Annual Meetings


2023 Annual Meeting

Thursday, December 7, 2023
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. ET Annual Meeting
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. ET  Guest Speakers

Non-members $25

Robin Lewis
Robin Lewis, Founder and CEO, The Robin Report
Warren Shoulberg, 
Journalist & Consultant
Warren Shoulberg, Journalist & Consultant

Join us at 9:00 a.m. Eastern to hear what’s going on in the HFPA from President Charles Gaenslen, get the latest on legal issues facing the industry, and meet the HFPA Board of Directors.

Be sure to stay! At 9:30 a.m., two of our industry’s leading prognosticators talk about the state of retail today, from the post-Bed Bath & Beyond world to where department stores stand to e-commerce to all of those generational peculiarities…and just about everything in between. Join Robin Lewis, the founder and CEO of The Robin Report and industry editor Warren Shoulberg as names will be named and no prisoners will be taken in this lively conversation, complete with your questions, comments, and rebuttals.

Robin Lewis is the founder and CEO of The Robin Report. He is an author, ‎speaker, and consultant for the retail and consumer products industries. ‎ 

Previously, he was Vice President at Goldman Sachs, where he developed and ‎launched a global retail consulting practice. Prior to Goldman Sachs, as Vice ‎President and Executive Editor of Women’s Wear Daily. Earlier in his career he ‎held executive positions in strategic planning, business development, and brand ‎and marketing management at DuPont, VF Corporation and Grey Advertising.‎

He is frequently requested by C-level management for advice, consultation and ‎strategic presentations: among them are Bloomingdale’s, JC Penney, Macy’s, VF ‎Corp., Kohl’s, Charming Shoppes, Estee Lauder, Iconix, Footlocker, and Ralph ‎Lauren, as well as financial firms such as The Carlyle Group, Goldman Sachs and ‎others.‎

He is the co-author of The New Rules of Retail, and Retail’s Seismic Shift, and is ‎often quoted in various trade and consumer publications such as Bloomberg ‎BusinessWeek, Time Magazine, Chicago Sun Times, New York Times, Wall ‎Street Journal, Brand Week, and Advertising Age, as well as appearing on CNBC, ‎ABC, CBS and Fox News.‎

He served on the Board of Directors for the Fashion Group International, and on ‎the Advisory Board of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, and has served on the ‎Board of Governors for the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parson’s School ‎of Design. He has also been an adjunct Professor for FIT’s Global Fashion ‎Management Program

Warren Shoulberg knows the retail business.‎ He has been a regular contributor to The Robin Report, ‎ and The Business of Home as well as his own ‎blog ‎

As a former editor in chief for several leading business-to-‎business publications specializing in home furnishings ‎retailing he has chronicled the good, the bad and the ugly of ‎the business in a career spanning four decades.‎

His award-winning commentaries elicit both praise and ‎complaints. He welcomes them both equally.‎

He has guest lectured at the Columbia University Graduate ‎School of Business and been honored by the International ‎Furnishings and Design Association and the Fashion ‎Institute of Technology. He has been cited by the Wall ‎Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, ‎CNN, ABC News and other media as an expert in the field.‎

He expects to be doing this for the duration.‎


2022 Annual Meeting

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Join HFPA President Charles Gaenslen, and listen to the latest on legal issues facing the industry. Meet the HFPA Board of Directors. The guest speaker is Jonathan Gold, VP, Supply Chain and Customs Policy, National Retail Federation. Inflation, rising interest rates, and supply chain issues are putting more pressure on consumers and creating a drastic shift in demand. That, coupled with a potential shift in power in Washington DC, is making waves in the retail industry for 2023 and beyond. Jonathan will share retail trends and what the NRF is seeing within the supply chain and beyond. He will also cover how the November election results will impact tariffs with China and other countries.


2021 Annual Meeting

Thursday, December 9, 2021
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM ET

Join us to hear what’s going on in the HFPA from President Charles Gaenslen, the latest on legal issues facing the industry, and meet the HFPA Board of Directors.

We are pleased to announce our special guest speaker for this meeting, Joe Derochowski, Vice President of The NPD Group. In this thought-provoking session “What’s Next for the Home Textile Industry and How to Prepare for the Future”, Joe will present on the current state of change that is happening in both consumer behavior and commerce. You will come away from this session feeling inspired to think differently and evolve your business strategy to capitalize on new opportunities

Joe Derochowski, Vice President, is The NPD Group’s advisor for the home and home improvement industries. Joe has been following behavioral trends on a wide variety of categories, developing a unique perspective on what consumers do and why they do it. Driven by this insight and his own passion, Joe has been helping manufacturers and retailers identify opportunities for growth for the past 30 years, from product innovation to new marketing and merchandising opportunities.


2020 Annual Meeting

Thursday, December 9, 2020
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM ET

Join us to hear what’s going on in the HFPA from President Jeff Kaufman, the latest on legal issues facing the industry and meet the new HFPA Board of Directors.

We are very pleased to announce our special guest speaker for this meeting, Greg David, Director of the Business Reporting and Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program at the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY and fiscal and economics contributor to THE CITY, NYC’s nonprofit news site covering NYC. Greg will examine the impact of the 2020 presidential and senate elections and the future impact of COVID-19, and where the economy goes from here.

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