ACE Planners Focus On Education At 64th Annual Show, October 11-13

Posted On: 9/6/2018

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC — The 64th annual staging of the Atlantic Coast Exposition is slated for Oct. 11 through 14 at the Embassy Suites – Kingston Plantation here. The event’s planning committee has been assembling an expanded education program designed to bring convention-goers up to speed on today’s hot topics. With all available exhibit space sold by April of this year, the 2018 ACE seems on course to continue gaining strength.

The show will lead off with the always-popular Golf Tournament, which is set for Arcadian Shores from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11. This will be followed by meetings of the boards of directors of ACE’s sponsoring state associations: the North Carolina Vending Association, South Carolina Vending Association and Virginia Automatic Merchandising Association. NCVA will host an event to support its political action committee from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Two concurrent “add-on” sessions will start the educational program on Friday, Oct. 12 at 8 a.m. Mike Tompkins of Coffee Products Association (Chicago, IL) will lead a four-hour “Coffee, Sun & Fun – Come Chill with Us” workshop on the art of coffee. At the same time, Michael Frye of Southeastern Vending Services (Charlotte, NC) will moderate a technicians’ training program that will include detailed information on equipment from the major manufacturers. This will include details on maintaining Crane Merchandising Systems’ BevMax delivery mechanism and the Voce coffee vender, as well as a preview of the Renaissance design, as well as training on the functions of U-Select-It’s Global Vending Controller at the heart of all USI equipment, as well as an update on USI’s new Evoke Platform. Also on the agenda is training on programming Automated Merchandising Systems’ Sensit 3 machines and servicing AMS refrigeration modules. along with an update on the new Epic platform. Rounding out the technical training will be instruction in Crane Payment Innovations’ VN bill acceptor and CF7512 coin mechanism, an overview of connectivity between payment systems with emphasis on cashless and DEX systems, plus a sneak peek at the new CPI bill acceptor and coin mechanism. This session will conclude at 2  p.m. Both of these add-on special training programs require a registration fee of $99.

The formal education program gets under way at 10 a.m., with a legislative update by the government affairs experts of the National Automatic Merchandising Association, moderated by Scott Halloran, Trolley House Refreshments (Richmond, VA). This will be followed at 11:15 a.m. by a panel discussion of future technologies and their application to vending. It will be moderated by Lance Roper of Canteen Vending (Columbia, SC), and participants will include Kathy Horgan, Hivery (Sydney, Australia), on artificial intelligence in vending data analysis; Scott Denhard, Canteen Vending Services (Charlotte, NC) on driverless vehicles; and Maureen Sapp, Wizzan Mobility (Elk Grove Village, IL) on the application of wearable technologies like Google Glass to vending.

Exhibits open at 1 p.m. and close at 6 p.m. on Friday. The “Sand-Sational ACE Beach Party” kicks off at 6:30 p.m.

A highlight of the show is the Saturday morning Awards Breakfast and keynote address. It starts at 8:a.m., and is themed “Seas the Day.” Keynoting the breakfast is Will Bowen, a best-selling author and founder of the Complaint Free Movement. He will explain how curing oneself of complaining can have a transformative effect on one’s business and personal life.

The exhibits reopen on Saturday at 10 a.m. and close at 1 p.m. Poolside recreation, including a corn hole tournament and entertainment by the Andy Velo Band at poolside, will bring the 2018 show to a relaxing conclusion.

The Atlantic Coast Expo is administered by Tay Car, Inc. (Cary, NC). Information about the 2018 event, as well as online registration, can be found at the show’s website,