International Market Centers (IMC) has tapped retail veteran Mary S. Moore, founder of The Cook’s Warehouse in Atlanta, as Senior VP/Omnichannel Buyer Engagement. Moore has been assisting IMC’s Digital Innovations division (IMC_di) digital platform since February with the development of JuniperMarket, its B2B ecommerce platform launching in early 2021. She will continue to serve on the IMC_di leadership team with specific responsibility for digital operations. IMC operates to-the-trade markets in High Point, Las Vegas, and Atlanta.
Moore’s new role is part of IMC’s significant expansion of its customer outreach, marketing, and brand strategy teams to support the company’s rapid development of omnichannel solutions for the gift, home, and apparel industries. The company-wide and customer-centric strategy includes the expansion of its buyer services and customer success teams as well as the creation of a new brand strategy team dedicated to supporting the launch of its Juniper suite of digital solutions, powered by IMC_di.
“As IMC’s business transforms to include all channels of commerce – from physical markets to digital solutions – these organizational investments will help us engage more personally and effectively with our customers so we can better understand and meet their evolving business needs,” says Dorothy Belshaw, Chief Customer & Marketing Officer for IMC. “We are doubling down on IMC’s core mission – connecting buyers and sellers – by offering year-round opportunities for recovery and growth at both physical and digital markets.”
Moore will report to Belshaw, with the responsibility for strategic oversight of IMC’s buyer outreach across its physical and digital channels. IMC’s existing team of buyer services specialists – led by gift industry veteran Cindy Henry – will report to Moore and will double in size to support one-to-one buyer outreach on a broad scale, with continued focus on long-standing relationships with more than 75 national buying groups and thousands of key retail accounts in the gift, home furnishings, housewares and apparel industries.
“I’m excited to leverage my 25+ years of retail experience – both brick-and-mortar and ecommerce – to bring the voice of the customer to IMC and to accelerate engagement with IMC’s markets, both in-person and online,” Moore states.
IMC will add a dedicated Juniper digital brand team aligned with IMC’s existing brand strategy teams. All four of IMC’s brand strategy teams will report to IMC’s Senior Vice President Karen Olson, leveraging her 25 years of brand marketing experience and ensuring strategic alignment and integration with IMC’s physical markets.
“With the launch of Juniper, IMC now has a true omnichannel offering for our customers on both the buyer and seller sides of the industry,” Olson comments. “Developing and aligning a dedicated Juniper brand strategy team with our existing physical market brand teams allows us to most effectively communicate the full value proposition IMC now offers.”
Additionally, IMC_di will expand its customer success team to ease vendor adoption of JuniperMarket as well as the full Juniper-branded suite of solutions for sales and marketing automation, data, and customer management and B2B ecommerce websites. Headed by Senior Director Marisa Garcia, the team’s current responsibilities for account management, customer onboarding, and customer support extend to include integration services to its overall customer success efforts.
“We know that onboarding to new technologies can be challenging, and we are committed to providing unparalleled customer support for a frictionless experience,” adds Eric Dean, President of IMC_di. “Our expanded customer success team will help vendors – whether individual brands or multi-line sales agencies – through every step of the onboarding and integration process. They will also be our eyes and ears, capturing critical customer feedback so that we can continually modify and upgrade our solutions to be best-in-class whether at market, on the road or online.”
IMC_di’s product and design team has also expanded to support the development of newly upgraded IMC market websites as well as Juniper products. Tripp Regan, a long-time member of IMC’s digital marketing team will assume the new role of VP/Product & Design. Regan and Garcia both report to Senior Vice President Brandon Ward, who has spearheaded digital innovation at IMC since joining the company in 2017.
Teddy Pekalski will assume the role of Senior Director and head of Juniper Sales. In line with accelerated demand and launch timelines, the sales department will be expanded by 30 percent.
“We congratulate all of the existing IMC and IMC_di staff on their promotions and expanded responsibilities, and we welcome all of the newcomers who will help to make this omnichannel vision a reality for IMC and its customers,” says Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. Details about career opportunities are available online at https://www.imcenters.com/careers-at-imc/.