Membership in the Solution Partners group of the AHFA is available to persons, firms and corporations that supply products or services to the home furnishings industry. These include manufacturers of equipment and machinery; suppliers of component parts, materials and supplies; various consulting services; financial institutions and services; information technology products, services and support; employee benefits providers; legal services; marketing and public relations services; packaging, transportation and warehousing products, services and support; both domestic and international logistics; and waste disposal and environmental services.
Government agencies are not eligible for membership.
What are the benefits of Solution Partners membership?
|Networking opportunities. Consistently rated the most valuable benefit of membership, networking opportunities are made possible through numerous educational events scheduled throughout the year. Because these events are organized around specific professional and technical areas within the manufacturing company, supplier members can choose events that most directly meet their networking needs. Members also are invited to attend the Association’s premier event of the year, the Annual Meeting and CEO Conference, attended by top executives from member companies. Finally, the Annual Solution Partners Scholarship Golf Tournament provides a fun and productive means of interacting with member company executives.|
Valuable marketing support. Members can announce new products and services as well as company news in the online newsletter Suppliers on Demand. Created exclusively for Solution Partner members, this newsletter is directed to several levels of key personnel within AHFA’s manufacturer member companies. Partner members also receive a company listing on the AHFA website and in the print Membership Directory. Public relations support is offered to companies exhibiting at the High Point, Las Vegas and Chicago furniture markets. Members are invited to use the AHFA Solution Partner logo in advertising and promotions.
Resources. Solution Partner members have access to the online membership directory, which is updated continually throughout the year. All members receive the monthly Furniture Executive newsletter, which keeps executives up-to-date on AHFA events, Washington activities, PR initiatives and discount programs.
What is the cost of membership?
Membership dues are computed on a sliding scale for companies offering products to furniture manufacturers. The scale is based on the company’s annual sales volume. As an example, annual dues for a company with sales less than $1.5 million are $750. Dues for a company with sales from $1.5 to $3 million are $1,000; $3 to $10 million, $2,000; and over $10 million, $3,000.
Membership dues for companies supplying services to furniture manufacturers are a flat $750.
Solution Partners Executive Director
336/884-5000, ext. 1010
Vice President of Communications
336/884-5000, ext. 1006
336/884-5000, ext. 1035