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October 14, 2013

J. Walker Smith, executive chairman of The Futures Co., will present at the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) event Wednesday in Chicago.

Smith will deliver one of seven statistically charged presentations during the HIRI event Oct. 16 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel and Convention Center.

The conference’s theme is “Changing Home Improvement Attitudes & Behaviors.”

August 19, 2013

J. Walker Smith, chairman of The Futures Group, is among the speakers at the Home Improvement Research Institute’s upcoming conference.

His presentation is titled: "A Future Unfolding: Understanding Tomorrow's Consumer Today." 

Consumers are looking to move beyond the stagnation of a slow recovery, but they will be doing so with a different view.

October 1, 2012

The Home Improvement Research Institute will set up shop in Chicago Oct. 17 for a series of research-related presentations. 

To be held at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, the event will kick off with an effort to read the future by J. Walker Smith, executive chairman of The Futures Company.

November 7, 2011

Chicago — Mixed macroeconomic signals lurked behind many of the charts displayed at the Home Improvement Research Institute’s (HIRI’s) Industry Summit last month. But presenter J. Walker Smith stressed that the fault lies in ourselves, not the economy. He pointed to several companies outside the home improvement industry that have shown amazing growth — Apple, Hyundai and Zappos, for instance. “These companies have shown unprecedented success during the third-worst downturn in U.S.

October 19, 2011

Chicago -- The unofficial quote of the day came from J. Walker Smith, executive chairman of The Futures Co.: "Screw the economy; you can still be successful in your business."

November 2, 2008

The diverse nature of the seven home improvement research presentations delivered rapid fire during a...

October 15, 2008

Oak Brook, Ill. -- True to its mission, the Home Improvement Research Institute examined research...

September 21, 2008

The Home Improvement Research Institute will host a day-long conference next month in Oak Brook,...

September 9, 2008

The group’s annual fall conference, titled “Understanding the Future For Home Improvement,” will be held...

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