The 2015 Concession & Hospitality Expo

| July 1, 2015

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Join the top food and beverage leaders at THE International Concessions and Hospitality Marketplace.

The 2016 Concession & Hospitality Expo will take place on July 19-22 at the Depot Renaissance in Minneapolis. The information below is an example of the business, education and networking activities that have become a trademark of our annual event. The Expo Committee is busy putting together the 2016 program. Check back often to see updates as new details emerge. We hope you will join us!

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The NAC President’s Expo Scholarship and the Joe Chabot Memorial Expo Scholarship are also available. Click here for more information.

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About

The National Association of Concessionaires will bring together the top food and beverage concession leaders in the recreation and leisure-time industry at The Concession & Hospitality Expo. The Expo committee is planning terrific educational sessions, great social functions and exciting events. Check back often as the 2016 program comes together.

Formerly known as the NAC Annual Convention & Trade Show, the event is an educational conference in its 34th year covering a wide range of concessions and foodservice topics. The business sessions are practical and focused on the concessions industry, and provide interaction between all types of operations. In addition, exciting social functions allow for attendees to network in a less formal setting. Your full convention registration fee includes all educational sessions, food functions, social events, venue tours and the trade show.

As part of the Expo, NAC will host its own trade show specifically for the recreation and leisure-time foodservice industry. The trade show will feature companies that provide products and services to all types of recreation, leisure-time and public assembly facilities. For more information on the trade show and how you can participate, click on the Trade Show tab on this page.

Make plans now to attend the 2016 Expo in the Twin Cities.

2016 NAC Tentative Expo Program. Check back often for updates.

Date
Event
Room
Sponsor
Session Materials
Description
All DaysNAC Office and Convention RegistrationA.J. EarlingGold Level Sponsor: Continental Concession Supplies, Inc.
All DaysGoody Bags Luggage TagsWinter GardenBronze Level Sponsor: EDAMOVIE
All DaysDigital SignageWinter GardenPlatinum Level Sponsor: Allure
Saturday, July 16
9:00 AM - 5:00 PMConcession Manager Certification CourseSoo Line
Sunday, July 17
9:00 AM - 5:00 PMConcession Manager Certification CourseSoo Line
Monday, July 18
9:00 AM - 5:00 PMConcession Manager Certification CourseSoo Line
6:00 AM - 9 PMBoard of Directors DinnerOff siteSea Change Restaurant and Bar
Tuesday, July 19
8:30 AM - 10:00 AMContinental BreakfastHiawatha Foyer
9:00 AM - 6:00 PMConcession Manager Certification CourseSoo Line
9:00 AM - 4:00 PMAccredited Concession Supplier (ACS) CourseRock Island
9:00 AM - 10:00 PMOutreach Committee Hiawatha 1
10:00 AM - 11:00 AMGovernment Relations CommitteeHiawatha 1
10:00 AM - 11:00 AMCommunications CommitteeHiawatha 2
11:00 AM - 12:00 PMMembership CommitteeHiawatha 1
11:00 AM - 12:00 PMEducation Committee
12:00 PM - 1:00 PMNAC Board of Directors LunchHiawatha 3
1:00 PM - 2:30 PMExecutive CommitteeJ.W. Quinn
2:30 PM - 4:00 PMNAC Board of Directors MeetingCharles Frost
6:00 – 8:00 PMOpening Night Reception & Joe Chabot Memorial Silent AuctionGreat HallGold Level Sponsor: Ricos Products Company
Gold Level Sponsor: The Hershey Company
Silver Level Sponsor: Cinema Scene
Bronze Level Sponsors: American Licorice
8:00 PM - 12:00 AMNAC Late Night LoungeJ.W. Quinn
Wednesday, July 20
7:00 - 8:00 AMNAC Fun RunLobbyAICP, American Licorice, Calbee North America, Cinema Scene, Dynamic Drinkware, Kernel Season’s, Marcus Theatres, Nestle, Royal Corporation, Taste of Nature
7:30 AM - 8:45 AMContinental BreakfastWinter GardenSilver Level Sponsor: Business Russia
9:00 – 10:00 AMCreating a World Class Service Organization Great HallSilver Level Sponsors: Gehl Foods, Odell’s, Sodexo and RCM Media
PDF HandoutDennis Snow
10:00 – 10:30 AMNetworking Break Winter GardenBronze Level Sponsor: Great Western Products
10:30 – 11:30 AMPeople Are Our Most Valuable Asset Great HallSilver Level Sponsor: Centerplate


