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Canadian futurist featured in HPM keynote series

 6 March 2018     HGO Staff 

HIGH POINT, North Carolina – Canadian futurist and author Doug Stevens will headline the Keynote Series at the upcoming spring edition of the High Point Market along with country music singer and entrepreneur Trisha Yearwood. Organisers promise each speaker will share insights and business-building advice to market attendees.

The spring edition of the High Point Market will be held from April 14 to 18.

The first Keynote Series session will feature platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning country music artist, Emmy Award-winning TV show host, New York Times best-selling author and home furnishings licensee, Trisha Yearwood.

Trisha YearwoodYearwood will help kick-off the event’s opening day with a special broadcast of her popular Facebook LIVE show – T’s Coffee Talk – as she discusses her various business enterprises, shares her top business-building insights and dishes on building brand awareness. After her 20-minute chat, attendees are invited to stick around for an interactive viewing of her cooking show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, complete with commentary and a live Q&A session with her fans from around the world.

This session is sponsored by Klaussner Home Furnishings and will take place on Saturday, April 14, at 10am on Center Stage, which is located next to the market’s Transportation Terminal in downtown High Point. Market attendees are invited to join the session live, and those without a valid Spring Market pass can view the interactive broadcast on Trisha’s Facebook page,

Internationally renowned consumer futurist and best-selling author Doug Stephens – better known as The Retail Prophet – will focus on the all-important customer experience for the second session. Entitled The Five Elements of a Remarkable Customer Experience, this session will look at the retail experience of the future and the radical transformation consumer shopping is undergoing, both online and in-store.

Doug StephensWith over 20 years in the retail industry prior to founding his Toronto-based consulting firm, Stephens now serves some of the most recognised retailer and consumer brands in the world, including Disney, Walmart, BMW, Microsoft and Coca-Cola, among others. His unique perspectives on retailing, business and consumer behavior have been featured in many of the world’s leading publications and media outlets including the New York Times, the BBC, Bloomberg Business News, TechCrunch, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal and Fast Company.

This session is presented in partnership with the Home Furnishings Association (HFA) and sponsored by Synchrony Financial. It is scheduled for Sunday, April 15, at 3pm in the High Point Theatre with a book signing to follow. Doors will open at 2:30pm.

“The High Point Market Keynote Series is valuable to attendees, offering relevant insights to help our buyers grow their own businesses,” says Tom Conley, president and chief executive officer of the High Point Market Authority. “This season’s keynote speakers have decades of experience to share, along with topics to inspire, encourage and educate. We are excited to host Trisha Yearwood, who leveraged a successful performing career into a multi-category brand, as well as Doug Stephens, a globally recognised expert on the future of retailing.”

More information about the series can be found at

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