Things Remembered Names New President, COO & CFO

by Katie Lee

Cleveland — Lisa Gavales has resigned from her post at Things Remembered as chairman, chief executive officer and president. Nelson Tejada has been promoted from senior vice president and chief merchandising officer to president, and Dave J. Helkey, has been promoted from chief financial officer to chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

“We are very appreciative of the progress the company has made under Lisa’s leadership,” says Michael Appel, lead director. “With her strong brand and product marketing prowess and vision for our iconic brand, she has laid the foundation from which we will achieve the company’s sustained long term success as an omni-channel retail leader. She is leaving a strong leadership team in place. We are exceptionally fortunate to have Nelson Tejada as Things Remembered’s president. His outstanding knowledge of our industry, customers and customer service, assure us uninterrupted success in realizing Things Remembered’s incredible growth opportunities.”

Tejada rejoined Things Remembered in July 2015 as senior vice president, chief merchandising officer. In February 2016, he assumed responsibility for the company’s merchandise planning and allocation department. In August 2016, his role was further expanded to senior vice president, chief merchandise officer and store sales, where he leads the field organization and store operations. He joined Things Remembered from Schurman Retail Group (SRG) where he was chief merchandising officer since 2009. His previous role with Things Remembered was from 2000 to 2005, as vice president, general merchandise manager.  

Helkey joined Things Remembered in January 2010 as director, financial planning and analysis. He has held several key roles within the organization such as director, merchandise planning and allocation, and vice president, business innovations. In February 2016, he was promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer. His retail career began in finance with the Limited Brands.

Things Remembered is North America’s leading retailer of personalized merchandise and experiences with more than 468 stores in 45 states and four Canadian provinces. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Things Remembered

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