Andrew Cretors of C. Cretors & Company will facilitate a high-powered panel of concession industry and labor experts. Such topics as engaging Millennials in the workforce, Strategies for minimum wage mandates and overtime regulations, temporary and contract workers and hiring and retaining your best crew members as well as how to find the right worker at any age and the appropriate person to work with alcohol will be discussed. Panel includes: Ken Whiting of Whiting Food Concessions, Dennis Snow of Snow & Associates, Kit Moss of Kit Moss Marketing and Revenue Development, Inc., Joel Rice, Esq. of Fisher & Phillips, LLC and Robert Perkins III, Act V Theatres.
11:30 - 11:45 AMNetworking BreakWinter GardenBronze Level Sponsor: Feltl & Company
11:45 - 1:00 PMGovernment Relations Panel Great HallSilver Level Sponsor: Kernel Seasons

Gina Di Santo, CCM and Don Lear, Co-Chairs of the NAC Government Relations Committee will moderate a panel of advocacy experts highlighting issues vital to the Concession, Hospitality, Theatre, and Vending Industries. The panel will include Toney Anaya, Coca-Cola North America Group; Mark Dieffenbach, The Hershey Company; Daniel Cosgrove, National Confectioners Association and Sandy Larson, National Automatic Merchandising Association.

1:00 – 4:00 PM NAC EXPO Trade Show and LunchDepot PavilionGold Level Sponsor: Spectra Food Service
Silver Level Sponsor: Reactor Net
Silver Level Sponsors: Vistar
Vendors will display the newest in food, beverages, and services for the concession & hospitality channels. Make sure to eat your way through the show with a variety of items only found at the NAC EXPO.
4:00 – 5:00 PM Leadership Counts Soo LineBronze Level Sponsors: Gehl Foods, Odell’s, Sodexo and RCM Media
Larry Etter, CCM, NAC’s Director of Education
5:00 – 6:00 PM Mickey Warner Reception Hiawatha Ballroom
6:30 - 10:15 PM Mississippi River Boat Dinner Cruise & Casino Buses depart at 6:00 from Hotel turn around.Platinum Level Sponsor: Pepsi
Gold Level Sponsor: Gold Medal Products Company
Silver Level Sponsor: Con Agra Foods
Silver Level Sponsor: The Promotion in Motion Company
10:00 PM - 12:00 AMNAC Late Night LoungeJ.W. Quinn
Thursday, July 21
7:30 AM - 8:45 AMContinental breakfastHiawatha FoyerSilver Level Sponsor: Packaging Concepts, Inc.
9:00 – 10:00 AMThe Entrepreneurial and Leadership Mind SetHiawatha BallroomA Conversation with Simon T. Bailey & Larry Lynch
10:00 – 10:30Networking Break Hiawatha FoyerBronze Level Sponsors: Dynamic Drinkware, Legends Hospitality, Preferred Popcorn
10:30 – 12:30 PMNAC Town HallHiawatha BallroomThis year we will conduct the Venue Breakouts together under the new banner of the NAC TOWN HALL rather than segregating the theatre-interested registrants from the non-theatre-interested registrants. We have been told by many of our members over the years that each group brings remarkable information to the table, so it would be beneficial for all attendees to participate in a larger group to discuss and hopefully create results on pressing issues and concerns for all in the Concessions and Hospitality Community. The session will be 2 hours long and will be facilitated by Leaders from both Venue Interests along with NAC Staff.
12:30 – 1:15 PMLunch – Full Registration RequiredGreat HallPlatinum Level Sponsor: Nestle USA
1:15 – 1:45 PM Annual Membership Meeting - Open to All MembersGreat Hall
The Krystal La Reese-Gaule Membership AwardGreat HallKernel Seasons
2:00 – 4:00 PM NAC EXPO Trade ShowDepot PavillionVendors will display the newest in food, beverages, and services for the concession & hospitality channels. Make sure to eat your way through the show with a variety of items only found at the NAC EXPO.
5:30 – 9:15 PMTCF Bank Stadium Reception, Dinner & TourBuses Depart at 5:30 from Hotel turn around.Platinum Level Sponsor: Coca-Cola
Gold Level Sponsor: Mars Chocolate North America
Gold Level Sponsor: Weaver Popcorn
Silver Level Sponsor: C. Cretors & Company
Bronze Level Sponsor: Eisenberg Sausage
9:30 PM - 12:00 AMNAC Late Night LoungeJ.W. Quinn
Friday, July 22
8:00 AM – 9:00 AMUS Bank Field Concession Presentation at BreakfastRock IslandBronze Level Sponsor: Royal Corporation, Scribner & Associates and Ventura Foods
9:00 AM - 4:00 PMExecutive Concession Manager Certification CourseSoo Line
9:00 AM – 3:00 PMVenue ToursBuses Depart at 9:00 from Hotel turn around.Tours of Target Field in Minneapolis - Home of the Minnesota Twins, Xcel Energy Center - Home of the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul and Oakdale Marcus Cinemas.

