Like their older colleagues, millennials carefully plan their Market schedules in advance. They also text to set up appointments once they hit the ground. “We try to be flexible enough with our agenda to set up meetings with new vendors as quickly as we can send a text. At Market, we make after-hours plans based on daily showroom buzz,” said Barrick.
Millennials also find each other at Market through organic connections. “It’s a great time to get to know our suppliers, so we typically have accounts over for dinner. Since our team is relatively young, it is inspiring to meet companies like Modus and Holland House that are also composed of young team members,” said City Furniture’s McTiernan.
Jenny Kordus, a buyer with Steinhafels Furniture of Wisconsin and Illinois, also looks forward to dinners with her colleagues. “As a group, we network with other family-oriented furniture stores, and I enjoy meeting their younger buyers.”
Not all networking opportunities are strictly social events. Designer Lucas served on the Love It Or Hate It panel in the Antique & Design Center with several other top young designers in October 2016. Sponsored by Chairish and Domino Magazine, the event featured a champagne reception and the designers’ judgments on hot trends. “It was energizing to be part of a lively discussion that mixed the work of Market with pleasure, and provided a social connection to designers my age.”