The 11th Annual Minnecon was held at Target Field on July 24th, 2018.

2018 Vendor Booth Map

We look forward to seeing you in 2019!

Northland does not sell or share registrant information with third parties including booth vendors at Minnecon. 



July 24, 2018


Yoga: 9:00 – 10:15am

CEU’s [Schedule Listed Below]

Keynote Speaker: 11:30 -1:00pm

Tradeshow: 12:00 – 6:00pm

Happy Hour: 6:00 – 9:00pm


Price (tradeshow only)
FREE for attendees! Attendees may register onsite.
CEU & Yoga pricing below

2018 Vendor Booth Map


Target Field, Legends Club
Enter: Ramp A & Gate 29 from the street

Target Field Map-Directions

Getting to Target Field

Booth Vendors: Know Before You Go

Join Master Yoga Instructor for a 60 minute, all-levels, Vinyasa Flow

Caroline Klohs

Lululemon Galleria Ambassador

9:00 – 10:15 am


Town Ball Tavern Field

Instructor Bio:

Caroline teaches a powerful, dynamic flow, filled with consciousness of breath and embracing the emotions each posture reveals to you.  She believes in having a positive attitude in life and this is articulated in her teaching through her music, use of words, and ability to connect with students on, and off, the mat.  She wishes to inspire her students both physically and spiritually and allow them to experience the shift that affected her on so many levels.

Credentials – Caroline received her 200 Hour Yoga Alliance RYT Certification from Pure Yoga NYC, taught by the world renowned, Kay Kay Clivio and Yogi Charu.  She received her 100 Hour Yoga Alliance RYT Mentorship Certification with Loren Bassett, the creator of Bassett’s Bootcamp and PXT Conditioning.

Class Description:

Caroline teaches a dynamic class with humor, rad music, and a positive attitude.  She wishes to inspire her students both physically and mentally to live happier and healthier lives. This class is for all levels.

Cost: $5

Minnecon Keynote :

Bethany Parks

National Sales Manager of Source International

Bat & Barrel

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Speaker Bio:

Bethany started as an office supply and furniture dealer for a small company in upstate New York. She evolved from dealer sales person to independent rep. After battling breast cancer in 2009 she took a two-year hiatus to contemplate the meaning of life, during which she spent seven months living at an orphanage in Kenya, sweeping floors, cooking rice, washing clothes, and teaching minimal amounts of English. Bethany remained connected to her professional persona by writing, blogging, and exploring other parts of the country. In 2013 Bethany returned to the furniture industry after she was asked to be the National Sales Manager of Source International. Within a year she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), and spent another year in treatment and recovery. Questions again resonated about the purpose of life and the answer continued to be “Helping Others”. This time the message became more about helping others by setting an example of authenticity, fearlessness, and following her true path, while at the same time still selling chairs.

Two months ago Bethany spent a day “unpacking her brain” and asking herself what she wanted her job to be. Words like, building teams, community, and relationships came up as well as her favorite, presenting. Within weeks of this exercise she presented a CEU to a group in Minneapolis, which lead to the opportunity to speak at Minnecon. This will be her first Keynote Speaking Engagement and Bethany is extremely excited to be talking about people who have chosen to be out-of-the-box thinkers and doers and how they have impacted our world.

Presentation Description:

Crazy Rebel Misfits is a compilation of stories from the radical human beings who have transformed the world around us by daring to think differently, challenging the norm, and inspiring us to greatness along the way. They’re the game-changers of history who literally have altered life as we know it. During this engaging presentation, we’ll examine the world’s greatest architects, designers, inventors, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and humanitarians who have overcome adversity, failure, and incredible odds to reshape the future, thus inspiring us to do the same. 

IIDA Members: $50
IIDA Student Members: $50
Non-Members: $60
Student Non-Members: $60

Capacity: 60

Please contact prodev@iida-northland.org for questions.

Minnecon CEU’s

Skyline Suite 1

IIDA Members: $15
IIDA Student Members: $15
Non-Members: $35
Student Non-Members: $35


CEU Schedule:

10:15 – 11:15 Rick Harris with Witthus, “Procurement and Inclusion in Commercial Interiors”

 1:15 – 2:15 Jennie Arnett with RSP, “How to Succeed in the Business of Design”

3:00 – 4:00 Mark Woodman, “Color Narratives: Defining colorful design 2019+”

Make sure to check in at least 10 minutes before your session begins to allow time to travel to the Skyline Suite 1

60 (per CEU)

Please contact prodev@iida-northland.org for questions.

