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Artisan House Names Director of International Business Development

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Artisan House®, designers and crafters of unique, fine-quality metal sculptures for wall, floor and tabletop, has named Mark Hearne as its new director of international business development. In his new role, Hearne will lead efforts to grow the company's overseas business in Europe. "We are extremely excited about having Mark join Artisan House," said President John Shilling. "His years of experience and insight into the industry are just what we need to take Artisan House to the next level in our overseas distribution." Hearne previously served as vice-president of sales and marketing for The Lam Lee Group, a well known home décor manufacturer. During his 20 year tenure he was directly involved with the company's US sales force and international distributors. In 2005 Hearne departed to establish a retail home furnishings venture which his family continues to operate. "I've been very familiar with Artisan House throughout the years and always admired the company and its product" said Hearne. "It's great to be working for a company that is so well regarded and established in the industry. The company has stuck to its original vision of creating the finest hand crafted metal works of art and they continue to focus on doing that better than anyone else." Artisan House pieces are sold in home furnishing stores, art stores, outdoor furniture stores, and at billiards, pool and spa retailers. Commercial customers include major department stores like John Lewis, plc, Nordstrom, restaurants, bars, hotels and casinos. The firm's permanent showrooms are located in High Point (IHFC Design Center, Space D208) and Las Vegas (World Market Center, Space A-300). Artisan House has also exhibited at the Tokyo Furniture Market; Interiors Birmingham; Atlanta Gift Market; New York Art Expo Show; Maison et Objet; ASEAN Furniture Show (Singapore); Ambiente Frankfurt; Furnitex, Melbourne; and Interiors UAE (Dubai). For additional information about Artisan House, contact the company at 800.354.6873; 336.889.3426 (High Point showroom); or www.artisanhouse.com. About Artisan House(r): Founded in 1964 by partners Jerry Fels and Kurt Freiler and headquartered in Burbank, California, Artisan House designs and crafts unique, fine-quality metal sculptures for wall, floor and tabletop. Sculptures are handcrafted of rich metals including copper, bronze, brass, steel, aluminum and chrome. Each piece is hand finished with intriguing surface treatments, paints and patinas. The company's vibrant, versatile designs have been recognized as multi-dimensional "metalworks of art." Artisan House has successfully closed the gap between pricey offerings from exclusive art galleries and mass-produced decorative pieces by creating original sculptures with unparalleled designs at affordable prices. The result infuses today's indoor and outdoor environments with dazzle and dimension.

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