Proving you’re never too old to learn, eight Home Furnishings Association members gathered in Baton Rouge, La., May 6-9 for the second annual Home Furnishings Leadership Institute at Louisiana State University.
Retailers spent four days learning from some of the industry’s best and brightest retailers as well as from LSU’s executive education professors. Topics covered included communicating effectively with employees, picking the right leadership style, succession planning and key performance metrics in your furniture store.
HFA members seemed to enjoy that many of the teachers were also part of the furniture industry.
“Experience in the industry is one thing that cannot be replaced in a classroom,” said Andres Capo of El Dorado Furniture in Florida. “So, having speakers that are directly involved in the business helped me identify and relate.”
Rachael Cowell of Great American Home Furnishings said she was excited to apply what she learned at the institute to her two stores in Oregon. “I attained more critical knowledge in the four days of this Leadership Institute than I’ve learned in the eight years I have been in this industry,” she said.
We hope to see you at our next event!