Studio M names Margo Tantau as new director of product innovation
Margo Tantau
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Studio M names Margo Tantau as new director of product innovation

Tantau brings more than 20 years of experience in the home, gift and design industry to the company.


Studio M announced today that creative expert Margo Tantau was hired as its new head of product innovation.

Tantau brings over 20 years of experience in the home, gift, and design industry to the company. In her role as director of product innovation, she will lead the development of creative new concepts for hundreds of new products Studio M releases throughout the year.

"Margo is tapped into current trends and has a wealth of knowledge about manufacturing for the independent retail channel. She'll bring fresh ideas and insights to the table, and I can't wait to see her influence on our product mix. Her eye for unique design and high standard for quality ensure we can continue to offer creative, successful product lines to our retailers each season," Tammy Hickel, executive VP of sales and marketing at Studio M said.

"We're blessed to have Margo join us," Curt Todd, Studio M's CEO said. "She is among the most respected creative experts in the industry. We've turned her loose and I'm excited to see what's in store for our customers."

Before being hired at Studio M, Tantau held creative leadership roles at Creative Co-Op, Madison Park Group, Midwest-CBK, and Hallmark. Alongside Lilla Rogers, Tantau teaches "Creating Collections for Home Décor," part of the popular Make Art that Sells series and has been tapped to create additional online courses. She also has her own creative consulting firm – helping artists, entrepreneurs, and companies develop brand presence, grow business, and more.

"I've been a part of some large companies with long-standing reputations, but Studio M made me feel like I was getting back to my roots. Curt and Sue always stood out to me as fun, hardworking people who appreciate artful product and innovation and really care about their company. The pride they have in their employee family and their dedication to quality product is so evident - you can tell by the tenure of many of the employees that something is going right. Studio M's development team is so collaborative, supportive, and full of ideas. I know together we'll do great things," Tantau said.