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 Keynotes, panel discussions, general sessions and networking opportunities-the most valuable part of the 2-day event according to past participants.


October 2-3, 2018 | Hilton Rosemont, IL


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Adapting in the Face of Change


This year's CHESS conference, "Adapting in the Face of Change" is shaping up to be the strongest event yet including a great roster of speakers covering important, timely and very relevant topics. CHESS speakers include authorities on:

  • Visual intelligence and the art of perception
  • Trends shaping the future of the U.S. retail landscape
  • Navigating the opportunities in digital marketing and social media
  • Building your talent bench for the future
  • Retail evolution in the housewares industry
  • In addition to the education, CHESS veterans know that the networking with industry peers will be a key element and benefit of this two-day event.




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


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.

2018 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 2


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


Amy Herman
Consultant/Speaker/Author

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11:15 am

12:15 pm


Don Unser
Group President, Retail, NPD Group

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1:30 pm


Harry Moser
President Reshoring Initiative

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2:30 pm


Sucharita Kodali
Vice President and Principal Analyst, E-business and Channel Strategy, Forrester Research

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3:30 pm

4:30 pm


Gene & Georgetti - Rosemont

6:00 pm



CHESS AGENDA - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3


Dana Telsey
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Research Officer
Joe Feldman
Senior Managing Director & Assistant Director of Research
, Telsey Advisory Group (TAG)

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8:05 am

Brian Carter
CEO, The Carter Group

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9:45 am

Speaker TBA

10:45 am


11:30 am


Jacquie Fazekas
Consultant, Former Retailer

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12:30 pm


Mike Popchuk
General Manager/Director, Home Products Amazon.com



1:15 pm

Dan Raftery

2:15 pm

2:30 pm



2018 CHESS Sponsors