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Hospitality Industry Program Returns to Fall High Point Market

High Point Market LogoDesigners from the hospitality industry will again be the focus of second annual Hospitality at Market program hosted by the High Point Market Authority at the upcoming Fall Market.

The second annual Hospitality at Market features a curated directory of showrooms, guided tours, educational events and networking opportunities specifically for the hospitality industry.

“Exhibitors have presented their hospitality offerings at High Point Market for quite some time, and hospitality designers have long been coming to take advantage of that. This event, however, is the first to focus on the hospitality sector,” said Tom Conley, president and CEO of the Market Authority. “Hospitality designers and exhibitors alike are truly embracing this opportunity, and we’re seeing great connections being made and business getting done as a result.”

The program will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15 – the second day of market -- with a reception in the Currey & Company showroom, complete with a presentation from Marilyn Lasecki of Marriott International and Stacey Tiveron, founder of (now Steelyard).

On Sunday evening, the Christopher Guy showroom will welcome guests to the keynote event, featuring a presentation by the brand’s founder, Christopher Guy Harrison, with hospitality designers Glenn Wilson and Joni Vanderslice.

On Monday, Oct. 16, there will be a full schedule of guided and self-guided showroom tours, a reception in the Kravet Contract showroom, and a panel discussion on “The Four Pillars of Hospitality Design”.

The tours will visit several of the more than 75 participating showrooms, which will all have hospitality reps on-site to present the exhibitor’s hospitality offerings and full range of capabilities.

An advisory committee comprised of hospitality industry professionals is working closely with the Market Authority to develop programming and recruit attendees. Committee members include Gary Inman, vice president of hospitality for Baskervill, a leading design firm; and two multi-line manufacturer’s representatives, Lynda Welte, president of Blueprints for Green Design; and Bess Rosefield Ehmke, principal at The Best of Bess.

Welte is also a founding member and past president of the Washington, DC chapter of NEWH, the hospitality industry association, and Rosefield Ehmke currently serves as steering chair for the organization’s North Carolina region.

Registration for this program is free to all hospitality buyers, designers and specifiers. Suppliers and sales representatives must have a High Point Market showroom. Additional program information and registration details can be found at

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