Lunch with Leaders

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2019 20 October
11:30 am
2019 20 October
1:00 pm

Meet Your Mentor!

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This year’s Lunch with Leaders mentor is Stephen Riley!

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As a furniture business consultant, Steve Riley charges good money for the knowledge he’s built up over decades. But he’ll share freely with participants in the Home Furnishings Association’s Lunch with Leaders at High Point Market Oct. 20.

For young professionals, he offers advice like this:

Pay attention to detail.

Listen and learn.

Form partnerships that benefit both sides.

Don’t be a yes man or woman.

Never be afraid to bring fresh ideas to the boss.

Keep up with trends so you can anticipate the future.

Use analytics to determine what works and what doesn’t.

And do everything with integrity and honesty.

“If you have honesty and integrity, you’re going to earn the respect of vendors and peers and set an example for the people who work with you and for you,” he said. Those traits build stronger relationships and better business.

Riley formed Riley Consulting Group last year when retirement left him bored following a long career in retail. As director of furniture, home furnishings and floor coverings for Nebraska Furniture Mart, he oversaw more than $900 million in sales. Before joining NFM in 2006, he worked for many years for May Department Stores, rising to vice president of home textiles.

When Riley retired from NFM, CEO Irv Blumkin praised him as “a terrific asset to the Furniture Mart,” who “helped put our foundation in place for the future. He was loyal, devoted … a great mentor and a great teacher. He was a great leader, and we’re going to miss him.”

As a mentor and teacher, Riley lists “people development” among his top skills. That makes him the perfect leader for a lunch with young retailers. The event, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., features a meal and conversation in a casual, intimate setting. Riley will share his experiences and insights and answer questions during this unique learning opportunity. Seats are limited, so make your reservation now.

Listen our podcast with Stephen Riley

What is Lunch With Leaders?

Lunch with Leaders offers next generation home furnishings professionals the chance to share a meal and conversation with a top industry figure. Participants can ask questions, share ideas and build relationships with talented young colleagues and one accomplished and respected leader. Don’t miss this opportunity!

High Point, NC

High Point Market
First Floor, Plaza Suites
High Point, NC 27260 United States

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