HFA Announces Next Generation Leadership Immersion Experience Program at Hudson’s Furniture, Sanford, Florida.

Roseville, CA  (April 3, 2017) – The Home Furnishings Association (HFA) announces the next location for its Leadership Immersion program, offering one-of-kind visits with best in class retailers. The Next Generation members of HFA have the opportunity to apply and qualify for the new Leadership Immersion Experience program planned June 20-22, 2017 at the headquarters of Hudson’s Furniture, Sanford, FL.

The two and one-half day program features an agenda developed to showcase the finely tuned operations of this top 100 retailer.   With visits to the distribution center, corporate headquarters, and a local retail storefront, attendees will have exclusive access to Hudson’s executives and key staff members. “We are excited to have the chance to give back to the industry.  When I was a young executive, I would have loved to have had an opportunity like the NGN Leadership Immersion Experience.” Says Josh Hudson, “I know I’m going to learn from them too!”

The association has previously conducted the program at RC Willey, UT, El Dorado Furniture, FL, and most recently in January 2017, American Furniture Warehouse, Colorado, giving young retailers unprecedented access to their teams and operations. “This experience is a few days packed with years of knowledge from industry leaders that have experienced the same hurdles, successes, and changing end consumer.  This program is one that every young professional in the industry should get involved in.  It’s a must do!  Companies like these are speaking gold and handing you keys to the kingdom in your territory!” states Bijan Lalji, Lalji Home, Coquitlam, BC.

“I have attended two Leadership Immersion Experiences and both have been amazing.  The amount of information we are able to take in in just a couple of days is unbelievable.  And networking with other participants proves to be invaluable as well, such a wonderful program”, Erin Donaghy, Dunk and Bright Furniture, Syracuse, NY.

“HFA’s commitment to helping young retail professionals succeed is culminated in this program”, said Sharron Bradley, NAHFA’s CEO “More programs with best in class retailers are being planned for the fall of 2017 and beyond.”

Next Generation business, STORIS is the Program sponsor.  “STORIS understands the value of training the next generation of furniture professionals and is happy to be Signature Sponsor of this program” states Kaitlin Surdoval, STORIS Marketing Manager and second generation of family business STORIS in the home furnishings industry.

Program details and application can be found on HFA’s website at myHFA.org/NGN, or call program coordinator, Kaprice Crawford for details 800-422-3778 ext. 102.

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