IAHSP Conference & EXPO Featured Speakers – check out who we have so far!

Jeff Lewis, Star of Bravo TV’s Flipping Out, Designer and Real Estate Expert

JEFF LEWIS is widely regarded as America’s most well-known house flipper through his role in Bravo’s docu-series Flipping Out.

After renovating his own properties for 20+ years, Jeff launched a design firm in 2009. By 2010, Jeff was asked to design the House Beautiful Magazine Kitchen of the Year, displayed in Rockefeller Center.

In addition to client design work, Jeff launched a line of paint with handcrafted colors in 2013, a line of rugs in 2015, and will launch collections of tile and barn doors while expanding Jeff Lewis Paint to 52-colors in Zero VOC in the Fall of 2016. All products are available exclusively at The Home Depot. The 9th Season of Flipping Out airs from July to September of 2016.

Yvette Michelle Booth

Yvette Michelle Booth

Mere Image ProductionsTopic: Using Photography to Market & Brand Your Business

With Staging, the visual is critical to get the Buyer’s attention. The same is true of our marketing brand. Our image precedes us in all we do and understanding the power of creating a strong brand with photography is key to our longevity.

Yvette Michele is the owner of Mere Image Productions and has developed over 55 creative campaigns since its inception. Her company portfolio boasts over 60% entertainment industry creative and 40% traditional business. Yvette Michele specializes in Brand Campaign, Design, identity systems, logo design, print ads and Internet presence.

 

Blair Hamaty

Blair Hamaty

Setting the SpaceTopic: Staging Business Growth – Adding Services That Add Mega Dollars

Did you know your business has the potential to earn MEGA dollars? By adding services you add revenue to your bottom line and diversification is a smart business strategy. In this session you will learn from one of the industry’s TOP Staging experts and highly profitable business owner.

Setting the Space is known as New England’s Premier staging and design company. Founded in 2006, CEO, Blair Hamaty has built the multi-million dollar design empire with his team of top talent designers by his side. President, Will Hayward, heads up the creative team working directly with Lead Designer, Sue Shockley. Setting the Space prides itself on its ability to bring fresh, unique and bold designs to their clientele around the world.

 

Kevin Htain

Kevin Htain

Identity Home StagingTopic: Design Trends For 2017 and Beyond

 This session will be highly informative as Kevin Htain is known for his in-depth research on topics he is presenting. We need to be on top of Design Trends to properly advise our clients for resale or remodel. Learn from industry expert and HGTV fan favorite what we can expect moving into the future.

Recognized amongst Staging and Design aficionados for creating lavishly imaginative spaces that sell… Kevin Htain, ASPM®, is a Home Stager who is rabid for Staging!  Graduating with an Interior Design Degree, top of his class in 1999- Kevin quickly gained opportunities to work with Design companies that created solutions for model homes, clubhouses and leasing centers. Seeking a stronger more direct connection with Clientele that the home building industry seemed to lack, Kevin formulated his own company, Identity Design Group in 2003. The ASP® Certified Staging component was quickly added and the Design component was quickly dropped. Kevin’s company name eventually changed into Identity Home Staging.

 

Sandra Holmes

Sandra Holmes

Home Staging Concepts, IAHSP.com, StagedHomes.comTopic: Purchasing Wholesale and Partnering with Artists for Profit

When you want to add inventory to your business, being able to purchase wholesale provides a fiscally smart strategy for business growth. Sandra is an expert in resourcing inventory, buying locally and nationally and will share her knowledge on how to best navigate the often complex world of purchasing. Sandra has also partnered with artists throughout the country that ship original artwork that is used and often sold in her high-end Staging projects, which in turn brings in added revenue for her business.

Sandra Holmes is Accredited Staging Professional Master® (ASPM®) and the President of Home Staging Concepts, the Premiere Home Staging Company in South Florida.  Sandra and her team have staged over $1 Billion dollars in real estate since she created her business in 2005. She continues her education in real estate and in the staging industry to keep current with the trends of today’s market.

