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International Housewares Association

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Senior Manager, Public Relations & Communications
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CHESS 2016 To Examine Navigating Transitional Times Through Political,
Economic, Cultural Shifts

Political Pundit Charlie Cook, Retail Analyst Dana Telsey Lead Keynote Sessions

ROSEMONT, Ill. May 25, 2016) -The November presidential election will bring a change to the political, economic and cultural landscape in America with a ripple effect around the world. Housewares executives can gain insight into what to expect from these changes as experts in politics, retail and economics explore "Navigating Transitional Times...Through Political, Economic and Cultural Shifts" during the 2016 Chief Housewares Executive SuperSession (CHESS), Oct. 6-7 in Rosemont, Ill.

Political pundit Charlie Cook will preview the elections in his keynote session, "Where is Our Country Headed?" on Oct. 6. For more than two decades, Cook has been Washington’s most trusted-and most accurate-voice on all things political, whether it’s the outcome of a congressional, gubernatorial or presidential election. He will share his insights on the 2016 political season and offer an insider’s perspective on how we got here, who will prevail and what it means going forward.

Dana Telsey, retail analyst, CEO and chief research officer at Telsey Advisory Group, returns to CHESS to examine "The Future of Retail: Implications for the Housewares Industry." In this keynote session on Oct. 7, Telsey and her partner, Joe Feldman, will build upon their 2015 CHESS presentation, offering a view into the future direction of both brick and mortar and online retail. Telsey is a regular guest analyst on CNN and CNBC and has also appeared on Wall Street Week, ABC News, The NBC Evening News and The Today Show.

CHESS is the strategic and networking event for industry leaders. It is designed for chief officers of all IHA member companies and their top decision-makers and features sessions on critical issues affecting housewares, including design and innovation, brand marketing, the China market, supply chain logistics, retail trends and more.

The program opens Oct. 6 with the annual blue-ribbon panel of housewares CEOs moderated by Peter Giannetti, editor-in-chief of HomeWorld Business. The afternoon will feature a global economic outlook by Bernard Baumohl, chief global economist at The Economic Outlook Group. Baumohl will address topics including the effect China has on global manufacturing and potential reshoring issues, the impact of Free Trade on keeping the U.S. competitive, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement and the impact of the upcoming presidential election on the economy and how it may change after a new president is in office.

Other general sessions will cover marketing to Boomers and Millennials and supply chain logistics. Time will be provided after each session for Q&A with the speakers.

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-the most valuable part of the program according to past participants.

To register for CHESS or for more information, visit the CHESS website at or contact Isabel Barabicho of IHA at


The International Housewares Association is the 78-year-old voice of the housewares industry, which accounted for (US)$331.1 billion at retail worldwide in 2014 ($75.1 billion at retail in the U.S.). 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.