Schedule For Final Week Of High Point Virtual Market Announced

For the second week in a row, International Market Centers’ (IMC) High Point Virtual Market allowed thousands to experience inspired programming, product discovery and a sense of community. The final week of Virtual Market runs May 26 – May 29, at www.imchighpointmarket.com. “We’ve seen record levels of engagement on IMC’s website as well as strong and consistent use of Catalog Connexion as a sourcing alternative during the first two weeks of the High Point Virtual Market Experience,” said Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “As we head into the week three, we look forward to continued participation in our final slate of digital programming and offerings.” Virtual Showhouse has Successful High Point Debut Week two featured the launch of IMC’s first-ever Virtual Showhouse, a project in which six well-known designers used 46 IMC exhibitor products to “build” their ideal rooms. The Virtual Showhouse comes to life during a week three webinar titled “Virtual Showhouse – Build the Room Designer Discussion,” 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 28. During the hour-long presentation, designers Libby Landgon of Libby Langdon Interiors; Corey Damen Jenkins of Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates; and Jason Oliver Nixon of Madcap Cottage, will detail the ideas and inspirations behind their respective living room, library/home office and dining room selections. To learn more about the project and to see the designers’ finished rooms, visit http://www.imchighpointmarket.com/virtual-showhouse. Catalog Connexion Sees Spike in Week Two Use of IMC’s Catalog Connexion, a keyword-searchable catalog library, continued to increase in week two, with more new vendor catalogs being loaded on the site and more leads generated. By the end of week two, 53,866 visitors had viewed 281,070 catalog pages. IMC exhibitor Sagebrook Home has seen immediate results with Catalog Connexion, citing tangible increases in buyer interest thanks to the new tool. “We are seeing a significant uptake in leads due to joining IMC’s Catalog Connexion,” said Serena Martin, marketing director for Sagebrook Home. “Additionally, our web traffic has increased, new trade account applications have nearly doubled and we’re receiving more phone calls from buyers who have found our digital catalogs via Catalog Connexion.” Week Three Offerings The final week of High Point Virtual Market will present three webinars and a slew of exciting programs, including the continuation of IMC’s popular Instagram Takeover. Instagram Takeover went online with 15 leading designers and tastemakers taking over the DesignOnHPMkt Instagram account to share their favorite IMC exhibitor products and trends. To learn more about the program and the designers, visit https://www.instagram.com/designonhpmkt/. A complete schedule follows, and information and registration for these free sessions is available online at http://www.imchighpointmarket.com/webinars-and-events/. Recordings of the sessions are available at http://www.imchighpointmarket.com/previous-webinars. Monday,...

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IMC_di Announces New Hires

Signaling its commitment to digital growth, IMC_di, the new digital innovation division of International Market Centers (IMC), announces more than a dozen recent hires including new staff for development, implementation, marketing and customer success. “IMC is not slowing down. We are accelerating our investment in digital,” said Bob Maricich, chief executive officer for IMC. “With COVID-19 causing postponement of our March and April markets in Atlanta and High Point, we are taking aggressive steps to digitally connect buyers and sellers – wherever and whenever they need to meet to do business.” “We are in exponential growth mode even during a time of global business disruption,” said IMC_di President Eric Dean. “This first wave of new hires – just two months after our launch – puts experienced professionals into key positions and increases our depth of skills across the entire organization.” IMC_di welcomes Marisa Garcia as Senior Director of Customer Success, with responsibility for building and managing a team that delivers a world class customer experience for both sellers and buyers. Garcia brings 10 years of retail engagement and e-commerce strategy experience to her role, most recently working with Scout & Molly’s, a fashion retailer with 50 locations in 19 states, and JOOR, a wholesale platform and data exchange connecting 8,600 fashion, beauty and home brands with 200,000 retailers across 144 countries. Andrew Meeks joins IMC_di as Director of Marketing, with responsibility for developing a strategic vision and marketing plan for the company’s software platforms. Meeks brings 20 years of tactical and strategic marketing experience for a diverse range of regional and national companies including information and medical technology, legal, heavy industrial and telecommunications. Most recently, as Marketing Director of Marketing Help Atlanta, he packaged his marketing and design skill set into a retained services model for regional B2C and B2B companies. In addition to full-time staff, IMC_di has retained retailer Mary S. Moore, owner of the Atlanta-based Cook’s Warehouse stores, as a consultant. In this role, Moore will provide executive-level direction and strategic visioning with a specific focus on the retailer experience. With 25+ years retail experience, Moore understands and appreciates the relationship between markets, vendors, sales representatives and retailers. She also has been in e-commerce for more than 13 years and developed an app allowing people to find foods based on diets, allergies and cuisine preferences. Another nine staff will support IMC_di’s programming, development and customer support needs. Working from IMC_di’s office in Juno Beach, FL, newly staffed positions include Back End Developer, Front End Developer, Application Developer, Enterprise Architect, Product Manager, Project Management Office Lead, Tech Lead and Quality Engineer. New hires in IMC_di’s Chantilly, VA, office...

