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Hospitality Designer Day planned at market

HIGH POINT — Hospitality designers will have their day at the High Point Market on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

The NEWH North Carolina Regional Group, a nonprofit networking organization, is hosting the market's inaugural Hospitality Designer Day, with showroom visits, seminars, presentations and CEUs, and an evening cocktail party.

Sponsored by NEWH-member manufacturers, the event is an opportunity for hospitality designers to experience manufacturers' products and capabilities in greater depth than is possible at traditional hospitality industry trade shows, officials said.

"Many manufacturers who have High Point showrooms are also major suppliers to the hospitality industry, giving hospitality designers from this region a great reason to attend the High Point Market," said Karen Appert, steering committee chairperson of the NEWH North Carolina group. "The hope is to bring together hospitality designers and suppliers to help support each other in this region."

NEWH also will invite designers from the District of Columbia, Virginia and Atlanta regions.

Participating showrooms in High Point will be staffed by personnel conversant in hospitality products and pricing, so there will be no confusion about retail vs. contract products.

Events on Oct. 22 will include showroom visits from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seminars and presentations, and a cocktail party from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the showroom of member company American Leather. The event falls midway through the High Point Market, which runs Oct. 19-24.

"We are pleased that the NEWH Carolina Regional Group is inviting another segment of the design community to experience High Point Market," said Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority. "We think hospitality designers will find a great deal of inspiration and learn about suppliers they might not have known about before."

RSVP for the event on the NC Regional Group page on the NEWH website at

Register for a High Point Market pass, required for admission to showrooms, at

For Hospitality Designer Day sponsorship opportunities, contact Appert at (336) 761-1220 or

Event sponsors to date include American Leather, Samuel Lawrence Hospitality, Baker Furniture/Mark David, DesignMaster Furniture, Palliser Contract Furniture, Phillips Collection, Barlow Tyrie, Uttermost, P/Kaufmann, Sealy Global Hospitality, Lazar Inds., Telos Furniture, Braxton Culler, Guy Chaddock, Leftbank Art, La-Z-Boy Hospitality and Appian Textiles.

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