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IMC Seminar Series for Fall High Point Market

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International Market Centers announced that the High Point Seminar series presented by the International Market Centers will include an impressive slate of top designers, style editors, bloggers and other industry thought leaders discussing subjects ranging from design trends to brand-building.

The seminar series will take place Saturday, Oct. 13 through Tuesday, Oct. 16. All seminars are held in the IHFC Ballroom A on the 11th floor of the Green Wing. Reservations are recommended or required, as detailed below.


Modern Meets Traditional: Candice Olson and Ann Maine

Noon — 1 p.m.
IHFC, Green Wing, 11th Floor, Ballroom A

Join Candice Olson, major design personality and HGTV star, and Ann Maine, editor in chief of Traditional Home magazine, as they discuss key design and color trends and Olson’s new collection of upholstery and case goods for Highland House.

Since the launch of her No. 1-rated TV show, “Divine Design,” in 2002, Candice Olson has become one of North America’s most loved and recognized design personalities, offering her unique advice while taking viewers through a behind-the-scenes look at the design process. In 2011, Candice debuted her new series,” Candice Tells All,” on HGTV and W Network. With a new format and a cast of real-life artisans, Candice again sets the bar for design shows. In addition, as the creator of numerous product lines for the home, Candice enjoys sharing her signature style with multitudes of retail shoppers.

Editor in Chief Ann Maine has been directing the evolution of Traditional Home magazine since 2002. With editorial offices in New York and Des Moines, Iowa, Ann and her team create fresh, engaging content that captures the union of timeless deign with modern living, inspiring design lovers to reinterpret classic elegance in a thoroughly modern, personal way. In 2011, Ann directed the successful launch of TRADhommag, a new online magazine, in collaboration with Lonny.

Sponsored by IFDA Carolinas Chapter and IMC. $20 fee includes lunch. Seating will be limited and advance registration is recommended. Reservation is secured upon receipt of payment. E-mail lchastain@imcenters.com to request a credit card authorization.


Bootstrapping Your Brand in a Challenged Economy

7:30 — 9 a.m.
IHFC, Green Wing, 11th Floor, Ballroom A

The likelihood of an entrepreneur securing venture capital in this economy is roughly equivalent to getting struck by lightning while standing at the bottom of a swimming pool on a sunny day. Does this mean there’s no hope? Not at all! Moderated by Julia Rosien, president of WithIt and founder and chief idea officer of SocialNorth, a social media strategist firm, this session features two individuals who have built powerhouse brands — designers Kathy Ireland and Angelo Surmelis. In this session, Kathy and Angelo will discuss how to go beyond surviving to thriving. Topics include forecasting from the bottom up, focusing on each battle instead of the whole war, and working with startup-minded people.

Once a supermodel, Kathy Ireland today is recognized as a world-class “super-mogul.” Founded in 1993, kathy ireland Worldwide is a global design and marketing firm dedicated to “finding solutions for families, especially busy moms,” “finding solutions for people in love,” and “finding solutions for people in business.” License Global Magazine names kathy ireland Worldwide as the 25th most-powerful licensed brand globally, with annual retail sales of $1.9 billion.

Growing up in a family with limited means, Angelo Surmelis went into design to help people create their own dream homes without breaking the bank. During his career, Angelo has appeared on more than 10 design-related TV series and specials on networks such as TLC, Lifetime, Style and HGTV. He also has appeared on “The Today Show,” CNN, “Tyra” and countless morning shows. His home furnishings collection — angelo:Home — is built around quality, value and ease, with hand-crafted details and no-fuss assembly.

Sponsored by WithIt and IMC. Breakfast and seminar are free of charge. Reservations are required. E-mail lchastain@imcenters.com or www.withit.org.


Style Spotters Live!

9 — 10 a.m.
IHFC, Green Wing, 11th Floor, Ballroom A

Enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast as four High Point Market Style Spotters share their favorite looks and on-trend products found at the High Point Market. The Style Spotters are a select group of trendsetters who each market highlight their favorite products and top trends from High Point Market exhibitors on the Pinterest website. Market attendees also participate by voting on the pinboards and products, generating “likes” or re-pinning.

At this special breakfast event, the Style Spotters sharing their views on the latest home fashion trends include: Gretchen Aubuchon, founder and editor in chief of Fashion + Decor, a website that takes looks from the fashion runways and pairs them with a match in home decor; Cassandra LaValle, editor of the popular lifestyle blog coco+kelley, named one of 50 Best Design Blogs by the London Times; Julia Buckingham Edelmann, an interior designer with two Chicago showrooms and one of the renowned Material Girls bloggers; and Stacy Naquin, a Louisiana-based interior designer known for her unique combination of modern glamour, timeless design and current trends.

Sponsored by the High Point Market Authority and IMC. Breakfast and seminar are free of charge. Reservations are required. E-mail lchastain@imcenters.com.

Pure Home and International Market Centers Present: Turning the Table on Showrooming

Barry Abraham, sales and marketing strategist and entrepreneur
Noon – 1:00pm
IHFC, Green Wing, 11th Floor Ballroom B
Complimentary box lunch provided, Reservations not required

Visit www.ihfc.com for more information about this seminar series and other market highlights.

About International Market Centers: International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC) is the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. IMC owns and operates 11.5 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C. and Las Vegas. IMC buildings in High Point include International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC), Showplace, Showplace West, 200/320/330 N. Hamilton, Market Square & Suites, Market Square Tower, Plaza Suites, Furniture Plaza, National Furniture Mart, Hamilton Market and 300 S. Main Street.

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 on IMC, visit imcenters.com.

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