Check back often for updates.

Wednesday, July 20

9:00 Keynote Address-Creating a World Class Service Organization

Dennis Snow

Dennis Snow

World renowned customer service expert Dennis Snow will address the 2016 Concession and Hospitality Expo with, “Creating a World Class Service Organization.” Dennis Snow’s customer service abilities were honed over 20 years with the Walt Disney World Company. There, he developed his passion for service excellence and the experience he brings to the worldwide speaking and consulting he does today. Click here to read more.

10:30 – People are our Most Valuable Asset

Dennis Snow will also participate in this panel discussion which will address team work, staff engagement and recruiting the right people for the right job. The panel will include Ken Whiting of Whiting’s Food Concessions,Kit Moss of Kit Moss Marketing and Joel W. Rice of the Chicago office of Fisher & Phillips LLP.

11:45 – Government Relations Panel

Gina Di Santo, CCM and Don Lear, Co-Chairs of the NAC Government Relations Committee will moderate a panel of advocacy experts highlighting issues vital to the Concession, Hospitality, Theatre, and Vending Industries. The panel will include Eric Dell, Esq. –National Automatic Merchandising Association; Esther Baruh, National Association of Theatre Owners; Belinda Judson, National Association of Theatre Owners and Dan Borschke, National Association of Concessionaires. Additional Panelist will be announced at a later date.

4:00 – Leadership Counts

Larry Etter

Larry Etter

Larry Etter, CCM, NAC Director of Education and Sr. Vice President at Malco Theatres will introduce the audience to the NAC Regional Seminar Series that is provided locally throughout 2016. Leadership is an integral quality not found in all people but is certainly a trait that is necessary for success in all elements of business and life. Thanks to our very generous nine national scholarship supporting member companies Leadership Counts instructs the next generation in Leadership traits and will motivate those in the audience to register their team members for a future Regional Seminar Session.

Thursday, July 21

Simon T. Bailey

Simon T. Bailey

9:00 – The Entrepreneurial and Leadership Mind Set – A conversation with Simon T. Bailey and Larry Lynch.

Renowned speaker and author Simon T. Bailey is the leader of the “brilliance” movement – helping more than 1 million people find their brilliance, shift their thinking and produce sustainable results. According to The Speakers Experts, Simon is one of America’s top ten most booked corporate and association speakers. In 2015 Simon was inducted into the prestigious National Speakers Association Hall of Fame whose honorary members include former U.S. Secretary of State General Colin Powell and President Ronald Reagan. An experience with Simon goes beyond feel-good content to real-life deliverables that impact lives. He connects with any audience on many levels with a relevant message that resonates beyond the stage.

