Hunter Douglas, the nation's leading manufacturer of custom window fashions, held its first-ever International Alliance Conference at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The conference ran from July 25 to 27, 2007 and Kurt & Claudia Evers, owners of The Blind Alley of Bellevue, Washington were among the more than 4,000 attendees.
The conference was the first event of its kind where Hunter Douglas aligned retail dealers from around the globe along with its fabricators, select marketing partners and Hunter Douglas management and product brand teams all gathered together, at the same time and under one roof. Ninety-two-thousand square feet of exhibition space were filled to capacity with a comprehensive presentation of Hunter Douglas products and significant new window fashions introductions scheduled for fall 2007, including a preview of new Pirouette® window shadings, featuring soft adjustable fabric vanes that float gracefully in front of a fabric sheer. An array of marketing and merchandising programs were also showcased.
At the opening ceremony entitled "Innovation: A Hunter Douglas Presentation," the Honorable John W. Hickenlooper, Mayor of Denver, was a distinguished guest, and welcomed the attendees to Denver. Marv Hopkins, President and CEO of Hunter Douglas, spoke about the innovation that defines Hunter Douglas as a company.
Hunter Douglas President and CEO, Marv Hopkins, thanks General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) for his insightful and inspiring keynote speech, which received three standing ovations.
Other speakers at the conference included Daniel Burrus, referred to by The New York Times as one of America's top three business gurus, who talked about how retailers can prepare for trends that are a reality, not a passing fad, such as the predominance of technology is today's world and the convergence of four generations in the workforce.
Michelle Lamb, leading design expert and Senior Editor of "The Trend Curve" newsletter, explained how design trends have increasingly shorter life spans and how fashion and home now influence each other, rather than home following fashion. She highlighted upcoming design and color trends, explaining how neutrals are becoming increasingly important along with eco-influenced décor.
George Whalin, President and CEO of Retail Management Consultants, discussed the future of retail and provided easily implemented ideas to help dealers keep their businesses ahead of the curve and better serve tomorrow's customers.
Hunter Douglas President and CEO Marv Hopkins, emphasized the success of the conference: "This was an industry first. Never before has Hunter Douglas or any other window covering company brought together such a large and extraordinary gathering of retail dealer talent to learn and grow together. The breadth of new products displayed - some of the most promising and significant new products introduced in many years - as well as the exceptional marketing and merchandising programs and other business-building tools presented was unprecedented. The celebrated speakers also provided many stimulating ideas for business and for life."
Featured above, the 92,000 square-foot exhibition filled to the brim with exciting new products and programs from Hunter Douglas, the nation's leading manufacturer of custom window fashions.
Hunter Douglas Inc., headquartered in Pearl River, NY, is the leading manufacturer of custom window coverings in North America.
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