Hearth & Home Technologies hosted its second-annual Summer Summit from June 8-10 at the historic Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. More than 400 attendees participated in two days of customized breakout sessions focused on best practices in online marketing, human resources, sales expertise, risk management and profit maximization, as well as brand immersions and hands-on product demonstrations from Heatilator, Heat & Glo, Quadra-Fire and Harman.
The nearly 20 breakout sessions featured functional experts from HHT, Houzz, Rocket 55, The Alexander Group, Best Buy, The Adler Group, Resultants for Business and the University of Minnesota. In addition to world-class business content, attendees enjoyed a cocktail reception, an awards dinner honoring top customers for sales volume and sales growth by brand, and entertainment provided by the Wes Cook Band with special guest appearances by Elvis.
The event, designed for HHT customers to celebrate, collaborate, educate and win, was a success, “customer events like the Summer Summit are key in keeping us grounded and connected with our customers,” VP Berger, president of Hearth and Home Technologies commented. “It’s our dealers and distributors who provide the passion, sales and service in the field every day so it’s important we take the time to get together to collaborate and say thank you to our customers. They are the lifeblood of the industry and we sincerely appreciate their efforts and commitment.”
Feedback from customers was overwhelmingly positive:
• “Exciting, energetic learning experience with fun mixed in.” — Tim Colwick, Afterglow Energy
• “I’m very impressed with how HHT used Summer Summit to help distributors become better business partners instead of just promoting their own products.” — Ron Cochran, of Builder Specialties in Georgia.
• “Thank you for the opportunity to attend Summer Summit! We enjoyed conversing with other hearth professionals. Hats off again to wowing us with one of your events! Summer Summit was a home run. We’re gearing up to grow in the 2015-2016 season and look forward to partnering with HHT!” — Alexis Rettinger, Rettinger Fireplace Systems in New Jersey.
• “Informative and motivating. Glad we were invited to attend.” — Robert Kladke, Black Hat Chimney & Fireplace
HHT is currently planning its 2016 summer summit.