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IMC Promotes Brodie To Design Center GM

International Market Centers (IMC) has promoted Cain Brodie to general manager of Las Vegas Design Center (LVDC), a collection of design-driven, open year-round showrooms located on the World Market Center Las Vegas campus, effective Aug. 1. Brodie, a 10-year member of the Las Vegas Market team, will report directly to Julie Messner, senior vice president of furniture and home décor leasing. “Cain is a talented industry professional with a passion for design and product that will help LVDC achieve its strategic goals today and in the future,” Messner said. “His knowledge of the industry in general, and the Las Vegas Market in particular, will help him to expand LVDC’s position as one of the top year-around design destinations in the Southwest.” In his new role, Brodie will oversee the strategic direction and management of LVDC, including marketing, leasing, day-to-day operations, strategic partnerships, and events and programming. He will be responsible for creating an exceptional experience for the regional design trade that features a unique collection of relevant brands across furniture, fabric, lighting, floor coverings, wall décor, decorative accessories, and kitchen and bath. “I’m delighted to join the Las Vegas Design Center team, and work with our showroom and industry partners to continue making LVDC the Southwest’s premier to-the-trade destination,” Brodie said. “Our team has done a tremendous job building a foundation that drives year-round value for our Las Vegas Market showrooms, and I’m excited to help grow that value, and help create an unmatched experience for the design community.” Brodie began his career in the home furnishings industry more than 10 years ago as a coordinator for LVDC, and has worked as the director of marketing, home furnishings, for Las Vegas and High Point markets since 2014. Prior to joining IMC, Brodie worked for a PR and advertising agency focusing on B2B clients in the commercial real estate and development sector. Brodie is a 2005 graduate of the University of Nevada with a degree in journalism and marketing. He earned his Executive Master of Business Administration from the same university in...

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Registration Open For Summer Vegas Market

Registration for Summer 2019 Las Vegas Market is open at www.lasvegasmarket.com/register. Las Vegas Market, which runs July 28 – Aug. 1, 2019, offers more than 4,300 cross-category furniture, home décor and gift resources across four locations (Buildings A, B and C and The Pavilions). “Las Vegas Market offers buyers, designers and exhibitors an unparalleled total home experience in one easy-to-navigate destination,” said Robert Maricich, chief executive officer for International Market Centers. “Las Vegas Market is the leading home furnishings and gift market in the western U.S. and the perfect place to launch new lines, discover the latest trends and find West Coast-exclusive products and programming.” This summer, Las Vegas Market will showcase key product introductions in gift, home décor and furniture resources in both permanent showrooms and temporary exhibits. For furniture, the Market will showcase more than 4 million square feet and 2,000+ furniture lines on 31 showroom floors, along with nearly 200 temporary home furnishings exhibitors. All major furniture categories are presented at Las Vegas Market including: accent; case goods; casual/outdoor; dining; leather; motion; and upholstery. Within gift, Las Vegas Market will showcase nearly 450,000 square feet of showrooms on five floors in Building C, and a number of temporary lines in the Pavilions at Las Vegas Market, the gift and home temporary exhibits. Key categories within gift include fashion accessories and jewelry; gourmet and housewares; kids and toy; lifestyle; personal care; seasonal; stationery; and tabletop. In home décor, more than 1,036,000 square feet of resources will be presented on 13 showroom floors in Buildings A, B and C, and in The Pavilions. Notable home décor categories presented at Las Vegas Market are: accent furniture; decorative accessories; home textiles; lighting; and rugs/floor coverings. Additionally, Las Vegas Market will showcase all of the major producers and brands in mattress and bedding. Summer Market highlights include the unveiling of a dynamic new floor plan for Las Vegas Market’s temporary gift and home décor lines in the Pavilions at Las Vegas Market. The Pavilions will showcase more than 500 lines together under one roof in five destinations that include DESIGN, DISCOVERIES: The Antique Vintage Marketplace, GIFT, HANDMADE and HOME. Beyond products, Las Vegas Market offers a variety of programming and industry networking opportunities, including exclusive trend programs – Ahead of the Curve and FIRST LOOK – as well as a number of business-building programs for retailers and designers. Market also includes exclusive events such as the fourth Gift and Home CEO Summit, the ninth annual “Up on the Roof” Gift for Life fundraiser, the third annual 40 Under 40 Awards hosted by Great American Media Services and the fifth annual ANDYZ...

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Correction Issued To Spring 2018 AREA Magazine

          JP Promotional Products was the company featured in the article, “Promoting Sales With Promotional Products” in AREA‘s Spring issue but their website was printed incorrectly.  Please visit JP Promotional Products at www.jppromoproducts.com           For readers of AREA, JP Promotional Products will offer 15% off the full retail price for your first order.  Simply mention AREA Magazine when you contact...

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Nejad Donates $6,000 For Iran Earthquake Relief

Nejad Rugs donated six thousand dollars to the Child Foundation’s Kermanshah, Iran earthquake fund.  The money will be used to purchase one Conex unit for a family in the earthquake ravished area.   Company Principals Theresa and Ali Nejad hope to visit the area later this year. The Child Foundation is an International NGO non-profit organization serving children in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iran, Nepal and the United States. For Further Information or photos please call Mr. Ali Nejad at...

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