Bulk Vending, Vending, Coin-Op, Trade Show, National Bulk Vendors Association, Randy Chilton
LAS VEGAS -- The National Bulk Vendors Association is hoping its annual convention and trade show will not only prove strong in terms of attendance, but will also succeed in showcasing a newly revitalized trade organization. While NBVA continues to confirm the valuable opportunity to network with other operators from across the country and around the globe the event provides, it is also eager to increase its membership ranks and recruit bulk vending professionals to be more active in the association.
"This is our last year in Las Vegas and we plan to go out with a bang," said convention chairman Jim Hinton of Oak Manufacturing. "The Friday celebration should rival any New Year's Eve party; it will be a blast. I urge everyone to attend to say goodbye to the old association and Vegas, and hello to the new NBVA and a bright future."
Scheduled to take place April 16 to 18 at Bally's Las Vegas, the show's lineup of exhibitors and events will offer operators a chance to get a first look at the latest and greatest offerings from every leading manufacturer and supplier in the industry, and the schedule of events off the exhibit floor has been bolstered, too.
"What's new at the NBVA? Everything, literally," said association president Randy Chilton of Coinstar (Bellevue, WA). "In addition to seeing the most innovative products and networking with industry peers, the NBVA has renewed energy, and it will be on display in Las Vegas at the convention. Learn what your association has done in the last six months to better serve its members."
Main events at this year's gathering include a full slate of professional seminars, called Bulk Vending University, spread over the three days of the show. Organized by seminar committee cochairmen Philip Brilliant of A&A Global Industries and Steve Schechner of Capital Vending & Distribution (Florence, AL), the seminars commence on Thursday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. with "Lower Your Freight Cost: An In-Depth Look At Techniques That Can Reduce Your Freight Cost," moderated by Rick Krikorian of Rick's Vending (Visalia, CA). From 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. a panel discussion called "Merchandising Ideas That Work Today," moderated by Larry Schatz, Schatz Vending (London Mills, IL), will be co-led by Tyler Sumner of Service Vending (Aurora, MO) and Michael Applebaum of Cutting Edge TNT (San Jose, CA).
On Friday, the seminar program opens with a historic overview of the industry presented by bulk vending pioneer Roger Folz, founder and former president of Folz Vending Co. Inc. (Oceanside, NY). "The Early Days in Bulk Vending" is set for 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., and promises to offer a remarkable view of the industry from Folz's decades-long career that began with a single peanut vender and grew into a nationwide operation.
From 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m., industry pros will take on the important topic of toy safety with a seminar entitled "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Toy Safety But Were Afraid To Hear." Presented by Brand Vending's Dax and Laurie Logue, along with Jonathan Becker of L.M. Becker Co. Inc., this detailed discussion promises to clear up many of the misconceptions and inaccurate reports regarding newly enacted government regulations.
The educational program wraps up early Saturday morning with a 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. seminar, called "Hiring Systems: An In-Depth Look At Hiring Procedures For The Bulk Vending Professional" and moderated by Steve Schechner. During the convention, several association committees will meet, including those overseeing legislative efforts, and ways and means. The board of directors will convene for an executive meeting, and a general meeting and election are scheduled, too.
Another highlight is the NBVA awards program, which rolls out at this year's show. Organized by Jason Glickman of J.G. Vending (Chicago), the awards ceremony is scheduled to take place during the association banquet on Friday night. Votes cast by NBVA members will determine who is honored for Best Sticker, Best Tattoo, Best 2" Capsuled Product, Best 1" Capsuled Product, Most Innovative New Machine and Operator of the Year.
"There's no denying the tough economic environment we're in, and the easiest expense to cut is trade show attendance. But that's the last place you should cut," Chilton emphasized. "Now more than ever, you owe it to your business to attend the new NBVA show and learn what it's going to take for your business to survive, and perhaps even prosper, in these difficult times. This is one show you don't want to miss. There will be some that prosper in these tough times, why not be one of them?"
Because of the limited availability of discounted rooms and high demand, association officials are urging those who plan to attend to register as soon as possible. For details, call (888) NBVA-USA.