Navigating Transitional Times…Through Political, Economic and Market Shifts
October 6-7, Rosemont, IL
It’s important for industry leaders to stay up-to-date on positive business practices and to learn how to navigate through today’s uncertain environment. IHA’s annual CHESS conference (Chief Housewares Executive SuperSession) for industry decision-makers will offer insights and information to help smooth the road ahead.
The 2016 CHESS conference, October 6-7 at the River/Riverway Westin in Rosemont, IL, will gather housewares executives and industry experts who will share their perspectives on current events and forecasts for the future. The two-day program offers a varied menu of presentation formats that blend bird’s eye views of the business landscape with deep dives into how to operate efficiently—a keynote presentation on the U.S. political scene, panel discussions, paired co-presenters and several solo speakers, along with facilitated audience conversations and invigorating networking events.
On October 6th, Peter Giannetti, HomeWorld Business editor, moderates a discussion with Melissa Kieling of Pack-It, Bill Endres of Select Brands, Dan Siegel of Lifetime Brands and Scott Felsenthal of Whitmore, who will share their experiences in the Housewares Hot Seat: Navigating through Unprecedented Change. Political analyst Charlie Cook, author of The Cook Political Report and television commentator, will give his perspective on Where is Our Country Headed? Bernard Baumohl, chief global economist for the Economic Outlook Group, will offer a Geo-Political Forecast for the Global Economy.
On October 7th, Dana Telsey and Joe Feldman, of the Telsey Advisory Group (TAG), will speak on the Future of Retail. This dynamic duo addressed the 2015 CHESS audience and returns with their latest data and interpretations. In Protecting Your Value in the Supply Chain, attorney Scott Sanders will advise housewares suppliers on how to prevent factories from selling direct to customers. Peter Hubbell, founder of BoomAgers, an advertising agency focused on the Baby Boomer market and global aging issues, will inspire the CHESS audience with Getting Better with Age: How Business Can Win Big in the Age of Aging. A final group presentation, The Future of U.S. Supply Chain Logistics, will join Rick Blasgen, president of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, Dan Coll, vice-president retail logistics at FedEx/Genco, and a manager at a major online retailer, who will offer “nuts and bolts” information for how to balance time, distance and costs to efficiently manage global business.
CHESS, IHA’s annual strategic education and networking event, brings high-profile industry experts in direct contact with housewares and home goods executives. Held every fall, CHESS attracts more than 150 chief officers of IHA’s most prominent member companies. According to past participants, in addition to the informative programming, the networking opportunities are the most valuable benefit of the two-day conference.
To learn more about the program and to register, visit the CHESS website.