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IWCE - International Window Coverings EXPO

Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida
Mar 27 - Mar 28, 2018

Overview

Event Overview:

IWCE is the only trade show and conference targeted to window covering professionals in North America. Thousands of U.S. and international visitors and buyers come for the latest products, technology, and education in window coverings as well as home décor products and accessories.  

In the past 10 years, the window coverings industry has come a long way in product development and trends, distribution channels and business practices. IWCE 2018 will help you navigate the changes and opportunities in order to develop a more successful business model.

 Attendee Information:

Why Attend?

Experience unmatched educational and networking opportunities for a one-stop shopping and learning event you can’t miss! IWCE is pleased to announce that the show is moving to sunny Tampa, FL, March 27-28, 2018. Tampa is the gateway to connect window covering suppliers  with the bustling North American and Latin American markets. The spring dates are perfect timing for exhibitors to introduce new products to dealers preparing for a successful 2018. A new lineup of intriguing seminars and special events are planned!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Retailers/Distributors
  • Dealers
  • Designers
  • Workroom Professionals
  • Fabricators
  • Manufacturers
  • Architects/Builders/Remodelers
  • Installers
  • Students

Retailers & Dealers

Discover the latest products and vendors.  Meet with the best suppliers in the industry who want your business.  Network and learn best practices!​

Interior Designers & Decorators
Get up to date on the latest styles, products, and trends to inspire your customers with fabulous custom window fashions!

Workrooms
Select from dozens of classes and hands-on demonstrations in the Construction Zone to learn new techniques from the best instructors in the business.  Find new products and programs to help grow your business.​

Fabricators
Every year, you’ll see new vendors from the U.S. and abroad looking to partner with the right company.  Expand your lines with manufacturers who want you to succeed.​

Manufacturers
If you’re not exhibiting, IWCE is the place to network with industry peers and find new distributors.  Industry professionals who want to grow their business make IWCE a must-attend business event.

Exhibitor Information:

The International Window Coverings Expo is the only trade show and conference specifically for window coverings in North America. This annual event attracts thousands of U.S. and international visitors looking for the latest products, technology, and education.

WHO SHOULD EXHIBIT:

  • Manufacturers introducing new products and programs
  • Suppliers who want to connect with existing and new customers
  • Any company producing or selling blinds, shades, shutters, fabrics, decorative hardware and trimmings, motorization, technology, software solutions, and all products related to window coverings, interior and exterior

WHEN YOU EXHIBIT AT IWCE 2018, YOU'LL:

  • Reach the largest window covering market in the world
  • Find new customers in the window covering & related industries
  • Position your company and brand as leaders in the industry
  • Discover new business liaison opportunities
  • Capitalize on the booming U.S. window covering market, projected to grow more than 9% per year through 2018 Source: Sundale Research 2013

WHO ATTENDS IWCE?

  • Store front and online retailers
  • Interior designers and decorators
  • Manufacturers and distributors of fabric, blinds, shades, shutters, decorative hardware, motorization, and technology​
  • Manufacturers & fabricators seeking partnerships and components
  • Distributors looking for new lines
  • Workrooms
  • Installers, remodelers, & stagers
  • Architects

TRENDS IN THE U.S. WINDOW COVERINGS MARKET:

  • Rising popularity of “smart homes” causing a rise in motorized window coverings
  • Light management–creating more demand for roller shades
  • Energy efficiency–creating more demand for cellular shades

THE TIME IS NOW TO ENTER THE LUCRATIVE WINDOW COVERINGS MARKET:

  • Residential and commercial building is growing creating growth for window coverings
  • Remodeling is very strong with the Baby Boomers (20% of the US population are between the ages of 57 & 74)
  • Imports are high and increasing–this is the time to capture market share!
  • A strengthening dollar ($) makes it more attractive to purchase foreign goods​​

Agenda

Mar 27   

8am-9am

CONTENTAL BREAKFAST & KEYNOTE: Meet Your Prints Charming: Capture Your Unique Style with Pattern-and-Prins-Packed Window Treatments - John Loecke & Jason Oliver Nixon

9am-10:15am

Translating Fashion Into Design - Jana Phipps

9am-10:15am

Designers Guide to High End Window Fashions - Beth Hodges

9am-10:15am

Details Behind the Design: Selecting Appropriate Fabrics - Cheryl Meiklejohn

9am-12pm

SUPER SESSION: Window Fashion Master Class - Deb Barrett

10:30am-11:45am

Make More Money From Existing Leads - Madeleine

10:30am-11:45am

Using Email to Close the Sale - Welton Hong

10:30am-11:45am

Creative Marketing Ideas for Designers - JoAnne Lenart-Weary

10:30am-11:45am

Intro to Motorization - OD McKewan

3:45pm-5pm

Details Behind the Design: Specifying the Right Design - Cheryl Meiklejohn

3:45pm-5pm

Look Like a Color Pro - JoAnne Lenart-Weary

3:45pm-5pm

Flat Fees That Work - Michele Williams

3:45pm-5pm

The Next Level—Everyone’s Going Mobile - Welton Hong

6pm-7pm

2018 VISION AWARDS GALA

Mar 28   

9am-10:15am

From Picture to Perfection - Beth Hodges

9am-10:15am

Mastering Motorization - OD McKewan

9am-10:15am

101 Design & Workroom Tips - Jill Ragan Scully + Staci Faulkner

9am-12pm

SUPER SESSION: Closing High End Window Fashion Sales - LuAnn Nigara

10:30am-11:45am

Where is the Window Headed? - Deb Barrett

10:30am-11:45am

Styling Secrets and Strategies - JoAnne Lenart-Weary

10:30am-11:45am

Details Behind the Design: Hardware Selection - Cheryl Meikleyjohn

10:30am-11:45am

Increasing Website Credibility: Focus on Traffic or Conversions - Welton Hong

2pm-3:15pm

VIP EXECUTIVE SESSION: Set Sales Goals and Reach Them, Right Now, in 2018 - LuAnn Nigara & Madeleine MacRae

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Nashville, Tennessee
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

  • Attendees

    5,000

  • Exhibitors

    385