 

Jennie Norris

Jennie Norris

IAHSP, StagedHomes.com, Sensational Home StagingTopic: Raise The Bar In Your Business

We all need to be working to increase our productivity and success and stretch ourselves to be the best business owner and person we can be. This session will inspire and motivate you to Raise the Bar in all areas of your life, and provide you with inspiration and ideas to take back with you to help create added success in the future.

Jennie Norris is the Chairwoman of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals® (IAHSP® ), helping to guide the Home Staging industry and provide leadership worldwide. She is President of the Denver IAHSP® Chapter. Jennie is also President & CEO of Stagedhomes.com and for the past 11 years has been a Certified Course Trainer, presenting the Accredited Staging Professional® (ASP®) & ASPM® Course throughout North America.  She is also a professional ASP® Master Home Stager and has been included in Staging features on ABC’s 20/20, NBC’s Today Show and HGTV television and online segments, national and local publications, and radio. She is the only 2-Time Winner of the Staging Award of Excellence and the IAHSP® Spirit Award, voted on by peers in the Home Staging industry.

Jennie is also the owner of Sensational Home Staging serving the Denver area, and oversees a team of Accredited Staging Professional® Stagers that provide the creative set up for all projects. Since 2002, Jennie and her team have Staged nearly 4,000 properties and over $2 Billion in real estate helping both sellers and Realtors® achieve their goals of a fast and profitable sale.

 

David Peterson

David Peterson

Synergy StagingTopic: Home Staging Contracts: How To Protect and Represent Your Company

Whether you’re brand new to the industry, or have a well-established staging empire, ensuring that you have a proper and up to date Home Staging Contract is vital to your business and every single project. Learn what you should include in your contract and why. Learn how to ensure that you get paid, your furnishings are protected, the property is stage ready, and much more. You’ll walk away not only with important tips for your contract, but numerous ideas about how to run your business more effectively and profitably.

David Peterson is the co-owner of Synergy Staging, an award winning boutique staging company based in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 2007 with his partner Nik Murrow, Synergy Staging was named the Top Staging Team in North America at the 2014 RESA Convention. As one of the premier staging companies in the Northwest, they specialize in vacant home staging and have merchandized hundreds of properties with their unique design aesthetic working with Realtors, investors, builders, and homeowners.

 

Mary Scalli

Mary Scalli

North Houston Blinds, Simple EleganceTopic: Inventory Management Application and Using Quickbooks To Your Fullest To Run Your Business

This session will share the importance of having the right resources and systems to run your business that can make or break you as your business grows. Since we all have the same amount of time in a day, putting processes in place to help track and manage inventory, and systems to track business growth and revenue will streamline your time and create efficiency, and ultimately make you a more successful business owner.

Mary Scalli is the President & Owner of North Houston Blinds, LLC dba Simple Elegance which specializes in window treatments, shutters, blinds, interior decorating services and home staging to sell and to live. She is an Accredited Staging Professional Master® and was personally trained by Barb Schwarz, the Creator of Home Staging. Mary is dedicated to excellent customer service and making a positive difference in each of her clients’ and team member’s lives.

 

Theresa Thomas

Theresa Thomas

Stage Right! Home Staging LLCTopic: Correctly Pricing Projects: How Fear Keeps Us From Charging What We’re Worth & How To Create Value in Your Business and Yourself

This session will help us to know how to price our services and get paid what we are worth. Pricing is an art and science and many Stagers are fearful of losing an opportunity that they price lower than they should or don’t realize they could have charged more for Staging. Just as we advise sellers not to leave money on the table by not Staging, we need to not leave money on the table as a professional Home Stager. Pricing strategically helps create value in your business and ultimately yourself.

Theresa Vallier-Thomas is the CEO, Founder & Principal Stager of Stage Right! Home Staging, LLC, which is headquartered in Wilmington, DE.  A published author, Theresa’s core education, experience & trained eye are the keys to her ability to transform any home into a showcase which prospective home buyers routinely fall in love. Since 2007, she has grown her staging company from a few accessories in her basement to a expansive warehouse with enough furniture and accessories to stage dozens of homes at a time.

Stage Right’s client list includes hundreds of Realtors, dozens of home builders and real estate investors and thousands of individual home sellers.

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