2024 Gala Honorees
Each year, the HCF board of directors selects outstanding individuals for their humanitarian efforts and exceptional leadership.
Humanitarian of the Year Award
Kristen Stevens is vice president/GMM of Home, Culinary and Electronics at QVC. Since joining QVC in 2021, she has led a team of home merchants focused on finding new, innovative products for the video commerce retailer, and connecting with the highly loyal QVC customers through exciting programming and events. Prior to QVC, Stevens worked at Sam’s Club as vice president/DMM, Home, Hardlines and Automotive, and vice president of Global Sourcing since 2012. She began her retail career in 2000 at Walmart in various home buying positions and leading the Home Merchandising Strategy team.
QVC launched Living for Giving with the Housewares Charity Foundation in 2021, a campaign benefitting Feeding America. By combining the reach of QVC with the generous donations of 40 vendors across the home and housewares industries, this initiative has provided millions of meals through local food banks throughout the U.S. For the past two years, Stevens has continued to champion the Living for Giving partnership and Feeding America has recognized QVC and the Housewares Charity Foundation as “Leadership Partners” for their contributions to help fight hunger.
Stevens currently serves on the board of the Housewares Charity Foundation, is an active member of Women in Retail and has spent many years volunteering as a Girl Scout Troop leader and Cheer Mom.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Executive Vice President (Retired)
The TJX Companies, Inc.
After a 33-year career, Herb Landsman recently retired from the TJX Companies as executive vice president/merchandising at TJX/HomeGoods.
From 1989 to 2005 Landsman served as SVP/MM for TJ Maxx /Marshalls before moving to HomeGoods in 2005.
He began his career at Shillito’s Department Store (a division of Federated) in 1968 as a 16-year-old stock boy and in 1984 left Shillito-Rike’s as MM/Housewares to become the VP/Merchandising at Brookstone. In 1989 he moved to the TJX companies, where he would spend the rest of his career.
In addition to his deep industry involvement, empathy for people and love of product through uniqueness, innovation and driving profitable business, Landsman is very active in non-profit advancement, serving on the Board of Directors of the Housewares Charity Foundation; the National Center for Race Amity; Triangle-Inc.; Empowering Adults with Disabilities; and the Greater Boston Food Bank. Landsman is also involved with Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund, the TJX Multi-Cultural Coalition and the Boston Women’s Exchange.
Landsman’s personal passion is for his family, golf, the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Reds. He has sung the National Anthem at Fenway Park twice. In addition, he holds the 1980 Thanksgiving Day/post-turkey bowl record in Cincinnati for consuming 19 White Castles in one sitting.
Landsman and his wife Cindy have been married for 42 years and have four spectacular children Sam, Charlie, Teddy, and Ellie ….and five extraordinary grandchildren, Lucy Nolan, Harry, Sebastian and Theo …with one momentarily on the way!
SUPPORTING CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE WORLD
The mission of the nonprofit Housewares Charity Foundation (HCF) is, in the spirit of goodwill, to raise funds annually for designated charities and help unite and promote the philanthropic image of the home + housewares industry.
In a collaborative effort among industry manufacturers, retailers and allied industry partners, the HCF hosts an annual charitable dinner during The Inspired Home Show. The goals of the dinner are to raise funds for charities, unite our industry and honor its leaders.
Honorees are selected for their humanitarian efforts and exceptional leadership. The Foundation endeavors to create an industry legacy by supporting a single charity in continuity while also partnering annually with charities selected by honorees.
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