Executive Education & Training
As part of our mission to support the growth and global leadership of our member companies, AHFA and its affiliates offer educational events and issue-focused programs throughout the year. These timely forums bring together executives from companies of all sizes and business models, along with technical experts, regulatory officials and industry leaders, to focus on emerging business issues and trends.
Key events include the International Casual Furnishings Association Education Conference, Annual Logistics Conference, Annual Regulatory Summit and Annual Meeting and CEO Conference. These events offer both professional development and executive networking opportunities.
As needs arise, AHFA also provides issue-focused webinars for industry-specific technical training or compliance guidance. Member companies that miss one of these webinars or conferences can find an Education link on the AHFA.us home page that leads to all available presentations.
Information on future webinars and education events is always easy to find on our Events page.
AHFA has become a driving force in addressing the need for younger workers in our industry’s executive suites, as well as in our modern U.S. manufacturing facilities. A Furniture Foundation disseminates more than $50,000 in grants every year to support education programs targeting furniture design students, new upholstery workers, young executives and university students considering careers in various areas of our industry.
In addition, AHFA’s Solution Partners suppliers division now awards $30,000 in annual scholarships to the children of industry workers employed by AHFA member companies. These scholarships, based on financial need and academic merit, have supported higher education for more than 100 students since the program was begun in 2000.
The Solution Partners division also supports a website, www.MyFurnitureCareer.com, developed to help reduce the skilled labor crisis in our industry’s upholstery plants. The site serves to elevate the image of our industry nationwide by spotlighting the talented “makers” crafting upholstered furniture. The site sends prospective job candidates to member company websites and also recruits students for multiple community college-based furniture training programs.