By Alan Wolf, YSN
It’s a sure bet that next week’s Summit 2020 in Las Vegas will be one for the books.
The event, which will bring together BrandSource and its AVB affiliates ProSource and MEGA Group for four days of learning, sharing, buying and networking, has already broken a number of group records:
- It’s the earliest that a Summit has completely sold out all its hotel space;
- Accordingly, it will host the most attendees ever at a Summit; and
- It will offer the most education and training sessions ever presented at an AVB show.
The Summit 2020 has also scored several firsts, including our first time at The Venetian and Sands Expo Convention Center complex; the first time our friends to the North, MEGA Group/BrandSource Canada, have formally participated in a Summit gathering; and the first time that 15 new supplier partners will be exhibiting at the show.
Other highlights will include CEO Jim Ristow’s State of the Union address, a traditional forum for announcing new member initiatives; a keynote by innovation expert Jeremy Gutsche that will underscore the Summit’s theme of “Tomorrow Starts Today”; special limited-quantity show-only deals at the bi-annual Stampede buy session; more than 35 manufacturer product trainings; and a Monday night BrandSource dinner reception at the exclusive TAO Las Vegas restaurant and nightclub.
Also, be sure to pack your boom box and cassettes and tease up your hair for a totally “80’s Night” party with BrandSource’s Young Professionals organization, sponsored by Electrolux.
But most of all, use the opportunity of Summit to connect with AVB’s most valuable asset: you, the members, who live the challenges and rewards of independent retail and can share your insights and best practices with your fellow dealers.
Safe travels and we’ll see you next week!
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