About Boston International
Boston International, Inc.
210 Grove Street
Franklin, MA 02038
Phone: (508) 298-6400
Toll Free: (800) 637-5061
Fax: (508) 528-0913
Boston International is a woman-owned, design-driven company that has been a leader in the gift industry since 1986. BI started as an import company, and in 2001 became the exclusive distributor of Ideal Home Range® (IHR) - the highest quality paper linen and tabletop accessory line imported from Germany. We continue to enjoy this long standing relationship today, and that of our other prestigious “partners” such as Santoro Graphics from Great Britain, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
In 2013, with new owners and a new management team in place, BI launched its' own brand of giftware and increased dynamic partnerships with artists including - The RosanneBeck Collection, Marimekko, and Anne Taintor - to name a few.
We are deeply committed to growing the company’s partnerships with vendors and retailers to develop innovative products of superior quality that celebrate the home. We are driven by our excitement for home and entertaining, and love sharing our collections with the world!
Meet the BI Team:
Angelica Berrie, Partner & Chairman of the Board
Ms. Berrie has been Partner at Boston International since 2008 when she joined the board after 25+ years in the wholesale gift industry. After the death of her husband, giftware icon Russ Berrie, Angelica became Vice-Chair and CEO of Russ Berrie Co., a global gift company known for its teddy bears and RUSS Trolls. In addition to her role as Chairman of the Board at Boston International, Ms. Berrie wears many hats in the industry: she is currently Chairman of Global Nomad, an experiential travel design company based in Hong Kong; and President of The Russell Berrie Foundation, which has made transformational gifts to establish many non-profit organizations.
Pam Metz, Partner & President
Pam Metz joined Boston International in December 2008. Prior to taking the reins at BI, Ms. Metz served as the Vice President of Sales for the company, having accumulated over 20 years of experience in the giftware and decorative accessories market. Prior to joining BI, she was a Vice President of Sales at Russ Berrie Co. (a $320 Million revenue NYSE). During her tenure at Russ, she won numerous awards for sales including #1 Salesperson of the Year. She was the only female field VP of Sales and served as an advisor on the core executive operating committee. Metz has been recognized by the National Association of Female Executives. She participated in the Gift and Home Trade Association and is active in developing executive leadership in the industry through the American Management Association.
Lori Kelly, Vice President of Sales
Ms. Kelly joined Boston International in 2009 as the National Key Accounts Manager, servicing mid-sized to large national accounts throughout the United States. In 2013 her position was expanded to National Sales Manager, and in 2017 she took on the position of Vice President of Sales. She is responsible for motivating a national salesforce of over 125 dynamic representatives. Prior to joining Boston International, Lori founded Party Works, a chain of retail party supply stores. Ms. Kelly spent 25 years developing Party Works into one of the top 5 consumer party goods stores in the USA. In addition to operating Party Works, Ms. Kelly was a speaker for many industry events and consulted in her field as well.
Denise Harley, Vice President of Operations
Denise Harley has been with Boston International since 2007 and has risen quickly to the role of Vice President of Operations. She has been instrumental in streamlining practices that have led to operational improvements and profitability. Denise has over 20 year’s extensive background in Buying, Planning and Product Development with large store chains; Hallmark, Filene’s Basement and Chadwick’s of Boston. Her unique knowledge of retail, catalog, and wholesale industries helps drive sales and manage inventory within the company.