JAY SPAULDING, FOUNDER OF HBA, IS DEAD AT 61
Byline: Faye Brookman
NEW YORK — Jay Spaulding, founder of the Exclusively HBA trade show, was killed last week in a six-story fall from an atrium platform in the 900 North Michigan Mall in Chicago.
A Chicago police spokeswoman said Spaulding’s death on Jan. 3 is being investigated as an apparent suicide. Spaulding, 61, founded the Exclusively HBA show seven years ago as a way for retailers from all trade mass market classes to be exposed to new health and beauty care products. Trade shows were mostly one trade channel specific such as the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Marketplace convention.
This year’s Exclusively HBA show will go on as scheduled Feb. 19 and 20 at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, according to show administrator Jerry Buza.
Spaulding had also headed the National Association of Service Merchandisers and the National Housewares Manufacturers Association.
Spaulding is survived by his wife, Adrena.