ASID Partners with MMPI, Moves Annual Conference to NeoCon

Dec. 9, 2008

WASHINGTON - Building on the success of the annual NeoCon® World's Trade Fair, the American Society of Interior Designers has announced plans to launch a new ASID National Conference in conjunction with the 2009 event, June 15-17. This venture is made possible through a partnership with Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. (MMPI), the tradeshow management company that produces NeoCon World's Trade Fair, the largest conference and exhibition of contract furnishings in North America.

As an official show partner, ASID is working closely with MMPI to integrate the ASID National Conference within NeoCon World's Trade Fair. 

Each year, more than 50,000 attendees travel to The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, the world's largest commercial building and wholesale design center, for NeoCon World's Trade Fair. NeoCon is the event of the year where companies from around the world gather to unveil the latest trends and products in the contract furnishings industry. In addition to browsing 1.2 million square feet of permanent showrooms and temporary exhibits debuting thousands of new commercial and residential products and services, attendees have the opportunity to take part in 130 CEU-accredited seminars and keynote presentations from world-renowned speakers, while enjoying networking with colleagues from the industry.

"We thank MMPI for giving us the exciting opportunity to join these two great events together and offer ASID sponsored educational programming and events at NeoCon," says Michael Alin, Hon. FASID, executive director of ASID. "This will greatly enhance the annual conference experience for ASID members and the Society is looking forward to contributing more to the NeoCon show."

As part of the ASID National Conference at NeoCon, ASID members will benefit from:

ASID lounge on the show floor
ASID Member networking opportunities
Premiere industry networking event
ASID official headquarters hotel

Professional Development
Keynote speaker
Educational association forums
More than 130 a-la-carte conference CEU sessions
Off-site experiential learning CEU sessions
ASID student career exchange

1.2 million square feet of exhibition space
More than 1,200 exhibitors
Interior furnishing products and services for all markets

"The partnership between MMPI and ASID is a collaboration which will benefit the thousands of attendees who visit NeoCon each year," says Mark Falanga, senior vice president of MMPI. "We look forward to working closely with ASID on maximizing their programs available through their national conference, while producing one of the largest and most successful NeoCons ever." 

The upcoming NeoCon World's Trade Fair will take place June 15-17, 2009 at the Merchandise Mart, Chicago. Visit for more information.

For more information on the ASID National Conference at NeoCon, go to

About ASID
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people's lives. Its more than 40,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 Chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Go to to learn more.

About MMPI
Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. (MMPI) is a trade show and property management firm, specializing in managing buildings devoted to wholesale showrooms and commercial office space. MMPI produces more than 300 trade shows, market events and conferences each yet. MMPI manages The Merchandise Mart and 350 West Mart Center in Chicago; Market Square, the Suites at market Square, Hamilton Market, Plaza Suites, Furniture Plaza and the National Furniture Mart in High Point, N.C.; the Architects & Designers Building and 7 W New York in New York; the Boston Design Center in Boston; the L.A. Mart in Los Angeles; and the Washington Design Center and Federal Center Southwest in Washington D.C.

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