Larry Lynch

Larry Lynch

Larry Lynch, president and CEO of Environmental Health Testing (EHT) is a 30+ year business veteran leading both large and small enterprise businesses as well as trade/professional associations. A dynamic leader, Larry is CEO of two growing organizations. He is President and CEO of Environmental Health Testing (EHT), a pioneer in developing and delivering certification examinations for individuals in the food industry specializing in food safety. Larry is also president and owner of the United States Personal Chef Association, North America’s largest professional organization for personal and private chefs.

10:30 – Venue Breakout Sessions

Check back often to see 2016 NAC Expo Social Functions

Wednesday, July 20

Riverboat6:00 – 9:00 PM Mississippi River Cruise, Dinner and Casino

Spot bald eagles, herons, egrets and falcons as you travel back in time from St. Paul’s bustling downtown harbor through the Mississippi National Great River Park. Enjoy a little bit of Vegas on the Mighty Mississippi! See if Lady Luck is with you and join others in a game of Black Jack or Variety Poker (play money, of course) while the Rat Pack croons in the background. We’ll see you on the river!

Thursday, July 21

6:00 – 9:00 PM TCF Bank Stadium Reception, Dinner & Tour

TCF_bank_StadiumTCF Bank Stadium is an outdoor stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Opened in 2009, it is the home field of the Minnesota Golden Gophers of the Big Ten Conference. It was also the temporary home of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League for the 2014 and 2015 seasons during the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium. The 52,525-seat “horseshoe” style stadium cost $303.3 million to build and is designed to support future expansion to seat up to 80,000. It is the first new Big Ten football stadium constructed since Memorial Stadium at Indiana University opened in 1960. TCF Bank Stadium also boasts the largest home locker room in college or professional football and one of the largest video boards in the nation. This event will also include venue tours of venerable Williams Arena and the adjacent Mariucci Arena, the respective homes of Golden Gopher Basketball and Men’s Ice Hockey.

Trade Show

The 2016 Trade Show will be held on Wednesday, July 20 (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) and Thursday, July 21 (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) and is open to full and tabletop displays.

Check to the graphic below for available booths. You can contact Dan Borschke at the NAC office, 312.236.3858, dborschke@NAConline.org to reserve your booth!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD TRADE SHOW AND SPONSORSHIP REGISTRATION FORM

Kit_CoverThe 2016 Exhibitor Kit is now available. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Expo_2016_floorplan_ccc

Click on company name to go to their website.
Booth #
Company
Booth #
Company
Booth #
Company
100White Castle200Weaver Popcorn300Great Western
101Ventura / Lu Anna201Coca-Cola301Vistar
102Gold Medal202Chestnut Identity303Vistar
103Hershey203Gehl's302Complicated Flavors
104Kernel King204Royal Corporation304Boston Beer
105Tootsie Roll205Color Ad Packaging Ltd305Snacktops
106Sweet Bottom Cookies206The Vivian Company306Euro Snacks, Inc.
107ConAgra207Survey Me307Casablanca Ventures
108Seapoint Farms208State Fair Mini Donuts308First Data
109Nestle209American Licorice309Austin Cocktails
110ProStar Industries212Odell's311Appetize
112Promotion In Motion213Eisenberg312Calbee North America
113Kernel Seasons214AICP313Mannon Specialty Foods, Inc.
114CCSI215Pretzel Haus Bakery/FUNacho314Future POS
115Popcorn County USA216SSDC Ecolab315RP & Associates (Grub Tub)
116Rico's Products217Golden Krust316Dr Pepper Snapple Group
117Finger Food Products218Churchill Container317Rochester Meats
118Jack Roe USA219Veezi318The Cawley Company
119Berk Concession Supply220Preferred Popcorn319Absolute Marketing
120RCM Media221Taste of Nature320Dunn Brothers Coffee
121Packaging Concepts224Mini Melts of America, Inc.
321Spooky Beverages
122Mars Chocolate North America, LLC225C. Cretors & Company323J&J Snack Foods
124Mars Ice Cream226Prime Ticket324Wicked Spoon
125Van Holten's227ConverPack325Iowa Rotocast, Inc.
126Caddy Products, Inc. 228The Vollrath Company326Famous Brands International
127NCR229Lancer Corp.327Whirley Drink Works
128Sierra Nevada Brewing Company230Johnsonville328 Ben's Soft Pretzels
129Cinema Scene Marketing231Ferrara USA 329EDAMOVIE
130RTS Solutions232Pepsico330SYSCO
131Fun Sweets LLC233Dynamic Drinkware331New Belgium Brewing
133Proctor Companies332The Fremont Company
333US Weight, Inc.

