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2017 Immersion Program Opportunities


The Home Furnishings Association (HFA) announces the launch of an incredible experience for 2017, offering one-of-kind visits with the industry’s best in class retailers. The Next Generation Now members of HFA are encouraged to apply for the HFA—Leadership Immersion Experience.
In our unwavering commitment to provide unique and value driven programs to our membership, HFA has created a two and one half day program featuring an agenda developed to showcase the finely tuned operations of the most successful retailers in the country. With visits to distribution centers, corporate headquarters and a local retail storefront, attendees will have exclusive access to executives and key staff members.

  • 2.5 days of intense observation, Q&A and operations tours.
  • Open to HFA’s Next Generation Now furniture professionals.
  • Learn firsthand why Best-in-Class retail operations work so successfully.
  • Gain insights into efficiencies and apply them to your operation.
  • Network with other young professionals to build your circle of influence.
  • Get on the fast track to your next level of success.
  • A registration fee of $199 credited back to you for a future HFA education
    event upon successful completion of the program.
  • Applicants chosen to participate must work in a home furnishings retail store
    and be members of HFA.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of two years management experience.

Retailers at the 2016 Immersion Program

Retailers at the 2016 Immersion Program

 

Details About this Opportunity

Why apply?

  • Learn firsthand why Best-in-Class retail operations work so successfully.
  • Gain insights into efficiencies and apply them to your operation.
  • Network with other young professionals to build your circle of influence.
  • Get on the fast track to your next level of success.
Who will participate?

  • Home furnishings retail businesses from across the country.
  • Some of the brightest and most active young professionals in the industry.
  • Thought leaders from inside and out of the home furnishings industry.
Program participation—priority will be given to first time applicants

  • A registration fee of $199 credited back to you for a future HFA education event upon successful completion of the program.
  • Applicants chosen to participate must work in a home furnishings retail store and be members of HFA.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of two years management experience.
  • Participants are expected to pay their travel and accommodation expenses.

Testimonials

“This trip was the most valuable experience I have had in the home furnishings industry to date. I would jump on the opportunity to be part of any other event or trip such as this one.”
Jordan Barrick, Quality Furniture & Appliance (RC Willey Immersion Experience)

 

“It was absolutely the best learning experience I’ve ever been a part of. I learned more about running a furniture store in two and a half days than the past eight years in the business.”
Alex Macias, Del Sol Furniture (RC Willey Immersion Experience)

 

“This program gives young professionals immersion into best-in-class retail operations and insight to being a well-rounded retailer. The opportunity to learn from industry trusted leaders is vital for the future of our industry. We are excited to be aligned with such an initiative.”
Kaitlin Surdoval, Marketing Manager, STORIS

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the application requirements?

  • Must be members of the HFA
  • Must have two or more years of work experience in a leadership role in your company
  • Will be 19-39 years of age at the time of the event
  • Must commit to travel to the event location and be fully able to participate throughout the event
  • Must have the support of your company’s chief executive to participate (letter submitted, see application)
  • Must provide complete and accurate profile information within application, including demographic information and birth date
  • Must agree to participate in a post event evaluation and to provide a written summary of your experience, what you learned and what you will implement in your business/operation
  • Must complete the full application (incomplete applications will not be considered)
When will I be notified?

  • Applications will be reviewed by the selection committee and applicants will be notified by an HFA coordinator ASAP as to whether you have been selected.
What will I need to pay for?

  • If selected, you agree to pay for your travel and accommodation expenses in full.
  • A registration fee of $199 credited back to you for a future HFA education event upon successful completion of the program.
  • Since attendance relates directly to and is intended to directly benefit your work/business/professional development, it is expected that your company’s chief executive will authorize the necessary time and additional funds for selected participants to fully participate in the event.

 
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