Jon Huntsman, Robert Reich to speak at Gift+Home CEO Summit

Inaugural event set during January Las Vegas Market
LAS VEGAS — Jon Huntsman, former ambassador to China and onetime presidential candidate, and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich will be featured keynote speakers at International Market Center's inaugural Gift+Home CEO Summit at the Las Vegas Market in January.

Huntsman and Reich will address issues such as geopolitics, labor and currency. Both keynote sessions will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Bob Maricich, CEO of International Market Centers.

The two-day conference also will present a series of breakout sessions, panel discussions and other topical presentations, with all content geared towards CEOs, presidents and owners of gift and home businesses. Co-produced by International Market Centers (IMC) and Eller Enterprises, the event will take place Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, the final two days of the winter market.

"No other industry conference or marketplace offers industry leaders exposure to U.S. economic strategists and thought leaders of this caliber," said conference organizer Randy Eller, president of Eller Enterprises. "These men, who have served presidents and influenced international policy, will offer exclusive insights into the issues and opportunities our industry faces today and into the future."

On Thursday, Jan. 31, Reich will address international currency and geopolitical issues including the euro crisis and China's economy. Reich, an economic analyst, CNBC contributor, and author of 14 books, has served under three national administrations, most recently as Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton. He also served on President Barack Obama's economic transition board.

On Friday, Feb. 1, Huntsman will present a keynote address on China, one the world's largest manufacturers. His remarks will focus on how issues affecting that country, such as labor and currency, affect the gift and home industry. Huntsman, who served as ambassador to China from 2009 to 2011 and ambassador to Singapore in 1992-1993, was also the governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009.

"The launch of this top-level conference is an important part of our transformation and differentiation of Gift + Home at Las Vegas Market," said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift + Home Décor at the IMC. "As the first-of-its-kind executive-level conference for the gift and home industry, the Gift and Home CEO Summit is an important element of our three-phase plan to transform Las Vegas into the preeminent gift and home marketplace for the Western United States."

For information, registration and sponsorship opportunities, contact Eller at (615) 771-1112, ext. 10, or

The winter Las Vegas Market runs Jan. 28-Feb. 1 at the World Market Center.

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