HSN in Search of “American Dreams” Products at Housewares Show

Culinary, home and miscellaneous items will be judged at the show
March 13, 2017Andrea Lillo

HSN 2016NEW YORK—HSN will host an all-day product search at the International Home + Housewares Show March 18 as part of its American Dreams initiative designed to cultivate entrepreneurs and introduce innovative products to the marketplace.

Senior executives from HSN will be joined by entrepreneur Marc Portney, host of Science Channel’s All American Makers, to judge submissions from registered entrepreneurs across different categories. Each entrepreneur will have three minutes to showcase his or her product during a two-hour block before a panel of retail, design, manufacturing and consumer technology specialists. The winning product will have a chance to appear on HSN.

The day, scheduled between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., will be divided into three categories: culinary, home and miscellaneous.

The culinary segment will kick off the day from 10 a.m. to noon, and will be judged by Portney, along with HSN’s Sandy Conrad (senior vice president, electronics, culinary, wellness), Dara Trujillo (vice president, new business merchandising), Patrick Accorsi (vice president, culinary), Adam Marland (senior buyer, culinary) and Katie Rapport (buyer, culinary). From noon until 4 p.m., the home category will be the focus, and judges include Portney, HSN’s Chris Nicola (senior vice president, home), Trujillo and Zuri Woodard (senior merchandise associate, home). The remaining two hours will be for miscellaneous products, with Portney and Trujillo judging products.

HSN is anticipating approximately 50 entrepreneurs to pitch their products. Those who would like to participate can e-mail email AmericanDreams@hsn.com to submit their product for consideration; they must include “Housewares Show Product Search” in the subject line.

The event will take place at McCormick Center’s North Building, in Room N126.

Andrea LilloAndrea Lillo | Senior Editor

Andrea Lillo has written about a variety of topics, from beer gardens in Queens to kitchen design trends to residential caves. Having joined Home Furnishings News in 2006, she serves as Fashion Editor.


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