The Concession & Hospitality Expo

Join us for The Concession & Hospitality Expo (Formerly the NAC Convention & Trade Show)
July 15-18, 2014 Denver Marriott City Center

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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 scheduled for July 15-18, 2014 at the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver, Colorado.

Click Here for Registration Form. An online option will be available shortly.

First time attendee? Check out the President’s Expo Scholarship. CLICK HERE.

Formerly known as the NAC Annual Convention & Trade Show, the event is an educational conference in its 32nd 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.

NAC will return to hosting 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 2014 Expo in Denver. The Expo committee is hard at work planning terrific educational sessions, great social functions and exciting events.

The 2014 schedule of events and sponsors are being put together for Denver. Visit often for new developments.

Click here to see photos from the 2013 event!

Preliminary 2014 Denver Program.

Saturday, July 12
 
9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.Concession Manager Certification Course (CCM)The Concession Manager Certification course is a 4-day program taught
by NAC instructor Larry Etter, CCM. It includes 25 hours of instruction with
emphasis on topics essential to a concession manager. Past students have
seen immediate increases in per capitas after completing the course. Over
1,000 industry professionals have been certified through this program.
Sunday, July 13
9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.Concession Manager Certification Course (CCM)
Monday, July 14
9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.Concession Manager Certification Course (CCM)
Tuesday, July 15
9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.Committee & Board Meetings
9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.Concession Manager Certification Course (CCM)
5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. Cocktail Reception Honoring 2014 Mickey Warner Recipient
7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.Opening Night Reception & NAC Silent Auction
Wednesday, July 16
7:00 A.M. Fun RunWednesday morning will start with the NAC Run/Walk before breakfast. Remember you are running in the mile high city! Pre-registration is necessary. Proceeds will benefit the NAC Educational Fund.
8:30 A.M. Continental Breakfast
9:00 A.M. State of the IndustryCEOs from venue and product trade associations will present their latest information on their membership and the future plans and challenge they foresee. Jeff Scudillo will moderate the panel that will include John Fithian of NATO, Jeff Mann of IAVM, Carla Balakgie of NAMA and Dan Borschke of NAC.
10:30 A.M. Break
11:00 A.M. New Product PresentationsPrior to visiting the various vendors on the NAC Trade Show floor, you will have the opportunity to hear 3 minute back to back to back presentations from vendors with new and exciting products for your consideration.
12:30- 4:00 P.M. Trade Show90 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 P.M. Government Relations Panel DiscussionA discussion on the latest state and federal regulatory and legislative issues that face the concession industry. Don Lear of The Hershey Company and Chair of the NAC Government Relations Committee will moderate a panel of experts that includes: Belinda Judson of NATO, Russell A. Hollrah, Esq. of Hollrah LLC, Scarlett Foster Moss of Coca-Cola North America, David Thorp of American Beverage Association and additional panel members to be announced.
6:30-9:00 P.M. Off-site Evening Event
Thursday, July 17,
8:00 A.M.CCM/ECM Alumni Breakout SessionLarry Etter, CCM, NAC Director of Education and SVP of Malco Theatres will moderate a discussion on the value and benefits of certification and how to market the credentials to future students and employers.
8:30 A.M. Continental Breakfast
9:00 A.M. Evolving Food and Beverage Expectations of the Ever-Demanding Consumer Food experts including Chef Carmen Callo, Executive Chef – Centerplate, Denver Convention Center; Ken Whiting of Whiting’s Food Concessions, Inc. and Judy Barbe, MS, RDN of LiveBest will discuss the latest food, beverage and nutrition trends that impact the concession and hospitality industry. Bob Shimmin of Concessions Guru will be the facilitator.
10:30 A.M. Break
11:00 A.M. Breakout Sessions
1)Arenas/Stadiums Venue Breakout Session
2)Movie Theatres Venue Breakout Session
12:30-2:00 P.M.Annual Membership LuncheonNAC’s Annual Business Meeting that includes the Mickey Warner Award, the first Krystal La Reese-Gaule Membership Award and the election of this year’s Board of Directors.
2:00-4:00 P.M. Trade Show90 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.
6:30-9:00 P.M. Off-site Evening Event
Friday, July 18
8:00-10:00 A.M. Breakfast & Community Service ProjectNAC member volunteers will pack up to 500 individual gallon storage bags full of candy, popcorn, etc. The bags will be filled with the many great products that will be seen at the NAC Trade Show the previous two days, so exhibitors and members are requested to provide extra product to fulfill the need for the local USO.
9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Executive Manager Certification Course (ECM)The Executive Concession Manager program, available to NAC Concession Manager Certification graduates (CCMs), is a hands-on program for management and executive-level concession professionals. The course, which is highly interactive, builds upon the basic CCM course while providing specific tools and concepts that are needed at the executive level.
10:30 A.M.- 2:00 P.M.
Venue Tours & Lunch
Tours to include Pepsi Center and the Denver Zoo.
(The 2014 Educational Program is a work in progress. Check back often for new items)

Wednesday, July 16

9:00 State of the Industry

CEOs from venue and product trade associations will present their latest information on their membership and the future plans and challenge they foresee. Jeff Scudillo will moderate the panel that will include John Fithian of NATO, Jeff Mann of IAVM, Carla Balakgie of NAMA and Dan Borschke of NAC.

