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Agio Names Jim Kemp Vice President of Product Development for Specialty

Agio Names Jim Kemp Vice President of Product Development for Specialty

Jim Kemp has been named vice president of product development for specialty at Agio, usA. Kemp is responsible for ensuring that new products are developed to satisfy the unique demands of patio specialty retailers and their customers.

“It’s a great opportunity to work with the level of talent Agio has put together. our designers and our research and development center are second to none that i have encountered within the industry,” Kemp says. “i’m excited to be part of the Agio team and looking forward to helping specialty retailers succeed in outdoor for years to come.”

Mike Gaylord, vice president of sales, says, “Jim has joined us to focus 100% on specialty, and he’s absolutely hit the ground running. our successful introductions, made during the winter las Vegas market™to reorient the industry’s traditional production calendar, will require our specialty retailers to rethink their merchandising strategies. We’re looking to Jim to help retailers adapt—to ensure they have the right mix of products when they need them. We’re excited to have Jim on the Agio team.”

Kemp is a 25-year veteran of the outdoor-furniture business who has experience in product development for brands such as meadowcraft, Brown Jordan international, and plantation patterns. His extensive knowledge and experience in working in china and managing Asian supply-chain issues will be invaluable in his new position at Agio.

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