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3/2/2016 - High Point Market

High Point Market - Announces Design Viewpoints Series & Bonus Sessions for Spring Market 2016

High Point, NC, March 2, 2016 — The High Point Market Authority, in partnership with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), has set the schedule for its popular educational seminar series for Spring Market (April 16-20, 2016), including some bonus sessions. The Design Viewpoints Series and ASID Bonus Sessions will take place April 15-18, at the High Point Theatre, next to the Transportation Terminal in downtown High Point. Designers can earn up to .8 IDCEC approved continuing education units (CEUs) through the Design Viewpoints Series (.6 CEUs), the ASID Bonus Sessions (.1 CEUs) and the Opening Day Event (.1 CEUs).

The Design Viewpoints Series sessions are free to interior designers and retailers attending Spring Market, with the exception of the Friday extended session. On tap for the series are discussions on the importance of quality photography, laws and regulations affecting interior design businesses, securing media coverage, and a deep-dive into the key drivers of emerging trends within the interior design field.

Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority, commented, “Our research has shown that interior designers and retailers come to the High Point Market to see new products, network with peers, meet new friends, and take advantage of our Design Viewpoints Series for continuing education credit. We are excited to partner again with ASID on this seminar series, as they really have their pulse on topics of interest to our buyers.”

“By attending the popular Design Viewpoints Series, bonus sessions and the Opening Day Event, designers and retailers can accumulate a total of .8 CEUs,” said Randy Fiser, CEO of ASID. “Our collaboration with High Point Market gives ASID the opportunity to offer superior educational opportunities for our members and Market attendees during one of the industry’s most respected home furnishings shows.”

Topics and speakers for the Spring 2016 Design Viewpoints Series include:

Friday, April 15, 2016, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
DVS EXTENDED SESSION - The Power of Interior Photography - Position Your Existing Work to Appeal to New Clients
Speaker – Bert VanderVeen, VanderVeen Photography
Presented by ASID and the High Point Market Authority. Hear directly from the official photographer of the High Point Market Authority, Bert VanderVeen, on what it takes to make an impact through interior photography. This is a course to help designers work with professional photographers — what to expect, what to search for, and how to get the most out of one shot. A potential client can judge you on the first image they see — are you prepared to take your design work to the next level? Advance registration is required. $125 for ASID members, $195 for non-members. .2 CEU credits.

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Benefit or Detriment - The Impact of Government Laws and Regulations on Your Design Business Speaker – Jim Brewer, The American Society of Interior Designers
Presented by ASID and the High Point Market Authority. Whether a design firm focuses on residential or commercial spaces, public policy issues will arise and impact its business. Therefore, it is imperative for interior design business owners to understand how government decisions will affect them, their employees, and the services they offer to clients. This course will encourage design firm owners to strategically think how to better their business plan through awareness of public policy decisions affecting them, and therefore, the industry as a whole. Complimentary boxed lunch. .1 CEU credit.

Sunday, April 17, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
The Press Release is Dead - How to Perfect the New Pitch and Get Published!
Speaker – Amy Flurry, Recipe for Press
Presented by ASID and the High Point Market Authority. Why do some interior designers seem to get all the press, and how can you become one of them? Hint: they’re not writing press releases! Learn valuable insider knowledge tips from an editor of Lucky, Country Living, Conde Nast Traveler, House Beautiful, and Refinery29. Hear what editors everywhere look for in today’s pitch (but rarely tell you), and what sends them reaching for the delete button. In addition to dissecting the winning formula, she’ll show you how to anticipate what editors need, and the call to action that gets a response. Complimentary breakfast buffet begins at 8:30am. .1 CEU credit. Immediately following the presentation, join Amy for a meet and greet book signing event.

Sunday, April 17, 2016, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Your Firm and Your Legal Contracts - The Top 10 Things You Need to Know
Speaker – Alan Siegel, Levy Sonet & Siegel, LLP
Presented by ASID and the High Point Market Authority. Hear from the expert in interior design contract law, and prioritize what really is important to your firm and your contract agreements. In just one hour you will gain critical insight from Alan’s 40+ year career working with the top designers in the industry. This course is relevant to designers starting their own firm or established designers who need to refresh their contract operations. Complimentary boxed lunch. .1 CEU credit.