4:00–5:00 Government Relations Panel Discussion

A discussion on the latest state and federal regulatory and legislative issues that face the concession industry. Don Lear of The Hershey Company and Chair of the NAC Government Relations Committee will moderate a panel of experts that includes: Belinda Judson of NATO, Russell A. Hollrah, Esq. of Hollrah LLC, Scarlett Foster Moss of Coca-Cola North America, David Thorp of American Beverage Association and additional panel members to be announced.

Thursday, July 17

9:00 Evolving Food and Beverage Expectations of the Ever-Demanding Consumer

Food experts including Chef Carmen Callo, Executive Chef – Centerplate, Denver Convention Center; Ken Whiting of Whiting’s Food Concessions, Inc. and Judy Barbe, MS, RDN of LiveBest will discuss the latest food, beverage and nutrition trends that impact the concession and hospitality industry. Bob Shimmin of Concessions Guru will be the facilitator.

Social Functions (2014 Social Functions are a work in progress. Check back often for new items.)

Tuesday, July 15

7:00-9:00 Opening Night Reception & Silent Auction
The convention kicks off with the NAC Opening Night Reception/Silent Auction. Guests will enjoy cocktails and appetizers while bidding on all types of auction items. All registered Exhibitors and Convention attendees (everyone with a badge) are welcome. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will benefit NAC educational programs.

Wednesday, July 16

7:00 Fun Run
Wednesday morning will start with the NAC Run/Walk before breakfast. Remember you are running in the mile high city! Pre-registration is necessary. Proceeds will benefit the NAC Educational Fund.

6:30 – 9:00 Denver Aquarium Evening Event
With a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic & geographic exhibits and shopping, Downtown Aquarium has it all!

Thursday, July 17

12:30-2:00 Annual Membership Luncheon
NAC’s Annual Business Meeting that includes the Mickey Warner Award, the first Krystal La Reese-Gaule Membership Award and the election of this year’s Board of Directors.

6:30-9:00 Off-site Evening Entertainment

Friday, July 18

8:00-10:00 Breakfast & Community Service Project
NAC member volunteers will pack up to 500 individual gallon storage bags full of candy, popcorn, etc. The bags will be filled with the many great products that will be seen at the NAC Trade Show the previous two days, so exhibitors and members are requested to provide extra product to fulfill the need for the local USO.

The National Association of Concessionaires will be holding The Concession & Hospitality Expo (Formerly the NAC Convention & Trade Show)
July 15-18, 2014 Denver Marriott City Center.

The Trade Show will be held on Wednesday, July 16th (12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) and Thursday, July 17th (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) and is open to full and tabletop displays.

Click here for the Trade Show Flyer and Registration Form. Check the Trade Show Floor Plan below for booth availability. An online registration option will be available shortly.

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Booth #
Company
Booth #
Company
Booth #
Company

001Open212
Continental Concession Supplies, Inc.320
SSDC/Ecolab
002Open213 Eisenberg Sausage Co321
Churchill Container
003Open216

C. Cretors & Co.322
Millions
004Open217
Tootsie Roll Industries323
Yogurt Zone
005Open218
Mars Choc. North Am.324
Millions
006Open219
Just Born325
Sweet Bottom Cookies
007Open220
RCM Media326
Fremont Company
008Open221
Prime Ticket327
Kernel King
103Ricos Products Co.222
Maui Wowi401
Iowa Rotocast Plastics
105Vivian Company223
Ferrara Candy402
Coca-Cola
107ConAgra Foods224
Doc Popcorn404
NAMCO
109Dynamic Drink Ware225
Buzz Bar/Concessions Guru, LLC405
Spa on the Go
111Bon Chef, Inc.226
Cart Works406
White Castle
113Taste of Nature227
New Belgium Brewing Company408
Original Gourmet Food
117Rudolph Foods302Gold Medal Products409
dippin' dots
119Monin Gourmet Flavorings 303Vistar410
Perky Jerky
121Popcorn County USA304
Frankston Packaging411
Rock Tops
123Vintage Italia Pasta Chips 305
Ken's Foods412
Great Western Products
125Sheila G's Brownie Brittle306
Waffle Cabin413
Ventura Foods
127Van Holten's307
Color Ad Packaging415
Proximo Spirits
202Nestle USA308
Preferred Popcorn416
Ping HD
203Promotion in Motion 309
Haribo of America417
J&J Snacks
204Visstun Cups310
FUNacho418
Dealflicks
205Proctor Companies311
Cinema Scene Marketing419
The ICEE Company
206Royal Corporation312
The Hershey Company420
Autofry
207Odell's313
Weaver Popcorn422
RTS Solutions
208American International Concession Products Corp.316
Pro Star Industries424
Gehl Foods, Inc.
209American Licorice Co.317
Hatco Corporation425
NCR
210Packaging Concepts318
Custom Sales & Srvcs.426
AAA Flag & Banner
211Home Market Foods319
Brand Concessions429Cagey Moon Company

