CHESS Conference Set for IHA

ROSEMONT, Ill.-The Chief Housewares Executive SuperSession (CHESS) conference will take place on Oct. 6-7 at the Intercontinental Chicago O'Hare hotel here.

Adolfo Laurenti, deputy chief economist and managing director of Mesirow Financial, will deliver the keynote address titled "Time of Crisis, Time of Opportunities," discussing the winners and losers from the recession and the economy's lackluster recovery, on Oct. 6. On Oct. 7, Michael Silverstein, senior partner and managing director of The Boston Consulting Group, will speak on the new "female economy" in his address titled "Women Want More--How to Capture Your Share of the World's Largest, Fastest-Growing Market." Closing the program will be Al Meyers, senior vice president of Kantar Retail, who will describe the fundamentals of post-recession U.S. retailing and the implications for retailers and housewares manufacturers in "Retailing Trends to 2015: Recession to Recovery."

Other sessions include:

o"After the Recession: How to Profit from the New Reality of Global Manufacturing" by Michael Hetzel, vice president/Americas for Pro QC International and president of Northern Galaxy Corp.

o"Federal Mandates & Business: How Will They Ever Get Along" by Pam Sederholm, IHA Washington representative and head of IHA's government affairs office, and Michelle Dimarob, manager of legal affairs for the National Federation of Independent Business

o"Demystifying Sustainability: How to Make Your Business Green" by William Rickert, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Mountain Valley Recycling, and Jeffrey Rosenholtz, vice president of sustainability solutions for NextLife

o"The Truth Behind Social Media" by Mark Bachmann, partner, and Michelle, management supervisor, both with Marcus Thomas LLC

o"Customized Merchandising Solutions for Retail Success" by Cindy Sattler, president and chief executive officer of Lawrence Merchandising

o"Selling Independent Retailers" by Bob Coviello, president of HTI Buying Group

Individuals can register for CHESS by visiting its Web site at or by contacting Judy Colitz of IHA at

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