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Next Generation Now develops the next group of industry leaders through educational events and social networking.

Learn more about our events below.

NGN Bash

Sunday, January 22, 2017
6:00pm – 8:30pm

Hosted Bar and Hors d’oeuvres

The Golden Nugget – Gold Diggers Room

129 East Fremont Street, Las Vegas

Come for the Party Stay for the View


Next Generation Now Las Vegas Bash 2016

Lunch with Leaders

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Monday, January 23, 2017
11:30am – 1:00pm

What would you ask an industry expert?

Join HFA’s Next Generation Now community for Lunch with Leaders during Las Vegas Market Monday, January 23, 2017. Lunch with Leaders provide attendees quality face time with top industry executives who can offer invaluable advice, give feedback on your ideas, and become mentors in young professionals’ careers.



Robert Maricich

CEO, International Market Centers

Showroom: IMC Executive Offices, B1615

About Robert: Robert Maricich is widely recognized as one of the home furnishings industry’s most innovative leaders. The former president and chief executive officer of World Market Center Las Vegas and Hickory, N.C. based Century Furniture Industries has an established record of building companies into internationally respected brands.
Maricich was instrumental in envisioning and developing the strategy for the creation of International Market Centers, L.P. and for the purchase of the International Home Furnishings Center, ShowPlace properties, and the Market Square properties in High Point, N.C. and merging them with World Market Center Las Vegas to form the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishing, home décor and gift industries. Prior to assuming that post, Maricich spent 11 years at Century Furniture Industries.



Chris Cooley

Owner, Michael Alan Home Furniture & Interior Design

Showroom: Ashley Industries, B1500
About Chris: Chris started her business career in the banking industry, but, after accompanying her parents to the San Francisco Furniture Market she was hooked and furniture was in her blood ever since! Chris and her sister joined the family business in 1990 and just two years later they bought it from their parents. Since 1992 Chris has taken the business through extreme changes and amazing growth. For her efforts, Michael Alan was awarded the 2015 Home Furnishings Retailer of the Year Award. Chris serves on multiple industry boards and believes it is vital to belong and give back to the home furnishings industry to help educate and share good business practices with other furniture families so that we may all prosper and learn together.



Jeff Gonzales

National Sales Manager, Nourison Rugs

Showroom: Nourison Rugs, C112

About Jeff: Jeff Gonzalez is the Sales Director for Nourison Industries, where he’s worked the past 8 years. He brings more than 20 years of industry insight and experience to the table after working with several rug, home furnishings manufacturers and consulting before establishing himself at family-owned Nourison. Jeff is a New York City native graduated from the University of California, Irvine and is a U.S. Marine Corps reservist. He is a big believer in giving back to his community and lives by the inspirational words of Walt Disney…”All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”



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