Join us for our 2017 conference!

The Gift & Home Bridgeway Collaborative Conference will be held November 12-14, 2017 in
Washington, D.C.. Register online now!

 

Conference agenda

Below is an outline of the 2017 conference agenda. The agenda is subject to change. 

Sunday, November 12: Attendees Arrive in Washington, D.C.; Registration Open from 2:30PM - 4:30PM; Welcome Reception 5-7PM

Monday, November 13:  7AM Registration Opens and Breakfast is Served, 8AM Conference Kick-off, Opening Keynote Speaker, Various Breakout Workshops, National Retail Federation Presentation, GHTA  Future Outlook and Business Meeting, Cocktail Reception, Dinner, Live/Silent Auctions

Tuesday, November 14:  7:30AM Registration Opens and Breakfast is Served, 8:30AM Day 2 Kick-Off, Opening Keynote Speaker, Various Breakout Workshops, Closing Keynote Speaker, Evening Social Event [TBD]

Wednesday, November 15: Home sweet home!

keynote speakers

Learn more about our keynote speakers and their presentations. 

Ryan Craver
Lamour Group and Commerce Canal

"Today's Retail Environment: Back to the Basics"

Presentation Overview: Mobile, the sharing economy, social media, and location-based data – all are changing not only our lives, but also how customers engage in commerce within in-store retail environments, online stores, and marketplaces. Today’s consumer is the most empowered and connected ever. In a world where each customer has the potential to create “the next big thing” and disrupt your business and your industry, you need to understand why creating intrigue and delivering immediacy in a frictionless way will define your future success.

About Ryan: Ryan’s natural fascination with the intersection of retail and technology has led to a career of inspiring and leading brands to be on the forefront of the evolving "connected retail" environment. Ryan currently leads Digital Sales & Operations for licensed brands including New Balance, Skechers, and Joe Fresh. Additionally, Ryan is the Founder and Chairman of Commerce Canal, a retail advisory firm driving $100 million in annual retail sales for some of the world’s largest brands in apparel, footwear, jewelry, and industrial equipment. Prior to his current roles, Ryan was in charge of the core department store strategy at Lord & Taylor / Hudson’s Bay Company and was a senior leader at Accenture, driving growth and profit improvement across multiple clients, including Virgin Media, FedEx and Best Buy.

 

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Tom Mirabile
Lifetime Brands

"Top Trends 2017: Home, Hive, & Haven - New Rules for a Changing Consumer"

Presentation Overview: Tom delivers his forecast and focus for the year ahead, and explores the key consumer and retail trends reshaping the gift and home industries. He'll share important, new knowledge, providing a deeper understanding of the desires and expectations motivating today's consumer. You'll leave with a new understanding of what engages them, and how to survive and thrive in this dynamic and competitive marketplace.

About Tom: Tom is currently Senior Vice President of Global Trend and Design for Lifetime Brands, Inc., as well as Consumer Trend Forecaster for the International Housewares Association and a Contributing Editor for Pantone.

For the last two decades, Tom has held senior merchant and product development positions with such corporations as Neiman Marcus Group, Macy’s, and Bloomingdale’s, and has co-designed home collections for such icons as Vera Wang, Calvin Klein, and Kenneth Cole. In addition, Tom travels globally to gather information on Color, Style, and Lifestyle trends for major retailers worldwide. Tom was recently awarded the 2015 Industry Achievement Award by the Retail Excellence Awards, which recognizes overall excellence and contribution to the Gift and Home Industry. 

 

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Dave Mitchell
the Leadership Difference, Inc.

"The Power of Understanding People: The Key to More Success and Happiness"

Presentation Overview: What is the single most important factor to being a more effective leader, having more success, experiencing more happiness? Simple. It is the ability to develop more effective relationships. "The Power of Understanding People" provides the tools to understand each participant's own unique communication style and develop the competencies necessary to build stronger and more effective relationships with others.

About Dave:  Since founding the Leadership Difference in 1995, over 350,000 people have attended Dave's “enter-TRAIN-ment” seminars on topics that include leadership, customer service, selling skills, and personal performance enhancement. He has a M.Ed. in Global Human Resources Development and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois. In 2013, Dave was named Best Speaker of the Year at the Meeting Professionals International World Education Congress in Las Vegas. In 2015, Meetings and Conventions Magazine named Dave one of the Best Speakers of the Year.

