Convention Sneak Peek: Tuning Up for Nashville

By Alan Wolf, YSN

Now that registration has gone live for BrandSource’s August 21-24 Convention in Nashville, one could almost taste the barbeque and hear the strains of a slide guitar.

See: BrandSource Back on Site for August Convention

Making the group’s stay at the Gaylord Opryland all the more real after a year of travel quarantines are a working agenda and a solid slate of educational sessions. Among the latter, Fox News and MSNBC regular Gene Marks will discuss “Actions, Tactics & Strategies to Grow Your Business in a Growing Economy,” while those nearing the tail end of their retail journey will benefit from “Are You and Your Company Ready to Sell?” hosted by former BrandSource member and YSN contributor Rich Lindblom.

In addition, furniture dealers will have plenty to chew on with a series of Furniture Track sessions and Mattress University and Furniture Town Hall breakfasts, while servicing members will have a Town Hall breakfast of their own and a special Fred’s Appliance Academy seminar, “Averaging 10 Service Calls Per Day Per Tech.”

Meanwhile, returning Convention mainstays will include:

  • AVB CEO Jim Ristow’s State of the Union Address
  • Marketing news from CMO John White
  • Merchandising VP Chad Evans’ industry update and sure-to-be memorable Stampede appearance
  • Region meetings
  • Award ceremonies
  • The Women in Business Breakfast
  • And of course, the product Expo show floor, all held under this year’s theme of “Double Down.”

And, as a reminder, AVB’s new “Book with Confidence” policy will allow attendees to cancel their registration up to 30 days before the show and still have their deposits fully refunded.

As Kevin Werner, general manager of member relations, noted, “It’s all about our members. We provide them with the communication, programs, services and benefits to make their business grow and prosper. We look forward to seeing you at The Convention!”