Tovolo, a leading kitchen tool and gadget company, has appointed Kerry Niesen as its new Sales and Marketing Manager. Niesen brings nearly 20 years of retail and housewares experience to Tovolo, having served as the owner of Seattle-based specialty retailer, City Kitchens. With a long-standing appeal to both beginning and seasoned home cooks, the former kitchenware retailer was a downtown fixture for both locals and tourists alike. Niesen began at the housewares boutique as a stock person and advanced through various roles in customer service, promotion, merchandising and sales to eventually become the owner.
In his new position, Niesen will establish and cultivate relationships with independent specialty retailers, while playing a central role in Tovolo’s diverse merchandising programs. He will report to Tovolo’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Deb Flynn.
“Independent retailers are the cornerstone of Tovolo’s business and Kerry is the perfect person to lead this effort. His extensive first-hand experience at City Kitchens gave him an innate understanding of the needs of this vital housewares segment,” said Deb Flynn, Director of Sales and Marketing.
Niesen said, “I am thrilled to be part of the Tovolo family. Having worked with the company as a retailer for so many years, I am happy to take on an internal role with such a highly respected and creative team.”