Jeff Murphy, vice president, international, at the International Housewares Association, passed away June 7 during a hiking trip to Yellowstone National Park. Jeff’s death was the result of fall near Turkey Pen Peak in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming, according to National Park Service officials. He went missing on Wednesday, and a search began Thursday when his wife notified authorities that he had not checked in.
“On behalf of IHA and the housewares industry, our collective heart goes out to Jeff’s family,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president & CEO. “Jeff will be missed greatly here at IHA…he was a very intelligent professional, team player and a warm-hearted, kind person. He was a great friend to all, and IHA staff and his many colleagues around the world are struggling with this tragic news.”
Jeff joined IHA February 1. Although his tenure as an official IHA staff member was short, Jeff was a long-time member of the Association through his work in international sales for more than 20 years, and a familiar face to the global housewares industry.
Before joining IHA, Jeff served as vice president of international sales at Wilton Brands LLC for more than 13 years, where he presided over a significant global growth for the company. Before that, he was an international sales consult, working with clients such as Nordic Ware, Progressive International, Home Products International (Homz), Pfaltzgraff, Anchor Hocking Glass and Wilton Brands.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Erica, and children, Collin and Megan.
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