Trade Show Hours
Wednesday, July 20 (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
(includes lunch)

Thursday, July 21 (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

The trade show will feature products and services such as:
soft drinks • beer • iced tea • nachos • menu boards • pizza • hot dogs • soft pretzels • peanuts • pressure fryers • cotton candy • sno kones • frozen yogurt • ice cream • churros • egg rolls • condiment dispensers • mobile food carts • food warmers • holding ovens • candy • grills • BBQ• popcorn poppers • concession stands • containers & trays • architectural planning & concession design• souvenir cups/mugs • beverage dispensers • paper products • popcorn toppings & oils • point-of-sale equipment and MORE!

Don’t miss the chance to put your company in front of the leading buyers in the industry!

HOTEL

The Expo will take place at the Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel and there are also a block of rooms at the Residence Inn Minneapolis Downtown at The Depot. Both of these properties are under the same roof and are equally convenient to all of the Expo events. The reservation link below includes both properties so make sure you scroll down if you wish to book at the Residence.

The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel
225 3rd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 375-1700

Residence Inn Minneapolis Downtown at The Depot
425 South Second Street
Minneapolis MN 55401
(612) 340-1300

Click here to make reservations.

DepotDistinctive and beautifully appointed, the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot is the ideal downtown destination for both business travelers and families. Our historic hotel was originally constructed as a railway station over a century ago, and has been lovingly restored to retain its past grandeur while also offering a wide range of contemporary amenities. Many of downtown Minneapolis’ most popular landmarks and attractions – including the Guthrie Theater, Target Field, and Mill City Museum – are moments away. Settle in to your stylish and comfortable guest room, or book one of our stunning Historic Suites to experience the special atmosphere of our hotel. Savor flavorful Midwestern cuisine at Charley’s Grill, or stop in for a cocktail at the cozy Stone Arch Bar. And with over 66,000 square feet of unique venue space, we’re pleased to be one of the premier meeting and event locations in downtown Minneapolis. We look forward to making you feel at home at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot.

ResidenceEnjoy an unforgettable stay at the Residence Inn Depot, located in the beautiful Mississippi River Front District. Centrally located in downtown Minneapolis, guests can surround themselves in the rich story of the Twin Cities. Experience art and history as you take a stroll across the Stone Arch Bridge and St. Anthony Falls, catch a show at the Guthrie Theater or check out the Mill City Museum. The best of Minneapolis sports teams are also at your fingertips. Target Field, Target Center, TCF Bank Stadium and the nearly complete US Bank Stadium are all within walking distance from the front door of the Residence Inn. Our hotel is also located just 11 miles from the famous Mall of America. Minneapolis is well-known for their restaurant and food scene! Please your taste buds with a variety of food from Butcher & the Boar, Zelo, 112 Eatery, Manny’s Steakhouse, and Capital Grille. Let us keep you comfortable while you explore this unique area of downtown during your stay at the Residence Inn Depot.

