October 11-13, 2022

Providing Education and Connections

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The Agenda

Tuesday, October 11

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (CT)

Opportunities in Inflationary Times

Whether or not we are technically in a recession, inflation is a real challenge—and likely to stay that way for a while. As an industry that thrives when the emphasis in on in-home experiences, where are the best opportunities for growth in the next year? Join Joe Derochowski, VP and Home Industry Advisor from The NPD Group, for his perspective on where consumers are likely to spend over the next year and how you can be ready to meet their needs.

As an added treat, Joe will spend the first half of the session presenting, leaving the second half open for a “town hall” type of interaction. Bring your questions to the session—OR submit them ahead of time here.

Speaker: Joe Derochowski, The NPD Group

12:30 – 1:30 PM (CT)

Never Say Normal: Navigating Change and Enabling Growth in the Modern Marketplace

The home + housewares marketplace has never seemed less stable or predictable. Still, this dynamic environment also presents many opportunities for innovation and growth. Seizing these advantages requires a clear understanding of shifting consumer lifestyles, aspirations and pain points, while staying anchored to those fundamental needs that are the bedrock of all consumer demand. Join Tom Mirabile, principal of Springboard Futures and consumer trend forecaster for the International Housewares Association (IHA), for an exploration of some of the trends that will drive products and purchases through 2023 and beyond.

Speaker: Tom Mirabile, Principal, Springboard Futures

Wednesday, October 12

11 AM – 12 PM (CT)

PFAS Chemicals and Housewares: Answering the Critical Questions

IHA and the Cookware & Bakeware Alliance (CBA) continue their partnership to inform the housewares industry about legislation regulating products made with PFAS chemicals. An issue once thought to affect mainly certain non-stick coated cookware and bakeware is impacting a wide range of housewares products that come in contact with food. The latest installment of this joint educational program by IHA and CBA will provide important updates on enacted and proposed state laws covering products made with PFAS chemicals. Panelists will allocate extra time during this special IHA Connect FALL presentation to answer the many questions being asked by industry decision-makers about how to prepare for looming PFAS regulation.

Moderator: Peter Giannetti, Editor-in-Chief, HomePage News

Panelists: Fran Groesbeck, Managing Director, Cookware & Bakeware Alliance

Tobias Gerfin, CEO, Kuhn Rikon, and President, European Association for Cookware, Cutlery and Flatware (FEC)

Thomas Lee, Partner, Energy, Environment and Infrastructure Practice Group, Bryan, Cave Leighton and Paisner

12:30 – 1:30 PM (CT)

Growth at the Intersection of Food, Housewares and Lifestyle Trends

Consumer lifestyles and food culture are interacting in new and different ways. Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf, principal of Project Partners Network, and Nicki Gondell, founding partner of Trend House, look at key lifestyle and design trends influencing home and housewares, food and flavor, cooking and culture for 2023 and into 2024. This session will explore emerging trends and discuss their implications for manufacturers and retailers in product development and content.

Speakers: Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf, Principal of Project Partners Network

Nicki Gondell, Founding Partner, Trend House, Inc.

 

THURSDAY, October 13

10 – 11 AM (CT)

Enhance Your Visual Toolbox

As consumer behavior and expectations continue to evolve, the strategies and techniques employed to attract them must also advance and sharpen. Even the simplest change in your design approach and presentation can affect how shoppers perceive the store environment’s culture and merchandise. Join Anne Kong as she explores both simple and complex techniques that speak visually to consumers. She will look at the power of great visual merchandising design as a language that can invite and promote sales. Merchandising with meaning and elevated communication are just a few of the many ways retailers and suppliers can strengthen their relationship with today’s busy consumer. Enhance your visual toolbox and discover ways to appeal to a broader generation of shoppers. 

Part of Anne’s presentation will be the announcement of the gia Top Window Global Honorees of 2022. The gia Top Window competition recognizes and celebrates the best and most innovative window displays in the home + housewares industry worldwide. The Global Honorees – one small company and one large company – win a trip to The Inspired Home Show in Chicago in March 2023.

