Exciting Design Industry Events at the ICFA Market

August 25, 2012

The speaker and event line-up was just announced for this year’s International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market™ at the Chicago Merchandise Mart. The show is chock-full of educational, informational and entertaining opportunities for national and Chicago interior design professionals.

The event, which will take place September 20-23, will include a special keynote presentation featuring John Gidding from HGTV’s Curb Appeal, many prominent editors representing national, consumer home and garden news outlets and free educational and networking events and opportunities for attendees.

The keynote presentation takes place the first day of the event, at 3 pm Central, and Giddings will speak on current design trends, enhancing outdoor spaces, the importance of curb appeal and how to improve outdoor design.

New to this year’s show is the Consumer Media Panel Session, which features editors from top national consumer publications (like Better Homes & Gardens, Veranda, Coastal Living and others), sharing their expertise on a variety of topics, including outdoor room design, outdoor furniture and accessory trends and more.

Networking events like the “First Time Attendee Welcome Gathering” and “Market Welcome Party” give show-goers a unique opportunity to meet and share ideas with fellow industry professionals.

Two exciting educational opportunities will allow attendees to learn how to better market their businesses, with the “Five Budget-Friendly Ways to Refresh, Revitalize & Renovate Your Patio Store NOW!” seminar and “Proven Social Media Success for Home Furnishings Businesses” panel discussion.

The show also includes two awards programs. In the ICFA Awards Reception, the Design Excellence Category Award winners and the Lillian B. Winchester “Best of Show” Award, ICFA Sales Representative of the Year Award and Manufacturer of the Year Award will be presented. In the Apollo Awards Banquet, influential contributions by industry leaders will be celebrated.

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