Apr 11, 2023
Gift for Life names Industry Achievement Award recipients

Jannetta and Todd Litzman
Jannetta and Todd Litzman

Todd and Jannetta Litzman will receive the 2023 Gift for Life Industry Achievement Award on June 21 in Dallas.

Gift for Life’s Industry Achievement Award recognizes overall excellence and contribution to the gift and home industry, whether as a thought leader, standard-bearer or overall industry influencer.

“I cannot think of more deserving recipients of Gift for Life’s Industry Achievement Award,” said Ari Lowenstein, chair of the Gift for Life board. “Todd and Jannetta are trailblazers. They have served the gift and home industries for more than 25 years and pioneered much of the technology that forms the foundation of our wholesale ecosystem today. Their continuous and dedicated engagement with agencies, reps, brands and buyers alike is reflected in the tools they’ve built to support all stakeholders involved in the sales process. Everyone in our industry has been touched by their work and benefited from their many contributions.”

Jannetta Litzman is the EVP of Finance and HR for MarketTime and former co-founder and CFO of Brandwise, Inc. Her career started in the telecom industry as an executive with AT&T in sales and marketing. After earning her master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Denver, she took the plunge into entrepreneurialism when she started a Home Décor and Accent Furniture Showroom. While attending numerous trade shows as a buyer, she identified a technology gap in the wholesale gift and home industries. As a result, she and her husband and business partner, Todd Litzman, co-founded Showroom Solutions, which later came to be known as Brandwise, Inc. Prior to its acquisition by MarketTime, Brandwise was the largest SaaS provider for the wholesale gift and home industry for more than 25 years. In addition to her corporate roles, Jannetta also served for 12 years on the Gift for Life board.

Todd Litzman has more than 30 years of experience owning, managing and operating technology companies. Todd was a co-founder, president and CEO of Brandwise/Showroom Solutions before selling Brandwise to MarketTime in 2021. Currently, as president of MarketTime, Todd is intimately involved in working with customers to ensure that the software and services meet needs, and that the customer success team continues to provide extraordinary service. He has always been very involved with the industry and was previously the president and chairman of the Gift and Home Trade Association (GHTA) Board and now serves as a general board member and has served on other boards across the various industries that MarketTime serves.

“We are honored to be nominated by the Gift for Life board for this most coveted industry award,” said the Litzmans. “When we created our technology company to help this industry, we had no idea how deeply we would connect with our customers and how much our technology would positively impact their business and personal lives. It is this sense of purpose and responsibility that drives our team forward every day. Throughout our 25-year journey, we have made so many lifelong friends and special memories. We humbly accept this award and celebrate it with all our team members, business partners, customers and industry friends who have supported us throughout the years.”

The 2023 Gift for Life Industry Achievement Award will be presented to Todd and Jannetta Litzman at the 72nd Annual Retailer Excellence Awards on June 21 at The Southside Music Hall at Gilley’s Dallas. Donations in celebration of Todd and Jannetta Litzman will benefit World Central Kitchen’s worldwide crisis-related hunger relief efforts. Donate here.

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