NORTHBROOK, Ill. — Hilco Trading has named Gary Epstein as chief marketing officer for the company. Epstein will be responsible for Hilco’s overall marketing strategy and execution, branding, market research, etc. across all of the operating companies. Epstein will be taking over the role from Rick Kaye, who has held the position for more than 10 years and will remain with the organization as an EVP until January 2013.
“We’re thrilled to have Gary join Hilco Trading LLC. His diversified background in corporate and institutional marketing and advertising agency operations and his collaborative style will help us continue to grow our organization,” said Jeffrey Hecktman, CEO of Hilco Trading.
Recently, Epstein was CEO for Abundant Ventures, running The Owned Agency, a digital content and media company. Prior to this role, Epstein was CEO of ReachMD LLC, a medical education company that included a 24/7 Sirius-XM radio station. In 2004, Epstein served as CMO for the American Medical Association. Prior to joining the AMA, Epstein worked in the advertising agency industry at JWY and at Euro RSCG Worldwide, where he served in critical roles, most notably as the CEO of one of Euro RSCG’s integrated North American agencies. In 2000, the AAF inducted Gary into its “Hall of Achievement,” which recognizes the industry's most outstanding marketing professionals. He was also named in Chicago's “40 under 40” by Crain's Magazine in 1998.
The Hilco Organization is a provider of asset valuation, acquisition, disposition and financing to an international marketplace through multiple specialized business units. Hilco serves retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, importers and service providers, direct and through their financial institutions and consulting professionals.