October 3-4, 2017
Rosemont, IL USA


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Consumer Alignment…Embracing Change for Growth


CHESS—Chief Housewares Executive SuperSession—is IHA’s annual senior-level conference for industry leaders. This strategic education and networking event of the year allows attendees to access high-profile industry experts directly and share information and ideas with other housewares and home goods decision-makers. Held every fall, CHESS attracts more than 150 chief officers of IHA’s most prominent member companies. The program includes Keynotes, panel discussions, general sessions and networking opportunities—the most valuable part of the 2-day event according to past participants. This year’s theme of “Consumer Alignment…Embracing Change for Growth” will cover sessions designed to address the evolving retail and consumer marketplace.


Keynotes, Industry Presentations and Panel Discussions

The CHESS agenda and speaker lineup are designed specifically for chief officers of all IHA member companies and their top decision makers and features sessions on critical issues affecting the home and housewares business.

2017 CHESS Speaker and Presentation Previews


Networking Opportunities

The CHESS conference is designed to afford industry executives the opportunity to network and discuss relevant challenges and opportunities present in today’s business environment. Through scheduled networking breaks, breakfast and lunch formats, and the highly anticipated dinner on day 1 (Tuesday, October 3rd), CHESS is the ideal forum to share your knowledge and experience with industry executives as you seek solutions and search for opportunities in your business.

For additional information, please contact Ginny Costello at gcostello@housewares.org.


CHESS AGENDA - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3


Phil Brandl
President/CEO, IHA

Dan Raftery
CHESS Facilitator

10:00 am


Moderator:
Peter Giannetti

Editor-in-Chief, HomeWorld Business

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10:15 am


Marshal Cohen
Chief Industry Analyst, NPD Group
Joe Derochowski
Home Industry Analyst, NPD Group

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11:15 am

12:15 pm


Warren Shoulberg Publisher/Editorial Director, Home & Textiles Today
Editorial Director, HFN and GDA
Maureen Azzato
Publisher/Editorial Director, HFN

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1:30 pm


Panelists: Melissa Maker, Chad Reynolds from Clean My Space
Gemma Stafford, Kevin Kurtz from Bigger Bolder Baking

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2:30 pm

Niraj Shah
CEO, Wayfair

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3:15 pm

4:15 pm

5:00 pm


Capital Grille

6:00 pm



CHESS AGENDA - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4


David Houle
Futurist, David Houle & Associates

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8:05 am

Dana Telsey
Retail Guru, CEO & Chief Research Officer, TAG
Joe Feldman
Senior Managing Director & Assistant Director of Research, TAG

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9:45 am


Wendy Newton
Attorney, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

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11:00 am


12:00 pm


Becky Bush
Agency Development Manager, Google
Nathan Rigby
CEO, One Click Retail

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1:00 pm

2:15 pm

2:30 pm


2017 CHESS Sponsors