MYRTLE BEACH, SC -- The upcoming Atlantic Coast Exposition will feature a timely educational program led by experts who will share their insights on some of vending's hottest topics.
The 57th annual vending and office coffee service confab will be held from Oct. 4 to 6 at the Embassy Suites Kingston Plantation here. The North Carolina Vending Association, South Carolina Vending Association and Virginia Automatic Merchandising Association sponsor it.
An education program kicks off ACE on Friday, Oct. 5, at 9 a.m. and runs to 2 p.m. U-Select-It president Heidi Chico leads off. She will discuss recent changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act and its impact on the vending industry. Chico will also review pending federal calorie-disclosure regulations and how they will impact vending operators and their customers.
Canteen Vending Services' Scott Denhard and Lance Roper will moderate a panel of vending operators who will share the successes and challenges they've had with micromarkets. Panelists include Canteen's Mike Coffey; Terry Durling, Vendable Systems Inc. (Rock Hill, SC); Scott Halloran, Trolley House Refreshments (Richmond, VA); Carl Moser, Cardinal Canteen (Ashland, VA); and Zed Bradley, Piedmont Vending (Charlotte, NC).
Gaye Tankersley of Food Service Inc. (Lexington, SC) will moderate a session on vending technology. Mike Lawlor of USA Technologies, Randy Smith of LightSpeed Automation, MEI's Chuck Reed and Mike Bocelli, and a representative from Vendors Exchange International Inc. will provide updates on technological tools currently available to operators, as well as what lies ahead.
Additionally, ACE is offering an all-day technician training camp on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Manufacturers will provide in-depth instruction on troubleshooting and problem solving for all major brands of equipment and payment systems. A separate $100 registration fee is required that includes refreshment breaks, lunch, entry into the exhibit hall and all convention social events.
Another ACE highlight will be a keynote address by Gregory Blake, chief encouragement officer for PepWorks (Positively Encouraging People in the Workforce) International, at the annual ACE awards breakfast on Saturday. He specializes on advising businesses on how to reengage, refuel and retain professionals in the workplace during today's turbulent, uncertain times. | SEE STORY
The exhibit floor will be open 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
A Friday evening dinner reception with entertainment and Saturday afternoon "tailgate corn hole beach party" are among the many recreational and networking events planned throughout the confab.
The full Atlantic Coast Eposition agenda is available at atlanticcoastexpo.com.