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.  

High Point Market App - The High Point Market App allows you to easily plan, schedule, save, sync, and map your Market visit.

MyMarket Planning Tool - 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:

  • Twitter

  • Official Hashtag: #HPMKT

  • New Product Premiere: #HPMKTinspired (beginning Monday, March 4)

Gary Inman – Most Excited About

  • InterHall’s Style Pulse

  • Product Launches:

    • 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

  • Jill Seale

    • 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 – Favorite Showrooms

  • Chaddock

    • Focused on texture for this Market

    • Collection with Larry Laslo and Mary McDonald (two of my favorite designers)

  • CR Laine

    • 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

Erin Gilbert