Noted futurist J. Walker Smith will kick off the Home Improvement Research Institute’s 2014 Fall Conference. This year’s conference is titled "Managing The Future in Home Improvement" and will be held on Oct. 16, 2014, in Chicago.
Smith is executive chairman of The Futures Company, a market research and consulting firm. His topic is described as “Planning for the Future of Home Improvement.”
Chicago — Mixed macroeconomic signals lurked behind many of the charts displayed at the Home Improvement Research Institute’s (HIRI’s) Industry Summit last month. But presenter J. Walker Smith stressed that the fault lies in ourselves, not the economy. He pointed to several companies outside the home improvement industry that have shown amazing growth — Apple, Hyundai and Zappos, for instance. “These companies have shown unprecedented success during the third-worst downturn in U.S.