March 2018 News

IHA Joins EDRA/GHIN

Mr. Segio Geraldi, President of the European DIY Retail Association (EDRA) and the Global Home Improvement Network (GHIN) Board of Directors has extended an offer of membership to the IHA, effective January 1, 2018. This new relationship will provide exposure for IHA associations and their members to a broader range of networking and learning opportunities from across the entire global home improvement market. The membership is an annual membership, which will be renewed each year upon the approval of both organizations.

The two organizations, IHA and GHIN, share the goal of improving the level of home improvement retailing through sharing best practices and information to advance the common interest in improving peoples’ homes and working environments. The IHA Chairman will hold a seat on the GHIN Board of Directors in order to represent the interests of IHA member associations to other GHIN members.

IHA Chairman, Mr. Jean-Francois Dubost was instrumental in working with Mr. John Herbert of EDRA/GHIN in forging this new relationship. Mr. Dubost commented, “I am really proud and enthusiastic that IHA has joined the GHIN and become a distinguished member of the global worldwide network.”

As a member of GHIN, IHA will hold an annual meeting in conjunction with the Global DIY Summit. GHIN will provide a complimentary registration to each IHA member association to the summit in addition to offering reduced member registration rates. GHIN will also help facilitate meeting space for IHA events to be held at the summit. A top table will also be provided for the IHA management team at the DIY Summit Gala Dinner.

As a member of GHIN, IHA will hold an annual meeting in conjunction with the Global DIY Summit. GHIN will provide a complimentary registration to each IHA member association to the summit in addition to offering reduced member registration rates. GHIN will also help facilitate meeting space for IHA events to be held at the summit. A top table will also be provided for the IHA management team at the DIY Summit Gala Dinner.

These new annual IHA/GHIN meeting opportunities during the Global DIY Summit will provide extra incentive for IHA members to encourage their own members to join them in traveling to this world-class conference. Mr. Bill Lee, IHA Secretary General remarked, “This new event will provide opportunities for our privately-owned businesses to learn from the biggest and best home improvement operators from around the world. IHA will continue to offer unique networking and meeting opportunities for our own members, centered around their special concerns as independent businesses.”

PLAN NOW TO ATTEND THE 2018 IHA MEETING AND GLOBAL DIY SUMMIT IN BARCELONA

Following is the preliminary schedule of events for the upcoming IHA Meeting and Global DIY Summit, to be held June 10-14, 2018 in beautiful Barcelona, Spain.


IHA Events

IHA member and guests in attendance will enjoy our usual IHA member events, including dinners together and a formal IHA meeting.

Sunday, June 10, 2018
Arrivals at NH collection — Hotel Constanza, Barcelona
Evening Reception and Dinner
IHA Members and Guests

Monday, June 11, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
IHA Meeting
IHA Members and Representatives
Country Reports
Financial and Business Review
Other Topics to be Decided


Global DIY Summit Events

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Join Summit Store Tours or Workshops
Evening Summit Get-Together

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Global DIY Summit
Evening – Traditional Spanish Gala Evening

Thursday, June 14, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Global DIY Summit

Evening — IHA Member and Guest Farewell Dinner

Friday, June 15, 2018
Departures

MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS IMMEDIATELY. Rooms at the Global DIY Summit official hotel are already sold out. John Herbert is recommending that IHA member attendees stay at the Hotel Constanza Barcelona, which is close to the Summit hotel.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT HAVE A GUARANTEED ROOM BLOCK. MAKE YOUR RESERVATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO ENSURE THAT YOU WILL BE STAYING WITH YOUR FELLOW IHA MEMBERS.

Here is contact information for the Hotel Constanza. Please be aware that there are two hotels with the same name in Barcelona; be sure to stay at the NH Collection – Hotel Constanza.

Hotel Constanza Barcelona
Web address: www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/nh-collection-barcelona-constanza
Reservation telephone: +1 212 219 7607
Telephone: +34 93 2811500
Email: nhcollectionconstanza@nh-hotels.com
Address: C/Deu I Mata, 69-99 08029 Barcelona – Spain

GLOBAL DIY SUMMIT REGISTRATION

Make your reservation for the Summit online at www.diysummit.org.
Please check the “Early Bird” registration to receive your EDRA/GHIN member discount. John Herbert has promised that although the store tours are currently full, he will make arrangements for IHA members to be included.

Please contact Mr. Bill Lee, IHA Secretary General with questions at blee@nrha.org.

 

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