CEU 1 : Procurement and Inclusion in Commercial Interiors

Time: 10:15 – 11:15 am

Location: Skyline Suite 1

Hosted By: Witthus Associates

Course Description / Learning Objectives:

– Recap the Study and identify key issues relevant to commercial interior designers

– Discuss the demographic shift in decision makers and relevancy to the process

– Review exiting requirements and what is working well and where improvements can be made

– Review key local projects where diversity and inclusion were key to outcomes

– Q&A with local minority subcontractors

Presenter: Rick Harris

Rick Harris, president of Ideal Commercial Interiors (ICI), has been in the office interiors industry for the past 37 years. During that time, he has worked in all facets of the industry including manufacturing, remanufacturing, field services, installations, product design, project management, and sales. During his long career in the business, Rick has witnessed firsthand the evolution of the utilization of office space and the design elements. He has built strong relationships with furniture manufacturers and suppliers from coast to coast allowing him to meet customer needs at varied price points.

After more than 30 years of doing business in other furniture markets, Rick started ICI in 2012 in Minnesota, focusing on public sector projects and projects for major corporations seeking to increase their minority participation. ICI holds contracts with Hennepin County, The University of Minnesota, The City of Saint Paul and is performing as a subcontractor for major construction companies in the Twin Cities.

CEU 2 : How to Succeed in the Business of Design

Time: 1:15 – 2:15 pm

Location: Skyline Suite 1

Hosted By: RSP Architects

Credits Available:  IDCEC

Course Description / Learning Objectives:

What does “business” have to do with designers? Everything! Design is a business therefore business knowledge improves the job performance and career of design professionals. In this course, you will be introduced to the following topics and shown how they relate to a designer’s world: Basic Economics, Profitability, Strategic Planning, Marketing, Project Management, and Employee Management. Applicable resources, such as computer programs, books, and groups, will be identified for each business topic. Join the discussion to understand how to succeed in the business of design!

Presenter: Jennie Arnett, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP

Jennie Arnett is a Project Manager at RSP Architects on the National Design Team. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from North Dakota State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota. Jennie has worked in the design industry for the last 14 years in various areas of design including corporate, hospitality, and education. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two sons.


CEU 3 :  Color Narratives : Defining colorful design in 2019+

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Location: Skyline Suite 1

Hosted By: Hallmark Building Supplies

Credits Available:  IDCEC

Course Description / Learning Objectives:
Color Narratives engages and inspires the audience with key macro “whys and whats” affecting directions in life and style. Multiple information methods are presented to better grasp emerging color and design trends, and what is driving them forward. Photography, video, discussion points, and more are utilized to present the narratives in an informative, yet interesting manner.

Color, texture and pattern directions arise from myriad stories and from cosmetics to transportation, cuisine to technology, Color Narratives are a preview glimpse of what’s up for design and decoration and how it will emerge in residential and commercial spaces.

Presenter: Mark Woodman, CMG

Mark Woodman CMG, a passionate designer, trend-spotter, writer and speaker, has designed interiors, consulted on diverse product lines, and contributed to the pages and airwaves of media, and the stages of international exhibitions.

Through the world of color and design his consultancies include DuPont Corian® and Zodiaq®, 3M Post-Its, Canadian Tire, Sherwin-Williams, and more. Mr. Woodman’s aesthetic understanding of “real-life” color and design helps balance his approach to product specification, complementing practical application with the excitement of the new. In addition, he facilitates trend panels for numerous companies and served as President of the Color Marketing Group, the international non-profit association that studies and discerns color direction.

As owner of mark woodman design+color llc, Mr. Woodman’s design work has ranged from individual product lines, to private residences and commercial interiors, to the building industry, where he consults on design and color for space-planning, elevations, and aesthetics for entire communities. His room designs have graced the pages of numerous publications as well as the editorial and cover of the book, “Color In Small Spaces.”

A spirited and accomplished international speaker, Mr. Woodman frequently lectures on color and design for prominent organizations such as DuPont, Sherwin-Williams, Masterbrands, and Color Marketing Group, as well as exhibitions at Stockholm Furniture Fair, Decorex London, SOFA – Toronto, TISE, Furnitex and Decoration and Design in Australia, PrintSource, and Surtex.

“Color and design directions become a narrative journey, building stories along the way,” says Mr. Woodman, “from the human experience, to the delight of music, to new tastes in cuisine, to our aspirational selves, it all contributes to the story and, ultimately, the products and colors in our lives.”


Please note: audience photographs and/or video may be taken at this event. By nature of your attendance, you are granting permission for your image, voice and likeness to be used for marketing purposes.

Event registration is not tax deductible as a charitable contribution.

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