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Next Generation-NOW Hosts Breakfast, Retailer Panel Discussion and Bash During Las Vegas Market

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The Next Generation-NOW (NGN) group will host three events during the Winter Las Vegas Market: a networking breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by an educational Retailer Panel Discussion on Monday, January 28 and the NGN Bash, on Tuesday, January 29.

The Retailer Panel Discussion on Monday morning, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the RRC, C-496, will focus on Multiple Generations = Many Opportunities. Panelists from Royal Furniture and Ivan Smith Furniture will share their ideas and experiences of working within multi-generational family businesses. All attendees are invited to enjoy a hot waffle breakfast at 8 a.m. prior to the panel discussion. “The panel discussion features a great team of successful retailers, who have also been longtime friends. The discussion will focus around family business practices and the importance of industry relationships,” said NGN Education Committee Chair Amy Schmidt. “These third generation storeowners will share all of their successes, and stumbles, of running their family businesses. It will be a great discussion for anyone who is involved in a family business!”

The semi-annual NGN Bash will be held on Tuesday from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in the One-Six Club on the 16th Floor of Building B. Sponsored by Coaster, the NGN Bash will have attendees “rolling the dice” while networking, enjoying hors d’oeurves and drinks. This year’s Bash has been extended to give all attendees plenty of time to enjoy the Casino Night festivities and build new industry connections. “The NGN committee has been hard at work planning this bash and doing some things we've never done before. We wanted to take this event to a whole new level!” said NGN Event Committee Chair Sara Wedding. “We went all out with bringing in a DJ, having games and giving away one of three all-expense paid trips to the 2013 HFIC.”

During each NGN event, participants have the opportunity to drop off their business cards and be entered to win one of three all-expense paid trips to the 2013 Home Furnishings Industry Conference, June 2-4 in New Orleans, LA. "We are so grateful to have Ashley Furniture Industries committed to this group as well as the Home Furnishings Industry Conference,” added Alex Macias, NGN Marketing Committee Chair. “As our benefactor sponsor, Ashley clearly understands the connection between the Next Generation-NOW group and the next generation of their customers. Ensuring that NGN members attend industry education and have the opportunity to network with top 100 retailers is essential to their future and the future of their business. Ashley's generous backing will allow young professionals to immerse themselves much earlier and easier."

Next Generation-NOW is a hosted community of the National and Western Home Furnishings Association. To sign-up for Next Generation-NOW, visit http://tinyurl.com/NGNsignup. For more information, visit www.ngnow.org.

About Next Generation-NOW: Next Generation-NOW is a community of young, passionate and curious home furnishings professionals that are the future of the home furnishings industry. Working together, this community will develop the next group of industry leaders through educational events, social networking and guidance and give a voice to the unique needs of future generations in the furniture industry. For more information, visit www.ngnow.org.

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