New Product/Service Presentations
NAC is continuing the well-received new product/service presentations in 2014. New exhibitors will have the opportunity to participate in short product/service presentations. Time and date to be determined.

These back-to-back 3 minute presentations are optional, and open to only first-time exhibitors on a first come, first served basis. A list for these presentations will begin as booth reservations are received. There are a limited amount (20) of presentation slots

Trade Show Hours
Wednesday, July 16th (12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
(includes lunch)

Thursday, July 17th (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

New Product Presentations
Wednesday, July 16 (11:00)

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!

Denver Marriott City Center
1701 California Street
Denver, Colorado 80202 USA
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Experience supreme luxury at our Downtown Denver hotel, Denver Marriott City Center. Our AAA 4-Diamond hotel exceeds expectations in service, amenities, and atmosphere. Towering above the Mile High City, our downtown hotel’s unique location features panoramic views of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and the gorgeous Denver skyline, plus convenience to the city’s most vibrant business, shopping and entertainment districts, including Colorado Convention Center, LoDo, and the 16th Street Mall, as well as top attractions like Coors Field, Pepsi Center, and Sports Authority Field at Mile High. With excellent dining on-site, fully-equipped fitness center, and other amenities like available high-speed Internet access in all rooms, we make it easy for business and leisure visitors. Venue space includes 30,000 sq ft of flexible space, with 27 conference rooms, with certified planners and tech crew on staff. Enjoy your stay at the Denver Marriott City Center hotel and tap into the energy of downtown Denver.

Unsolicited Denver 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 Denver 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 Denver Marriott City Center 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.

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American Airlines is offering NAC convention attendees 5% off of any applicable fare, from June 28 – July 14, 2014 to Denver.

You must reserve flights at the American Airlines web site. After you have selected your flight, under the “Enter Passenger Details” tab, go to the AA.com Promotion Code field and enter in 1974EG. You may also call 1-800-433-1790.

The percentage discount can be booked online at www.AA.com for American Airlines and American Eagle flights only. Itineraries involving any oneworld or codeshare partner airline must be booked through our Meeting Services Department at 800-433-1790 if calling from the US and Canada. International attendees should call their local American Airlines reservations number with the above Promotion code.

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Avis is offering NAC convention attendees discounted car rental for the The Concession & Hospitality Expo. The discount is valid for 7 days before and after the convention dates. Click here for the link to the Avis website; the discount will automatically insert for the best rates.

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Hertz is offering The Concession & Hospitality Expo attendees discounted car rental for the NAC Convention. Click here to be taken to the Hertz website; the discount code will automatically be inserted. For pricing information for NAC attendees, click here.

2014 Expo Sponsors

Platinum:
Coca-Cola
Nestle

Gold:
CCSI
Hershey
Ovations
Pepsi
Ricos
Weaver Popcorn Company

Silver:
Allure Global
Business Russia
C. Cretors & Company
Cinema Scene
Frankston Packaging
Gold Medal Products
The ICEE Company
Packaging Concepts, Inc.
Promotion in Motion
ReactorNet
Royal Corporation
Vistar

Bronze:
Centerplate
ConAgra Foods
Dynamic Drinkware
Eisenberg
Feltl & Company
Legends Hospitality Management
Malco Theatres
Odell’s
Preferred Popcorn
Proctor Companies
RCM Media
Scribner & Associates
Sodexo
Ventura Foods

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.

Click Here for a Sponsorship Form or 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, and special thank-you folder given to all full convention registrants;
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, August 5;
Seated on dais and recognized as major sponsor at NAC Membership Luncheon on Thursday, August 8.

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, and special thank-you folder given to all full convention registrants;
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, August 5;
Seated on dais and recognized as major sponsor at NAC Membership Luncheon on Thursday, August 8.

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, and special thank-you folder given to all full convention registrants;
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, August 5;

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, and special thank-you folder given to all full convention registrants;
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

Platinum Sponsors

       

Gold Sponsors

                       

Silver Sponsors

                                               

Bronze Sponsors