IMC Announces Plans for Second Annual Las Vegas Market CEO Summit in 2014
August 6, 2013 - 2:19pm
On Wednesday, Jan. 29 and Thursday Jan. 30, gift and home furnishings executives will have the opportunity to learn, network and listen to top-notch keynote speakers including Susan Packard, co-founder of HGTV.

The second annual Las Vegas Market CEO Summit has been scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 29, and Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, during the Winter 2014 Las Vegas Market. This executive-level conference for the gift and home furnishings industry will include keynote addresses, panel discussions and presentations, as well as exclusive networking opportunities for participants.

"This executive-level gathering is designed to address critical business issues and provide insights into the issues — and opportunities — across today's gift and home furnishings industries," says Scott Eckman, International Market Center’s Chief Marketing Officer. "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 to date include:

Charles Garcia, former White House aide under George W. Bush and nationwide leader in the Hispanic community, who will address the rising consumer influence of Hispanics in the United States, and suggest how the gift and home furnishings industries can cater to this community in everything from product development to company operations

Vivek Kundra, the first U.S. Chief Information Officer appointed by President Barack Obama, who will speak about proper IT planning for businesses and the role that data will play in the future to transform businesses into worldwide organizations.

Susan Packard, co-founder of HGTV, who will present "Entrepreneurship: How to Create and Build Great Companies," using examples from her own amazing career successes and discussing her best practices experience of entrepreneurship.

Several other speakers are in the process of being confirmed and will be announced soon.

Industry executives who attended the first CEO Summit were glad they made the investment to attend.

"The Inaugural CEO Summit was a great event, and well worth the cost for such a great line up of keynote speakers and session topics relevant to C Level Management,” says Lendell Glassco, President of Paragon. "As a business owner, it was very helpful to hear how other companies in our industry are adapting to constantly changing business conditions. I'm sure everyone came away with an idea or two that can be implemented in their own environment to be more successful."

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