Dave is the author of two books. Live and Learn or Die Stupid! focuses on personal contentment and performance excellence. His second book, The Power of Understanding People, was released in December 2013 and was immediately named Editor's Choice Best Business Book of the Month by Amazon.

hotel accommodations &
Transportation Options


Hotel Accommodations

The 2017 Gift & Home Bridgeway Collaborative Conference will be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center!

Set your sights on luxurious comfort at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. The property is a spectacular waterfront resort, with a stunning 19-story glass atrium and sweeping views of the Potomac River, and is just steps from National Harbor’s premier entertainment and shopping district and only 8 miles south of the nation’s capital. The first-class resort features a rejuvenating spa, indoor pool and whirlpool, state-of-the-art fitness center and a number of unique restaurants and shops. For late-night excitement with picturesque views of the capital, take the express elevator up to the Pose Rooftop Lounge before retreating just steps away to your luxurious accommodations. Join us and discover why Gaylord National offers an unmatched experience in the Capital Region.

GHTA Group Rate: $191.00/night + $18 resort fee*
To book your room via phone: 301.965.4000; Remember to say you're with the Gift & Home Trade Association to get the group rate.

*Daily resort fee includes the following:

  • High-speed internet in your guest room
  • 24 access to the fitness center
  • Access to indoor Junior Olympic-sized pool
  • Local, toll-free and domestic long-distance phone calls
  • 2 bottles of Aquafina water per room, per day
  • Daily newspaper
  • Resort Savings Coupon Booklet
  • Exclusive to Marriott Rewards Gold and Platinum Members:
    • Access to sauna, jacuzzi, and locker rooms at Relache Spa


 

Transportation Options

The location of the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center provides you the opportunity to select which Capital Region airport works best for you:

  1. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): 8 miles W
    • Hotel does not provide shuttle service from this airport
    • Alternate transportation options:
      • SuperShuttle (est. fee: $18 one-way); reservation required. Click here to book.
      • Estimated taxi fair: $28 one-way
      • Uber
      • Car rental
         
  2. Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD): 35 miles W
    • Hotel does not provide shuttle service from this airport
    • Alternate transportation options: 
      • SuperShuttle (est. fee: $44 one-way); reservation required. Click here to book.
      • Estimated taxi fair: $80 one-way
      • Uber
      • Car rental
         
  3. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI): 42 miles N
    • Hotel does not provide shuttle service from this airport
    • Alternate transportation options: 
      • SuperShuttle (est. fee: $45 one-way); reservation required. Click here to book.
      • Estimated taxi fair: $70 one-way
      • Uber
      • Car rental

2017 Conference Attendee Roster

This online roster is updated regularly. If you believe you have registered, but do not see your name on the list, please contact the GHTA office, [email protected]. Still need to register? Please click here to do so.

A Cheerful Giver
Susan Gross
Tony Gross

ABC Amega/GAIN
Robert Gagliardi
Paul Grolemund

AmericasMart Atlanta
Kristi Forbes
Cindy Henry
George Kacic
Leah Paskin
Cindy Spain-Green

Americo Home
Frankie Gashler
Dawn Rogers
David Rones

and!Sales
Jeanne Claire
Nicholas Vafakas

Anne McGilvray & Company
Meg Gilmore

Appelman Schauben
Peter Schauben

Apprise
Peter Grube
Randy Reddick

Beatriz Ball
Beatriz Ball
David Rive
Kelly Wenzel

Boody North America, LLC
David Stern

Brandwise
Jannetta Litzman
Todd Litzman
Ron Petroff

C.R. Gibson
Penny Black
Allison Duncan
Chuck Fraelich

Cambridge Sales, Inc.
Michelle Mueller

Candle Warmers, Etc
Chris Barnes
Brett Heyland

Carnevale Jones Group, LLC
Diane Carnevale Jones

Catstudio, Inc.
Ginny Ball

Chavez for Charity
Julie Chavez
Mark Chavez

Cousin Corporation of America
Lisa Coburn
Samantha Nelson
Sarah Revella

Creative Brands
Brian Schroeder

Creative Co-Op
Janette Huff
Deb Swisher

DEI
Jennifer Heamer
Lisa Medlin

Dallas Market Center
Kristina Johnson
Helen Smith
Richard Wisnieski

DecoBREEZE/GPR
Jeff Amon

DEMDACO
Frank Davis
Lance Hart
Jonathan Jones

Design Imports
Amy Johnson

Dicksons Inc.
Steve Vandivier

DNA
Phil Fisher

Dugan Bliss
Don Dugan
Verne Bliss

ELK Group International
James Ashley
Nathen Bliss

Emerald Expositions
Kelly Bristol

Emergent Workshop
Ari Lowenstein

Evergreen Enterprises
Frank Imoehl
Brittany Toler
Christopher Wornom

Falcon Blue
Julie Dix

FEM Sales
Farida Kornbluth

 

