The Next Generation-NOW (NGN) group reported that it had another successful market by providing the next generation of the industry education and networking opportunities.
Early Monday morning, the group gathered in the Retailer Resource Center for hot waffles before enjoying a great panel discussion on operating a business with multiple generations. Panelists from Royal Furniture and Ivan Smith Furniture shared their ideas and experiences of working within multi-generational family businesses.
Tuesday evening, NGN hosted their Market “Bash” in the One-six Club and saw a record number in attendance, 28 percent higher than their Summer Market event. Sponsored by Coaster, the highlight of the evening was the craps gaming tables where NGN members could learn this game of chance while networking with each other. “The NGN Bash was a huge hit, with many new faces showing up. Our goals for the event were to network, be social and have fun—and we accomplished all three. It was the best Bash yet,” said NGN Events Chair Sara Wedding, FurnitureDealer.net. “Thank you to our Bash sponsor Coaster, which allowed us to bring in a DJ and craps tables. Also a big thanks to Ashley Furniture for giving away a trip to the 2013 HFIC—it was the highlight of the night!”
Next Generation-NOW raffled off an all-expense paid trip for two, sponsored by Ashley Furniture, to the 2013 Home Furnishings Industry Conference in New Orleans, June 2-4. NGN Member Matthew Rosso, Rosso’s Furniture, Gilroy, CA, was the winner of the free trip and said, “It isn’t often that retailers, especially the next generation of retailers, get a chance to convene and network with each other. I am very excited to attend the HFIC and have the opportunity to network and learn from my peers. I can hardly wait… but I guess I will have to!”
The next NGN Huddle is scheduled for February 27, 12 PST, and will focus on creating a successful bedding gallery. To attend, visit the NGN Social Hub on www.ngnow.org and start watching. Attendees can then send their own questions to the panelist via the site.
With the continued excitement for this group growing, the advisory committee has created committees to get more members participating. If you are interested in joining a committee, or want to learn more about the Next Generation-NOW event, 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. It is a hosted community of the National and Western Home Furnishings Association. For more information, visit www.ngnow.org
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