Thursday, February 23, 2012

The NWFA Expo Is Right Around the Corner...

The annual National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) Wood Flooring Expo is getting close, and we couldn't be more excited! This year's expo is taking place at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, from April 10 - 13. The sun will be shining, the birds will be singing, and the biggest names in hardwood flooring will be showing off their goods. How exciting!

(Photo courtesy of Visit Orlando)

The NWFA Wood Flooring Expo is the only trade who in the world that is dedicated solely to wood flooring. It is a place where established industry names come to show off their latest products alongside up-and-coming industry newbies. The theme of this year's expo is "renewal". Here's what the NWFA had to say:

"This year's show center's around renewal: Renew your business. Renew your energy. Renew your prospects. Come see how the NWFA has renewed its commitment to grow the industry and help grow your business."

The expo is a great opportunity for businesses of all sizes to catch up with old friends and colleagues and make useful new connections in the hardwood flooring industry. There are educational seminars, guest speakers, and, of course, the trade show. Here are NWFA's top 5 reasons why you shouldn't miss this year's show:

1. Completely Revamped Trade Show
The new show floor is apparently huge, packed full of vendors, and will be host to the final closing party. Oh, and a full wood floor will be assembled, too.

2. Can't-Miss Discounts
There are going to be many expo-specific specials available for attendees courtesy of the NWFA Expo Coupon book (but only if you're staying at the Gaylord property).

3. New Educational Tracks
This year's educational sessions are focused on three different but equally important parts of your business: technical, marketing, and management. (Our suggestion: check out all three.)

4. Exciting Keynote and Harley Giveway
This year's keynote speaker is Ken Schmidt, former director of communications at Harley-Davidson. Did we mention he's also giving away one of the company's motorcycles?

5. Wood Floor of the Year Awards and HGTV Celebrity Designer
The Wood Floor of the Year awards are a highlight of the NWFA Wood Flooring Expo, giving companies the chance to show off their best work and gain recognition in the industry. This year's host will be HGTV celebrity carpenter/designer Carter Oosterhouse. Exciting!

Visit the NWFA Expo website to learn more about the event and register.

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