Debuting Spec-writing Master Class Series

Hospitality designers and specifiers can hone their spec-writing skills in the new Smart-Specs Interiors™ master class series at BDwest this year. Expert panelists in each of five product categories—Carpet, Guest Room Casegoods, Upholstered Seating, Guest Room Lighting and Fabric—will outline unique considerations and best practices for writing clear, supplier-ready specs for hospitality design projects.

Presented in association with NEWH, the Hospitality Industry Network, the series is designed to help designers and specifiers avoid costly errors and delays and achieve optimal project results.

“There’s so much about our industry that is not taught in school,” said NEWH executive director Shelia Lohmiller. “This is a great opportunity for design firms to send their junior designers, and for experienced designers and procurement professionals to get a refresher on the latest manufacturing techniques.”

Presenters for the fully accredited Smart-Specs Interiors™ sessions include seasoned designers, purchasing agents and product manufacturers for companies including Applied Textiles, Benjamin West, Bray Whaler, Carver & Associates, CF Kent, Chapman Hospitality Lighting, Creative Resource Associates, Fabricut Contract and S. Harris, Flick·Mars, ForrestPerkins, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), JLF Collections, Lexmark Carpet, The Light Annex, MTS Seating, Neil Locke & Associates, Ramsey & Associates, Royal Thai, Studio Partnership and Vaughan Benz.

Moderators for the new sessions are Becka Chester, president, Hospitality Design Specialist, for Fabric; Ted Brumleve, senior director, Wyndham Hotel Group, for Guest Room Casegoods; Michelle Finn, president, Hospitality Media Group (HMG), for Carpet; Jeanne Varney, lecturer, Cornell University, for Upholstered Seating; and Steve Rice, president and founder, Rice Consulting, for Guest Room Lighting.

“Smart specification writing fulfills a critical need in today’s hospitality design industry, and we are excited to present these courses from the manufacturer, designer, brand and purchasing agent perspective,” said Finn, who heads HMG, the company that produces BDwest and sister trade fair Boutique Design New York (BDNY). “The response to this new series has been overwhelming among BDwest registrants, and reinforces the value of these sessions to our industry.”

The Smart-Specs Interiors™ master classes are among more than 35 sessions in the BDwest 2018 lineup, featuring more than 160 hospitality experts from across the industry.

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