IMC's Gift & Home CEO Summit Agenda Finalized
December 31, 2012 - 10:09am
Sessions addressing financing, acquisitions, industry trends and social media will round out the two-day program.

Four new sessions addressing financing, mergers and acquisitions, industry trends and social media strategies have been added to the eight-session slate that will be presented at International Market Center’s inaugural Gift & Home CEO Summit at Las Vegas Market. This first-of-its kind executive-level summit will run concurrently with GIFT+HOME at Las Vegas Market, on Thursday, Jan. 31, and Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at World Market Center Las Vegas.

Financing issues and opportunities will be addressed by Paul Tashima, Managing Director - Corporate Cash Management Group at UBS Financial Services, in “Effective Corporate Cash Investment Management: Capturing Positive Returns in a Zero Interest Rate Environment,” on Thursday, Jan. 31. Tashima will discuss investing in the overnight market and beyond, interest income expectations and Federal Reserve policy.

Industry mergers and acquisitions will be explored in a panel discussion with “Strategic Acquirers in the Industry,” on Jan. 31.  Based on their own past and future experiences, panelists Lance Hart, President of DEMDACO; George Kacic, Vice President of Giftcraft; and John Toler, Vice President of Evergreen Enterprises, will address acquisition strategies, including what to look for in a target company, what metrics are used in the decision to acquire, and how to determine a purchase price.  Randy Eller, President of Eller Enterprises LLC, and conference co-producer, will moderate this Q&A session.

Industry trends and statistical analysis will be examined by Sandow Media on Jan. 31, when Connie Lineberry, Vice President of Marketing, presents “Results of the 2012 Home Accents Today Universe Study” and Warren Shoulberg, Gifts & Decorative Accessories Editorial Director, presents “Gifts & Decorative Accessories’ Trends & Forecast Survey.” The joint presentation will examine shifting market shares, emerging product classifications and the role of online, along with a review of data resulting from the publications’ industry surveys.

Social media opportunities and strategies will be considered by Social Media Consultant Christi Tasker on Feb. 1, in a session titled “Why Social Media Matters + What CEOs Need To Personally Do About It.” In this fast-paced presentation, Tasker will discuss the importance of social media to increase awareness, and how to develop a social media plan and measure its impact.

“The CEO Summit’s eight-session slate brims with valuable information, actionable strategic advice and empowering inspiration,” said conference organizer Randy Eller. “The presenters are all experts and industry veterans at the top of their respective fields.”

A combination of keynote addresses, panel discussions and presentations will cover topics such as the effects of China’s economy and the European economic crisis; preparing a company for sale and exit strategies; estate planning and wealth management; and other issues impacting the U.S. gift and home marketplace.  Previously announced sessions include: keynote addresses by Former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, on Jan. 31, and Former Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, Jr., on Feb. 1; and special presentations, “How Women Are Changing The World, From Politics To The Workplace” by Claire Shipman, best-selling author and senior contributor for ABC News, on Jan. 31, and “Exit Strategies, Mergers & Acquisitions,” by Jim Grien, President of TM Capital, on Feb. 1.

Attendees who register by Jan. 4th, 2013, are invited to an exclusive Meet & Greet breakfast with Robert Reich on Thursday, Jan. 31.

Co-produced by International Market Centers (IMC) and Eller Enterprises, this first-of-its-kind executive-level conference for the gift and home industry, will take place January 31-February 1, 2013, during the Winter 2013 Las Vegas Market.  For more information or to register, visit

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