August 26, 2011

Charlotte, NC August 22, 2011 The Window Coverings Association of America (WCAA) Charlotte Chapter will present their Third Annual 'Carolinas Windows of Excellence' conference and expo on Friday, October 7th, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza, Charlotte, NC.

Michael Payne, ASID, the highly respected, international Interior Designer and star of HGTV's highly successful "Designing for the Sexes" series, will be the key note speaker at this day-long event, specifically aimed at all those connected or involved in the interior design industry of greater Charlotte and beyond.

In addition, Michael Payne is a talented designer of custom furniture and accessories with his own Michael Payne Home Collection.  Michael's topic at the event is entitled - "Designing for the Times", which will cover current design trends including style and color preferences, green design, downsizing, technology, etc.

Doors open at 7:30 am and  Michael Payne will present from 9:00 am 11:00 am and again from 1:00 pm 2:30 pm.  Leading industry vendors will also be on hand to showcase their latest products and designs.  Registered vendors to date include Rowley Company featuring their Finestra Hardware; Stark Carpet featuring Old World Weavers Fabrics; United Supply Company, Creative Treatments Hardware, and ConneXion Software, Sarkis Studio Drapery Hardware, Somfy Systems, Comfortex Window Fashions, Hibiscus Graphix, Greenhouse Fabrics and many more.

Trade registrations to attend this industry event can be made at 704-485-3767 or at Cost to attend the event is $100.00 for WCAA Members, $140.00 for non-members and $75.00 for students. Members of IDS  and ASID and other interior design non-profit organizations may attend for $120.00.

The Window Coverings Association of America (WCAA ) is the only national non-profit trade association dedicated to the retail window coverings industry and to the dealers, decorators, and workrooms that are their members. The WCAA was founded in 1987 as a division of the National Decorating Products Association. In 1993, the association left and became the Window Coverings Association of America. Today the WCAA has over 1300 members in North America and the Caribbean.  The goals of the WCAA are to make available educational and motivational opportunities, to work for the betterment of the interior fashions industry and to encourage a code of ethics for fair business practices. Headquartered in Sacramento, California, WCAA is under the leadership of the Board of Directors and Executive Director Jenna Abbott.

The Charlotte, NC Chapter has 27 members and is actively involved in promoting best practices in the window covering industry for the benefit of their members and their retail customers. The WCAA Charlotte Chapter President is Pam Dawes.

During the event an Apple iPad 2 will be raffled to benefit the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Charlotte, NC.