News: Stimulating Lineup of Seminars on Tap for Retailers and Designers at Winter 2013 Las Vegas Market


LAS VEGAS - Five days of compelling seminars and special programs will be among the highlights at the upcoming Winter Las Vegas Market, January 28-February 1, 2013. The diverse assortment of complimentary educational events and CEU-accredited seminars created specifically for retailers, design professionals and other registered market attendees, offer up-to-the-minute information to help industry professionals better manage, grow and market their businesses.

Seminar highlights include the always popular First Look program which is an entertaining, fast-paced look at the hottest new product introductions debuting at Market week, recognition of Alexa Hampton as the the 2013 Design Icon Award recipient, successful ingredients to building a customer-centric culture, current social media best practices, winning visual merchandising and store displays, the melding of fashion and home décor influences, a trend forecast for the interiors industry, an inspiring presentation from the global authority on color, Pantone, and much more.

"Winter's Las Vegas Market will feature experts that span the realm of home furnishings, gift, merchandising, design, technology, fashion, social media, and business management, bringing market attendees a wealth of fresh ideas as well as best practices," said Dana Andrew, vice president of global marketing and communications for International Market Centers, parent company of Las Vegas Market. "These expert-led sessions are designed to spark creativity and give our attendees valuable new strategies to help their business flourish in 2013 and beyond."

Seminars take place throughout the entire week of Market, Jan. 28- Feb. 1. In all, there are nearly 50 seminars open to all Market attendees including seminars sponsored by WHFA in the Retailer Resource Center (C-496). Some of the not-to-be-missed presentations include:



Mon., Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. World Forum, 16th floor of Building B

HGTV's Monica Pederson and home trends editor Julie Smith Vincenti offer a tantalizing overview of Winter 2013's best new products. The duo will reveal the newest looks in bedroom & accent furniture, upholstery, floor covering, home décor and more in a highly visual presentation. The companion products guide will help attendees find the latest trends at Market. Plus, First Look is now on Pinterest. Visit Las Vegas Market's Pinterest account at .1CEU


Mon., Jan. 28 at 11:30 a.m. Building C, C176

As brands in the home space continue to invest in communicating with designers, consumers and others through social media, how is meaningful engagement achieved? This 40-minute session will focus on modern storytelling and the importance of developing unique multimedia content to share your brand story online. Data, proof-points and best-in-class examples will cover social mediums, including Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. This session is a hands-on tutorial with self-assessments for attendees to evaluate and improve their brands' social portfolios. You will come away with an understanding of what you need to do with your social portfolio in 2013. .1 CEU


Mon., Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. Building C, C176

Designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd, best known for her extraordinary use of color and one of New York's most influential interior designers, will reveal insights on how fashion influences interior design. Join Boyd as she focuses on how creative expressions on the runway are interpreted into product and room design. Followed by a meet and greet in the LMS Design Group Showroom. .1 CEU


Mon., Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. Building C, C352

Learn about social media through a retailer's eyes and examine actual social media marketing efforts from specialty gift shop buyers. Compiled from a survey of Museums & More's retail buyer audience, Kimberly Warren Baker will reveal some of the tricks of successful social media marketing campaigns used in actual gift shops. She'll take a look at what worked - and what didn't - and how retailers are using social media to increase traffic in their stores while building a loyal customer base.



Tues., Jan. 29 at 9:30 a.m. Building C, C176

In order to create magic in the market place, colors coax and cajole, sooth or astonish, renew and replenish. Simultaneously, the need for practicality continues so it is critical to know which colors have staying power. Join Laurie Pressman, VP Pantone Color Institute, as she reveals the skillfully balanced color palettes that will be key to enticing the consumer or client. Plus, get an inside view into the selection of Pantone's 2013 Color of the Year from the global authority on color. .1 CEU

Thom Filicia, SFC DESIGNINGreen Leader, Discusses AMERICAN BEAUTY

Tues., Jan. 29 at 11 a.m. Building C, C176

Join SFC DESIGNINGreen Leader Thom Filicia as he discusses his new book, AMERICAN BEAUTY, with SFC Executive Director Susan Inglis. The conversation will cover the influence of best practices for sustainability on his work and for the future of the furnishings and design industry. See illustrations from the book of the difference it makes to choose US manufacturers, reclaimed materials, etc, and ask your own questions. Followed by a book signing and lunch in the Safavieh showroom, A101. .1 CEU


Tues., Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. Building C, C176

DwellStudio Founder & Creative Director Christiane Lemieux will present design trends on outdoor living, and walk through the design process of creating DwellStudio's first all outdoor collection. Reception to follow at the Robert Allen | Beacon Hill showroom. .1 CEU



Wed., Jan. 30 at 9 a.m. Building B, World Forum, 16th Floor

The Fast Forward presentation by Greg Dunlop, IIDA, ASID, Global Commercial Director of WGSN-Homebuildlife, focuses on key trends forecasted for the interiors industry. These macro trends are influenced by consumer insights and creative intelligence from the interior, fashion, and consumer product markets. Attendees will learn about the three key macro trends for the 2014 season, followed by a review of color and material forecasts for 2014. This learning opportunity focuses on how these trends influence style and decor for home furnishings products ranging from furniture, textiles, materials, tabletop, and decorative accessories. The future view of 2014 will provide designers and manufacturers with inspiration and creative insight to meet the needs of their clients in the years to come. .1 CEU


