Learn More About the 2017 Conference Experience!

The Gift & Home Bridgeway Collaborative Conference was held
November 12-14, 2017 in Washington, D.C.


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.

Speaker Presentations

Want to review presentations provided by our speakers? The presentations that have been made available, can be found by logging into the GHTA Members Only portion of the website. If you attend the conference, but are not a GHTA member, please email the GHTA office for the resources at info@giftandhome.org.

hotel accommodations

The 2017 Gift & Home Bridgeway Collaborative Conference was 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.

2017 Conference Attendee Roster

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Kim Higgins
Helene Wack

A Cheerful Giver
Susan Gross
Tony Gross

Robert Gagliardi
Paul Grolemund

Adkindia LLC
Lokesh Parashar

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

Americo Home
Frankie Gashler
Dawn Rogers
David Rones

Jeanne Claire
Nicholas Vafakas

Anne McGilvray & Company
Meg Gilmore

Peter Beckerle

Appelman Schauben
Peter Schauben

Peter Grube
Randy Reddick

Beatriz Ball
Kelly Wenzel

Bonitas International
Lisa Harrington

Boody North America, LLC
David Stern

Robert Eastman
Jannetta Litzman
Todd Litzman
Angel Oepping
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

Julia Higgins

Cousin Corporation of America
Lisa Coburn
Samantha Nelson
Sarah Revella

Creative Brands
Brian Schroeder

Creative Co-Op
Janette Huff
Deb Swisher

Lisa Medlin

Dallas Market Center
Cole Daugherty
Kristina Johnson
Helen Smith
Mary Wenner
Richard Wisnieski

Jeff Amon

Frank Davis
Lance Hart
Jonathan Jones

Design Imports
Amy Johnson

Dicksons Inc.
Steve Vandivier

Phil Fisher

Dugan Bliss
Don Dugan
Verne Bliss

ELK Group International
James Ashley
Nathen Bliss

Emerald Expositions
Kelly Bristol

Emergent Workshop
Ari Lowenstein

FEM Sales
Farida Kornbluth



Evergreen Enterprises
Joe Bower
Frank Imoehl
Christopher Wornom

Fine Lines
Robin Estill
Kelly Patchett
Denise Woltmann

Fringe Studio
Jaime Albert

Chris Edmundson

Allison Barrows
Marc Rice

Gib Carson Associates
Gib Carson
Dan O'Brien
Heather Schwall

Gift Shop Magazine
Ric Rosenbaum

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

Betty Arokiasamy
Chris Dingman

Lisa McGaughy

Allison Friday

Ivystone Group
Andy Bjork
Doug Cofiell

J.GROB Associates
John Grob
Dylan Schauben

Joanne and Company
Joanne Rackow

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 Gullion

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

Jessica Barile

Philip David Company
Helene Nasuti

Pink House
Rina Matai

Present Publishing
Keb Kennedy
Kat Krassner

Primitives by Kathy
Lisa DiCostanzo
Kristin Kroop
Kathy Phillips
Eric Pritchard

Progressive Business Media
Garry Grenier
Nancy Wolkow

reALIGN Expansion Sherpas
Benno Duenkelsbuehler

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

Roman, Inc.
Beth Lang
Dan Loughman

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

Rosenthal & Rosenthal
Peter Austin
Gary Norman
Cassie Rosenthal

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

Tony Oliverio

Terry Moore & Associates
Marvin Bays

The Big Book of Knowledge
Tom Havens
Jim Tucci

The Butler Group
Greg Butler
Paula Butler Kay

The Link Companies
Brad 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
Cheri Lantz
Maryhelene Thurber

Maureen Aloisi
Trip van Roden

Eric Dean
Joe Harris
Grant Kenny
Kelly King
Kate Kisner
Teddy Pekalski
Jared Ruppert

Woodstock Chimes
Betsy Harrington

Zynk 30
Brian Kuszynski

Gift & Home Bridgway Collaborative Partners