Home Interiors and Gifts, Inc. Names New Vice Chairman, Promotes Executives to President and Senior Vice President

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(PRWEB) March 8, 2002

DALLAS – February 2002 - Home Interiors and Gifts announced today the appointment of Christi Carter Urschel to the new position of vice chairman of the board of directors, national spokesperson and president of the company’s Pocketful of Hope Charities. Mike Lohner was also promoted to president, a position he will assume in addition to his present role as chief operating officer. The announcements were made by Joey Carter, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Home Interiors and Gifts.

Other executive announcements were Chief Financial Officer Ken Cichocki and Vice President of National Sales Nora Serrano, each being promoted to senior vice president.

“Christi Carter Urschel has been instrumental in helping our family grow Home Interiors to its leadership position among home decorating companies,” Mr. Carter said. “Christi decided to step aside from day-to-day management of the company for personal reasons, but we are very grateful that she has agreed to continue her most important role with Home Interiors - inspiring our thousands of independent sales people, whom we call “displayers.”

Mr. Carter continued, “As the granddaughter of our founder, Mary Carter Crowley, and an inspirational and irreplaceable presence at Seminar and other conferences, Christi is by far our preferred choice as national spokesperson. Her willingness to assume these new duties is also timely, as Home Interiors plans several national initiatives, including expanded programs by our Pocketful of Hope Charities.”

Christi Carter Urschel said, “Home Interiors’ mission has always been to inspire women and enable them to balance career, home and family. In keeping with the mission, I have made the personally important decision to devote more time to my family after recently welcoming our second son. I appreciate the company’s confidence in me, as demonstrated by my new responsibilities. I also understand that I am incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to remain committed to Home Interiors’ vibrant business in new and creative ways.”

“Mike Lohner’s promotion to president of Home Interiors and Gifts is a result of the significant contributions he has made since joining the company as chief operating officer less than two years ago,” said Mr. Carter. “Through his astute business leadership, Mike has earned the respect and confidence of our board of directors, employees and sales organization.”

Mike Lohner said, “I am honored to be named president and have the opportunity to expand my responsibilities on behalf of this outstanding company. Even though Home Interiors enjoys a rich heritage and more than 40 years of solid growth, I believe we can accomplish much more working toward becoming the best direct sales company in the United States.”

Mr. Lohner joined Home Interiors as senior vice president and chief operating officer in May 2000. Prior to joining the company, he held various corporate management positions, including president and chief executive officer of Evergreen Alliance Golf Limited from 1991 through 1999.

New Senior Vice Presidents Ken Cichocki and Nora Serrano both bring extensive experience to Home Interiors. Cichocki comes from the RMP Group where he held similar operating positions. Nora Serrano previously held sales director positions at Melaleuca and Beauticontrol.

About Home Interiors and Gifts, Inc.

Home Interiors and Gifts, Inc. is one of the largest direct sellers of decorative home accessories in the world with average annual sales more than $500 million. The company has more than 60,000 independent displayers, over 1,200 employees and operates manufacturing and distribution facilities in Texas and Nebraska. Since its founding over 40 years ago, Home Interiors and Gifts has empowered thousands of people to realize their creative and personal potential while achieving rewarding and financially independent lives. For additional information, visit http://www.homeinteriors.com


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