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Las Vegas Market Announces Lineup of Seminars and Events for Summer Market

Furniture World News Desk on 6/5/2019

Las Vegas Market announced a comprehensive lineup of programming for 2019 Summer Las Vegas Market, offering buyers, designers and retailers opportunities to connect with peers, become educated on the latest industry trends and earn CEU credits. Summer Market runs July 28 – Aug. 1, 2019. (Note: A complete schedule of seminars and events is available at https://www.lasvegasmarket.com/plan/event-seminar-landing.

“Las Vegas Market is delighted to provide industry professionals, buyers, designers and innovators an assortment of seminars and events for Summer Market,” said Dorothy Belshaw, executive vice president, chief marketing and digital officer for International Market Centers. “As the leading home furnishings and gift market in the western U.S., Las Vegas Market offers an expansive roster of interactive, educational and influential programming that includes thought-leading sessions, industry celebrations and special networking opportunities.”

Summer event highlights include the 2019 Las Vegas Market CEO Summit; the ninth annual “Up On the Roof” fundraiser benefiting Gift for Life; the fifth annual ANDYZ Design Awards; Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Awards presented by Great American Publications; and the debut of “Lean In and Lift Up,” sponsored by Progressive Business Media - Home Furnishings Publications. Notable among the market’s 20+ educational highlights are the proprietary FIRST LOOK product and trends program; and home furnishings trend forecasting program Ahead of the Curve.

Trend forecasting takes center stage this summer

Summer Market trend programming includes Las Vegas Market’s proprietary FIRST LOOK product and trends program which will highlight furniture, home décor and gift product introductions in curated displays located throughout campus, in an educational seminar and with two related showroom tours. Along with the best new-to-market products, FIRST LOOK curator and editor Julie Smith Vincenti will share both macro and micro trends and present “2020 Vision,” a 10-hue directional color palette. The seminar, which is tailored to the needs of today’s cross-category buyers, lifestyle stores and interior designers, will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, July 29; with the related showrooms tours on Monday (home) and Tuesday (gift).

Las Vegas Market’s Ahead of the Curve trend forecasting session returns in partnership with Luxe Interiors + Design on Monday, July 29, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Designers Marie Flanigan, Britany Simon, Aimee Wertepny, and Denise Morrison will share their insights and opinions about the hottest new directions and designs in home furnishings in an intimate and engaging panel discussion moderated by Kathryn Given, senior design and market editor for Luxe Interiors + Design.

Another exclusive trend presentation, “Best of the West in Life & Style,” features a panel of taste-making influencers and designers including Nicole Salceda, founder of Eye for Pretty; Stephanie Holdaway, owner of Gatehouse No. 1 Furniture & Interior Design; Erica Bryen, owner of Erica Bryen Design; Shay Geyer, owner and designer at IBB Design Fine Furnishings, and Hilde Leiaghat, designer and retailer of Pom Home. The panel, which is co-sponsored by REstyleSOURCE, will be moderated by Nathan Turner of Nathan Turner Inc. and held from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 28.

Other trend-focused sessions include: Sherwin-Williams Colormix® Forecast 2020 from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, July 29; Designing Spaces for Healthy Families, in partnership with Casual Living, moderated by Jennifer Bringle, editor-in-chief of Casual Living, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 28; the Staging Association Panel Discussion from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30; and The 3D Design Workflow, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31.

Special events include networking receptions and exclusive industry awards

Summer Market will feature an exclusive slate of networking receptions and industry award events. Highlights include the debut of “Lean In and Lift Up,” a celebration of successful women and the mentors who believed in them, sponsored by Progressive Business Media - Home Furnishings Publications, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Sunday, July 28.

Industry award events include the ninth annual “Up On the Roof” fundraiser benefiting Gift for Life from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 29; the fifth annual ANDYZ Design Awards from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 28; and the third annual Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Awards from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 28.

Other special events include the return of a late-night Cash & Carry Shopping Event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 29, in DISCOVERIES: The Antique Vintage Marketplace in Pavilion 1; the Malouf Foundation Forging Freedom Industry Event to help raise funds to protect children, from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. on Monday, July 29; and the return of the Non-Profit Retail Networking Reception, in collaboration with the Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resources Professionals (AHVRP), Fair Trade Federation (FTF), Museum Store Association (MSA) and Zoo & Aquarium Buyers Group (ZAG from 5 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 28.

