Industry veteran Dave Savula has joined Dallas Market Center as Business Development Strategist, the company has announced. Savula is responsible for growth strategy across the marketplace with special focus on home decor/design and gift. He brings more than twenty-five years of experience to Dallas Market Center; most recently having served in executive roles with IMC and AmericasMart. Savula reports to Dallas Market Center president and CEO, Cindy Morris.
“Dave has the respect of the industry, the vision for strategic growth, and the track record of innovation,” said Cindy Morris. “We’re thrilled to welcome him to the team. His role is to identify new opportunities and to help capitalize upon our trajectory for trade events and daily business. I’m confident he will help attract new resources and enhance the marketplace experience for buyers and sellers.”
Savula joins Dallas Market Center during unprecedented growth in new buyers visiting the open-daily marketplace and new brands taking space in its 5 million square foot collection of buildings. The marketplace has recently welcomed more than 40 new and expanding showrooms, its June 2022 Apparel & Accessories Market is the largest since 2004, and its June 2022 Temps at Total Home & Gift Market have been completely reimagined and expanded for the largest summer exhibition in more than a decade.
“I’m pleased to join a company with such tremendous momentum and that balances an aggressive growth mindset with a focus on customer partnerships,” said Dave Savula. “Dallas Market Center is the talk of the wholesale trade in North America and for good reason. They understand where the business is heading, they are staying true to their family-owned company values, and they are committed to creating outstanding opportunities for brands to connect with buyers.”
Savula joins a team of leadership in gift and home that includes Joan Ulrich, EVP Leasing; Jo Ann Miller Marshall, SVP Leasing; Troy Hanson and Lori Castillo, Senior Leasing Directors; Nancy Axtman and Nancy Wolkow, Leasing Directors.
Gift remains one of the largest and most popular product categories represented at Dallas Market Center. For home decor, Dallas Market Center is the largest open-daily design center in North America, with more than 1.5 million square feet of leading home and design manufacturers. Each month, thousands of interior designers visit the marketplace, and design events throughout the year are held in partnership with industry organizations and media partners. Four times a year, its Total Home & Gift Markets welcome gift and home buyers from around the world. Twice a year, the marketplace hosts the largest residential lighting trade event in North America, Lightovation.
Savula most recently served as EVP of IMC and president of Gift and Apparel. Previously, he served AmericasMart as EVP for more than twenty years. Prior to that, he was VP of Leasing for MMPI/High Point Market.