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Next Generation-NOW Announces High Point Market Launch Party

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The Next Generation-NOW group announced that it will be hosting a Launch Party during High Point Market on Saturday, October 16. This group of future industry leaders has been stirring up great interest, with many eager to participate. Their first event during the August Las Vegas Market saw over 75 future industry leaders in attendance.

The High Point Launch Party will be 6:00–7:00 p.m. in the Coaster showroom at 111 E. Commerce Avenue and will feature networking, complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres to those in attendance. Coaster, a platinum sponsor of Western Home Furnishings Association, is excited by the opportunity to be involved with this up-and-coming group. “I believe this is an excellent opportunity for us to show our support for young executives in the industry. Having been an active member of the YFA for more that 10 years, I know the importance of providing a useful forum for young people who aspire to mature in our industry,” said Larry Furiani, VP dealer relations for Coaster.

The goal of the Next Generation-Now is to provide professional development, networking and hosted forums and give voice to the unique needs of young furniture professionals. Andy Bernstein, owner of FurnitureDealer.net which is a major sponsor of the Next Generation-NOW group said, “The Next Generation-Now group is a great addition to the industry—they are our future customers, are innovative and way cool. We really need to engage the younger generations and excite them in order to keep them coming into our industry. Next Generation-Now is a great way for them to express themselves, learn from others and excite them about the home furnishings industry. I am very excited to be a part of this group and to help move us into the future.”

RSVP for the Next Generation-Now event by calling Cindi Williams at (916) 748-7677 or visiting the group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NextGenNow.

Major sponsor for Next Generation-Now is FurnitureDealer.net. Contributing sponsors include: Aspenhome, Associated Volume Buyers, Coaster Company of America, Emerald Home Furnishings, LaCrosse, Lane Home Furnishings, Pacific Furniture Dealers and Western Home Furnishings Association.

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.

About FurnitureDealer.net: The company operates more than 500 home furnishings websites designed to help consumers find big ticket furniture, mattress, appliance and electronics products online and buy through local retail stores. The company’s clients include 25 of the 150 largest independent furniture retailers in North America and five of the industry’s largest suppliers. FurnitureDealer.net is the premiere Click-to-Store™ expert in the home furnishings industry, helping retailers and manufacturers implement successful multi-channel growth strategies that convert online furniture shoppers into local in-store buyers. FurnitureDealer.net provides world class websites with detailed product catalogs, product content management, search engine optimization, email marketing, sales training and channel integration consulting.

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