Management

Eloise Huang (Founder/CEO) has most recently acted as CEO of Bantum Inc., an integrated brand and product development firm co-headquartered in Silicon Valley and Shanghai. Under Eloise’s direction, Bantum (previously Speck Design) grew to become the leading product development consulting firm serving the U.S. and China markets.

Marie McGrath-Brown (General Manager/President) has more than 25 years of leadership experience in home-related retail. She most recently served as VP/GMM of The Great Indoors and Divisional VP of Housewares for Sears. She has been responsible for the strategic development and execution of new business start-ups, business turnarounds and growth strategies.

Peggy Hirsch (VP, Controller) has more than three decades of tax and accounting expertise, including extensive experience with a former Big 8 firm. In addition to numerous volunteer positions, she serves as Treasurer for the Village of Lake Barrington, IL. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Joseph Joy (VP, Sales) has over 25 years’ sales leadership experience, helping build brands and guide companies to domestic and international sales success across multiple home categories.

Maggie Huang (VP, Global Outsourcing) brings many years of ceramics industry experience, with deep experience in manufacturing, sourcing, assortment management, cost management, and order fulfillment. Most recently she was CEO/founder of Ghengyin Ceramic Products, a mid-size porcelain dinnerware distributor in China

Stuart McFaul (VP, Marketing) is the founder and president of Spiralgroup, an award-winning marketing agency headquartered in San Francisco that has served more than 100 companies — from Fortune 50 companies such as Apple and HP to multiple startups — in North America, Europe and the Pacific Rim.

Jaime Mesner (Director of Trend and Product Development) has more than 10 years of design and brand development experience in the interior furnishings industry. Her background includes deep subject matter expertise in product development, sourcing, importing and brand management in most home categories including: Tabletop, Bedding/Bath, Furniture and Decorative Accessories

Gaia Group Team at the 2017 International Home and Housewares Show, Chicago.