31 March 2010

New DOMOTEX Atlanta Office & NWFA Annual Meeting

New DOMOTEX Atlanta Office

New Digs for the DOMOTEX Atlanta Office & a trip to our nation's capital for the NWFA Annual Meeting

Our team here at Hannover Fairs USA, Inc. has been very busy over the last couple of weeks and we are finally settling into our new offices here in Atlanta. Although our corporate USA headquarters will remain in Princeton, NJ, the DOMOTEX team is now established within the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States (GACC South) incubator division.

The new DOMOTEX office address is 1170 Howell Mill Road, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA, 30318. If you're in the area, let me know. My contact information is below.

As you can see by the photos, we are located in a beautifully restored industrial-era building. This mixed-use building is home to retail shops on the first level and office spaces with amazing views of the city of Atlanta.

DOMOTEX Atlanta OfficeEven with all the exciting changes going on, I was able to attend the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) Annual Conference in Washington, DC last week. As most of you know, the NWFA has been an active participant of our DOMOTEX family of events [see Ed Korzak, NWFA On Why Exhibit at DOMOTEX] and I was happy to be invited to their annual convention.

The NWFA annual meeting kicked off with a pair of dueling pianos at Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano bar just steps from The Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Convention Center where the event was held. The exhibitors seemed to be having a great time that evening and, fortunately, the exhibit hall did not officially open for business until noon the next day when the ribbon cuttiing ceremony took place.

Ed Korzak and Don Finkell, NWFA 2010 ribbon-cutting ceremonyIn this photo of the ribbon cutting, you see on the left Ed Korzak, Executive Director of NWFA, and Don Finkell, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Shaw Industries Hardwood Business) with ribbon-cutting scissors in hand.

Overall the event was successful for all those who participated. There were 237 exhibiting companies with 2,514 industry attendees. This was about a 3% increase from their last year’s numbers. Some of the highlights at the event included The Wood Floor of the Year awards where nearly 100 entries from six countries, including the United States, Canada, Latvia, Egypt, Finland, and Russia were received. The NWFA also offered education programs specifically designed to meet the continuing education needs for professional designers with the ASID and professional architects with the AIA.

Congratulations NWFA for a job well done! I look forward to next year’s event in San Diego, April 26-29, 2011.

~ Katherine

Katherine León
Director of Sales - DOMOTEX

Hannover Fairs USA
1170 Howell Mill Road, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30318
Phone: 404.214.0432
Email: katherine@hfusa.com

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