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Conference Aims to Educate, Connect Industry Professionals

The International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) will hold its first Summer Summit in Las Vegas from July 27-29, coinciding with the Summer 2018 Las Vegas Market.

The summit, which will host the IFDA’s board of directors and Council of Presidents meetings, is an educational and networking opportunity for professionals in the furnishings and design industry. The Summer 2018 Las Vegas Market runs July 29-Aug. 2.

“We are pleased to be collaborating with the Las Vegas Market for IFDA’s annual strategy meetings of the International Board of Directors and Council of Presidents, as well as two days of programming on the Market campus for our members and guests,” says IFDA President Penny Sikalis. “With IMC’s generosity and the vibrancy of the Market itself, we’re able to bring tremendous value to our constituents and the design community.”

The Summer Summit will offer educational programs to IFDA members and colleagues that will include the latest industry issues, while connecting potential business partners, vendors and fellow professionals. Keynote speaker Mike Peterson, president of Vision Marketing, will lead two business branding workshops on July 28. Networking will continue at IFDA’s gala reception and dinner at the Stratosphere’s “Top of the World.” To register to attend the afternoon and evening events, visit www.ifda.com.

Summit Agenda:

Friday, July 27

  • 2-5 p.m.: IFDA Board of Directors meeting (by invitation)

Saturday, July 28

  • 7:30-8:30 a.m.: Continental breakfast for Board of Directors and Council of Presidents (by invitation)
  • 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Council of Presidents meeting (by invitation)
  • 1-2 p.m.: Lunch – Board of Directors and Council of Presidents (by invitation)
  • 2-4 p.m.: Keynote speaker, Mike Peterson (Open to IFDA members, non-members, guests)
  • 4-6 p.m.: Enjoy market
  • 4-6 p.m.: IFDA Educational Foundation board meeting (by invitation)
  • 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Evening gala at Stratosphere’s Top of the World (Open IFDA members, non-members and guests)

Sunday, July 29

  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: DesignEDGE, IFDA-EF’s educational seminar (Open to IFDA members, non-members and guests)
  • 3-6 p.m.: Enjoy market

The weekend summit will end with the IFDA Educational Foundation’s second annual DesignEDGE, hosted and sponsored by Las Vegas Market. The regional industry summit was created to advance educational and philanthropic activities within the furnishings and design industries. The event begins at 10 a.m. on July 29, with an address by keynote speaker Nolen Niu and will later feature a panel discussion with several leading design, manufacturing and licensing experts. This is Las Vegas Market’s second year as the DesignEDGE keynote sponsor and the first year as host of the event. To register to attend DesignEDGE, visit www.ifdaef.org.

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 2018 Las Vegas Market runs July 29-Aug. 2. For more info, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com.

The International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) welcomes members from every facet of the furnishings and design industry. Members are executives and companies professionally engaged in the design, production, distribution, promotion, communication or education in the furnishings and design and/or related industries. For more info, visit www.ifda.com.

IFDA Educational Foundation is the Association’s non-profit, tax exempt, 501c (3) organization, raising and distributing funds to foster educational activities, as well as, related charitable endeavors to enhance the furnishings and design industries. For more info, visit www.ifdaef.org.

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 info on IMC, visit http://imcenters.com/.

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