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Nov 07, 2022 - High Point Market

HPMA Announces Board of Directors Updates for 2023

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 7, 2022 – The High Point Market Authority (HPMA) announces updates to its board of directors, effective January 1, 2023. Six incoming board members will serve a two-year term ending in December 2024, including Patti Carpenter, principal, carpenter + company/Trendscope; Neil MacKenzie, vp of marketing, Universal Furniture; Griffin McClure, president, Green and McClure Furniture; Blake Millinor, CEO, Valdese Weavers; Joni Vanderslice, president, J Banks Design; and Taylor West, president, West Design Group. Rotating off the board at the end of this calendar year are Lee Boone, Josh Hudson, Karen Olson, and Randy Tillinski, who have been in place since January 2021. The board updates were announced at the most recent HPMA board meeting during the Fall 2022 Market.

Oct 11, 2022 - High Point Market

HPMA Reorganizes for Leadership Transition Following Fall Market

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 11, 2022 – High Point Market Authority (HPMA) prepares for its previously announced leadership transition following Fall Market with a new reporting structure outlined by incoming President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tammy Nagem. Nagem, who joined HPMA when it was established in 2002 and currently serves as chief operating officer, will assume her new role with the retirement of current President and CEO Tom Conley later this year. Three vice presidents will report directly to Nagem, including Ashley Grigg, earning a promotion to vice president of strategic growth and partnerships, a new position. Grigg joined HPMA in 2014 and has served as director of marketing and communications since 2017.

Oct 10, 2022 - High Point Market

Diversity Advocacy Alliance Forms to Promote Inclusivity Within Industry

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 10, 2022 – High Point Market Authority (HPMA) announces the formation of the Diversity Advocacy Alliance (DAA), created with a focus on advancing, improving, and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within the home furnishings sector. DAA is made up of fourteen founding members, including three from the current HPMA Board of Directors roster, and is managed by social innovation firm, Change Often. The group’s mission statement reflects a commitment to expanding representation of the BIPOC community and facilitating the implementation of equitable policies and practices throughout the industry and its leadership. “The Diversity Advocacy Alliance is a welcome initiative to amplify diverse voices at High Point Market,” says Tom Conley, HPMA president and CEO. “HPMA is aligned with the DAA mission to cultivate a supportive environment for all Market attendees.”

Oct 04, 2022 - High Point Market

StyleRow Presents HPMKT Selfie Pavilion at Fall Market

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 4, 2022 –A first-ever HPMKT Selfie Pavilion, presented by StyleRow, launches within the Center Stage area at High Point Market to remain open throughout Fall Market. StyleRow, a unique trade-only platform serving the luxury interior design industry, has enlisted top High Point Market exhibitor brands including Baker, Global Views, Universal, Jaipur Living, Mitzi, Julian Chichester, and others, for furnishings vignettes designed to serve as colorful backdrops for Market attendees to take selfies. To kick off the HPMKT Selfie Pavilion opening, StyleRow will host a “HPMKT Kickoff Party” and give away a trip to Paris. Scheduled for Friday, Oct. 21, from 4:30 to 6 pm, Market guests are invited to join StyleRow for light refreshments and the opportunity to mingle with the featured brands and designers. RSVP via Paperless Post to attend.

Oct 03, 2022 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Announces Instagram Takeover for Fall Market

HIGH POINT, N.C., October 3, 2022 – For its biannual Instagram Takeover series, High Point Market Authority (HPMA), names the individuals selected to produce content for the trade show’s official Instagram page (@highpointmarket) during Fall Market, Oct. 22 - 26.

Sep 26, 2022 - High Point Market

Scott Brothers to Host Design Game Night Event at Fall Market

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 26, 2022 –Popular TV hosts and renovation experts Drew and Jonathan Scott will kick off the evening’s entertainment on opening day of High Point Market at Center Stage, Sat., Oct. 22, at 4:30 pm. For the first event of its kind at High Point Market, Team Jonathan and Team Drew are set to face off in a spirited showdown, testing each twin’s knowledge on a variety of topics related to design and the biannual furnishings trade show. All registered Market attendees are welcome to attend and two lucky guests will be invited on stage to play along with the HGTV stars. Prior to Market, industry members are invited to participate in a short survey to help formulate the game questions and answers. The survey is accessible through September 30.

