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Summer Las Vegas Market, Gift + Home, Vegas Kids Seminars & Events

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World Market Center reported that  those attending Summer Las Vegas Market, Gift + Home and Vegas Kids, Aug. 2 – 6, will find  robust, educational programming and an incredible variety of activities.

Market officials work constantly to ensure that attendees get the information, ideas and inspiration needed to make smart buying choices and sound business decisions. Diverse programming featuring targeted professional seminars benefit attendees by providing the knowledge and expertise of an impressive roster of business experts and industry icons.

At a glance are just a few of the many expert-led sessions available for this year’s Market attendees:

MONDAY, AUGUST 2:

Vegas Kids:
Kid Wisdom: Essential Insights for Furniture Fun and Profit
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Building C-424
Join Paul Kurnit, owner of KidShop and a recognized world leader in youth marketing, to learn more about the current state of the kids market and how to connect your company's core capabilities to today's opportunities.

Trend Series:
First Look
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Building B, World Forum, 16th floor
Las Vegas Market's First Look new products presentation, which features HGTV's Monica Pedersen and home products/trends editor Julie Smith Vincenti, will offer a tantalizing overview of summer's finest new products. Attendees will experience fast-paced visuals that present new looks in top performing categories, including bedroom furniture, upholstery, accent furniture, lighting, area rugs, wall decor and more. Attendees receive a copy of the companion products guide "First Look Book" (limited quantities available).

Design Series:
Fire and Design for Residential and Commercial Spaces: The Good, the Bad, the Money.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Building C-176
Don't leave money on the table. Get paid for your expertise by making sure your clients knows that you've factored fire safety into your design proposal. 0.2 CEU credits. Sponsored by ASID Central Ca/Nevada chapter.

Gift + Home:
From the Retail Floor: Home Accents Today Retailer Roundtable
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Building C-428
Join Jenny Heinzen York, editor in chief of Home Accents Today, as she takes an in-depth look at new data fresh from the retail floor. This exclusive research about store operations will come to life with the help of a panel of retailers who will weigh in on what’s happening on their own sales floors.

Design Series:
Turning Inspiration into Reality
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Building B, World Forum, 16th floor
Designer and Shabby Chic® brand founder Rachel Ashwell speaks about where she gathers her design inspiration and how she has used it to keep the Shabby Chic® brand moving forward for the past twenty years. Followed by a book signing and reception at the GuildMaster Showroom, Building A, Suite 225.

Trend Series:
Precision Merchandising: Designing and Executing Profitable Visual Narratives
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Building B, World Forum, 16th floor
Learn from visual merchandising and store design expert, Amelia Ellenstein, about how to differentiate yourself as the retailer of choice by creating a unique brand story and an exciting store display that supports it. Get familiar with her unique 1-2-3 system of how to develop a story around your product assortment and then create a compelling store display that communicates these ideas to the guest.

One Good World Series:
SSA Helps Retailers Sell Mattresses by Addressing Consumer Safety & Environmental Concerns
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Building C-1350
Did you know that mattress safety is the female consumers #1 environmental concern? Plan to attend one of four briefings by Special Sleep Association consultant, Vicki Warden, to learn how to sell more mattress products by addressing the safety and environmental concerns of consumers. Get up to speed on terminology, safety issues, and learn how SSA's new Safety & Environmental Program can be applied in your retail operations.

One Good World Series:
Eco Friendly from the Foundation to the Furniture
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Building C-176
Designer Robin Wilson will highlight several design projects including the Kennedy Green House (the private residence of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.), the Good Housekeeping Show house, and other residential projects with eco-friendly design. Plus, tips and information to create an eco-healthy lifestyle with product suggestions and resources used by Robin Wilson Home.


Gift + Home:
Gift + Home Trends That Never Go Out Of Style:
National Gift Expert Robyn Spizman to the Rescue!
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Building C-424
In this fast-paced environment, sometimes it can be hard to keep up. It's nice to know that there are some things you can count on that never go out of style! Join NY Times bestselling author and one of America's foremost gift experts Robyn Spizman (seen often on The Today show and national media) as she shares core trends and secrets of gift giving. Followed by a book-signing and gift giveaways. RSVP to
info@giftandhomelv.com.

