GHTA Annual Conference


The Gift and Home Trade Association [GHTA], the industry’s leading non-profit trade associa-tion, has announced its three world-class keynote speakers and an overview of its full agenda for this year’s Gift & Home Bridgeway Collaborative Conference. The conference, which will run November 12-14, 2017 in Washington, D.C. at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, will feature Consumer Trend Authority, Tom Mirabile; Leadership and Communication Expert, Dave Mitchell; and Retail Junkie, Ryan Craver.

The conference will also provide attendees with interactive and expert-led breakout workshops, networking activities, and social events. Individuals can learn more and register for the conference at the rate of $599 for members and $699 for non-members on the GHTA


Opening keynote speaker on Monday, November 13, will be Tom Mirabile, 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. Tom will deliver his forecast and focus for the year ahead, and explore 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. Attendees will gain a new understanding of what engages them, and how to survive and thrive in this dynamic and competitive marketplace.

Tuesday, November 14’s opening keynote speaker will be Leadership and Communication expert, Dave Mitchell. Dave founded the Leadership Difference in 1995 and 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. Dave poses the question “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.

Closing the conference the afternoon of November 14th will be self-proclaimed Retail Junkie, Ryan Craver. Ryan is currently the leader 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.

Ryan’s presentation will look at the intersection of retail and technology. 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 under-stand why creating intrigue and delivering immediacy in a frictionless way will define your future success.

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