Wed., Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. Building C, C176

Internationally renowned interior designer Alexa Hampton is the 2013 Design Icon award recipient. The Design Icon award celebrates modern day design legends and provides an exclusive platform to share their stories and inspirations. Hampton joins the ranks of past Design Icons, including Juan Montoya, Vicente Wolf, Roger Thomas, Vladimir Kagan, Larry Laslo, Christopher Harrison, and Jamie Drake. Join us as Hampton takes us through her journey that spans from her beginnings as an interior design student to author, mother, product designer, visionary and President of one of the most prestigious American interior design firms, Mark Hampton LLC. The presentation will be followed by a book signing and trunk show featuring Alexa's newest fabric & trim collection with decorative fabric & furnishings manufacturer Kravet. .1 CEU


Wed., Jan 30 at 2 p.m. Building C, C352

In this exclusive presentation, Harlan Kent, CEO of Yankee Candle, will share experiences and insights from "going undercover" on the Emmy winning TV show Undercover Boss. Yankee Candle, with retail sales over $1B, and representation in 40,000 stores worldwide, is a fast growing and dynamic company with 6,000 employees. Kent will share the profound insights he learned from seeing his company from a very different perspective as a front line worker in the company's stores and manufacturing facility. The key message is how to ask the right questions to unlock the power, and most importantly, the passion of your employees. The key ingredients for a successful business are brand, customer service, talented employees and, above all, positive attitudes. Kent's lessons are applicable to all businesses of all sizes.


New Customer Service Expectations in 2013: 7 Business Multipliers that You Need to Know!

Thurs., Jan. 31 at 1pm

The face of customer service is changing. In many ways, it's in the fingers of the customers. Customer service is one of the few ways to separate you from your competition. What are you doing to modernize your customer service and give your customers the experience they are expecting? In this session, Anne Obarsky will educate retailers on how to multiply your brand through impressions, connections you must maintain to multiply the strongest customer relationships, three sales techniques your staff must master to see sales really multiply, and the most important expectations your customers may secretly want but never tell you.



Fri., Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. Building C, C176

Atlanta based Interior Designer, Kerry M. Howard, offers up a step-by-step guide on designing timeless interiors via the tools to navigate through a successful design. From wall colors and accessories to furniture and lighting, Kerry always educates and entertain, so you will not want to miss this exciting event. Kerry was featured on Bravo TV's 2010 Top Design show, and most recently, on HGTV's Design Wars. He resides in Atlanta, GA, and owns the residential design firm, KMH Interiors. .1 CEU


Fri., Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. Building C, C176

Fandeck is a new, powerful industry-leading tool for designers, manufacturers and retailers. Learn how Fandeck streamlines the design process by providing access to your design library and mood boards anytime, anywhere. Fandeck is your 24-hour virtual assistant and an essential designer's tool. Following the seminar, attendees can enter for a chance to win one of two year-long Fandeck memberships, providing free advertising for your interior design business and many of the Fandeck tools and features.

A full listing of all Winter 2013 Las Vegas Market seminars is available at Attendees also enjoy an array of amenities including free Wi-Fi on campus, complimentary shuttle to/from host hotels, free parking in multi-level onsite parking garage, fully-equipped Internet lounges and convenient café and food kiosks.

Register by December 6, 2012 to take advantage of early bird hotel accommodations. Rates start at $39/night for nearby downtown hotel properties and $50/night for Las Vegas Strip properties, with complimentary shuttle service to and from partnering hotels. To book a hotel, visit or contact Connections Housing toll free at 855.255.4462 or 702.476.6976.

Coinciding with the Winter Las Vegas Market is a first-of-its-kind Gift + Home CEO Summit featuring keynote addresses, panel discussions and other topical presentations, January 31-February 1, 2013. Co-produced by International Market Centers (IMC) and Eller Enterprises, Gift + Home CEO Summit offers executive-directed content that will address global effects of the Chinese economy and Euro crisis, preparing a company for sale/exit strategies, building corporate culture, estate planning and wealth management and other topical issues impacting the U.S. gift and home marketplace. Information and registration is available online at

About Las Vegas Market and International Market Centers, L.P. Las Vegas Market is an international furnishings showcase that combines style, inspiration and productivity in an unrivaled, world-class destination. Situated on World Market Center Las Vegas' state-of-the-art campus, Las Vegas Market features a comprehensive array of new product from thousands of leading manufacturers and lines in furniture, mattress, lighting, decorative accessories, floor coverings, home textiles and more-delivering Today's Total Marketplace. Retailers and designers can shop product offerings from trend-setters in all home furnishings categories as well as benefit from complimentary educational, networking and hospitality events. With two markets each year, Las Vegas Market is the only major home furnishings market in the western U.S. offering a unique cross-section of suppliers and buyers spanning the home furnishings, décor and gift industries. For more information, visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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, 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

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