• Alex Milstein

NEXT Conference creates advisory council for 2017 event

WASHINGTON — Progressive Business Media (PBM) has formed an advisory council in support of its annual NEXT Conference to provide industry stakeholders with a voice in the direction of the event.

The NEXT Conference, set for Sept. 25-27 at the Washington Nationals Park in Washington D.C., will explore the future of retail and bring together forward-thinking leaders to create and share ideas that will help shape the future of home furnishings.

The council is made up of 20 industry leaders and will advise, inform and help shape the content of the conference, serving as the voice of the forward-thinking industry stakeholders for whom the event was developed.

“The advisory council for NEXT will guide the conversation on the future of home furnishings, and I’m excited to work with such a talented, forward-thinking group,” said Matthew Slaine, CEO, PBM.

The council will work directly with Slaine and Dean Horowitz, president of PBM, to execute its role of developing and enhancing the content experience. “It’s important that the conference addresses real problems retailers are facing in their stores, on their websites and in their companies,” said Slaine.

The members of the council were selected through referrals and peer selection, a process that ensured the group was made up of engaged early adopters and emerging industry leaders. The members are:

Jordan Barrick, Quality Furniture

Nick Daniels, Furniture Fair

Hunter Davis, Davis Furniture

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Wayfair

Seth Goldberg, Raymour & Flanigan

Joey Gunn,Knight Furniture

Matt Huber, Belfort Furniture

Kyle Johanson, HOM Furniture

Ryan Levitz, Ashley HomeStore

Cassandra Novosel, Stoney Creek Furniture

Mark Olson, Progressive Leasing

Alex Rubin, Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture

Aaron Ruby, Ruby Gordon Furniture

Emily Severson, FurnitureDealer.net

Cole Sianko, Ashley Furniture Industries

Jordan Storey, Wichita Furniture

Becca Sudbeck, Nebraska Furniture Mart

Donnie Surdoval, Storis

Rachel Tronstein, Gardner-White Furniture

Jocelyn Wolf, Wolf Furniture

The council will meet digitally via email as well as through conference calls. All of the members have committed to attending the conference and will assemble at the conference site in September before it officially begins.

Those interested in joining the council should look for Slaine or Horowitz at this year’s NEXT Conference to participate going forward.

“This is an evolving program, and we are open to adding whoever can help positively evolve the program experience,” said Horowitz. “Creating the most valuable conference for the NEXT leaders and early adopters is the focus of this board and this entire event. This group’s efforts will positively impact the entire retail experience moving forward.”

To register for the 2017 NEXT Conference, visit pbmnext.com.

Alex MilsteinAlex Milstein | Assistant Editor

Hi everyone, I’m Alex. I have a passion for writing, a love of marketing and a knack for social media. As an assistant editor of Casual Living, I do everything from writing print features to managing social media accounts to creating and posting web content. I love telling stories and I’m always looking for new ideas. Feel free to email or call me with any story ideas and let me know what you’d like me to write about in the wonderful world of casual. Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FTalexM

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