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Mrs. Ellen Thompson
Public Relations Manager
Ellen Thompson is the Director of Public Relations for VIETRI, Inc., a wholesaler of Italian handcrafted dinnerware and home and garden accessories to the finest specialty retailers in the world. With its main office and distribution center located in Hillsborough, NC, VIETRI owns showrooms in Atlanta and New York and is represented in all other major tabletop markets –Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Dallas and Toronto.
VIETRI partners with over 40 manufacturers throughout Italy. These manufacturers create products in ceramic, glass, metals and terra cotta. VIETRI is regularly featured in countless American magazines including Southern Lady, Victoria, Paula Deen, House Beautiful, Oprah, Martha Stewart Living, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Elle Décor, Martha Stewart Weddings and Coastal Living.
Ellen graduated from Meredith College with a degree in Fashion Merchandising in 2005. After graduation, she took a position managing the Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store in Raleigh. The following year, she moved to New York City to pursue her dream of working in the fashion industry. Ellen began at TBWA CHIAT Day Advertising Agency, where she learned about market research and media buying. She then moved on to Joey Showroom, a boutique showroom where she represented nine designers. The showroom represented an array of emerging and established designers, ranging from Ready to Wear women’s and men’s apparel to shoes, handbags and accessory lines. Ellen acted as the liaison between the designers and buyers from premier specialty and department stores worldwide. She worked with stylists regularly to create looks for television appearances and editorial features. Ellen planned and promoted all showroom events and parties. This combined experience was a very positive one for Ellen, and eventually led her to pursue a career in a Sales-Driven Industry. She accepted the position of Marketing and PR Coordinator with VIETRI in 2009 and has worked her way up to becoming VIETRI’s Public Relations Manager. Ellen lives in Raleigh with her husband.
Ms. Natalie Riddick
Natalie Riddick is the Sales Coordinator for VIETRI, Inc., a wholesaler of Italian handcrafted dinnerware and home and garden accessories to the finest specialty retailers in the world. With its main office and distribution center located in Hillsborough, NC, VIETRI owns a showroom in Atlanta, Las Vegas, and New York, and it is represented in all other major tabletop markets, including Dallas, Los Angeles, and Toronto.
VIETRI partners with over 30 manufacturers throughout Italy. These manufacturers create products in ceramic, glass and metals. VIETRI is regularly featured in countless American magazines including Southern Lady, Victoria, House Beautiful, Oprah, Elle Décor, BRIDES, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Coastal Living.
Natalie graduated from Meredith College in 2012 with a BS in Fashion Merchandising and Design. Her fashion background is extensive, as she interned with designers like Elie Saab and Rick Owen in Paris. Her studies abroad focused on trends, culture, and merchandising in Europe, India, Thailand, Singapore, and Australia. Prior to coming to VIETRI, Natalie was the Top Sales Associate in Men’s Sportswear at Nordstrom. With this strong experience in sales and merchandising, Natalie joined VIETRI in February 2013 as the Key Account Coordinator, and in January 2013, she was promoted to Sales Coordinator. Natalie lives in Raleigh.