Held September 27 – October 1, 2021

Held 9/27 – 10/1

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A Wealth of Knowledge & Experience

Andrew Dent, PhD

Executive Vice President, Research
Material ConneXion

Dr. Andrew Dent, EVP of Materials Research at Material ConneXion and Chief Material Scientist at SANDOW, is known for his integrated approach to problem solving. He has worked in both academia and industry at Cambridge University, Rolls Royce, the U.S. Navy, NASA, and the British Ministry of Defense.

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Dr. Andrew Dent, EVP of Materials Research at Material ConneXion and Chief Material Scientist at SANDOW, is known for his integrated approach to problem solving. He has worked in both academia and industry at Cambridge University, Rolls Royce, the U.S. Navy, NASA, and the British Ministry of Defense.

For over 20 years Andrew has helped clients from start-ups and Fortune 500 companies take their products and spaces to the next level through innovative material selection and a unique cross-industry perspective.

Co-author of the Material Innovation book series published by Thames & Hudson, and a frequent speaker on sustainable material strategies at events such as TEDxGrandRapids and TEDNYC, Dr. Dent is ever ready to solve design problems with unexpected material solutions.

Joe Derochowski

The NPD Group Vice President, Industry Advisor – Home
The NPD Group, Inc.

Joe Derochowski follows behavioral trends on a wide variety of categories, developing a unique perspective on what consumers do and why they do it. Driven by this insight and his own passion, Derochowski has been helping manufacturers and retailers identify opportunities for growth for the past 30 years, from product innovation to new marketing and merchandising opportunities.

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Joe Derochowski follows behavioral trends on a wide variety of categories, developing a unique perspective on what consumers do and why they do it. Driven by this insight and his own passion, Derochowski has been helping manufacturers and retailers identify opportunities for growth for the past 30 years, from product innovation to new marketing and merchandising opportunities. His background in all facets of business gives him the ability to connect the dots between the consumer and the marketplace, and help companies understand today’s trends while anticipating future demands.

In addition to working closely with manufacturers and retailers throughout the home industry, Derochowski is a frequent speaker at industry conferences where his combined consumer and industry-driven approach drives the insights he provides. He is also regularly quoted in both trade and national media publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, CNBC, HomeWorld Business and HBS Dealer.

Prior to his tenure at The NPD Group, Derochowski has experience working for General Motors Parts, AT&T, Procter & Gamble and Nielsen. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Nancy Fire

Design Works International Founder & Principal
Design Works International

An avid globetrotter, Nancy calls New York City and East Quogue NY home, but always keeps her finger on the pulse of global trends through her design company, Design passion, Derochowski has been helping manufacturers and retailers identify opportunities for growth for the past 30 years, from product innovation to new marketing and merchandising opportunities.

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An avid globetrotter, Nancy calls New York City and East Quogue NY home, but always keeps her finger on the pulse of global trends through her design company, Design Works International. She has 30-plus years of experience, was formerly the Design Director for HGTV and HGTV HOME, and recently launched her latest endeavor, Nancy Fire Designs [nancyfire.com]  Nancy offers her creative and strategic services to brands in the industry including innovative assistance to companies by creatively growing their business through various design/product practices. For 2020 Nancy had the honor of being a part of The High Point Market Style Spotters, home fashion leaders who showcase the top new styles of each Market where her focus was sustainability.

 

Nancy’s unique approach to design, coupled with her keen eye for trends, across a wide range of industries is now recognized as one of the leading life-style and design experts in the industry. With her fine art background, and her focus on curation and style, Nancy looks at the world of design through a creative lens that enables her to translate the way consumers are engaging with retail today into actual profitable products and services.

 

A certified GREEN leader and board member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council in all aspects of sustainable home furnishings including environmental concerns, consumer understanding, components, design principles, and store operations. Sustainable Council is a non-profit that supports sustainable practices by raising awareness of the sustainability issue, assisting companies with adopting practices and providing a symbol of insurance for consumers. Nancy is also a board member of the Bienenstock Library, largest furniture specialty library in the world located in High Point North Carolina just minutes away from the High Point Furniture Market.

 

When Nancy is not in her studio collaborating with her design team, you can find Fire trotting the globe in search of trend and inspiration, keynoting at some of the biggest industry events or enjoying her passion for sustainable gardening at her 19th century farm house outside NYC.

 

 

Peter Giannetti

Editor-In-Chief HomePage News

Peter Giannetti joined IHA in March 2021 as Director, Editorial, Content and Education. In his new role with IHA, Giannetti directed the development and launch of HomePage News, the authoritative B2B news platform for the home + housewares business.

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Peter Giannetti joined IHA in March 2021 as Director, Editorial, Content and Education. In his new role with IHA, Giannetti directed the development and launch of HomePage News, the authoritative B2B news platform for the home + housewares business. He has reported on the home + housewares business since 1990. Before joining IHA, Giannetti served for 14 years as Editor-in-Chief and 14 years before that as Editor of HomeWorld Business, a leading B2B print and digital publication.

