About Us

Next Generation-NOW is a community of young, passionate and vibrant home furnishings professionals that are the future of the home furnishings industry. Working together, this community will develop the next group of industry leaders through educational events, social networking and guidance and give a voice to the unique needs of future generations in the furniture industry.


The story behind Next Generation-NOW


Twenty-five years ago, an Olympia, WA furniture dealer was discussing his concerns of trying to transition his five children into the family furniture business.


NGN Past and Present

He was concerned that the furniture industry was losing the next generation of retailers to “sexier” industries such as computer technologies and financial brokerages. Next Generation was born.


Developed to assist the sons, daughters and key-managers in becoming the future leaders of their family’s furniture business, the group held meetings, social events and round table discussions all focused on critical skills the youthful group would need once they transitioned into a leadership role.


Poised and ready to develop its next group of leaders, Next Generation-Now will provide professional development and host a forum to give voice to the unique needs of family run businesses.


These energetic, curious, savvy young individuals are your future customers. Your support of Next Generation-Now can help to develop even longer relationships.


Giff and Nick Gates represent the past and present of Next Generation-NOW

Next Generation-NOW is a hosted community of the North American Home Furnishings Association.


Next Generation-NOW’s benefactor sponsor is Ashley Furniture Industries.

Major sponsors for Next Generation-Now are FurnitureDealer.net, GE Capital, Coaster Fine Furniture and R&A Marketing.