DALLAS – December 18, 2023 – Joan Ulrich, who has spent decades in the business of creating marketplaces for brands and buyers, announced recently that she is retiring in March 2024.
Joan’s career has included leadership roles across the market center and trade show landscape, from Chicago to New York to Los Angeles to Dallas. For the past five years, she has served as executive vice president of hardgoods leasing for Dallas Market Center, with oversight over gift, home and design, lighting, holiday, and floral permanent showrooms.
“Joan’s positive impact in Dallas is easily seen by walking floor after floor of our marketplace, which are filled with high-quality rep groups and manufacturers,” said president and CEO Cindy Morris. “When she joined the company, we asked her to leverage her well-respected relationships and visionary leadership to attract top brands and build a great team. She has done both, and today we stand as a vibrant marketplace with buyers eager to experience our open-daily showrooms and global trade events throughout the year. We wish her well as she enters a new chapter filled with family, travel, and relaxation.”
Joan launched her career with Enesco, the giftware wholesale company, more than three decades ago, later joining Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI). During her tenure of 14 years with MMPI, she was responsible for permanent gift and home leasing in the Chicago Merchandise Mart, 7 West 34th in New York, and the LA Mart, as well as overseeing temporary events in Chicago and Los Angeles. Following her time at MMPI, Joan spent four years at Urban Expositions, involved in various management roles within their 30-plus annual trade and consumer events, followed by her creation of UnCommon Markets, a monthly art and entertainment event based in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The next trade events at Dallas Market Center include Total Home & Gift Market, January 10-16, and Lightovation, January 10-14.
For upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center mobile app. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and the DMC Daily Dose.
About Dallas Market Center
Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in gifts, home décor, gourmet and housewares, holiday/floral, gifts, lighting, and apparel and accessories. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products from exhibitors throughout the year via dominant trade events for gift, home décor, holiday and floral; the largest residential lighting trade event in North America; and the largest and most successful open-daily design center. To make plans for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center App. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Instagram, and the Dallas Market Center blog.