Design Series:
Withit Presents: "Meet the Minds in Luxury Residential Interiors:" What's Successful Now in Luxury Residential Interior Design, Challenges & Responsibilities, and What's Coming Next
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Building B, 16th floor, One Six Club
PANEL: Kay Lang, president & CEO of Kay Lang + Associates, Los Angeles CA., internationally recognized designer for 5-star luxury residential properties worldwide, City Center's Mandarin Oriental luxury residences, Ritz Carlton Residential properties. Jennifer Matthews, national publisher, LUXE Interiors + Design Magazine, showcasing fine architecture and design for the affluent reader, with 12 editions nationwide and a combined distribution of over 400,000. Lee Lundquist, designer at Robb & Stucky Interiors, Las Vegas. Robb & Stucky is the largest high-end interior design firm in the U.S., a nationally recognized and award-winning interior design and premier home furnishings retailer. Leigh Mitchell, luxury residential resort consultant, VP of marketing at Dahlgren Duck & Associates, a supplier of turnkey luxury home packages to destinations worldwide. 

Business Survival Series:
Retail Revolution: New World, New Way
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Building B, World Forum, 16th floor
Retail Revolution: New World, New Way is loaded with strategies, tactics, tips and techniques every retailer needs to know. You'll leave with great ideas you'll be able to implement the second you return to your business. Join Rich Kizer & Georganne Bender as they share what it takes to be successful in today's crazy and competitive marketplace.

Reception | Vegas Kids:
Vegas Kids for Grownups Cocktail Party
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Building C, 4th Floor
Youth buyers are invited to enjoy complimentary cocktails and appetizers, as well as find a fun place to relax and network with colleagues.

Reception:
Bright Lights Cocktail Reception
5:00pm - 6.00 PM
Building C-1096
Celebrate the debut of "Illuminated" plus meet and greet with designer Christopher Lowell.

Reception:
Nightly Hospitality Bars on Gift Floors (Monday – Wednesday)
5:00pm - 6:00pm
A3, A4, B3, B4, B5, C5, C6, C7, C8, C9
Nightly hospitality for Gift + Home floors.

Reception:
Network Mixer: It Takes a Community
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Building A-202
Come join the Phillips Collection and five industry associations - WITHIT, the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC), Young Home Furnishings Professionals (YHFP), the Accessories Resource Team (A.R.T.), and the American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) - for conversation, wine, hors d'oeuvres.

Reception:
Alfresco: A Taste of Las Vegas
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Grand Plaza
Las Vegas Market Attendees are invited to sample unique culinary creations from celebrated Las Vegas chefs who will personally oversee the preparation, including celebrity Chef Bradley Ogden. Live cooking demonstrations, rhythmic sounds from a club DJ and scintillating v video montages will provide an ever-changing and intriguing backdrop to a beautiful evening. Restaurants represented include Charlie Palmer Restaurants, Mario Batali's B&B Ristorante, Bradley Ogden, Rao's, Payard Patisserie & Bistro, Restaurant Guy Savoy, Emeril's Fishouse, Sinatra, Botero and Mundo, A Culinary Haute Spot.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 3:

Vegas Kids:
Getting the Most Out of Social Media
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Building C-424
Learn from Lifestyle blogger and social media expert, Katja Presnal, how independent retailers of youth home furnishings can gain competitive advantage through effective social media strategy.

Gift + Home:
Good Housekeeping magazine Gift Forecast
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Building C-428
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Good Housekeeping magazine’s Home, Lifestyle and Gift Guide editor, Sara Lyle, as she explores emerging trends, including seasonal items.

Business Survival Series:
5 Essential Keys to a Great Retail Experience
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Building B, World Forum, 16th floor
The key to retail survival in the coming decade lies in moving from a product-centric to a customer-centric mindset.  A major step towards developing a more customer-centric approach is creating memorable and remarkable customer experiences.  During this session, a panel of design and retail experts will discuss the 5 essential ingredients needed to create an effective retail experience that converts ordinary shoppers into super loyal brand advocates.

One Good World Series:
SSA Helps Retailers Sell Mattresses by Addressing Consumer Safety & Environmental Concerns
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Building C-1350
Did you know that mattress safety is the female consumers #1 environmental concern? Plan to attend one of four briefings by Special Sleep Association consultant, Vicki Warden, to learn how to sell more mattress products by addressing the safety and environmental concerns of consumers. Get up to speed on terminology, safety issues, and learn how SSA's new Safety & Environmental Program can be applied in your retail operations.

Business Survival Series:
If These Products Could Talk
11:00 Am - 12:00 Pm
Building C-424
The best merchandising displays tell a story. Find out how to ensure that yours has a happy ending: a sale to a satisfied customer. Denis Caldora of Caldora lighting Design, the lighting industry's energetic merchandisers, will lead a dynamic presentation about the most compelling approaches to in-store display.

