Kiva Designs Gains New Vice President

Kiva Designs, Inc. Gains New Vice President of Brand & Business Development
Seasoned Development, Sales & Marketing Strategist Tom Konecki Hired on to Expand Company's Global Footprint
Benicia, CA (July 12, 2011)-With over 20 years of proven success in the travel goods industry selling multiple collections and styles of luggage, bags and accessories to a very satisfied global customer base, Kiva Designs Inc., the brand for the avid traveler and active lifestyle, is stepping up their game and positioning for greater sales and growth with the announcement of recent hire Tom Konecki. Konecki will serve as Kiva's Vice President of Brand & Business Development in his new post.
Konecki is a brand building expert with extensive experience and a successful track record in running both retail and wholesale corporations. He has been the brand building genius behind many companies in the Apparel, Footwear and Accessory Markets. In addition, he is a sales leader and brings to Kiva, strong relationships with premier retailers across multiple channels including international sales and overseas distribution.
Before joining Kiva Designs, Tom's previous responsibilities have included VP/GMM for Bass® division of Phillips van Heusen, Executive Vice President of Born® division of HH Brown (a Berkshire-Hathaway company), Senior Vice President of New Business Development, and most recently President of Private Brands for R.G. Barry Corporation. At Kiva Designs, Konecki will be involved in all aspects of the business, grow existing brands, incubate new brands and diversify product categories for Kiva Designs.
"I've known Tom for years as an industry leader and personal friend. He's an authentic outdoor enthusiast and a true professional - we are thrilled to have him join us. He will enhance, reinforce and renew our corporate brand identity, culture, and market relationships. Having previously worked in parallel markets, Tom brings a natural connection between the bag and footwear & apparel worlds.  I'm thrilled to have him on board," says Magi Raible, CEO, Kiva Designs, Inc.
Beginning his post officially in April 2011, Konecki and his wife Michelle recently relocated to Benicia from Ohio. He is a graduate of Bates College and is the father of five daughters and one grandson. Konecki is enjoying his relocation to Northern California as he is an avid sailor and climber as well.
"I've been a fan of the Kiva Brand Team for almost 20 years. I've always admired their innovation and the passion that they bring to everything they touch.  I'm excited to be a part of their future," Tom Konecki adds.
Tom Konecki can be reached directly at tomkonecki@kivadesigns.com, 760.889.3295 (c).
Kiva Designs Inc. includes Kiva® Bags, Rick Steves Collections and ellieTM. The company, founded in 1989, is now based in Benicia, just north of the San Francisco Bay Area and sells travel goods in stores worldwide. KIVA is affordable luggage, bags and accessories with retail prices ranging from $10-$300.
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For sales inquiries, please The Kiva Team directly at 707.748.1614.
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