Derreck Kayongo to Address NAC Expo

| April 10, 2017

Derreck Kayongo Derreck Kayongo and his family fled a civil war in Uganda and settled in the U.S. when Kayongo was just ten years old. Now a successful entrepreneur, Kayongo is a renowned expert in environmental sustainability and global health. Attendees of the 2017 NAC Concession and Hospitality Expo will hear this business visionary present, “From Homeless Refugee to Living the American Dream”, on Wednesday, July 12 at 9:00 AM right after the annual NAC Fun Walk/Run and breakfast. The Expo is slated for July 11-14, 2017 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Kayongo is the founder of the Global Soap Project: a program which takes donated, melted, purified and reprocessed hotel soap and redistributes it to vulnerable populations around the world. Kayongo’s Global Soap Recycling enterprise has recently expanded to Hong Kong. A franchisee operation has opened a factory to reprocess soap called the Soap Cycling. Today the Global Soap Project’s distribution operation is active in 32 countries and has given away more than two million bars of soap to refugees, including people affected by humanitarian disasters like the 2010 Haitian Earth quake that left over 100,000 people dead. Currently, there are 1,500 hotels that are members of the Global Soap Project Recycling program in the United States alone and the list of participating countries is continuing to expand. Global Soap recently partnered with Clean the World, to make an even more expansive and effective organization.

Kayongo was recently selected by President Jimmy Carter to interview him as part of the National Archives’ Amending America Initiative. Kayongo’s Global Soap Project has been designated for a Day of Recognition by the city of Atlanta on May 5th of each year as Global Soap Project Day. On April 8th 2014, Kayongo was one of the elite TED TALK speakers at the esteemed Memminger Auditorium in Charleston, SC. Kayongo is a graduate of the prestigious Fletcher school of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

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.

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