There’s been a buzzing sound since we got back from the 2017 Spring High Point Market. The excitement from such a great (albeit, rainy) Market is still buzzing around MicroD and our great partners in the home furnishings industry. We know the “word on the streets”–the very, very rain-soaked streets–was that this was a difficult Market with the ongoing weather issues. We’ll be the first to say that raincoats and umbrellas hold a little more value in our future packing list; yet, there’s still some things that were much bigger than the torrential downpour that made this Market a Market for the history books.
WithIt is celebrating the 20th anniversary during 2017 and every market event for the women’s organization is always exciting. This year and this Market, in particular, made it even more exciting. The WOW Awards Dinner hosted by WithIt each Spring High Point Market couldn’t put a candle to this year’s awards. It’s wonderful to see 20 years of growth in our industry and the women (and men) who are leading the way for future women in leadership roles. This WOW Awards Dinner held a special surprise for MicroD as our own Dana Helms received the Mentoring Award for 2017. An award previously given to MicroD’s President, Manoj Nigam, the Mentoring Award is a coveted honor in an organization and industry that thrives on “passing the torch” and mentoring future leaders. We were among many who stood to cheer loudly when Dana Helms was honored with the award on Friday night. It was powerful to witness a room full of incredible women (and the men who support them) cheering on their fellow woman. The accomplishments of this organization and these women over the last 20 years have been incredible and impacted the lives and careers of so many in our industry. It was a great honor to be at the dinner celebrating how far we’ve come and how far we’ll continue to go! #glassceiling #WOWawards
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As with most Markets, MicroD was lucky enough to have the opportunity to engage with designers and retailers at HFA’s seminar series. Ron Gordon, MicroD’s resident technology guru, gave an outstanding seminar on Monday morning on the growing changes in Internet security, customer expectations, and even outlined the key to escaping a grizzly bear. If you missed the seminar, and we wish we had the recording to make up for it, you can download the tips and tricks from Ron Gordon here!
#webtrends #MicroDtips #GoogleChanges
So many companies launched incredible lines this Market. We witnessed incredible turnout DAYS earlier than anyone anticipated foot traffic. Showrooms were elbow-to-elbow on Friday before Market officially opened and the momentum didn’t stop. One of the very exciting moments for MicroD (and our Memorable Market Moment for Spring 2017) was the release of our 3D technology solution, OmniVue® 3D! Though the news was spread before Market, MicroD team members got close and personal with the furniture in several showrooms during the Market week. The debut of 3D technology in the home furnishings industry was inspiring for furniture veterans and innovators alike, making this excitement MicroD’s Memorable Market Moment!
#memorablemarketmoment #3D #hpmkt
For more information on the updates from Market, check out our Facebook page for videos and photo galleries of a great Spring High Point Market 2017! We can’t wait until the next big moments. Share YOUR #memorablemarketmoment with @microdinc!