Speaker: Anne Kong, Professor & Program Coordinator, Spatial Experience Design Program, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Partner, A+D Kong

12:30 – 1:30 PM (CT)

IHA Occasions Survey 2023: Housewares Joins the Celebration

Leana Salamah of IHA and Peter Giannetti of HomePage News will preview results of the second annual IHA Occasions Survey examining the renewal of key life moment celebrations and how the home + housewares business can join the party. This presentation will highlight key findings and conclusions, including shifts compared to the 2021 Occasions Survey, fielded just as consumers were beginning to envision life beyond the pandemic that paused such in-person gatherings. Learn how special occasions will fill up calendars a year later to trigger new purchase opportunities across several housewares categories. Speaking of celebrations, this presentation also will spotlight findings of a recent IHA consumer survey on In-Home Entertaining, exploring the year-round potential for the housewares business to serve the resurgent appetite for in-home gatherings.

Speakers: Peter Giannetti, Editor-in-Chief, HomePage News

Leana Salamah, Vice President, Marketing, IHA

Speakers

A Wealth of Knowledge and Experience

Joe Derochowski

Vice President The NPD Group

Joe Derochowski is The NPD Group’s vice president, industry advisor for the home and home improvement industries. Joe has followed consumer behavioral trends throughout his career, developing a unique perspective on what consumers do and why they do it. Driven by this insight and his passion, Joe has been helping manufacturers and retailers identify opportunities for growth for the past 30 years, from product innovation to new marketing and merchandising opportunities. Joe’s 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.

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Joe Derochowski is The NPD Group’s vice president, industry advisor for the home and home improvement industries. Joe has followed consumer behavioral trends throughout his career, developing a unique perspective on what consumers do and why they do it. Driven by this insight and his passion, Joe has been helping manufacturers and retailers identify opportunities for growth for the past 30 years, from product innovation to new marketing and merchandising opportunities. Joe’s 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 and home improvement industries, Joe 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 trade and national media publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNBC, HomePage News, and HBS Dealer.

Joe received his MBA from Michigan State University and an undergraduate degree from GMI Engineering Management Institute. In addition to his tenure at The NPD Group, his previous work experience includes General Motors Parts, AT&T, Procter & Gamble, and Nielsen. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Tobias Gerfin

CEO Kuhn Rikon AG

Tobias Gerfin has been CEO of Kuhn Rikon AG, a Swiss family-owned company in the field of cookware and cooking utensils since October 2013. The company’s products are marketed worldwide in 40 countries. Since 2019, he is President of the European Association for Cookware, Cutlery and Flatware (FEC).

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Tobias Gerfin has been CEO of Kuhn Rikon AG, a Swiss family-owned company in the field of cookware and cooking utensils since October 2013. The company’s products are marketed worldwide in 40 countries. Since 2019, he is President of the European Association for Cookware, Cutlery and Flatware (FEC).

After his studies and his doctorate at the ETH Zurich as a natural scientist, he worked at the EPF Lausanne on solar cells. His industrial career led him to Bruker in Fällanden in the field of NMR, Optrel, a leading company for welding helmets, in Toggenburg, and Glas Trösch in Bützberg, where he took over the management of the glass in interior work in 2007. In 2010 Tobias Gerfin was appointed CEO of Stoll Giroflex AG in Koblenz in the office furniture sector.

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.

Nicki Gondell

Director, Trend Research & Consulting Trend House

Nicki Gondell is a founding partner of Trend House Inc., a creative research firm specializing in the forecasting and reporting of lifestyle and design trends. She is expert at collecting and connecting DOTs — Data, Observations and Trends — and distilling those references into meaningful platforms for marketing and design direction. Trend House represents a library of international trend forecasters, and its in-house studio provides a wide range of consulting projects ranging from color palettes to broad-based consumer profiles.

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Nicki Gondell is a founding partner of Trend House Inc., a creative research firm specializing in the forecasting and reporting of lifestyle and design trends. She is expert at collecting and connecting DOTs — Data, Observations and Trends — and distilling those references into meaningful platforms for marketing and design direction. Trend House represents a library of international trend forecasters, and its in-house studio provides a wide range of consulting projects ranging from color palettes to broad-based consumer profiles.