Sep 21, 2022 - High Point Market

Design Influencers Tour Set for Fall Market

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 21, 2022 – The High Point Market Authority (HPMA) and Esteem Media announce team members and sponsors for the two-day Design Influencers Tour at Fall Market, Oct. 23-24. Meeting criteria set forth by the partner organizations in an application process, ten design influencers from across the U.S. have been named to tour sponsoring showrooms at High Point Market.

Sep 19, 2022 - High Point Market

High Point Market Taps Pinterest Leadership for Sunday Keynote Event

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 19, 2022 – The High Point Market Authority announces a second Keynote event for Fall 2022 High Point Market, on Sunday, October 23, at 3pm in the High Point Theatre. From the Pinterest leadership team, speaker Jeremy Jankowski will be joined by Business of Home editor-in-chief Kaitlin Petersen to review the social media platform’s latest features. The discussion, “Building a Design Community on Pinterest,” will outline marketing strategies for the curated digital space, as well as tips for growing engagement with home and interior design-related content. “Pinterest has over 434 million active monthly users, with 89 million of those utilizing the platform specifically for home and design content,“ says Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority. “This represents a significant opportunity for professional creatives and brands within our industry.”

Sep 13, 2022 - High Point Market

High Point Market Hot Spot Tours and Style Spotters LIVE! Event Announced

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 13, 2022 – High Point Market Style Spotters are set to guide buyers through their favorite showrooms during three days of Hot Spot Tours, Oct. 22-24, followed by Style Spotters LIVE!, the popular Market recap event located in the High Point Theatre, on Oct. 25. The 2022 High Point Market Style Spotters team consists of 10 industry professionals, including interior and product designers from around the country. Registered High Point Market buyers are encouraged to sign up early for the limited capacity Hot Spot Tours. Each 60-minute tour led by the 2022 Style Spotters will feature two exhibitor showrooms.

Sep 12, 2022 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Announces Fall Market Programming for The Point

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 12, 2022 – The High Point Market Authority (HPMA) announces its Fall Market educational programming and social events schedule for branded pop-up venue The Point, which operates daily from Friday, Oct. 21, to Wednesday, Oct. 26. The Point is host of compelling educational events and industry mixers, and also serves as a daily lunch spot, lounge, and a guest services center where Market Advisors are staffed to provide information and guidance regarding the trade show. At the heart of programming for The Point are informative presentations and roundtable discussions led by industry experts that offer business insights, trend reports, and peer mentoring. The 60-minute educational sessions are scheduled for either 10 am or 2 pm.

Sep 06, 2022 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Announces Neighborhood Activation for October

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 6, 2022 – Drawing special attention to one of seven showroom areas within the High Point Market District for the Fall 2022 Neighborhood Activation event, High Point Market Authority (HPMA) announces its Fall Market plan for the area known as Centennial Wrenn South (CWS), taking place on Friday, Oct. 21. Registered High Point Market buyers and attendees will enjoy a host of exhibitor-sponsored activities in the CWS neighborhood throughout the day. A “Game Day'' theme sets the tone for engaging activities such as a bingo contest with prizes like Market parking passes, hotel accommodations, tech giveaways, and more. Throughout the day, participants may advance from building to building in the CWS neighborhood, adding to their bingo card as they go. To conclude the day, celebratory fireworks will begin at 7:30 pm.

Jul 27, 2022 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Opens Registration for Fall 2022 Market

HIGH POINT, N.C., July 27, 2021 — The High Point Market Authority (HPMA) has opened online registration for the Fall 2022 High Point Market, which takes place October 22 - 26. Registration is open to U.S. and international home furnishings buyers, exhibitors, industry professionals, press, and students. Participants are encouraged to begin their Fall Market planning early. After registering online, attendees may contact the HPMA-approved Market Concierge, Travel Quest, Inc., to secure overnight accommodations, flights, and to make other travel arrangements.

