Does Industry Turmoil Have You All Riled Up?

Come join us at the High Point Theatre this Saturday to discuss!

The internet and e-commerce have provided huge opportunities for talented creatives to get their work seen.  Technology is definitely empowering, but are you harnessing that power in a way that protects your intellectual property and work product?

As the lines continue to blur between DIY and "Pro", what are the best practices for making sure you're compensated for your original ideas and designs?

We're going to explore these questions-- and much more --with a fabulous panel and town hall-style Q&A this Saturday afternoon in the High Point Theatre.

Here's the rundown on the panelists:

Nick May (Moderator)

Founder of The Chaise Lounge Podcast

Nick May is the host of the widely acclaimed interior design podcast The Chaise Lounge, dedicated to the business of interior design. Each week he interviews top designers from across the country to find out HOW they got into interior design, WHY they started their own firm, and WHAT has made them SO successful.  Before launching The Chaise Lounge, Nick started Walls by Design, a painting business which he grew to be one of the largest residential painting companies in Denver, CO.  Nick believes in systems, team building, and marketing (not necessarily in that order), and is passionate about helping others grow their businesses by sharing his successes and failures in the often misunderstood dark art of marketing and social media.


Cheryl Kees Clendenon

Cheryl  has been an influential presence in the design industry for over 18 years.  She’s earned national recognition and multiple design awards, and her firm has been published in over 60 consumer magazines and books.  She's not into whining or excuses,  just what works and makes sense for her $1M+/yr business.   She’s based in Pensacola Beach, Florida, where she resides with her husband and adorbs Aussie shepherds, Luna & Sailor Mae

Rebecca Ginns

Rebecca is General Manager of Perigold, the new online retailer of 500+ top home furnishings brands. Prior to joining Perigold in 2017 Rebecca was a Principal in the retail practice at The Boston Consulting Group.  She was named in the Spring issue of BOH as a Design Disruptor, so we're very happy to have her on the panel to help us take some deep breaths and figure out how this Perigold/Wayfair thing can be a win-win for designers.  She currently resides in NYC and is on a perpetual hunt for accent chairs and perfect pillows.  

Shawn Hughes

Shawn is the CEO and owner partner of Steelyard, your favorite (!) Trade-Only product resource for Interior Designers and Architect


Neil McKenzie

Neil is Director of Marketing for Universal Furniture.  He’s been instrumental in growing Universal’s the To The Trade program alongside its consumer and retail divisions, so can speak to the challenges of managing multiple distribution channels and partners and cutting through the noise of internet commerce


Laura Thurman

Laura Thurman is a Nashville designer and blogger whose eponymous firm, Thurman Design Studio, works with clients both large & small, local & national.  Her diverse LA upbringing and world travels bring a global flair to her designs, and her fresh aesthetic and multi-pronged business approach has brought her rapid recognition within the design community as an up & coming tastemaker and thought leader.  She has an interior architecture degree from Woodbury University, and her recent collaboration with Universal to The Trade was featured in this Spring’s issue of Business of Home.


Please join us as we talk about all aspects of e-tail consolidation & acquisition and how it affects the design trade!

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Sandy Hughes