Educational sessions address business issues and opportunities

Las Vegas Market will present a high-powered educational conference for industry leaders including CEOs, owners, presidents and C-level sponsored attendees. The 2019 Las Vegas Market CEO Summit, which is designed to address and provide insight into the critical issues facing industry leaders today, will be from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30. The event includes keynote presentations from four of the nation’s leading minds in global business, innovation and economics: Honorable Gary F. Locke, Dr. Evan A. Feigenbaum, Stephen Shapiro and Ben Stein. Breakfast, lunch and a cocktail reception will be included along with time to network with presenters, sponsors and attendees.

Las Vegas Market also will feature more than 20 educational sessions, including Entertaining in Style with Nathan Turner, featuring designer and author Nathan Turner and editor-in-chief of Domino Magazine, Jessica Romm Perez, from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 29; Retail Titans & Innovators, co-sponsored by Furniture Today, with Ron Robinson, Chris Cooley, Tara Riceberg and Bill McLoughlin as moderator, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday, July 29; Stargazing: Retail’s Best & Brightest, co-sponsored by Home Accents Today, with Bradley Priest, Jonathan Tuff, Jamie Bernal, Ted Kennedy Watson, Shay Geyer and Thomas Lester, from 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday, July 28; Protect Independent Stores with Retail Leadership with Chris Solt, Colleen Higginbotham, David Whitaker and Michael Davis, from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 28; Home Staging - How to Successfully and Strategically Add to Your Business, with Jennie Norris, ASPM® , IAHSP® Premier, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Monday, July 29; Fair Trade - Setting a Legitimate Ethical Standard for Business with Chris Solt from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday, July 29; “Learn and Earn” Buyer Breakfast Roundtable, presented with partnering trade associations, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 30; The Nuts and Bolts of Editorial Photography – West Coast Edition, co-sponsored by The Media Matters Inc. and California Home + Design, with Kathy Wall, Michael Walters, Karyn Millet and Lindsey Shook, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30; Cosagach: The Next Fresh Concept in Design with Lisa Kahn from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30; and Top 10 Musts for Top Home Staging & ReDesign Businesses with Jana Uselton from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31.

Industry experts explore Las Vegas Market product categories with guided tours

Some of the industry’s best and brightest will bring concepts to life with guided product tours this summer. Tours include: Top Museum Store Product Tour with Museums & More, led by managing editor Sam Ujvary, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 29; Taste & Tour with Domino Magazine featuring Jessica Romm Perez from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 29; the FIRST LOOK Tour – Home Furnishings with Julie Smith Vincenti, Nine Muses Media, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, July 29; Meet the Makers Tour – Experience the Creativity with Lenise Willis, editor-in-chief of Gifts and Decorative Accessories, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 29; the FIRST LOOK tour – Gift & Lifestyle with Julie Smith Vincenti from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 30; and Soft Design Lab Red Carpet Experience, led by Deb Barrett and Jackie Von Tobel, from Saturday, July 27 through Tuesday, July 30.

Las Vegas Market offers assortment of amenities

Las Vegas Market offers a range of buyer amenities to enhance the overall shopping experience. Highlights include fully-equipped lounges for buyers and designers and a dedicated International Buyers Lounge. Onsite hospitality includes morning “grab-and-go” breakfasts Sunday through Wednesday in the Courtyard and The Pavilions; complimentary “Happy Hour” bars in the afternoon and cocktails in the Grand Plaza Courtyard in the evening; and nightly entertainment and after-parties at various nightclubs. Las Vegas Market also offers a campus shuttle and complimentary shuttle to/from host hotels; paid onsite valet parking; buyers’ lounges; mothers’ lounges; and convenient café and food kiosks.

Additionally, Las Vegas Market’s digital platform offers buyers, designers and market attendees a way to make preparation easier and more efficient. With the Las Vegas Market website and app, marketgoers can use the Exhibitor Directory to search by company name or by keywords to explore a robust catalog of exhibitors and their products. Market Planner tools also allow attendees to create and customize their preferred exhibitor and product lists, as well as access their Scan & Go QR code during registration. Comprehensive building floor plans, registration details, and tips for attending market are also available through both the website and app.

More about Las Vegas Market: Las Vegas Market is the nation’s fastest growing gift and home décor market and the leading furniture marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 4,000+ gift, home décor and furniture resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of gift, furniture and home décor lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. The Summer 2019 Las Vegas Market runs July 28 – Aug. 1, 2019. For more information, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com.

More about International Market Centers, L.P.: Las Vegas Market is produced by 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 12.2 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C. 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 on IMC, visit http://imcenters.com/.