Former Secretary of State Colin Powell gave a rousing keynote address on leadership and how it can be applied to everyday circumstances during Hunter Douglas’s inaugural International Alliance Conference. The July 25-27 event in Denver brought together dealers, fabricators and manufacturing partners, and included presentations on consumer habits, fashion trends and product rollouts.

Speakers also included retail expert George Whalin on “Retail Trends: Building Your Business in the New Retail Marketplace,” business strategist Daniel Burrus on “Creating and Sustaining Competitive Advantage, Accelerating Growth” and design expert Michelle Lamb on “Fashion Trends: Eight Top Décor Trends for 2008-2010.” Additionally, Hunter Douglas president and CEO Marv Hopkins gave a presentation detailing Hunter Douglas’ commitment to the distribution channel, investment in new product innovation, and company strategy.

“We are confident that those dealers attending will be positioned for even greater future growth and success,” said Jim Mathews, Hunter Douglas’ vp of corporate marketing.