Design Series:
Aiming at Affluence: Marketing Interior Design to Luxury Clients
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Building C-176
Join us as Steve Nobel explores state of the market for Interior Design and looks at the efforts underway to promote the value of design to the affluent population. Ste is C-Founder and Chairman of The Luxury Home Alliance, and sustaining member of The Luxury Marketing Council Worldwide. Luncheon to follow in Jordan Spencer Design Showroom, C-188.

Vegas Kids:
Room for Children: The Exciting State of Children's Design Today
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Building C-428
Design author Susanna Salk used images from her new book "Room for Children" as a launch pad for a lively discussion. Book signing to follow.

One Good World Series:
SSA Helps Retailers Sell Mattresses by Addressing Consumer Safety & Environmental Concerns
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Building C-1350
Did you know that mattress safety is the female consumers #1 environmental concern? Plan to attend one of four briefings by Special Sleep Association consultant, Vicki Warden, to learn how to sell more mattress products by addressing the safety and environmental concerns of consumers. Get up to speed on terminology, safety issues, and learn how SSA's new Safety & Environmental Program can be applied in your retail operations.

One Good World Series:
DESIGNINGreen
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Building B, World Forum, 16th floor
A panel of deeply committed designers will discuss the influence of sustainability on their work and the future of the home furnishings industry. Participating in the SFC DESIGNINGreen Leadership Team, they are campaigning to raise awareness among consumers throughout the home furnishings market.

Design Series:
LVDC, Withit & Van Cleef & Arpels Present Luxury Champagne Tour: City Center Art & Architecture
2.30 PM - 5:00:00 PM
Transportation Terminal, WMCLV Shuttle Area
City Center, opened December 2009, is a 67-acre urban community and an astonishing world destination filled with fine art and spectacular architecture. Properties showcase design by an incomparable group of architects, including Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, RV Architecture led by Rafael Vinoly, Helmut Jahn, Studio Daniel Libeskind, Rockwell Group, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Foster + Partners, and Gensler. City Center Fine Art Collection, the first major collection of contemporary art in Las Vegas to be integrated into public space, features work by 15 internationally renowned artists including Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer, Nancy Rubins, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Frank Stella, Henry Moore, and Richard Long. RSVP to
CityCentertour@wmclv.com.

Business Survival Series:
Building a Brand with Personality
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Building B, World Forum, 16th floor
Every successful business has a personality of its own. Building a brand that showcases that individuality will distinguish your store from the competitor, strengthen the connection with your customers and increase sales. Mary Liz Curtin, co-owner of Leon & Lulu and author of A Shopkeepers Manual will show you examples of great brands, both large and small, and tell you how she and her husband have made their 15,000 square foot lifestyle store a destination in southeastern Michigan.

Gift + Home | Reception:
Gift + Home Launch Party
5:00 PM - 6.30 PM
Building C, Floor 5
Celebrate the launch of our newly expanded Gift + Home temporary exhibits with cocktails, hors d’ouevres, unique surprises and a chance to win special prizes!

Reception:
Alfresco Uber Lounge
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Grand Plaza
Ease your way into the evening with a refreshing beverage and a comfortable seat.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3:

Trend Series:
Ahead of the Curve
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Building C-888
Always "Ahead of the Curve," World Market Center Las Vegas will offer an exclusive preview of next season's hottest home design trends during August Las Vegas Market when Mary McDonald, Darryl Carter and Kishani Perera present their top picks during a live panel discussion. Moderated by Susanna Salk

Business Survival Series:
Intensive Management Training: Morale, Motivation and Measurement
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Building B, World Forum, 16th floor
Most managers feel they should be getting more from their staff, but few know where to begin. The view from above is typically that their people just don’t do what they want them to do, but lack of focus, inconsistent execution, communication breakdowns and inadequate training and measurement are holding many businesses back. This seminar provides step by step instruction for experienced managers on goal setting, monitoring, coaching, daily responsibilities, and maximizing the effectiveness of weekly and monthly meetings.

Design Series:
The Art of Design Awards: Redefining Luxury
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Building C-176
Art of Design Awards: Redefining Luxury. In celebration of Veranda's Art of Design Awards, Las Vegas Design Center will host an exclusive day of events. The event will kick off with a screening of the Art of Design Awards film and a panel discussion on redefining luxury in today's marketplace, moderated by Carolyn Englefield, Veranda Editor-at-Large, Art of Design recipient, Jason Phillips and distinguished designers Roger Thomas, Bobby McAlpine and Suzanne Kasler. RSVP to
rsvp@lasvegasdesigncenter.com.

Design Series:
Safavieh Presentation and Luncheon, "The Art of Designer Rugs"
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Building A-101
Please join Safavieh for lunch and an exclusive presentation by designer Suzanne Kasley of her new rug collection for Safavieh Couture. Stop by to view the newest trends in area rug colors, weaves and patterns from the company's design partners: Kasler, Thomas O'Brien, David Easton, Jamie Drake, Thom Filicia and more. Presentation to begin at 12:30 with light lunch to follow.

