Events Schedule

See our upcoming and most recent events, including our annual conference and market events.

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2018 Winter Market Events

Having recently wrapped a very successful annual conference - coupled with what is expected to be an exceptionally busy and successful show season for our members - GHTA will not be hosting open events during the winter 2018 market season. We are, however, taking this time to work on some new initiatives to best serve our members, based on feedback and the Long Range Plan presented during the conference’s Annual Business Meeting.  If you have questions, please email the GHTA office, [email protected].

If you purchased a spot for the GHTA Annual Tequila/Wine Tasting with Peter Schauben in Atlanta during the our 2017 Conference Auction, that is the only GHTA [private] event being held this winter. All information regarding the tasting was emailed out to attendees. If you have not received the information, have questions, or would like to purchase a ticket, please email the GHTA office, [email protected].

Please expect announcements regarding the return of market events for summer 2018 closer to the show season!

2017 Market Events

GHTA held the following events during the 2017 winter and summer market seasons.

GHTA Members Only Speaker event in Las Vegas

Speaker: Kerry Morris, VP of Home, Hardlines & Licensing, Merchandising at zulily
Date: Monday, July 31, 2017
Time: 4:30PM - 5:30M
Location: Las Vegas Market (World Market Center LV)
Cost: Free; Limited Seating Available

At the Las Vegas Market, Kerry will introduce zulily’s unique business model, which utilizes a personalized discovery-based shopping platform to provide customers 9,000 products daily across a variety of product categories – including clothing, shoes, home décor, toys, gifts and more. She will discuss macro trends for the retail industry, with specific focus on how to stay competitive and relevant in a technology-powered and mobile-first world. Lastly, Kerry will highlight the value zulily brings to their partnering vendors, by providing data-driven guidance from fulfillment to forecasting, and their ability to employ the power of multichannel marketing to make even the smallest brand a “hero” for the day.

About Kerry Morris:
Kerry joined Zulily in May of 2013 and has headed up the Home & Hardlines Merchandising teams after spending 10 years at Amazon, where she managed a variety of teams that sourced and developed a wide range of product categories from Toys & Outdoor to Kitchen & Home.  She was instrumental in launching their wedding and gifting space and developing Amazon’s first Private Label Brands. Prior to joining Amazon she was part of the merchandising, International sourcing and private label divisions at WalMart and Costco Wholesale. Kerry loves to travel and spend time in the outdoors, especially gardening and hiking.

GHTA Members Only Speaker event in Atlanta

Speaker: Amelia Taylor, Associate Director at Wayfair
Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Time: 10AM - 11AM
Location: AmericasMart Atlanta
Cost: Free; Limited Seating Available

During this presentation, Amelia will discuss fourth quarter observations and expected macro trends for 2017. She will also explore e-commerce and how suppliers are using it to complement current operations. Finally, Amelia will discuss partnership challenges and solutions, suppliers who can benefit from e-commerce the most, and the best way to leverage major platforms to gain access to millions of consumers across the globe.

About Amelia Taylor:
Amelia Taylor oversees the Decorative Accents and Seasonal Décor categories at Wayfair, where she focuses on engaging consumers through a robust product selection and cutting-edge merchandising technology that brings the in-store experience to online shoppers. Prior to joining Wayfair, Amelia specialized in developing strategic business solutions for Retail and Travel & Tourism clients as a Senior Consultant at L.E.K. Consulting. Amelia also has a background in financial portfolio management and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Party on Peachtree

Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Time: 6:00PM - 9:30PM
Place: Capital City Club, 7 John Portman Blvd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Ticket Price: $75/ticket

Produced by: Gift for Life, Young Gift Executives, Appelman Schauben
Sponsored by: Poo-PourriBinaNat Capitol
Hosted by: AmericasMart Atlanta
Beneficiaries: Caminar Latino & Atlanta’s Street Smart Become A Responsible Teen (BART) HIV Risk Reduction Program 

Event Details: It's the Atlanta January Market's hottest ticket! This year’s Party on Peachtree event will benefit Caminar Latino and Atlanta’s Street Smart Become A Responsible Teen (BART) HIV Risk Reduction Program for adolescents. Party on Peachtree tickets include great food and full bar service at the exclusive Capital City Club, located across the street from AmericasMart.  It’s the home and gift industry’s largest winter-season event and your night to connect, celebrate, and contribute to organizations that need our help and support.

2017 GHTA Conference

The 15th Annual GHTA Conference/4th Annual Gift & Home Bridgeway Collaborative Conference was held November 12-14, 2017 in Washington, D.C.  Click below to see conference photos and more.

The host hotel property was the stunning Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.


Date: Thursday, July 2018
Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Event details coming soon! In the interim, ICON Honors call for entries is now open. Be sure to submit your entry before the April 9th deadline!