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 overview of the 2017 conference agenda. Outline/agenda is subject to change. More details coming soon!

Sunday, November 12: Attendees Arrive in Washington, D.C.; Registration Open from 3PM - 6PM; Welcome Reception 5-7PM
Monday, November 13:  7AM Registration Opens and Breakfast is Served, 8AM Conference Kick-off, Opening Keynote Speaker, Various Breakout Workshops, Give Back, GHTA Business Meeting, Cocktail Reception, Dinner, Live/Silent Auctions
Tuesday, November 14:  7AM Registration Opens and Breakfast is Served, 8:30AM Day 2 Kick-Off, Technology Presentation, Various Breakout Workshops, Closing Keynote Speaker, Evening Out/Off-Property
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.



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

Registration is officially open! Click here to register. Attendee list will be updated regularly. 

Robert Gagliardi
Paul Grolemund

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

Nicholas Vafakas

Peter Grube
Randy Reddick

Beatriz Ball
Beatriz Ball
David Rive
Kelly Wenzel

Boody North America, LLC
David Stern

Amy Johnson
Jannetta Litzman
Todd Litzman
Ron Petroff
Staci Smith

C.R. Gibson
Penny Black
Allison Duncan
Chuck Fraelich

Cambridge Sales, Inc.
Michelle Mueller

Marla Boyd

Catstudio, Inc.
Ginny Ball

Cousin Corporation of America
Lisa Coburn
Samantha Nelson
Sarah Revella

Creative Co-Op
Janette Huff
Deb Swisher

Dallas Market Center
Helen Smith
Richard Wisnieski

Frank Davis
Lance Hart

Design Imports
Amy Johnson

Dugan Bliss
Don Dugan
Verne Bliss

Evergreen Enterprises
Frank Lmoehl
Brittany Toler
Christopher Wornom

FEM Sales
Farida Kornbluth

Fine Lines
Matthew Katzenson
Fernanda Lai
Tamara Long
Kelly Patchett

Allison Barrows
Marc Rice

Gib Carson Associates
Gib Carson
Dan O'Brien
Heather Schwall

Gifts & Decorative Accessories
Lenise Willis

Great American Media Services
Nancy Brooks

Golden Rabbit
Laura Blunt
Peggy Hedgpeth
Patrick Taylor
Kathy Williams

Betty Arokiasamy
Chris Dingman

Lisa McGaughy

IMC Las Vegas
Dorothy Belsaw
Joy Jansen
Leanna John
Terence Morris

Christine Burke

Andy Bjork
Doug Cofiell

John Grob
Dylan Schauben

Joanne and Company
Joanne Rackow

LA Mart
Frank Joens

Lori Minden & Associates
Suzette Page

Lotus Jewelry Studio
Erik Legenhausen

Mary Meyer
Linda Colson

Mary Square
Crystal Righton
Kelly Shiley

Meyers Sales
Michael Meyers

Michel Design Works
Debbie McKeough
Stuart Teller

Nest, Inc.
Sande Womack

Next Step Reps
Jackie Moon

nora fleming
Maureen Carpenter
Janice Christensen

Jessica Barile

Michael Nieves

Present Publishing
Keb Kennedy
Kat Krassner

Road Runners, LLC
Tosha Pearson
Angela Schmook

Slant Collections
Rebecca Dekker

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

Studio M
Mike Todd

John Oliverio

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

The Butler Group
Greg Butler

Total Biz Fulfillment
Michael Davis
Gary Ruddell

Transpac Imports
Tara Dikos
Brandon Wyngarrd

Tripar International
Gretchen Kroll

Two's Company
Thomas Zimmerman

Vera Bradley
Cheri Lantz

Maureen Aloisi
Trip van Roden

Eric Dean
Joe Harris


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* | $399 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