The Concession & Hospitality Expo

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

The 2017 Concession & Hospitality Expo will be held on July 11-14, 2017 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona. 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 a value packed schedule.


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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 2017 program comes together.

Formerly known as the NAC Annual Convention & Trade Show, the event is an educational conference in its 35th 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 2017 Expo in Scottsdale.

This is an example of the 2016 Expo Program. Check back often for 2017 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.

Scheduled to speak at the 2017 Expo. Check back often for additions and updates.

June Jo Lee, Food Ethnographer

june_jo_leeJune Jo Lee is a Food Ethnographer, user experience designer and future fresh forecaster. Internationally trained, she works within the food industry to make the rate of food systems change faster by bending culture towards higher quality food experiences in 3 key areas: de-commoditize what and how we eat, rebalance resources from healthcare to foodcare and scale fresh, flavorful and soulful food for all.Lee serves as food ethnographer for Google Food, providing food culture and user/stakeholder insights that have been implemented through existing and new services, programs and communications. She is working with UMass Dining to co-create a regenerative regional foodservice operations in New England that bridges k-12 and universities. Additionally She collaborates with The Hartman Group to create foundational/breakthrough consumer insights and food culture trends.

In addition to research consulting as Food Ethnographer LLC, Lee co-founded Readers to Eaters, an independent children’s book publisher promoting food literacy through good stories and a deep appreciation of food cultures. Most recently she was VP of Strategic Insights at The Hartman Group, a consumer culture consultancy for the food industry. Lee has Master’s Degrees in East Asian Studies from Harvard and in Korean Studies from Yonsei where her research focused on understanding food culture through practices and narratives around health, identity, taste and desire during Korea’s Nationalization and Globalization Eras.

Randy Dean, MBA , Taming the E-mail Etiquette Beast: Strategies for Finding Sanity in Your Written E-mail Communications

randy-dean-headshotRandy Dean, the “Totally Obsessed” Time Management Tech Guy and E-mail Sanity Expert, and author of the recent Amazon e-mail bestseller, Taming the E-mail Beast: 45 Key Strategies for Managing Your E-mail Overload (Sortis Publishing 2009), is your preferred source for speaking and training programs on advanced time management using technology, managing the mess of e-mail and information overload, and related topics including smart phone & tablet usage and ending office clutter. Randall Dean, MBA, has more than 20 years of experience using and teaching advanced principles of time and project management and personal organization. His popular keynote/breakout programs, “Finding an Extra Hour Every Day”, “Taming the E-mail Beast: Managing the Mess of E-mail and Info Overload”, and “Smart Phone Success & Terrific Tablets” are great sessions for conference and association meetings, combining humor with extraordinarily relevant and useful content and providing strategy-rich information on finding and saving time, taming the e-mail beast, and getting the most out of your devices both at home and work.

This is an example of the 2016 Expo Social Functions. Check back often for 2017 updates.

Wednesday, July 20

Riverboat6:00 – 9:00 PM Mississippi River Cruise, Dinner and Casino
Buses depart at 6:00 PM sharp from Hotel turn around.

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

5:30 – 9:00 PM TCF Bank Stadium Reception, Dinner & Tour
Buses depart at 5:30 PM sharp from Hotel turn around.

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.

Friday, July 22

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Venue Tours
Buses depart at 9:00 AM sharp from Hotel turn around.

Target_FieldTarget Field, Home of the Minnesota Twins – Spectacular and intimate … breathtaking views … dazzling amenities … and a staggering array of special features! Those are just a few things you can find in your experience at Target Field, the world class home of Twins Territory. Target Field is a phenomenal large open air baseball park located in the heart of the downtown core of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

XcelXcel Energy Center, Home of the Minnesota Wild – The Xcel Energy Center is a multi-purpose arena, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It is named for its locally based corporate sponsor Xcel Energy. With an official capacity of 17,954, the arena has four spectator levels: one suite level and three general seating levels. Xcel Energy Center is regarded as one of the finest arenas in the world. The one-of-a-kind, multi-purpose facility is home to more than 150 sporting and entertainment events and approximately 1.7 million visitors each year.

15-lobbyjpgOakdale Marcus Cinemas – The Marcus Oakdale Cinema is a premiere entertainment destination featuring 17 auditoriums, each with comfortable DreamLounger™ recliner seating. There’s an UltraScreen DLX® auditorium, which provides a massive screen, Dolby® Atmos® multidimensional sound and the DreamLounger seats. Plus there’s plenty of food and beverage choices including a Take Five® Lounge for casual dining and three Big Screen Bistro auditoriums, which offer full-service, in-theatre dining. The theatre proudly serves Zaffiro’s THINCREDIBLE® handmade pizza through the concessions stand as well.

Trade Show

The 2017 Trade Show will be held on Wednesday, July 12 (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) and Thursday, July 13 (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona 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, or email dborschke@NAConline.org to reserve your booth!

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Click on company name to go to their website.
Booth #
Company
Booth #
Company
Booth #
Company
100Pepsico 301Royal Corporation504Snack Tops

101The Hershey Company302Ricos Products Co., Inc. 505Sweet Bottom Cookies
102RTS Solutions303American Licorice506Haribo of America
103Lancer Corporation304CCSI507Popcorn Country USA
104305C. Cretors & Company508
105306Promotion in Motion Companies509
106307Weaver Popcorn510
107308Ventura Foods 511
108309Odell’s512
109310513
110311600Great Western Products
111312Packaging Concepts, Inc.601
112313Eisenberg Sausage Company602
113400Nestle 603
114401Vistar 604
116402Proctor Companies605
200Gold Medal Products Company403Mars Chocolate North America, LLC606
201Preferred Popcorn404New Belgium Brewery607
202Tootsie Roll Industries405Mars Ice Cream608
203Gehl Foods406609
204407610
205408611
206409612
207410613
208411700
209412702
210413704
211500White Castle706
212501Kernel Season’s 708
213502Coca- Cola710
300Golden Krust503Kernel King712

Trade Show Hours
Wednesday, July 12 (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
(includes lunch)

Thursday, July 13 (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 Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 East Princess Drive
Scottsdale, Arizona, United States 85255
(480) 585-4848
website

The reservation link is not yet available. Check back often.

a2bfb267-a8b5-469b-9ad3-9fec63a65158The AAA Five-Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess provides the perfect setting to enjoy al fresco living in the blooming Sonoran Desert. As in the Native American tradition, you’ll live in harmony with nature…vast open spaces, lushly landscaped grounds, regal Saguaro cacti and a burning orange sun sinking behind the majestic mountains will inspire and energize you. From the rich purple hues of the desert sunset to the green agave plants and coral pinks and butter yellow of blooming cactus flowers, the natural palate at play is of the most unique and stunning in the world.

2709d72a-af8a-4679-b027-34e7e8a4f271Four top-ranked Arizona restaurants, inspiring indoor and outdoor meeting facilities, innovative spa and fitness programs at Well & Being Spa (formerly Willow Stream Spa), six sparkling pools, including the all-new Sunset Beach, and two newly renovated 18-hole championship golf courses—one of which is home to the Annual PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open—this highly acclaimed Scottsdale resort is truly an experience like no other.

Unsolicited Scottsdale 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 Scottsdale for 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 Fairmont Scottsdale Princess 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

Check back for transportation information.

2016 Expo Sponsors

Platinum:
Allure, A Christie Company
Coca-Cola
Nestle
Pepsi

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

Silver:
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
EDAMOVIE
Eisenberg Sausage Company
Feltl & Company
Gehl Foods, Inc.
Great Western Products
Legends Hospitality
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.

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.

Expo Sponsors

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