Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group announced that it has named Maryann Samsa to the post of buying group director. Coming from a position at Kitchen Kaboodle, Samsa will join the team beginning in December. In her new role at the buying group, Samsa will act as a consultant for Gourmet Catalog members and will help vendors to communicate with store members as well.
“Working closely with Maryann over the years, I have grown a deep respect for her as an industry insider,” said Janis Johnson, president and founder of Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group. “Maryann will bring a new dimension to our Group, while also sharing consistent goals and values with a passion for kitchenware and people of our industry; we are quite eager to share experiences and learn from one another.”
Samsa began working at Kitchen Kaboodle in 1982 and, after a brief hiatus, returned to the store in 1986. She worked as a buyer and was able to get familiar with an array of categories, including furniture, lifestyle and kitchenware. She also handled other daily operations, such as staff training on housewares and planning store special events.