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International Housewares Association

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Recession-Based Opportunities, Marketing To Women Are Focus of Keynote Presentations at 2010 Chief Housewares Executive SuperSession

Senior-Level Conference for Industry Decision-Makers to be held in October

ROSEMONT, IL (August 10, 2010)— Adolfo Laurenti, deputy chief economist and managing director at Mesirow Financial, will sort the winners from the losers in the new economic order caused by the great recession and lackluster recovery in his keynote address, "Time of Crisis, Time of Opportunities," to open CHESS 2010, Chief Housewares Executive SuperSession, a senior-level conference for industry decision-makers, Oct. 6-7 at The Intercontinental Chicago O'Hare, Rosemont, Ill. CHESS is designed for chief executive officers of all IHA member companies and their top decision-makers.

On day 2, Michael Silverstein, senior partner and managing director at The Boston Consulting Group, will deliver the definitive portrait on the new "female economy" in his keynote address, "Women Want More—How to Capture Your Share of the World's Largest, Fastest-Growing Market." Women are projected to drive an incremental $5 trillion in global spending in the next several years, representing the most important commercial opportunity in our lifetime. He will offer insights on how housewares suppliers can respond to this growing phenomenon.

Closing CHESS 2010 will be Al Meyers, senior vice president at Kantar Retail, who will explore the fundamentals of the post-recession U.S. retail landscape and the implications for housewares manufacturers and their retail partners, in his presentation, “Retailing Trends to 2015: Recession to Recovery.”

The two-day program also features sessions on critical business issues including: profiting from global manufacturing after the recession, federal mandates and business, corporate sustainability, social media, service merchandising solutions and selling independent retailers. The mix of general and breakout sessions includes Q&A time with speakers after each session. Networking breaks, luncheons and a cocktail reception and dinner also provide time for attendees to network and meet informally with speakers, industry service providers and their colleagues.

Other speakers and topics include:

  • “After the Recession: How to Profit from the New Reality of Global Manufacturing” by Michael Hetzel, vice president/Americas, Pro QC International and president, Northern Galaxy Corporation.
  • “Federal Mandates & Business: How Will They Ever Get Along?” by Pam Sederholm, IHA’s Washington representative and head of IHA’s Government Affairs Office.
  • “Demystifying Sustainability: How to Make Your Business ‘Green’” by Sean Kerrigan, senior vice president, marketing & corporate development, NextLife.
  • “The Truth Behind Social Media” by Mark Bachmann, partner, and Michelle Venorsky, management supervisor, at Marcus Thomas LLC.
  • Breakout session on “Customized Merchandising Solutions for Retail Success” by Steve Birke, president & CEO of Lawrence Merchandising.
  • Breakout session on “Selling Independent Retailers” by Bob Coviello, president of HTI Buying Group, Inc.

To register for CHESS or for more information, visit the CHESS website at or contact Judy Colitz of IHA at

The International Housewares Association is the 72-year-old voice of the housewares industry, which accounted for (US)$300.3 billion at retail worldwide in 2008. The not-for-profit, full-service association

sponsors the world's premier exposition of products for the home, the International Home + Housewares Show, and offers its 1,700 member companies a wide range of services, including industry and government advocacy, export assistance, State-of-the-Industry reports, point-of-sale and consumer panel data through Housewares MarketWatch, executive management peer groups, a unique Web-based community at and group buying discounts on business solutions services.

NOTE TO EDITORS: If you would like to attend CHESS 2010, please contact Debbie Teschke at or call 847.692.0110.