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WithIt’s WOW Awards Move to World Market Center Las Vegas' January Show

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Article Summary: WOW Awards nomination deadline is Aug. 20; reception, dinner and awards ceremony set for Sunday, January 27, 2013


WithIt announced that it will honor exemplary home furnishings professionals and businesses during its newly scheduled WOW Awards, which are set for Sunday, January 27, 2013, at World Market Center Las Vegas, an International Market Centers property.

With the dynamic Las Vegas cityscape as backdrop, the prestigious WOW Awards will honor the commitment, achievement, leadership potential and service of home furnishings leaders. A total of five awards will be bestowed, plus the highly anticipated President’s Award.

“WithIt is pleased to add new excitement to our acclaimed WOW Awards,” explains WithIt 2012 President Julia Rosien, SocialNorth.com. “By moving the program to coincide with the Las Vegas Market, we recognize our association’s growth in the Western region, as well as the opportunity to reach new audiences by aligning with a bustling international market.”

“World Market Center is pleased to host the 2013 WOW Awards,” says Robert Maricich, chief executive officer of International Market Centers. “Our leading campus is a fitting stage for honoring individuals who foster leadership development in all industry-related fields and at all career levels.”

Previously, the WOW Awards winners were announced during a dinner and ceremony at WithIt’s annual professional conference. In lieu of a 2012 presentation, the annual education conference, to run Aug. 14-16 in Raleigh, NC, will offer “Life is a Highway,” a Las Vegas-themed networking reception, dinner and silent auction.

Both WithIt members and non-members can nominate an industry professional or business for the following awards:

LEGACY AWARD: For a woman of achievement who has made significant lifetime contributions to the home furnishings industry

MENTORING AWARD: For an executive or organization that has fostered advocacy, development or promotion of women in their company

EDUCATION AWARD: For an executive or company that has developed programs to educate associates, retailers or consumers about home furnishings

LEADERSHIP AWARD: For a woman 40 or over who has demonstrated successful leadership in her company, in WithIt, and/or in the home furnishings industry.

FUTURE LEADER AWARD: For a woman 40 or under who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and the potential to become an industry leader

The deadline for nominations is Aug. 20. For more information, including the nomination form, visit www.withit.org.

About WithIt: WithIt was formed in 1997 for women in the home and furnishings industries in order to support their multi-dimensional career paths. It’s a not-for-profit network based in North Carolina and supported by companies such as Leggett & Platt, Broyhill and International Market Centers. Its main purpose is to encourage and develop leadership, mentoring, education and networking opportunity for professional women in the home and furnishings industries. www.WithIt.org.

About World Market Center Las Vegas: World Market Center Las Vegas is an integrated home and hospitality contract furnishings showroom and trade complex. The campus showcases furniture, decorative accessories, gift, lighting, area rugs, home textiles and related segments, as well as the Las Vegas Design Center open daily to consumers and designers. For more information on World Market Center Las Vegas and its trade shows including the bi-annual Las Vegas Market and Gift+Home, visit www.wmclv.com.

World Market Center Las Vegas is a property of International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC), the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. International Market Centers owns and operates 11.5 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, NC, and Las Vegas. IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. For more information about IMC, visit imcenters.com.

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