For the gift and home furnishings industry, the executive-level conference will include keynote addresses, panel discussions and presentations as well as exclusive networking opportunities for participants.
“This gathering is designed to address critical business issues and provide insights and opportunities across today’s gift and home furnishings industries,” said Scott Eckman, chief marketing officer, International Market Centers. “For 2014, the conference content will encompass subjects relevant not only to gift and home décor specifically but also to home furnishings in general. Las Vegas Market is committed to providing a forum that addresses the key topics, including financial, operational and global issues that are of concern to all of our stakeholders.”
Confirmed speakers include Charles Garcia, former White House aide under George W. Bush and a leader in the Hispanic community, who will address the rising consumer influence of Hispanics in the U.S. and suggest how the gift and home furnishings industries can cater to this community; Vivek Kundra, the first U.S. chief information officer appointed by President Barack Obama, who will speak about IT planning for businesses and the role that data will play in the future to transform businesses into worldwide organizations; and Susan Packard, co-founder of HGTV, who will present “Entrepreneurship: How to Create and Build Great Companies,” using examples from her career.
Several other speakers are in the process of being confirmed and will be announced soon.
“No other industry event allows top-level gift and home furnishings industry executives to interact and exchange ideas in an educational and inspirational environment,” said Randy Eller, president, Eller Enterprises. “The quality of the speakers and presentations presents an opportunity for industry executives to address issues that affect their individual businesses as well as the overall world economy.”
The inaugural Las Vegas Market CEO Summit was held in January 2013 at Las Vegas Market, and Eller said the combination of keynote addresses, lively panel discussions and informative presentations was greeted enthusiastically by leading industry executives.