Jennifer Gumpert

Vice President, Business Development & Operations
Material ConneXion

 MCX is the trusted resource and advisor to start-ups and Fortune 500s in search of insights and material solutions for their cutting-edge products. As VP of Business Development and Operations, Jennifer handles the strategic objectives for MCX in addition to managing the Sales, Marketing, and Production departments. Her leadership focuses on developing and delivering outstanding services to MCX clients worldwide.

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MCX is the trusted resource and advisor to start-ups and Fortune 500s in search of insights and material solutions for their cutting-edge products. As VP of Business Development and Operations, Jennifer handles the strategic objectives for MCX in addition to managing the Sales, Marketing, and Production departments. Her leadership focuses on developing and delivering outstanding services to MCX clients worldwide.

Gayatri Keskar, PhD

Vice President, Research
Material ConneXion

Dr. Gayatri Keskar, VP of Research, earned her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Clemson University. She leads our team of material specialists and scientists to provide clients with out-of-the-box and eco-conscious solutions.

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Dr. Gayatri Keskar, VP of Research, earned her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Clemson University. She leads our team of material specialists and scientists to provide clients with out-of-the-box and eco-conscious solutions.

A regular speaker on product development and material innovation, Dr. Keskar played a key role in establishing Material ConneXion as an industry thought leader. She holds numerous patents, issued and pending, in next-generation materials for consumer products and has served as technical advisor to start-ups and Fortune 500s such as: NBCUniversal, Hunter Douglas, and Estée Lauder.

Through her work, Dr. Keskar identifies strategic opportunities and provides cross-industry insights to global brands, arming them with best practices from ideation to production.

Anne Kong

Program Coordinator for Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design Associate ProfessorFashion Institute of Technology

Anne Kong is an educator and designer specializing in Visual Merchandising, Exhibition Design and Special Events. With over 20 years of experience, she works to develop design concepts and … solutions for

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Anne Kong is an educator and designer specializing in visual merchandising, exhibition design and special events. With more than 20 years of experience, she works to develop design concepts and solutions for retail, showrooms, trade shows and promotional events. Kong recently co-authored the 7th edition of Visual Merchandising and Display for Bloomsbury Publishing with Martin M. Pegler. As Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design Program at Fashion Institute of Technology, she is best known for innovating professional collaborations between retailers and brands to enhance the classroom experience.

Kong is a partner of A+D Kong, her design company that she shares with her husband David Kong. Together they work with a vast range of clients to produce large-scale installations and product prototypes. Design: Retail Magazine recognized her as a Design Influencer in 2012 and she received the prestigious 2018 Markopoulos Award for outstanding achievement and contributions in visual merchandising and store design. Kong currently serves as vice president of education for the PAVE Global executive board and has served on the gala committee for past six years. She has been a member of the gia expert jury since 2017.

Michelle Lamb

Home-Trends Forecaster, Editorial Director
The Trend Curve

Michelle Lamb, founder of The Trend Curve™, has spent over 20 years consulting for U.S.-based and international companies, helping clients from Fortune 50s to startups translate home trends into saleable products. With a reputation for actionable insights, Michelle reports on emerging and evolving home trends, creates color- and style-trend forecasts for everyday and seasonal holidays, and develops trend strategies.

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Michelle Lamb, founder of The Trend Curve™, has spent over 20 years consulting for U.S.-based and international companies, helping clients from Fortune 50s to startups translate home trends into saleable products. With a reputation for actionable insights, Michelle reports on emerging and evolving home trends, creates color- and style-trend forecasts for everyday and seasonal holidays, and develops trend strategies.

Tom Mirabile

Principal & FounderSpringboard Futures

Tom Mirabile serves as global consumer & style trend strategist to the International Housewares Association, and is principal and founder of Springboard Futures, a global trend services firm. Specializing in consumer insight and Home category trend research,

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Tom Mirabile serves as global consumer & style trend strategist to the International Housewares Association, and is principal and founder of Springboard Futures, a global trend services firm. Specializing in consumer insight and Home category trend research, he has created customized, actionable insight reporting for Walmart, Target, Amazon, Meijer, Kroger and Walgreen’s, among others. (www.SpringboardFutures.com)

Keith Recker

Editor-In-Chief
Table Magazine

For decades, Keith Recker has provided color intelligence to clients such as Pantone, WGSN, and CAUS. Author of True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments, co-author of PANTONE: The Twentieth Century in Color, and Editor in Chief of TABLE Magazine, Recker was a merchandising executive at Saks, Gump’s and Bloomingdale’s and has collaborated with artisans from 60 countries.

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For decades, Keith Recker has provided color intelligence to clients such as Pantone, WGSN, and CAUS. Author of True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments, co-author of PANTONE: The Twentieth Century in Color, and Editor in Chief of TABLE Magazine, Recker was a merchandising executive at Saks, Gump’s and Bloomingdale’s and has collaborated with artisans from 60 countries.

