Schedule Announced for 2nd Annual 2014 CEO Summit

LAS VEGAS - International Market Centers (IMC) and Eller Enterprises announced today the expansive schedule of presentations and networking opportunities to be presented at the second annual Las Vegas Market CEO Summit, Wednesday, January 29, and Thursday, January 30, 2014, during the Winter 2014 Las Vegas Market. (Note: A detailed schedule follows.)

"We are delighted to provide an exclusive opportunity for industry leaders to connect and learn about issues and opportunities critical to business today," said Robert Maricich, Chief Executive Officer, International Market Centers. "Las Vegas is unique in its commitment to fostering executive level discussions about entrepreneurship, IT planning, product development, corporate citizenship, Hispanic market opportunities, innovation and the global economy."

Global Views, a leading supplier of better home décor, also was announced as the newest sponsor of this executive-level conference for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. "We are delighted to welcome Global Views as our tenth event sponsor," said conference organizer Randy Eller, president of Eller Enterprises. "Our CEO Summit sponsors are not only top-level suppliers and service providers, but also industry visionaries and thought-leaders."

Confirmed 2014 sponsors are: Brandwise, an application service provider (ASP) that delivers sales solutions to suppliers and their sales organizations; DEMDACO, a leading industry manufacturer specializing in artist-driven gift and home décor products that lift the spirit and help people connect in meaningful ways; Evergreen Enterprises, a one-stop-shopping experience featuring furniture, decorative accessories and functional items for outdoor living areas to the heart of the home; Toronto-based Giftcraft, an innovative supplier of gifts, home décor and functional lifestyle products; home décor wholesale firm Global Views; global fragrance company Grace Management Group; leading home accessories supplier; Philadelphia-based Ivystone Group, a leading sales representative agency and provider of business solutions for independent retailers; Uttermost; and well-known investment strategy firm UBS/The Fisher Wealth Management Group; and WHEROWARE, an online strategy, marketing development and design firm that creates smart, online solutions for businesses.

Pricing for the Las Vegas Market CEO Summit is: $395 per person for individuals whose company exhibits in an IMC property in both High Point, NC and Las Vegas, NV; $595 per person for individuals whose company exhibits in an IMC property in High Point, NC or Las Vegas, NV; and $895 for individuals whose company does not currently exhibit at an IMC property.



4:30 - 5:00 p.m.: Welcome, opening remarks, and introduction of keynote

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.: Keynote presentation - Mr. Luke Williams

Best-selling author Luke Williams will draw on his book "Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business" for his speech, "Disrupt-Sparking Business Transformation with Innovation." Williams is an internationally recognized authority on innovation leadership and works with organizations all over the world on challenges ranging from creating new products and services, to transforming organizational processes and behaviors.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.: Cocktail hour, sponsored by Giftcraft

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.: Dinner, sponsored by Global Views


8:00 - 9:00 a.m.: Breakfast, sponsored by DEMDACO, and opening remarks

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.: Introduction and opening speaker - Mr. Samuel Wardwell

Leading economic forecaster Samuel Wardwell, provided by The Fisher Wealth Management Group of UBS, will address the "Global Economic Outlook for 2014." Wardwell is Senior Vice President, Pioneer Investments, and he and his Investment Strategy Specialist team are responsible for providing updates on overall financial market performance, economic trends and the firm's economic outlook to clients and their advisors.

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.: Break, sponsored by Whereoware

10:45 - 12:00 p.m.: Introduction and second speaker - Mr. Charles Garcia

Charles Garcia, who has worked for four Presidents, both Republican and Democrat, and is nationwide leader in the Hispanic community, who will address the rising consumer influence of Hispanics in the U.S., and suggest how the gift and home furnishings industries can cater to this community in everything from product development to company operations

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.: Lunch, sponsored by Evergreen

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.: Introduction and third speaker - Mr. Vivek Kundra

Vivek Kundra, the first U.S. chief information officer appointed by President Barack Obama, who will speak about proper IT planning for businesses and the role that data will play in the future to transform businesses into worldwide organizations 

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.: Break, sponsored by Brandwise

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.: Introduction and fourth speaker - Ms. Susan Packard

Susan Packard, co-founder of HGTV, who will present "Entrepreneurship: How to Create and Build Great Companies," using examples from her own amazing career successes and discussing her best practices experience of entrepreneurship.

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.: Cocktail hour, sponsored by Ivystone

*Conference schedule subject to change

For information and to registration, visit For sponsorship opportunities, contact Randy Eller at 615-771-1112 , x10 or [email protected].


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