2019 Closet Summit attendees tour host company Artisan Custom Closets
Closet Summit organizer Jeff Klein welcomes attendees to the 2019 event held Oct. 30 - Nov. 1.

ATLANTA - The 2019 Closet Summit took place October 30-November 1 at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast in Norcross, Georgia. The three-day event, exclusive to independent closet manufacturers, featured roundtables, workshops, tabletop vendors and a tour of host company, Artisan Custom Closets.

The first day of the event opened with a networking meet-and-greet, and the next day the full conference opened with a welcome from host Lisa Carlquist, owner of Artisan Custom Closets and Jeff Klein, Closet Summit organizer.

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In his opening remarks, Klein noted several initiatives the organization plans to launch in the coming year including an online basic training course for sales and design, working with an industrial designer to develop new closet and home organization products for vendors and creating a photo exchange.

The afternoon session featured a presentation by Karen Rolleri, Organizeology, on how she successfully charges clients for designs as well as the consultation. That presentation was followed by roundtable discussions on pricing, marketing, best practices and more.

Day two of the summit featured sessions on installation, a presentation from a former closet franchisee (closet franchises are not allowed to attend the event) and quick-fire presentations from four closet companies on their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

The summit ended with a tour of Artisan's 29,000-square-foot manufacturing plant and showroom.

Bob Stern, New Concepts in Storage, will host the 2020 event in Charlotte, North Carolina.





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Michaelle Bradford, CCI Media, is Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine and Woodworking Network editor. She has more than 20 years of experience covering the woodworking and design industry, including visits to custom cabinet shops, closet firms and design studios throughout North America. As Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine under the Woodworking Network brand, Michaelle’s responsibilities include writing, editing, and coordinating editorial content as well as managing annual design competitions like the Top Shelf Design Awards. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media.