High Point Market Names Keynote Speakers, Including Stark Carpet Leaders

High Point, NC, March 13, 2023-The High Point Market Authority (HPMA) announces the keynote speakers for opening day and Sunday of its 2023 event, which runs April 22 to 26 in High Point, North Carolina. 

The opening day keynote event for spring market will feature interior design stars Joanna Gaines, Amber Lewis, Jean Stoffer, Julia Marcum, Mara Miller, and Jesse Carrier on April 22 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Taking place in the High Point Theatre and moderated by Business of Home podcast host Dennis Scully, the discussion entitled, “Designing a Business You Love,” will draw on each of the panelists' experiences in building a design-oriented brand with staying power.

Joanna Gaines is the co-owner and co-founder of Magnolia, a New York Times best-selling author, editor in chief of Magnolia Journal, and co-creator of Magnolia Network.

Amber Lewis is founder of her residential interior design firm and retail store Shoppe Amber Interiors, whose licensed product collections reflect her laid-back, California aesthetic.

Jean Stoffer parlayed her interior design expertise into multiple businesses-including a custom cabinetry operation and an e-commerce platform-created from a common source of inspiration.

Julia Marcum is a design influencer, home renovator, brand ambassador, and educator who, along with her husband, started down the path to success in 2008 with the blog ‘Chris Loves Julia.’

Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, principals of acclaimed New York design firm Carrier and Company, also realize their vision for modern living in a range of products for leading manufacturers.

On Sunday, the market will hold its second keynote event, featuring Ashley and Chad Stark in the High Point Theatre on April 23 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The third-generation owners of Stark Carpet, Chad Stark, CEO, and Ashley Stark, creative director, will speak about their experiences forging the future at a legacy brand while holding onto its 85-year heritage. This talk will be moderated by Architectural Digest market director Madeline O’Malley.

Also the co-founders of Ashley Stark Home, they’ll discuss their path for growing new business-including Ashley’s star-powered social media influence, with over one million followers on Instagram- and how they prioritize creating world-class client experiences.

The floorcovering resource exhibits to the trade at High Point Market showcasing products from the STARK, Ashley Stark Home, and Stark Studio Rugs brands in their Market Square location.

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