Carpet One Floor & Home store owners gather in Phoenix this week to attend the cooperative’s annual winter convention. The convention’s theme, “Future Focus,” is aimed to encourage Carpet One Floor & Home members and store management to look to the future of their businesses.

“It requires a new mindset and an understanding of how to attract, engage with and convert today’s ever-changing consumer into a life-long loyal customer,” said Eric Demaree, president of Carpet One Floor & Home.

In addition to a full line up of classes and program updates from Carpet One Floor & Home’s management team, there will also be special guest speakers to provide an outside perspective and additional business advice for Carpet One Floor & Home members. Authors David Avrin and Brian Carter will help Carpet One Floor & Home members focus their future marketing and social media efforts.

Members will also have opportunity to network with other members, including a networking opportunity for attendees who are under 40. Carpet One Floor & Home’s Nex<40 group continues to engage the younger generation of store leaders in sharing ideas and best practices.

This convention will also provide additional buying time for Carpet One Floor & Home members. With the addition of Stampede – a special buying floor with limited-quantity products at deep discounts – on Wednesday night, members have 3 days to explore products and meet with suppliers.

While the agenda is filled with opportunities to learn, network and explore product, there will also be several opportunities to celebrate the cooperative’s success over the past year.

A special event on Thursday night will feature a performance by pop artist Rachel Platten (“Fight song”), and Carpet One Floor & Home’s annual awards will be presented on Friday morning.

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