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Next Generation-NOW Hosts Successful Launch Party

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Next Generation Party in Las Vegas

Next Generation-NOW hosted its kick-off party during the recent Las Vegas Market and saw over 75 future industry leaders in attendance. The party took place in the World Market Center’s One Six Club, and the group enjoyed networking while taking in views of Las Vegas, and enjoying food and drinks.

Participants of the original Next Generation group, formed over 25 years ago, were also on hand to share stories about their experiences within the group. Originally formed as a group to help younger generations transfer into the family business, the original members of the Next Generation group formed strong ties and friendships and hoped the younger generation would do the same.

While the group of future leaders met, they also discussed future endeavors the group would be making. These endeavors include the use of social networking platforms, educational events, mentoring and another party during the October High Point Market. The participants of Next Generation-NOW will have the chance to co-create and lead the direction of this group.

Future industry leaders in attendance represented the following companies: AAA Home Center, Aspenhome, Banner Furniture, Black’s Home Furnishings, Blackers, Brand Source, Coaster, Del Sol Furniture, Erickson Furniture, Furniture Today, FurnitureDealer.net, Gates Home Furnishings, Green Tara Designs, Grey Suit Retail, Griffith Furniture, Hamilton Group Home Furnishings Business, Imagine Advertising, Johnson Furniture, Lane, Michael Alan Furnishings, Natural Curiosities, Plymouth Furniture, R&A Marketing, Rafael Kushick Designs, Richardson’s Furniture, Roby’s, Rudolph’s Furniture, Sam’s Furniture, Truckskin, Western Home Furnishings Association, Western Retailer magazine, Whipsmart Creative, Zems Inc., and Zenith Global.

Next Generations-Now’s major sponsor is FurnitureDealer.net. Other sponsors include: Aspenhome, Associated Volume Buyers, Emerald Home Furnishings, Lane Home Furnishings, Pacific Furniture Dealers and the WHFA.

If you were unable to attend the Next Generation-NOW kick-off event and are interested in participating in the group, please contact the WHFA office at (916) 784-7677. Photos of the event can be found at: http://bit.ly/d5GxEs or on the WHFA website at www.WHFA.org.

About Next Generation-NOW: Next Generation-NOW is a community of young, passionate and vibrant home furnishings professionals that are the future of the home furnishings industry. Working together, this community will develop the next group of industry leaders through educational events, social networking and guidance and give a voice to the unique needs of future generations in the furniture industry.

About the WHFA : The Western Home Furnishings Association (WHFA) is the largest affiliate of the NHFA, representing more than 1,000 independent home furnishings retailers in more than 2,400 stores in 12 western states.

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