Closet conference attendees hear from industry experts in all-day session
March 7, 2019 | 6:28 am CST
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David Linda, founder and former president of SpaceMan Home & Office was the opening keynote and discussed how he launched a closets business and retired early.

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Lisa Carlquist, Artisan Custom Closets

In "Growing Your Business" Lisa discussed the importance of making an investment of time and money in marketing strategies and leveraging success with a detail-oriented approach hiring the right people at the right time.


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Joe Lonardo (pictured at right) of Bella Closet Systems; David Linda (middle), former SpaceMan Home & Office president, and Tom Happ (left), president of Closet Works share several market niches and new business opportunies beyond the closet from window treatments to garage flooring in the panel "Venturing Out of the Closet."

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The "Trends In Design" panel discussed a variety of trends from glam closets to wall beds and wine storage. Participants (from left) included Kathleen Jacobson, The Couture Closet; Marianne Gamsby, More Space Place; and Robert Bass, Kessick. The session was moderated by ACSP President-elect Wendy Scott, Boutique Closets & Cabinetry.

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Market Hardware CEO Brian Kraff showed the audience how to use online technology to "Go from Nowhere to Page One on Google in 3 Simple Steps."

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Woodworking Network Publisher Harry Urban shared the results of Closets & Organized Storage's 2019 State of the Industry study. 

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Mike Hoffer, co-founder, and president of Carolina Closets Plus, shared his experience working with HGTV's hit show "Love It or List It." 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Closets track of the 2019 Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo, held Wednesday, March 6 in Charlotte, North Carolina, had a line up of closet and home storage experts offering best business practice advice on everything from design and trends to how to grow your business and then sell it, how to delve into to new markets and take advantage of opportunities, and tips on marketing and branding.

Cabinets & Closets Expo, which was co-located with Wood Pro Expo, ran until Friday, March 8. All throughout the event, there were free activities for those who are registered. This included on-the-floor demos and more educational sessions and panels. Also, the Top Shelf Design Awards and the first-ever Top Shelf Choice Awards were announced the evening of March 7 during a reception, sponsored by JB Cutting, CCF Industries and KCD Software, at the NASCAR Museum Hall of Fame. 

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Michaelle Bradford | Editor

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.