All conference events will be held at:
Four Seasons Resort Orlando
10100 Dream Tree Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32836
Retail Store Tour
Bill McLoughlin, Furniture Today
Are you ready for the Ubertrends?
Innovation speaker and futurist Michael Tchong, founder of MacWEEK, CyberAtlas and ICONOCAST will share his insights on the types of sociological and psychographic disruptions that are reinventing today’s marketplace. Author of the upcoming book Ubertrends, Tchong will explore the tsunami-like changes currently reshaping humanity’s values and changing the way people work, live and shop.
Sponsored by MicroD
Now, New, Next: What trends retailers need to know about the transformation of the hard goods landscape
Attendees will get an exclusive first look at new insights into the furniture industry that build on trends revealed in the company’s recent Now, New, Next trends report detailing what’s currently impacting this space—and how brands can reach their best customers to build lasting, loyal connections.
Amazon Talks Furniture
Amazon.com has fundamentally transformed shopping patterns and changed the lifestyles of today’s consumer. To find out what the e-commerce giant has planned in the furniture space and to understand exactly what that means for your business—retail or manufacturer—you won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind presentation.
LEADERSHIP SESSION: View from the Top Retail CEO’s Reveal their Biggest Challenges…and how they deal with them
A panel of leading retail furniture CEOs will discuss the critical issues facing the industry. And who better to lead the discussion than a fellow CEO. This all retail panel –both panelists and moderator—will provide in-depth insights into the changes facing the furniture industry and the people who will shape its future.
Moderator: Lee Goodman
LEADERSHIP SESSION: Owning your Culture Leadership in a Changing Marketplace
Chad Spencer, Dufresne Spencer Group
With a focus on visionary leadership, Chad Spencer has made DSG the largest and fastest growing Ashley Furniture licensee and created a culture of achievement. A dynamic leader who has doubled the size of his company and tripled its store count in a 14-month period, Spencer will motivate and educate.
MARKET INSIGHT SESSION: Owning the ‘Experience’ Inside the Store Consumers Can’t Wait to Shop
Connie Post, Affordable Design Solutions
Retail design strategist, author and trend translator Connie Post is leading a wave of design innovation across the furniture retail community with forward-looking projects at clients that include Furniture Row, HOM, Brown Squirrel, Cardi’s, Coconis and many more. See what tomorrow’s stores look like, today, in this dynamic, eye-popping presentation.
Gene Marks is a columnist, author, and small business owner. Gene writes daily for The Washington Post focusing on issues affecting the business community. He also writes weekly columns for Forbes, Inc. Maga zine, Fox Business, The Huffington Post, and Entrepreneur.com. Gene has authored six books on business management and frequently appears on FOX Business, FOX News and CNBC discussing matters affecting the business community as a small business expert.
Catherine Silver, Furniture Today
MARKET INSIGHT SESSION: Unlocking the Future of Consumer-Centric Retail
The Internet has forever changed the relationship between consumer and retailer. Unprecedented choice and convenience, the ability to shop anytime from anywhere and the chance to share that experience with family, friends and the globe—instantly—have put consumers squarely in charge of their shopping journey. What will tomorrow’s best retail operations look like? How can you best position your business to complete the customer sales journey? Get three unique, distinct and forward looking answers to these and other questions about the future of retail.
OWNING YOUR MARKET: Thriving in a World of Giants
Innovative ideas often begin, not with corporate giants, but with independent thinkers and operators. Furniture Today will bring together some of the most creative small and mid-sized retail stores to discuss innovative, outside-the-box approaches to, not just surviving, but thriving in a rapidly changing retail marketplace.
Wrap Up & Adjourn
Bill McLoughlin, Furniture Today