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 the chief officers of IHA's most prominent member companies. The program includes keynote speakers, panel discussions, general sessions and networking opportunities—the most valuable part of the 2-day event according to past participants.


CHESS 2019: Building for the Future...New Leaders, New Markets
September 24-25, 2019

(Tuesday-Wednesday)

The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus

Oak Brook, Illinois
630.568.1234


Register To Attend


If you need hotel accommodations, please click the link below to receive the group rate at the event venue.
The last day to make a reservation with the discounted rate is Friday, August 30.
Hotel Reservations at The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald Campus




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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.


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, September 24), 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.


2019 CHESS AGENDA - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24


Derek Miller
President, IHA

Dan Raftery
CHESS Moderator

10:00 am


Moderator:
Peter Giannetti
Editor-in-Chief, HomeWorld Business

Panelists:

Lauren Greenwood, President, YouCopia

Daniel Seehoff, CEO/Co-Founder, Sophistiplate

Scott Felsenthal, Executive Vice President, Whitmor

10:15 am




Mark Jeffries
Business Influencing and Communication Skills Expert, Former Merrill Lynch Stock Broker, Author & Keynote Speaker

11:15 am



Marshal Cohen
Chief Industry Advisor, Retail, The NPD Group

1:15 pm


Michael Dart
Partner, Consumer/Retail Practice, A.T. Kearney

3:30 pm



4:30 pm

Michael Jordan's
1225 22nd St.
Oak Brook, IL 60523

6:00 pm



2019 CHESS AGENDA - WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25




Dana Telsey
Telsey Advisory Group
CEO & Chief Research Officer

Joe Feldman
Telsey Advisory Group
Senior Managing Director & Assistant Director of Research

8:00 am




David French
SVP, Government Relations and Executive Director, NCCR

9:45 am


David DeLong
Author and President of David DeLong and Associates

10:30 am




Laiza Cors
Co-Founder and CEO, EMBELLO



Anne Sage
Talent Relations Strategist, EMBELLO

12:30 pm


Greg Parsons
Senior Director, Home and Product Development, Kroger

1:15 pm


Dan Raferty
CHESS Moderator

2:15 pm

2:30 pm



2019 CHESS Sponsors








CHESS Speaker Bios and Presentation Previews

CHESS Attendees learn from high-profile industry experts directly and share information and ideas with other housewares and home goods decision-makers.