Jeff’s death was the result of fall near Mammoth Hot Springs in Wyoming, according to National Park Service officials.
In a statement, IHA president and chief executive officer Phil Brandl said: “On behalf of IHA and the housewares industry, our collective heart goes out to Jeff’s family. He will be missed greatly here at IHA. Jeff was a very intelligent professional, a team player and a warm-hearted, kind person. He was a great friend to all.
“Jeff joined IHA on February 1. Although his tenure as an official IHA staff member was short, Jeff was a long-time member of the association through his work in international sales for more than 20 years, and a familiar face to the global housewares industry.
“Before joining IHA, Jeff served as vice president of international sales at Wilton Brands LLC for more than 13 years, where he presided over a significant global growth for the company. Before that, he was an international sales consultant, working with clients such as Nordic Ware, Progressive International, Home Products International (Homz), Pfaltzgraff, Anchor Hocking Glass and Wilton Brands.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Erica, and children, Collin, 15, and Megan, 11. A Celebration of Life gathering was held July on 8 in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg in Illinois.
A GoFundMe account has been established in Jeff’s name at www.gofundme.com/jeff-murphy-memorial