Kidd and Company Limited. Previously, he was President and Managing Director of SVP Canada, and the Chief Operating Officer of NetActive. Prior to these roles, Jim worked for the Eastman Kodak Company in the United States and Latin America where he launched new products that experienced significant revenue growth and redefined the direction of businesses in the face of changing environments. Jim has been on the CHA Board of Directors since 2014 and has served other not-for-profit organizations and groups, including the New York-Penn Region of the American Red Cross, Church of St. Luke, and Alumni Council for the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. Jim holds an MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, and Bachelor of Science degree from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Chris DiTullio is the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Omni-Channel at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Chris joined Jo-Ann in 2005 and has held leadership positions in inventory management, inventory planning, marketing and eCommerce during his tenure. Today, he is responsible for overseeing the company’s marketing, advertising, brand management, eCommerce, Omni-Channel and customer service functional areas. Prior to joining Jo-Ann, Chris held various positions for a diverse group of major retail companies, including J.C. Penney, HomePlace and Cole Vision. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Youngstown State University where he studied marketing. Chris and his wife live in Hudson, Ohio with their two children.
Members of the CHA Board of Directors meet quarterly to address the needs of the creative arts products industry from a strategic viewpoint, strengthen the ties between CHA members and the Association, and guide the focus of CHA to provide member value. They serve on a voluntary basis, through which they establish networking and business opportunities, advance their careers through industry leadership, and contribute their voice as advocates for CHA members.
For more information about the Craft & Hobby Association, visit www.craftandhobby.org.