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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd

1:00 pm

Golf (Optional)
Shuttle departs from front of hotel

Sponsored by TUUCI

1:00 pm

Retail Store Tour: (Optional)
Departure from front of hotel

Bacon's Furniture

4:00 pm-6:30 pm

Registration
Plaza Ballroom Foyer

6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Cocktails
The Lawn

7:30 pm

Dinner on Your Own
 

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast
Plaza Ballroom III & VI

Sponsored by AmericasMart

8:30 am - 8:35 am

Welcome
Plaza Ballroom I

Norman Hamilton & Nicole Crews, Casual Living

8:35 am - 9:40 am

Keynote Speaker: The Sky is Not the Limit – You Are
Plaza Ballroom I

Bob Davies
Bob Davies, well-known motivational speaker and former head coach and researcher at California Institute of Technology, knows all about peak performance and what it takes to win. In his keynote, "The Sky is Not the Limit – You Are," Davies will share his playbook for peak performance and winning.

9:40 am - 10:30 am

Speaker: Life Stages & the Changing Consumer
Plaza Ballroom I

Maxine Lauer, Sphere Trending
Nationally known for her expertise as a speaker and trend consultant, Lauer will drill down into the topic of Life Stage demographics and the changing consumer and will show you how a better understanding of these topics can help your business soar.

10:30 am - 10:45 am

Break
Plaza Ballroom Foyer

Sponsored by Pride Family Brands

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

All-Star Retail Panel: Success Strategies & Best Practices for Every Retailer
Plaza Ballroom I

Four of the nation's leading home furnishings retailers reveal why their approach to – and success in – the outdoor arena has been anything but casual.
Bernard Sensale, Fortunoff Backyard Stores
Doug Sanicola, Outdoor Elegance
Keith Koenig, City Furniture
Kyle Johansen, HOM Furniture

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch
Plaza Ballroom III & VI

Sponsored by Treasure Garden

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Speaker
Plaza Ballroom I

Jerry Epperson, Mann, Armistead & Epperson, Ltd.
Industry guru Jerry Epperson will share his latest industry facts and figures regarding many of the key drivers to the home furnishings segment such as housing, unemployment, consumer confidence and much more.

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Speaker: Social Networking, Shopping & Decision-Making Online
Plaza Ballroom I

Jim Jansen, Pew Research
Jim Jansen's fact-based statistical presentation will cut through much of the anecdotal information about how consumers shop online and use social media and present you with a real-world understanding of these trends and what they can mean to your business.

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Break
Plaza Ballroom Foyer

Sponsored by Pride Family Brands

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Speaker: Social Media, Sky-High Traffic and You
Plaza Ballroom I

Robert Williams, Gallery Furniture
Top 100 furniture retailer Gallery Furniture is known for astronomical sales per square foot and for social media campaigns that are second to none. Williams will share successful social media strategies that have taken the retailer's sales through the roof.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Panel: The Sky's the Limit – Issues and Answers
Plaza Ballroom I

Four industry icons weigh in on the segment's most challenging issues including the future of early buys, price hikes, quick-shipments, tight credit, brick versus click and more.
Steve Lowsky, Pride Family Brands
Doug Peppler, Agio
Ashley Nolen, Leader's Casual Furniture
Petey Fleischut, Casual Marketplace

4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Free Time

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Cocktails
The Healing Garden

Sponsored by Agio

7:30 pm

Awards Dinner
Plaza Ballroom I

Retailer of the Year – To be announced 1/2/12
Supplier of the Year – To be announced 1/2/12
Sponsored by MMPI

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24th

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast
Ca' d'Zan Bar

Sponsored by Telescope Casual

8:30 am - 9:15 am

Speaker: Heating Up Your Sales with Hot New Materials
Plaza Ballroom I

Tiffany Vasilchik, Material ConneXion
Tiffany Vasilchik, the vice president of business development for Material ConneXion, will take you inside one of the world's largest collections of advanced, innovative and sustainable materials and processes to show you how hot new materials can fire up your sales.

9:15 am - 10:15 am

Category Growth Panel: Lighting, Grills, Accessories & Seasonal
Plaza Ballroom I

Four heads-up retailers will share how they've padded profitability by adding new categories to their mix.
Mary Fruehauf, Fruehauf's Patio & Garden Center
Ajay Gupta, Housewarmings Outdoor
Greg Martin, Kolo Collection
Bill Bacon, Bacon's Furniture

10:15 am - 10:30 am

Break
Plaza Ballroom Foyer

Sponsored by Pride Family Brands

10:30 am - 11:00 am

The Sky's The Limit: You Tell Us How High!
Plaza Ballroom I

Everyone knows that if you come away from a conference with just one good idea, you've invested your time wisely. For our wrap-up session we are going to solicit our attendees to share their best take-away ideas. We will make a list of the group's best actionable ideas to give you plenty of food for thought.

11:00 am

Wrap Up and Adjourn
Plaza Ballroom I