 

Fine Lines
Matthew Katzenson
Fernanda Lai
Kelly Patchett
Denise Woltmann

Fringe Studio
Jaime Albert

Gamago
Chris Edmundson

GANZ
Allison Barrows
Marc Rice

Gib Carson Associates
Gib Carson
Dan O'Brien
Heather Schwall

Gifts & Decorative Accessories
Lenise Willis

Golden Rabbit
Laura Blunt
Peggy Hedgpeth
Patrick Taylor
Kathy Williams

Great American Media Services
Nancy Brooks

Harper Group
Scott Harper

HomArt
Betty Arokiasamy
Chris Dingman

ILLUME
Lisa McGaughy

Incipio
Christine Burke

Ivystone Group
Andy Bjork
Doug Cofiell

JGROB
John Grob
Dylan Schauben

Joanne and Company
Joanne Rackow

Just Got 2 Have It!
Michelle Ruby

Klutz
Kim Ryon

LA Mart
Frank Joens

Las Vegas Market
Dorothy Belsaw
Cindy Hodnett
Joy Jansen
Leanna John
Renee Loper-Boyd
Terence Morris
Karen Olson

Lori Minden & Associates
Suzette Page

Lotus Jewelry Studio
Erik Legenhausen

Maison Chic
Christy Parham

Mary Meyer
Linda Colson
Nancy Lewis

Mary Square
Crystal Righton
Kelly Shiley

Melrose International
Brad Bullion

Meyers Sales
Michael Meyers

Michel Design Works
Debbie McKeough
Stuart Teller

Modelli Creations
Sangeeta Gupta

Mud Pie
Betsey Eastman
Megan Zavodny

Nest, Inc.
Sande Womack

Next Step Reps
Jackie Moon

nora fleming
Maureen Carpenter
Janice Christensen

Nova Sales Associates
Drew Weisinger
Phil Wacks

Paddywax
Jessica Barile

Paladone
Michael Nieves

Philip David Company
Helene Nasuti

 

 

 

Pink House
Rina Matai

Present Publishing
Keb Kennedy
Kat Krassner

Primitives by Kathy
Lisa DiCostanzo
Kristin Kroop
Kathy Phillips

reALIGN Expansion Sherpas
Benno Duenkelsbuehler

Road Runners, LLC
Richard Gilbert
Tosha Pearson
Angela Schmook
RaeLee Walton

Ron Bauman & Associates
Lane Dierke
Taylor Dierke
Brian Sapp
Kelly Sapp

Rosenthal & Rosenthal
Peter Austin
Gary Norman
Cassie Rosenthal

SCOUT Bags
Kate Kegan
Ben Johns

Slant Collections
Suzanne Bass
Rebecca Dekker

Southeast Marketing
Lisa Bernstein
Deb Donahue
Jamie Doran
Shilpa Hill
Robin Kert
Tammi Rampleberg

Studio M
Mike Todd

Studio Oh!
Emalee Hoffman
Daniel Whang

TECSYS
Tony Oliverio

Terry Moore & Associates
Marvin Bays
Rick Bigsby
Donna Moore
Terry Moore

The Big Book of Knowledge
Tom Havens
Jim Tucci

The Butler Group
Greg Butler
Paula Butler Kay

The Link Companies
Fred Ballard
Brad Rosenkampff
Fred Rosenkampff
Bob Watson

Total Biz Fulfillment
Michael Davis
Gary Ruddell

Transpac Imports
Tara Dikos
Brandon Wyngarrd

Tripar International
Gretchen Kroll

Two's Company
Thomas Zimmerman

Vera Bradley
Kelly Gunn
Cheri Lantz
Maryhelene Thurber

Wellspring
Maureen Aloisi
Trip van Roden

Whereoware
Eric Dean
Joe Harris
Kelly King
Kate Kisner
Teddy Pekalski

Woodstock Chimes
Betsy Harrington

Zynk 30
Brian Kuszynski

 

registration + rates

The 2017 Gift & Home Bridgeway Collaborative Conference will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C., November 12-14, 2017. 

Member Rate | $599 per person, one-time payment
Non-Member Rate | $699 per person, one-time payment

*Those member groups that qualify for the member rate are as follows: GHTA, YGE, Gift for Life, and GSMA
*Member rate of $399 expires 8.31.17; rate will increase to $599 on 9.1.17

Gift & Home Bridgway Collaborative Partners