® and IAHSP® Summarizes Conference, Announces Award Winners® and International Association of Home Staging Professionals® recently held its ASP® 2014 IAHSP® Educational Conference on Whidbey Island.  Barb Schwarz, The Creator of Home Staging® and CEO of®, announced that conference attendees earned a new designation in Home Staging – The Buyer’s Trend Specialist, (ASP®-BTS™).   In addition, awards were given and conference sponsors were recognized. About 100 Accredited Staging Professionals ® and Accredited Staging Professional Masters® attended theASP® 2014 IAHSP® Educational Conference.  The professionals in attendance were comprised of the top Home Stagers in the world.  Education was focused on business marketing, buyer trends in real estate and design, and Staging for specific groups of buyers. Seminar attendees earned the new ASP®-BTS® designation.  The designation signifies that the Home Stager has acquired additional education in Staging and design trends, and possesses skills to prepare properties to appeal to buyers shopping for a home in today’s market.   When sellers are looking for a Home Stager, they can be sure that the ASP®-BTS® designation acquired by the ASP® or ASPM® Home Stager means he or she is fully qualified to prepare a home for a fast sale.® and IAHSP® thanked and acknowledged its conference sponsors:  CORT, Sherwin Williams, Churchill Corporate Services, Props America, Stella & Dot, Highland Lakes Staging/Sandy Earnhart, and TFG Risk Management Services, Inc.  Sponsors were present for the conference trade showand shared valuable information, and supplied products and services. Featured speakers at the conference were Barb Schwarz; Jessica Letchford, Sherwin Williams Marketing Manager and color specialist;  MaryJo Camp, kitchen and bath designer; and  ASPMs® Sandy Earnhart, Kathy Fauth, Sandra Holmes, Kevin Htain, Karen Mendenhall, Jennie Norris, Maha Paulus, Brandi Visser, and Bette Vos.   Several ASPMs® led “Meet the Pros” discussions on business operations, marketing, and buyer trends; and attendees learned new Staging tips and skills at demonstration tables. Home Staging Awards were given to Kevin Htain, West Coast Stager of the Year; Richard Kline, Midwest Stager of the Year; Sandra Holmes, East Coast Stager of the Year; Erica Hondroulis, ASP® Rising Star Award; and Joan Inglis, The Barb Schwarz ASPM® Staging Excellence Award.   Barb Schwarz was given a special award by the IAHSP® Board of Directors – The Living Legacy Award, for Barb’s endless contributionto the real estate and Home Staging industries. For information on Home Staging, locating an Accredited Staging Professional®, or how to become an Accredited Staging Professional®, visit

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