Monday, April 18, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Key Drivers of Emerging Trends - Designing Winning Spaces and Products that Sell
Speaker – Stacy Garcia, Stacy Garcia, Inc.
Presented by ASID and the High Point Market Authority. Looking to expand your brand and position yourself as a design expert? A design firm is no longer just designing interior environments, they are shaping how clients live, work, play, and heal. Get ready to focus on the proven forecasting process and emerging trends in materials, color, and design. Walk through steps of running a licensed product brand and how this can influence your business. This course can inspire and empower you to elevate your brand through proven techniques. Complimentary breakfast buffet begins at 8:30am. .1 CEU credit.

ASID will also be offering two bonus sessions while at High Point Market. Offering an additional .1 CEU credit at the Monday session, attendees can earn a total of .8 CEU credits through the Design Viewpoints Series (.6 CEUs), bonus sessions (.1 CEUs), and the ASID-endorsed Opening Day Event (.1 CEUs), “Re-inventing Design and Retail - Mavericks Driving the Future” with keynote Polly LaBarre, founding member of Fast Company Magazine and MIX (the Management Innovation Exchange). The bonus sessions include:

Friday, April 15, 2016, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
High Point Theatre
Houzz University
Speaker – Lauren Gold, Houzz
Presented by ASID and the High Point Market Authority. Houzz University is a 2-hour, interactive, hands-on workshop where Lauren Gold, a Houzz marketing expert, will work with industry professionals side-by-side in a classroom style setting. This style helps attendees get acquainted with your showroom in a relaxed way. This is a great opportunity to partner with Houzz, the industry leader in the residential design space, while bringing new faces from the trade into your showroom. It is highly recommended to bring your laptop to this event. This course is free to attend, advance registration is required. This session does not include CEU credits.

Monday, April 18, 2016, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Lexington Showroom, 1300 National Highway
Are You Ready to Become the Preferred Designer for Affluent Customers
Speaker – Gail Doby, ASID, Design Success University
Presented by ASID and the High Point Market Authority. Gaily Doby, ASID, knows first-hand most designers need and want more affluent clients because they feel it is the key to making more money. Getting more affluent clients is just a small part of building a more profitable business. In this workshop, Doby and attendees will discover best practices for attracting and winning clients, and setting expectations so you are in control of your clients. Reception to immediately follow. All tickets are being generously sponsored by Lexington Home Brands ($195 value), allowing you to attend this highly valuable session at no charge! Advance registration is required. .1 CEU credit. NOTE: This event will be held at Lexington Home Brands Showroom. Complimentary rides every five minutes from the Lexington downtown reception studio (116 East Commerce Street) to the main showroom campus (1300 National Highway).

Additional details and a link to RSVP (when required) for the Design Viewpoints Series can be found at http://www.highpointmarket.org/event/design-viewpoints-series and for the ASID Bonus Sessions at http://www.highpointmarket.org/event/bonus-sessions. Details about the ASID-endorsed Opening Day Event with Polly LaBarre can be found at http://www.highpointmarket.org/event/opening-day.

About the High Point Market Authority
The High Point Market Authority, www.highpointmarket.org, is the official sponsor and organizer of the High Point Market in High Point, N.C. Featuring an extensive selection of exhibitors spanning every category, style, and price point, and attracting tens of thousands of visitors from more than 100 countries twice each year, the High Point Market is the driving force of the home furnishings industry. Find the High Point Market anywhere online, and follow on social media using the hashtag #hpmkt.

About the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks, and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.
ASID was founded 40 years ago when two organizations became one, but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are leading the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big, and of the places we live with the places we work, play, and heal. Learn more at www.asid.org.

Speaker headshots available upon request, ashley@highpointmarket.org.

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