The 52nd annual Rental Show was held February 9th – 13th at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. Premiere staff attended “Events and Tents”, which opened the show on Saturday, February 9th. Our day began with a linen fabric show, featuring materials from five ARA Vendor members. The designs were completed by fashion students of the Las Vegas Art and Design school. The runway style show was a huge hit ! The day continued with education and training, highlighted by a luncheon with Sasha Souza, who also presented a “colorful” discussion on Saturday afternoon. The afternoon session featured four Sasha-designed tables, along with slides and videos from Sasha’s signature events. One of the key points in her presentation was Attention To Detail from both a Design and Execution standpoint.
Sunday at the show featured educational sessions related to sales and marketing, customer service and customer relationships, team building and leadership and business finance. The Premiere team heard entertaining and insightful sessions on these topics, and will be bringing the pearls of wisdom to the Premiere Team. On Monday, Captain Mark Kelly, Astronaut and husband of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, presented the keynote address. Captain Kelly spoke about perseverance and determination, and the importance of setting goals and overcoming obstacles on the road to success. The Trade Show floor opened just following Captain Kelly’s address. For the most part, the items on display were items already featured in Premiere’s inventory . . . there were very few new products, but we did make a few “finds”. We purchased a new china pattern, and will present our newest family of dinnerware at Premiere Settings in March. We also found some gorgeous new glassware, and purchased limited supplies of this product to test the market. These selections will also be on display at Premiere Settings designer event next month. There are a few new selections in lounge furniture and seating, and we will look at acquiring these items and expanding our offerings later this year. All-In-All, it was an educational and enjoyable few days in The City that Never Sleeps. We’ll add images of our new product after it’s introduced at Premiere Settings, so watch for future posts featuring Cool New Stuff