Jul 25, 2022 - High Point Market

High Point Market Opens Fall Design Influencers Tour Submission Form

HIGH POINT, N.C., July 25, 2022 – The High Point Market Authority (HPMA) opens its Fall 2022 submission form for the biannual Design Influencers Tour at High Point Market, organized in partnership with Esteem Media. To participate in the Fall Market tour, design-focused influencers in the digital space may apply now through Monday, August 29, 2022. The new deadline follows the close of this year’s Design Influencers Conference taking place August 19 - 21, in Atlanta, which was rescheduled from its typical spring timing. This fall, the Design Influencers Tour program will bring ten design influencers to High Point Market for a two-day tour of sponsoring showrooms. During each 45-minute tour, showroom visits offer an opportunity to learn about the exhibitor’s company history, its brand positioning, and furnishings products.

Jul 11, 2022 - High Point Market

High Point Market Plays Starring Role in Streaming TV Series

HIGH POINT, N.C., July 11, 2022 – The High Point Market and several furnishings exhibitors play a starring role in the second season of EarthxTV sustainability design show Chez Laurence, newly released for streaming on the EarthxTV app, AppleTV, Google TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire. In the eight-episode series, creator, executive producer and host Laurence Carr spotlights companies and organizations in the home furnishings and related sectors that are committed to improving their environmental impact and creating a more sustainable future. For the second season’s premiere episode, Carr was filmed onsite at last year’s Fall Market where she participated in an immersive activation called “Sustainability Stories at Center Stage,” organized by the High Point Market Authority (HPMA). Drawing on her expertise in circularity as a New York-based interior designer, Carr staged one of three vignettes showcasing innovations in sustainable furnishings from Currey & Company and Phillips Collection, along with paint from Farrow & Ball, and materials like Repreve, which is made from 100 percent recycled ocean-bound plastic.

Jun 07, 2022 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority Releases the Second Edition of the Refreshed Style Report

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 7, 2022 – The High Point Market Authority (HPMA) releases its biannual Style Report, meticulously refreshed to introduce a storytelling component into the product overviews contained within. Comprised of 20 Style Stories, this report is a compilation of some of the unique and intriguing product insights found at the recent Spring High Point Market. The 43-page Style Report, sponsored by Crypton Home Fabric and Studio Designer, was produced by HPMA’s talented 2022 Style Spotters team, who perused an abundance of new product introductions and dove into numerous brand backstories to curate this collection of stories. The stories are presented as part of three compelling categories. “Behind the Scenes” tells the story behind a product or brand, giving the reader a deeper understanding and appreciation of how a piece is made, the culture it came from, the artisans who make it, or the science behind it. “On the Scene” is a story built around a style, a product category, colors, textures, or any number of themes. “Must be Seen” is a celebration of a favorite product, collection, or brand, sharing why it is beloved and a must-see stop at High Point Market.

May 31, 2022 - High Point Market

High Point Market Authority President Announces Retirement, Nagem Named Successor

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 31, 2022 – Having served as the High Point Market Authority’s president and CEO for eleven years, Tom Conley plans to retire from the position at the end of 2022. Long- time employee and current COO, Tammy Covington Nagem will succeed Conley in the role by unanimous vote of the board of directors. Drawing on over 40 years of experience in the trade show and association management industries, Conley has led the Market Authority since 2011. During his tenure, High Point Market achieved record marks as it rebuilt from the 2008 economic downturn, built on its momentum to diversify buyer attendance and become more designer-friendly, and navigated a global pandemic, being one of the first large events to return in person after restrictions began to ease. Throughout his career, Conley has served as president of several associations, including the American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Association, the National Housewares Manufacturers Association, the Steel Service Center Institute, and the Toy Industry Association. He also worked in the association management field with International Travel Management Partners, The Sanford Organization, and his own consulting firm, TPC & Associates.