Fran Groesbeck

Newell Brands Managing Director
Cookware & Bakeware Alliance

Fran has spent her career in the housewares world, with a special passion for the retail side. Starting her career in Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn stores, her big step into the world of retail was with Macy’s/Federated Product Development as the Product Manager for Tools of the Trade. She went on to become Brand Manager of Hard Home for Frederick Atkins, which led her to the fantastic opportunity at Whitford Worldwide. At Whitford, a leading nonstick coating company, Fran created the Worldwide Retail Marketing Program to provide retailers with the information and tools they needed so they could specify the ideal coating with precision. Over two decades, this program was expanded to other countries – and to other partners in the industry, including importers and brand owners. She has had the pleasure to work with retailers, importers, brand owners and factories around the world. In 2020, she opened her own creative agency, and in 2021, Fran was named the Managing Director of the Cookware and Bakeware Alliance (CBA). She brings her passion and love of housewares to this new chapter in her career, looking to connect this incredible industry.

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Fran has spent her career in the housewares world, with a special passion for the retail side. Starting her career in Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn stores, her big step into the world of retail was with Macy’s/Federated Product Development as the Product Manager for Tools of the Trade. She went on to become Brand Manager of Hard Home for Frederick Atkins, which led her to the fantastic opportunity at Whitford Worldwide. At Whitford, a leading nonstick coating company, Fran created the Worldwide Retail Marketing Program to provide retailers with the information and tools they needed so they could specify the ideal coating with precision. Over two decades, this program was expanded to other countries – and to other partners in the industry, including importers and brand owners. She has had the pleasure to work with retailers, importers, brand owners and factories around the world. In 2020, she opened her own creative agency, and in 2021, Fran was named the Managing Director of the Cookware and Bakeware Alliance (CBA). She brings her passion and love of housewares to this new chapter in her career, looking to connect this incredible industry.

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 Brand Activation. With over 20 years of experience, she develops design concepts and solutions for retail, showrooms, trade shows and promotional events. Kong co-authored the 

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Anne Kong is an educator and designer specializing in Visual Merchandising, Exhibition Design and Brand Activation. With over 20 years of experience, she develops design concepts and solutions for retail, showrooms, trade shows and promotional events. Kong co-authored the 7th edition of Visual Merchandising and Display for Bloomsbury Publishing with Martin M. Pegler.

As professor and program coordinator for the Spatial Experience 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 many clients to produce installations and product prototypes. She’s been recognized as a Design Influencer and Markopoulos Award winner. Kong currently serves as an advisory member for PAVE Global, innovating opportunities for design students nationally.

She has been a member of the gia expert jury since 2017.

Thomas Lee

Home-Trends Forecaster, Editorial Director
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Thomas Lee is a partner in the firm’s Energy, Environment and Infrastructure Practice Group, and is the leader of the Firm’s PFAS practice. Tom is a trusted advisor to clients on a range of environmental topics, and regularly works with clients in a variety of industries including real estate investment and development, food and agriculture, retail and consumer products, and chemical manufacturing and distribution.

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Thomas Lee is a partner in the firm’s Energy, Environment and Infrastructure Practice Group, and is the leader of the Firm’s PFAS practice. Tom is a trusted advisor to clients on a range of environmental topics, and regularly works with clients in a variety of industries including real estate investment and development, food and agriculture, retail and consumer products, and chemical manufacturing and distribution.

Tom is the founder and editor of the firms’ Emerging Contaminants/Emerging Solutions blog, and writes regularly on a variety of topics including California’s Proposition 65, and the developing regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). He regularly presents at conferences and in webinars on these and other topics, and is the leader of the firm’s PFAS and Proposition 65 teams. Tom’s deep understanding of the ever-changing PFAS regulatory environment has made him a trusted counselor for companies evaluating their PFAS risk in transactional, regulatory, and litigation contexts.

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)

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.

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