PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Erik Qualman, the “Digital Dale Carnegie,” will be the keynote speaker at Furniture Today’s 2017 Bedding Conference. The event is set for May 10-12 at the PGA National Resort and Spa.
“Mastering the Details of Retail” is the conference theme, one that will be addressed by speakers from inside and outside the bedding industry.
Qualman’s keynote talk, set for the morning of May 11, is sponsored by Top 10 bedding producer King Koil. “Erik Qualman is a dynamic speaker whose deep understanding of the digital world has made him a leading figure in that arena,” said Owen Shoemaker, president of King Koil. “We’ve known Erik for several years and have been impressed with his insights. He will give Bedding Conference attendees specific, results-focused strategies they can use to improve their digital connections in the industry and, importantly, with their consumers.”
No. 1 best-selling author and motivational speaker Erik Qualman has performed in 47 countries and reached 25 million people this decade.
His Socialnomics work has been on 60 Minutes to the Wall Street Journal and used by the National Guard to NASA. His book Digital Leader propelled him to be voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and his books are used in over 200 of the world’s top universities. His latest book, How to Sell on LinkedIn is becoming mandatory reading for sales teams. Qualman was formerly a siting professor at Harvard & MIT’s edX labs.
The conference dates represent a shift in the dates announced by Furniture Today several weeks ago. As the earlier dates conflicted with another major industry event, Furniture Today decided to shift its dates from a Monday-Wednesday format to a Wednesday-Friday format, May 10-12. The nearest airport to the PGA National Resort is Palm Beach International Airport, which is about 16 miles south of the resort, a 22-minute drive. Fort Lauderdale International Airport is about 60 miles south of the PGA National Resort, about a one-hour drive.