Leana Salamah

International Housewares Association Vice President, Marketing
International Housewares Association

Leana Salamah has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, including all aspects of fully integrated communications for trade shows, associations and events. A keen strategist and spokesperson, she is also well versed in all types of speaking opportunities from presentations to print to television.

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Leana Salamah has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, including all aspects of fully integrated communications for trade shows, associations and events. A keen strategist and spokesperson, she is also well versed in all types of speaking opportunities from presentations to print to television.

Salamah joined IHA in 2018 after spending seven years spearheading marketing for the National Restaurant Association Show and opening the Chicago office of event marketing agency mdg. Along with directing marketing activities for The Inspired Home Show, she concepted, supervised a team of experts and wrote the inaugural 2020 IHA Market Watch report, which identified five macro consumer lifestyle trends that shape how, what and where home and housewares products are being purchased. As the architect of IHA Market Watch, Salamah has been a frequent speaker during industry webinars on consumer trends and led a Market Watch series examining shifts in the trends in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, including implications for both suppliers and retailers.

Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf

Founder Project Partners Network

Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf is a founder for Project Partners Network, a licensing and marketing consultancy, and Lookout Marketing, a trend and new product development consultancy. With a start on the manufacturing side and then in the CPG world, she has been working in best practices, strategy and the practical side of trendwatching.

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Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf is a founder for Project Partners Network, a licensing and marketing consultancy, and Lookout Marketing, a trend and new product development consultancy. With a start on the manufacturing side and then in the CPG world, she has been working in best practices, strategy and the practical side of trendwatching.

Jill Sessa

Chief Site Savior
Ultimate WP Help

Jill Sessa consults with businesses on their online systems and strategy, including websites, funnels, email marketing, payment systems, and operations, acting as a fractional CTO. Her clients rely on her as a robot who speaks human, translating pixels and code into understandable language. With over a dozen years in the digital space, Jill can detect any issues with your current system and recommend the best solution going forward.

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Jill Sessa consults with businesses on their online systems and strategy, including websites, funnels, email marketing, payment systems, and operations, acting as a fractional CTO. Her clients rely on her as a robot who speaks human, translating pixels and code into understandable language. With over a dozen years in the digital space, Jill can detect any issues with your current system and recommend the best solution going forward.

Adrienne Weiss

Principal
Adrienne Weiss Corp.

Adrienne Weiss is the principle of the Adrienne Weiss Corporation (AWC) and has been called “the high priestess of pop marketing”. Since 1986, AWC develops award winning brand strategies for companies in a multitude of industries – food and beverage, retail, consumer products, convenience stores, real estate developments, sports stadiums and start on the manufacturing side and then in the CPG world, she has been working in best practices, strategy and the practical side of trendwatching.

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Adrienne Weiss is the principle of the Adrienne Weiss Corporation (AWC) and has been called “the high priestess of pop marketing”. Since 1986, AWC develops award winning brand strategies for companies in a multitude of industries – food and beverage, retail, consumer products, convenience stores, real estate developments, sports stadiums and entertainment concepts. From Coca-Cola, McDonalds, and Build-A-Bear to Target Stores, Five Below andDisney, Adrienne and her team have created and reimagined brands that have moved the meter on businesses all over the globe.

As an international speaker on branding, Adrienne has enlightened a wide variety of audiences including the National Restaurant Association Show, the National Association of Convenience Stores, the International Housewares Association and the International Shopping Center Convention, as well as entrepreneurial classes at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of
Management and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Her talks enlighten retailers and manufacturers on how to create “brand genetics” and how to deploy them and make stronger connections with consumers.

Prior to the founding of AWC, Adrienne was a Vice President of Applause, Inc., where she helped expand the Smurf’s brand to over one billion dollars in revenue. After her successful tenure at Applause, Inc., Adrienne became the President of Rage, Inc., a gift manufacturing business. Adrienne received her BFA from Syracuse University and did graduate work at American University. She has served on the boards of the School of the Art Institute, the Gene Siskel Film Center, Common Threads, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. She is presently on the board of Metropolitan Family Services.

Susan Yashinsky

VP Innovation TrendsSphere Trending

Susan has extensive experience in corporate management covering product and brand development, research and marketing.  As VP of Innovation Trends at Sphere Trending, Susan leads the and … solutions for

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Susan has extensive experience in corporate management covering product and brand development, research and marketing.  As VP of Innovation Trends at Sphere Trending, Susan leads the analyzation and translation of macro trend insights into innovation strategies for a wide breadth of clients and industries.

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Keep Consumer Experience at the Core of Material Choices

Keep Consumer Experience at the Core of Material Choices

Dr. Gayatri Keskar of Material Connexion urged home and housewares developers to keep consumer experience at the center of design and material choices in the latest episode of  “Material Matters.”