From left: Ed McClure, Beth Steele, Rich Vazzana, and Vivien Cord.
Cord Shows Ltd. events will be assumed in 2014 by the father/daughter team of Richard Vazzana and Beth Steele of Ridgefield, Connecticut, according to Vivien Cord, president of Cord Shows Ltd., and her partner, Edward McClure.
Cord and McClure will continue producing the Danbury, Connecticut, Vintage Clothing Show at the PAL Building, scheduled for April 5 and 6, 2014. All other events, including those in Ridgefield, Connecticut; South Salem, New York; Cross River, New York; and Katonah, New York, will be continued by Vazzana and Steele. Cord and McClure will be giving on-the-job training to Vazzana and Steele this year, while introducing them to dealers and customers. In 2014 Cord and McClure will be advising the new managers as needed.
“Since I was thirty, I’ve worked on Cord Shows nearly all day every day,” Vivien Cord said. “It has been a labor of love (some times more than others), and I have very mixed feelings about making this decision. Ed, who has been a part of Cord Shows for twenty years, has helped me realize that it’s time. Although it will feel like losing a part of me, the upside is gaining a big bedroom in place of the office! Most of all we will miss our wonderful dealers with whom generally it’s been a hug before business. Their enthusiasm and love of what they do has kept them good-natured and optimistic even during hard times, and their success has always been our reward, far more important to us than any financial gain. Having found such capable hands to leave the business with pleases us, and it could not have happened any other way. It is time for a new chapter in our lives, one to include volunteer work and selling off collections of ‘stuff,’ and one without the killer stress of show biz.”
Cord and McClure met Carol and Rich Vazzana when they were dealers doing their shows. Rich Vazzana has held multiple positions in a series of careers. After graduating from college with a mathematics degree, Vazzana taught school at the secondary and college levels. While working on his Ph.D., he joined IBM in the sales division and had a 30-year career in various sales executive positions. In the last four years, he started a successful consulting business, working with large companies in structuring marketing and sales organizations. For five years, Rich and his wife, Carol, owned Little Treasures, specializing in country antiques. They were part of an antiques co-op in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and did multiple shows per year.
Beth Vazzana Steele has been collecting antiques since she was a young child. Beth’s 20-year professional career has been in membership-based nonprofits, mostly focusing on women’s health care. After living in Washington, D.C., for over 20 years, Beth and her family are enjoying living in Ridgefield. As a new resident, Beth has already started to be involved in a number of local organizations.
For more information, call (914) 273-4667 or check the Web (www.cordshows.com).
Originally published in the June 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest