Members of IHA’s board of directors and several past chairs recently gathered with senior staff to review results of The Inspired Home Show and to discuss strategic direction for IHA, the show and other member services for 2023 and future events.
After a review of association activities, the board unanimously agreed that rebuilding the show back to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels will be the primary focus of the association.
“We were one of the brands that sat out of The Inspired Home Show 2022,” said Rob Michelson, president and CCO of Bradshaw Home and an IHA Board member. “Although COVID-19 concerns made our participation impossible this past year, we are very excited and enthusiastic to get back to the Show in 2023 and rebuild those face-to-face engagements that are critical to our success.”
The meeting began with a thorough review of the 2022 show, which ended with 50 percent turnout from exhibitors and buyers when compared to previous shows. In addition, despite COVID-related travel restrictions, verified international buyer attendance was strong, with key buyers attending from around the world.
The IHA board reviewed the new Exhibitor Prospectus, titled Back to Business, which contains additional statistics surrounding the show. IHA staff also reviewed the rebranded and reimagined displays that were on-site in 2022, including Pantone ColorWatch, gia Global Innovation Awards, Smart Home and Inventor’s Corner.
Events reviewed included Trending Today, the New Exhibitor Preview and the Cooking Theater. With the board’s agreement, the enhanced presence of these elements will continue moving forward.
IHA staff then provided various updates on IHA member services, including reports on industry networking, international services, consumer engagement, government affairs and HomePage News. The IHA board also reviewed the latest IHA Member Connect magazine, which details the member services offered.
The Inspired Home Show 2023, which is set for March 4-7 at McCormick Place in Chicago, was the most pressing topic. Among other logistics, the board codified the decision to keep the show in Chicago in 2024, with planned dates of March 16-19. Additional details regarding IHA, The Inspired Home Show and Member Services will be released at appropriate times in the months ahead.
Registration for the 2023 Show is available on its website.