Unsolicited Minneapolis Room Phone Call Scam
Apparently NAC members and exhibitors are receiving unsolicited phone calls from companies stating that they can provide you cheaper rooms than we can in Minneapolis for the The Concession & Hospitality Expo . Please be aware that these individuals and companies are known to scam clients by getting credit card numbers and pertinent information that can be used in nefarious ways. You are receiving the most affordable rate at The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel while also supporting your association at NAC. DO NOT PROVIDE THESE CALLERS ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION AND PLEASE REPORT THEM TO US AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO THAT WE CAN PROVIDE THEM A CEASE AND DESIST LETTER ASAP.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION

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2016 Expo Sponsors

Platinum:
Coca-Cola
Nestle
Pepsi

Gold:
CCSI
Gold Medal Products
Hershey
Mars Chocolate
Ricos Products Company
Spectra By Comcast Spectacor
Weaver Popcorn Company

Silver:
Allure Global Solutions, Inc.
Business Russia
C. Cretors & Co.
Centerplate
Cinema Scene Marketing
ConAgra Foods
Kernel Season’s
Packaging Concepts, Inc.
Promotion in Motion
ReactorNet
Vistar

Bronze:
American Licorice Company
Dynamic Drinkware
Eisenberg Sausage Company
Feltl & Company
Great Western Products
Legends Entertainment
Odell’s
Preferred Popcorn
RCM Media
Royal Corporation
Scribner and Associates
Sodexo Sports & Leisure
Ventura Foods

Sponsorships

The Concession & Hospitality Expo provides your company with opportunities to put your products, services and brand in front of buyers for all types of recreation and leisure-time food and beverage operations. Sponsorships are available at every level and extend well past the convention itself, and benefits for each level are detailed below. Many of our sponsors also choose to extend their opportunities by registering for the full NAC convention, allowing them access to buyers at all educational sessions and social functions.

For more information on how to become a sponsor contact Dan Borschke at the NAC office, 312.236.3858, dborschke@NAConline.org.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD TRADE SHOW AND SPONSORSHIP REGISTRATION FORM

Sponsorship Benefits

Platinum Level ($10,000 and above)
Logo recognition as a platinum sponsor and major prominence on every convention page on the NAC web site throughout the year;
Recognition as a platinum sponsor in all pre-convention marketing, both in print and via email;
Company name and logo noted in day’s events in program;
Recognition as a platinum sponsor in pre- and post-convention press releases;
Signage at event;
Thank you announcement and invitation to address attendees at event;
Invitation for two to invitation-only board/sponsor VIP party on Monday, July 20;
Seated on dais and recognized as major sponsor at NAC Membership Luncheon on Thursday, July 23.

Gold Level ($5,000 to $9,999)
Logo recognition as a gold sponsor and major prominence on every convention page on the NAC web site throughout the year;
Recognition as a gold sponsor in all pre-convention marketing, both in print and via email;
Company name and logo noted in day’s events in program;
Recognition as a gold sponsor in pre- and post-convention press releases;
Signage at event;
Invitation for two to invitation-only board/sponsor VIP party on Monday, July 20;
Seated on dais and recognized as major sponsor at NAC Membership Luncheon on Thursday, July 23.

Silver Level ($2,500 to $4,999)
Logo recognition as a silver sponsor and major prominence on every convention page on the NAC web site throughout the year;
Recognition as a silver sponsor in all pre-convention marketing, both in print and via email;
Company name and logo noted in day’s events in program;
Recognition as a silver sponsor in pre- and post-convention press releases;
Signage at event;
Invitation for two to invitation-only board/sponsor VIP party on Monday, July 20;

Bronze Level ($1,000 to $2,499)
Recognition as a bronze sponsor on the NAC web site;
Recognition as a silver sponsor in all pre-convention marketing, both in print and via email;
Company name and logo noted in day’s events in program;
Recognition as a bronze sponsor in pre- and post-convention press releases;
Signage at event.

Contributing Sponsors (under $1,000)
Recognition as a educational session prize sponsor in signage;
Recognition in program as an educational session prize program sponsor;
Recognition in post-convention materials.

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