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Las Vegas Market Announces Partnerships with 50+ Leading Retail & Trade Groups

Furniture World News Desk on 12/30/2019

International Market Centers (IMC) announced that two new member-based organizations – Oriental Rug Importers Association (ORIA) and National Alliance of Floral Associations (NAFA) – will be among more than 50 industry partnerships for Winter 2020 Las Vegas Market, running Jan. 26 – Jan. 30, 2020. Las Vegas Market offers a host of special programming, tours, educational opportunities, networking events and other membership activities for retail and trade organizations from across the globe.

“Las Vegas Market welcomes the industry’s top trade and retail organizations to Market,” said Dorothy Belshaw, IMC chief marketing and digital officer. “As the leading home furnishings and gift market in the western U.S., Las Vegas Market is an ideal platform to connect these professionals with the suppliers, products and resources they need to be successful now and in the future.”

The Oriental Rug Importers Association is a national trade association formed in 1958 to develop ethical business practices and promote the best interests of the Oriental Rug Trade in the United States and in countries that produce oriental rugs. ORIA membership includes more than 65 leading United States-based importers, wholesalers and manufacturers of area rugs and oriental carpets whose products sell at retail in all of the 50 states. During Market, ORIA will hold its annual breakfast meeting.

The National Alliance of Floral Associations brings together leaders of the American botanical industry to learn, network, and better service their florist members through programs, training and benefits. This winter, NAFA will hold its board meeting at Las Vegas Market.

“Las Vegas Market will be a great benefit for those attending the meeting,” said Adam Havrilla, president of NAFA. “Not only will the individuals be able to take advantage of being at Las Vegas Market, they will be able to go back to their states and share the benefits of the Market with their membership. The Market provides wonderful shopping opportunities to sustain businesses.”

In addition to partnership with new associations, Las Vegas Market will introduce a first-time cooperation with Giftbeat magazine to host an at-Market networking reception for its reporting stores. In addition to this members-only event, publisher Erica Kirkland will present Turning 2020 Trends into Year-Round Profits with veteran retailers Christie Manry of Elam’s Hallmark (San Diego, CA) and Deborah Breither of Elly’s Gifts (Emerald Isle, NC) from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Additionally, for the first time at Winter Market, Business of Design is holding its Business of Design™ Conference | Jan 2020 a two-day conference providing interior designers, decorators, stagers, architects and stylists with a blueprint for a successful design practice. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, and Sunday, Jan. 26. Information and registration is available at https://businessofdesign.com/events/business-of-design-conference-january-2020/.

Gift and Non-Profit Retail Associations Host At-Market Networking and Educational Events

Las Vegas Market again will host its popular Non-Profit Retail Symposium “Lunch & Learn” Panel Discussion in collaboration with three major non-profit industry associations - Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals (AHVRP), Museum Store Association (MSA) and Zoo, Aquarium and Garden Buyers Group (ZAG) - from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26. Existing and prospective association members and vendors are welcome to network with non-profit retail experts from across the country. Those interested can RSVP at http://imcenters.nprsllpdlvmjan20.sgizmo.com/s3/.

Additional returning associations and their events include: Rise and Shine Breakfast with Purchasing Power Plus; and Museum Store Association’s Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting and its national board meeting.

Home Furnishings and Interior Design Association Events Planned for Winter Market

Gail Doby Coaching and Consulting will be presenting How to Achieve Great Financial Results & Keep Your Sanity from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26. In the seminar, Doby provides the answers on how to build your business, grow your bottom line and maintain your sanity.

Additionally, Kevin Htain, member of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP) board of directors and IDENTITY HOME staging+design, will present How Home Staging and Interior Design Businesses can be Blended from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28. During the session, Htain will discuss the similarities and differences between home staging services and interior design, how the goals and business operations differ, and how to receive more information to establish a successful staging business.

Other related association events include the 30th annual FMG Symposium and TRIB Group’s sixth annual Think Tank.

New and Returning Industry Affiliates

To support its ongoing partnership initiatives, Las Vegas Market is developing events and activities customized to the specific needs of each of the 50+ partnership organizations participating in Winter 2020 Las Vegas Market. The full roster of Market industry partners include: Accessories Resource Team (ART); American Institute of Architects, Nevada Chapter (AIA); American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD); American Society of Interior Designers (ASID); American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA); Association for Health Care Volunteer Resource Professionals (AHVRP); Black Artists + Designers Guild (BADG); Black Interior Designers Network (BIDN); BrandSource; Business of Design - Kim Seldon; Cantrex Nationwide (CXN); Casual Classics Furniture Group LLC. (CCG); Contemporary Design Group (CDG); CRAFT Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow (CRAFT); Decorative Furnishings Association (DFA); Fair Trade Federation (FTF); Furniture First; Furniture Leaders; Furniture Marketing Group (FMG); Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting; GC Buying Group (GC); Gift and Home Trade Association (GHTA); Good Toy Group (TGTG); Home Furnishings Association (HFA); Home Staging & ReDesign Association (HRSA); HTI Buying Group (HTI); Independent College Bookstore Association (ICBA); Interior Design Society (IDS); International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP); International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA); International Interior Design Association - Southwest Chapter (IIFA SW); MAI Retailers (MAI); MEGA Canada (MEGA); Munce Group; Museum Store Association, Inc. (MSA); National Alliance of Floral Associations (NAFA); National Kitchen and Bath Association - Mountain Chapter (NKBA); Nationwide Marketing Group (NMG); NEWH: The Hospitality Industry Network - NV Chapter (NEWH NV); Oriental Rug Importers Association (ORIA); Pacific Furniture Dealers (PFD); Palmer Marketing; The Parable Group; PLATIN Latin American Alliance (PLATIN); PRESENTer Network; Purchasing Power Plus (PPP); Real Deals on Home Décor; Real Estate Staging Association (RESA); Real Local Florists (RLF); The Rental Industry Buying Group (TRIB); Sierra Pacific Crafts (SPC); Sociedad Mexicana de Interioristas AC (SMI); South West Buying Group (SWBG); Spa Industry Association (SIA); Wild Birds Unlimited (WBU); and Zoo, Aquarium & Garden Buyers Group (ZAG). For more details, visit: https://www.lasvegasmarket.com/about/industry-partners.


About Las Vegas Market: Las Vegas Market is the leading home furnishings and gift market in the western U.S., presenting 4,300+ furniture, home décor and gift resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of furniture, home décor and gift lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. The Winter 2020 Las Vegas Market runs Jan. 26 – Jan. 30, 2020, at World Market Center Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com.

About International Market Centers: International Market Centers (IMC) is the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for furniture, gift, home décor, rug, and apparel industries. International Market Centers owns and operates nearly 20 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C., Las Vegas and Atlanta. IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furniture, gift, home décor, rug, and apparel industries. For more information, visit https://www.imcenters.com/.