Gift + Home:
Create Award Winning Window Displays on a Budget
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Building C-424
This fast-paced session promises to deliver hands-on inspiration ideas to help you create impactful window displays that will help you attract more customers and sell more products! Don't miss our speaker, Patricia Norins, publisher of Gift Shop magazine as she shows you real world merchandising examples from retailers across the country.

Design Series:
Accents: Versatility & Vitality
1:00 PM - 10:00 AM
Building C-176
This course will detail rising trends in the design and manufacturer of accents, as well as the importance of accents to the design plan. RSVP today, seating is limited! 702-436-4444. Presented by the Ethan Allen Interior Design Affiliate Program.
www.ethanallen.com/trade.  IDCEC approved CEU class: 0.1 CEU credit.

One Good World Series:
One Good Chair International Design Competition: minimize/MAXIMIZE
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Building B, World View on Sixteen
Lance Hosey, competition organizer, will moderate a discussion and slide show of all notable submissions for the 3rd Annual One Good Chair Competition, including a preview of the finalists work. Followed by an open-air cocktail reception on the Sky Terrace.

 


One Good World Series:
SSA Helps Retailers Sell Mattresses by Addressing Consumer Safety & Environmental Concerns
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Building C-1350
Did you know that mattress safety is the female consumers #1 environmental concern? Plan to attend one of four briefings by Special Sleep Association consultant, Vicki Warden, to learn how to sell more mattress products by addressing the safety and environmental concerns of consumers. Get up to speed on terminology, safety issues, and learn how SSA's new Safety & Environmental Program can be applied in your retail operations.

Reception:
Lodge Living Reception
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Building C, Floor 13
The Lodge Living tradition continues with this bi-annual co-mingling of Lodge Living fans.

Reception:
Alfresco Uber Lounge
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Grand Plaza
Ease your way into the evening with a refreshing beverage and a comfortable seat.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4:

One Good World Series:
GREENLeaders
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Building C-424
GREENleaders, in partnership with ASID Central CA/NV, is the industry's first certified sustainability training and the most comprehensive training program available in green home furnishings, providing designers, manufacturers, reps, and retailers with the knowledge and credentials to become experts in sustainability. This is a 6-hour program   with more than 150 certified graduates to date. Worth 6 CEU's.  Fee-based. To register:
admin@sustainablefurnsihings.org

Design Series:
New Media Day: Design Bloggers - Building a Community of Design
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Building B, World Forum, 16th floor
Moderated by Julia Noran and Sophie Donalson of Editor-at-Large, this panel discussion features five of the top design bloggers in the U.S. and abroad will explore how new media is changing the interior design industry. Panelists will take questions from the audience via Twitter tweets. Featuring Jackie Von Tobel, Julia Noran, Editor-at-Large, Sophie Donalson, Editor-at-Large, Tobi Fairley, designer, Ronda Carman, All the Best Portfolio and Brad Ford, Design Therapy and Laura Day.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 6:

Design Series:
First Friday at LVDC; Divas of Design, The Great Lady Decorators 1870 To 1955
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Building C-176
Lecture and book signing with Adam Lewis on the Great Lady Decorators: The Women Who Defined Interior Design 1870-1955. The first book to fully survey the complete history on the subject of the legendary lady designers. Featuring among others Elsie de Wolfe, Dorothy Draper, Frances Elkins, Syrie Maugham and Mrs. Henry Parish II (Sister).

Attendees can tailor their Market experience online by visiting the newly launched websites to create a custom profile and to get news and information tailored to their needs.  Additional event information is available at www.lasvegasmarket.com/events.

Las Vegas Market will be held August 2-6, 2010, accompanied by the launch the new Gift + HomeTM and Vegas KidsTM.  For a list of additional events scheduled, visit the online website www.LasVegasMarket.com. Attendees can book discounted rooms online now at www.LasVegasMarket.com.

About World Market Center Las Vegas: World Market Center Las Vegas is an integrated home and hospitality contract furnishings showroom and trade complex. The state-of-the-art campus showcases furniture, decorative accessories, gift, lighting, area rugs, home textiles and related segments, as well as the Las Vegas Design Center open daily to consumers and designers. World Market Center currently hosts the biannual Las Vegas MarketTM, the preeminent total home market along with INSPIREDESIGNTM, Gift + HomeTM and Vegas KidsTM. For more information on World Market Center Las Vegas and its shows, visit www.wmclv.com. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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