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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.

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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.

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Derek Miller
President, IHA

Dan Raftery
CHESS Moderator

10:00 am

Peter Giannetti
Editor-in-Chief, HomeWorld Business


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

3:15 pm

4:15 pm

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

6:00 pm


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, National Retail Federation

9:15 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.