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S.C. Vending Association Announces 25th Winter Training Meet: Jan. 18-20

Posted On: 11/7/2012

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TAGS: South Carolina Vending Association, SCVA Winter Training Conference, vending, vending machine, office coffee service, Paresh Patel, Courtesy Vending

CHARLESTON, SC -- The DoubleTree Hotel in the historic district of this renowned seaport once again will host the South Carolina Vending Association's Winter Training Conference. The 2013 event is set for Jan. 18 through 20 (Friday-Sunday), and registration is free for operator members in good standing.

The association noted that next year will mark the 25th anniversary of the Winter Training Conference, and the planning committee has been working diligently to assemble an outstanding program.

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on Friday, and the SCVA annual membership meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., SCVA's legislative counsels will present an update on the current legislative and regulatory situation in South Carolina. Additionally, a representative from the National Automatic Merchandising Association will present a nationwide overview of the industry. The afternoon is open for exploring Charleston.

A welcome reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday.

On Saturday, the education program resumes at 9 a.m. with an address by Paresh Patel, who built Courtesy Vending (Portland, OR) from a one-man operation into one of the largest vending and office refreshment companies in the Pacific Northwest. He is a recognized expert on the application of technology to vending, and has authored many published articles about the industry.

Patel is also the founder of VendScreen, a multipurpose Android-based customer interface and data communications device that offers extensive patron interactivity through a touchscreen selection and product information display, and integrates seamlessly with vending management information systems. It accommodates cashless payment options and can present nutrition and ingredient information, handles discounts and other promotions, and supports advertising.

The South Carolina conference's keynote address will be presented at 11 a.m. by Alan Adler, a business coach, speaker and author of Are You Ready to Turn Your Business Around? and Getting the Fish to Swim to You -- and Keeping Them in Your Boat.

Saturday evening will be devoted to a fete celebrating a quarter of a century of SCVA Winter Conferences. This begins with a reception at 6 p.m.; a dinner buffet is scheduled for 7 p.m.; and the late night gala and silent auction kick off at 8 p.m. and run until 10 p.m.

Registration for silent auction pickup will open at 10 a.m. on Sunday, wrapping up the 2013 Winter Conference.

In lieu of registration fees, each member operating company attending the conference is asked to contribute a silent auction prize. Those who will arrive at the hotel after Jan. 18 should ship the donated items to The DoubleTree -- SCVA Silent Auction Item, 181 Church St., Charleston, SC 29401.

Additional information may be had by calling the SCVA office at (919) 459-2070 or emailing The association's headquarters are at 2501 Aerial Center Pkwy., Ste. 103, Morrisville, NC 27560.

SCVA, originally the South Carolina Automatic Merchandising Association, was organized formally in 1972. It is one of the three states that cosponsor the annual Atlantic Coast Exposition, and maintains a website at