WEBINAR: Get More from High Point Spring Market
Dering Hall’s February webinar, Get More from High Point Spring Market was on Thursday, February 21. The organizers of High Point shared their secrets on getting the most from High Point Spring Market. Dering Hall was joined by High Point Market veterans: Ashley Grigg, Gary Inman and Shay Geyer, who shared their experiences and provided some great advice for navigating High Point Market.
About our Panelists:
Shay Geyer is a former Style Spotter (2014) and is the owner of IBB Design Fine Furnishings. Her mother is an interior designer so she’s been around the industry her entire life. Shay has been attending High Point Market since 2011.
Ashley Grigg is the Director of Marketing and Communications for High Point Market Authority. She is primarily involved with media relations, education planning, marketing efforts and social media for HPMA.
Style Spotter Gary Inman is a seasoned market veteran with over 28 years experience in the design industry. He is currently the Vice President of Hospitality at Baskervill. Gary attends HPMKT twice a year and has attended over 50 times in total. In 2016, he helped found a program that focuses on hospitality at Market.
High Point Market Resources:
HPMKT Website - Find guides, products, trends, tips, insights, events, trip planning and more.
MyMarket App - With the MyMarket tool, you can save your selected showrooms, seminars, and events to your personal Market plan.
The Point - Information and idea central for all things High Point Market
Connect on Social Media:
Official Hashtag: #HPMKT
New Product Premiere: #HPMKTinspired (beginning Monday, March 4)
Gary Inman – Most Excited About
InterHall’s Style Pulse
Alexa Hampton’s new collection for Theodore Alexander
Ray Booth launch at Hickory Chair
Carrier and Company Debut at Century Furniture
Ryan Korban collection at EJ Victor
Filming Icons at the Bienenstock Furniture Library
Shay Geyer – Most Excited About
Networking and connecting with friends
Showcasing my permanent botanical collection with The Botanical Mix
Follow me on Instagram @designershay for sneak peeks and details on where to see pieces from the collection
Following all the Style Spotter fun to source and discover new products
Gary Inman – Favorite Showrooms
Currey & Company
First and last stop
Beautiful showroom designed by Cecil Adams and his creative team
Live music, delicious food, great industry friends
Collection of Florentine style marbled paper and products
Artistry is always in fashion
Antique & Design Center
One of a kind treasures
I visit on Thursdays to beat the crowd
Shay Geyer – Top Showrooms
Focused on texture for this Market
Collection with Larry Laslo and Mary McDonald (two of my favorite designers)
Rebranded and gave themselves a new look within the last 10 years
If you’re a fan of color, pattern, and upholstery with very good scale you need to check out CR Laine
Gary Inman – Top Events I Look Forward To
Style Spotters Live
Style Spotters Live on Tuesday morning when our talented team reports the latest design trends and product innovations to the world! I’m always so impressed by the insights and dedication of the Style Spotter team and the inspiring designs of the manufacturers.
“The Art of Collecting” with Panelists: Barry Dixon, Stacey Tiveron, Michelle Workman, and Larry Laslo
There are so many great panels and parities at Market. It is difficult to choose just one, but I must admit I get enormous pleasure from the panel I moderate each Market on the theme of the Art of Design. This Market I’ll share “The Art of Collecting” with panelists Barry Dixon, Stacey Tiveron, Michelle Workman, and Larry Laslo. I love choosing a topic I’m obsessed with and getting an audience to share the passion and the journey.
Private dinner party at Printworks
My favorite event is the private dinner party I always host at Printworks on Sunday night with my High Point Market “Family”. It is always a wonderful evening of love and friendship with my favorite people.
Shay Geyer – Top Events I Look Forward To
Showhouse in a Showroom at Alden Parkes
Meet Bobby McAlpine
Style Spotters Favorites Tours
Social Media Mavens: Adding Value - Influencers and Brands
High Tea with Madcap and Newport Cottage
#HPMKTmemory Hashtag Printer and Photo Wall
Gary Inman – Top Pieces of Advice
Have a plan
Organize your schedule
Schedule meetings, panels, interviews and sync to phone if possible
Remember the basics
Stay hydrated (no alcohol before 5pm, avoid sugar)
Carry protein bars or snacks
Wear comfortable shoes
Bring extra chargers
Invest in a roller bag
Try to have an assistant or partner to help you navigate Market
Shay Geyer – Top Pieces of Advice
Organize your day by mapping out vendor locations
Connect with the manufacturer’s marketing personnel - ask for product on white to use in presentations or campaigns
Take multiple photos, angles, and videos that can be used on various platforms
Research and visit 1st time exhibitors
Follow social media to discover new vendors
Find out what showrooms serve meals and plan accordingly