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World Market Center Las Vegas Offers Stellar Lineup of Educational and Design-centric Seminars at Winter 2012 Las Vegas Market

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World Market Center Las Vegas announced that it will present an exciting lineup of complimentary educational seminars during the upcoming Winter 2012 Las Vegas Market, Jan. 30 – Feb. 3, 2012.

Winter 2012 Las Vegas Market will feature thought leaders in all corners of the furniture, design and business worlds. Retailers will benefit from new ideas and best practices in powerful selling and marketing techniques and a distinguished panel discussion highlighting the latest in eco-friendly options. Designers will be delighted and inspired with insights from influencers in the interiors, antique, and even the Hollywood art community. Plus, style setters and trend forecasters will share the hottest finds at LVM and predictions for the coming seasons.

 “Savvy retailers and designers looking to enhance their business with the latest trends and sales strategies will have to look no further than Winter Market in Las Vegas. We’re dedicated to providing relevant and practical content that retailers can take back with them and apply to grow their business and perspective,” said Robert Maricich, chief executive officer of International Market Centers, parent company of World Market Center Las Vegas.

 A sampling of what is on tap for retailers and designers all week long:

FIRST LOOK
Mon., Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. World Forum, Building B, 16th Floor.

Join HGTV’s Monica Pedersen and home furnishings trend expert Julie Smith Vincenti as they dish about everything hot for the upcoming season during Las Vegas Market’s First Look. Fast-paced and highly-visual, they will divulge the newest looks in bedroom and accent furniture, upholstery, lighting, area rugs, wall décor and more. Noteworthy designs from Gift+Home and Vegas Kids also will be featured. The companion products guide will be given to attendees to help them fast track to the latest trends at Market (while supplies last).

LUXEECO AND ONE GOOD WORLD
Mon., Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. World Forum, Building B, 16th Floor

Join Luxe Interiors+Design Magazine editor Pamela Jaccarino as she interviews a panel of Sustainable Furnishings Council’s distinguished DESIGNINGreen Leaders including Lori Dennis and Randall Whitehead, as well as SFC president, Jeff Hiller during “LuxeEco and One Good World: Designing the Future.” Building on studies showing that affluent consumers have increased concern for environmental issues and are particularly proactive in their shopping choices, Luxe is launching LuxeEco in May, a special edition focused on eco-friendly options.  Learn from these illustrious designers how they use tools such as Las Vegas Market's One Good Guide to find vendors and products that serve their needs, and how you can too, no matter what sector of the market you serve.

INFLUENTIAL WOMEN IN THE HOME & DESIGN INDUSTRY
Mon., Jan. 30 at 3 p.m. World Forum, Building B, 16th Floor
Presented by Libby Langdon, Lori Dennis & Julia Rosien

Social media, sustainability, community-building blogs and mid-stream career changes have altered the fortunes of many home furnishings professionals and brands. WithIt has invited four home industry leaders to share their successes in what promises to be an informative and spirited discussion. Interior designer and sustainability expert Lori Dennis; celebrity interior designer and TV host Kelli Ellis; Mod Mom Furniture owner and product designer Kiersten Hathcock; and social marketing strategist Julia Rosien will engage in a timely and topical discussion, and ultimately empower attendees to become leaders in their companies.

Tastemaker Spotlight: Behind the Scenes at Winter Market
Tues., Jan. 31 at 9 a.m. Building C, Suite C-176

Hear from one of the leading sources for beautiful surroundings and living well, Luxe Interiors+Design Magazine editor-in-chief Pamela Jaccarino, along with one of America’s most celebrated interior designers Anthony Baratta of Diamond Baratta Design. In this dynamic presentation entitled “Tastemaker Spotlight: Behind the Scenes at Winter Market,” they will reveal their favorite pieces from Winter Las Vegas Market, discuss what their readers and clients are looking for today, as well as smart strategies for shopping market and much more. The highly-visual seminar by two American tastemakers will be followed by a period for questions and answers.

SUPERIOR RETAIL SELLING: 6 POWERFUL PRINCIPLES OF INFLUENCE
Tues., Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. World Forum, Building B, 16th Floor
Presented by Jeff Hiller

Three years of economic turmoil have unsettled the market while big box, mass discounters, flash sale sites and others have drained sales from traditional retail. This seminar provides valuable perspective on key industry trends and ammunition for retailers to connect, convince and close more customers. Specific, practical recommendations are based on the ground-breaking career work of three researchers identifying common drivers of consumer behavior, translated into actions furniture retailers can train their staff to turn the tide.

DESIGN ICON: JAMIE DRAKE
Wed., Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. Building C, Suite C-176

The Design Icon Award recognizes an interior or furniture designer who has made a significant contribution to the industry. The award celebrates modern-day design legends and gives them a platform to share their stories and inspire others. Drake’s bold, colorful and significant designs, along with his recognition in the industry, make him very deserving of such an accolade. Drake’s other acknowledgements include the IFDA New York Circle of Excellence for Interior Design and the Andrew Martin International Designer of the Year. His work has been widely published in top-tier media outlets, including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, The New York Times and Interior Design, and he has appeared on Bloomberg TV, CNN and HGTV over the years.

MARKETING IN THE NEW WORLD TO THE WORLD
Wed., Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. Building C, Suite C-176

This presentation by Houzz.com Chief Executive Officer Adi Tatarko showcases how mobile, local and social technologies are revolutionizing the way design professionals connect and communicate with clients and prospective clients. Houzz, a hot new website and app, is helping every facet of the design industry easily tap the power of next-gen tools to gain greater exposure, acquire new business locally and beyond borders, collaborate more effectively with clients and much, much more.

DESIGNS ON FILM: A CENTURY OF HOLLYWOOD ART DIRECTION
Wed., Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. Building C, Suite C-176

Author and interior designer Cathy Whitlock will preview her book “Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction.” Her book surveys the history of production design and set decoration, highlighting the beautiful marriage of cinema and design. Followed by a book signing and meet and greet.

ANTIQUES IN MODERN ROOMS
Wed., Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. Building C, Suite C-176

Presented by interior designer, scholar and author Thomas Jayne, this presentation discusses how he integrates antiques into contemporary environments and modern settings. Jayne will show examples of his own work and share how his own background in traditional decoration and classical design helped shape his approach to working on present day rooms. Lecture to be followed by a book signing featuring Jayne's recent book, “The Finest Rooms in America: 50 Influential Interiors from the 18th century to the Present,” his selection of the best American rooms covering a range of periods and styles.

In addition, a first-time buyer’s orientation will be available Jan. 30 and 31 to help new-to-market attendees maximize buying time and inform them about the many resources, destinations, seminars and events that Las Vegas Market has to offer. The seminar will take place at 10 a.m. both days in Building C, Suite C-368.

Retailers and design professionals who attend Las Vegas Market are encouraged to take part in these exclusive design programs and valuable networking opportunities designed to keep them connected, energized and inspired. All events are complimentary. A full listing of all Winter 2012 Las Vegas Market seminars is available at LasVegasMarket.com/events.

Winter 2012 Las Vegas Market attendees will also enjoy an array of amenities available to attendees include free Wi-Fi on campus, complimentary shuttle to/from host hotels, free parking in multi-level onsite parking garage, fully-equipped Internet lounges and convenient café and food kiosks.

To register for Las Vegas Market and to book hotels as low as $39 a night, please visit 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 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. For more information on World Market Center Las Vegas and its trade shows including the bi-annual Las Vegas Market and Gift+Home, visit www.wmclv.com. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

World Market Center Las Vegas is a property of 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 11.5 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 information on IMC, visit imcenters.com

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