The Concession & Hospitality Expo

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

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The 2020 Concession & Hospitality Expo will be at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista on July 28-31, 2020. Visit often for information on an evolving Agenda, Sponsorships and Trade Show.

Links to Photos from 2019 Expo. The 2019 event was held in Chicago at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park Hotel and celebrated our 75th Anniversary year!

2019 NAC Expo Board and Annual Meetings Album
2019 NAC Expo General Sessions Album
2019 NAC Expo Joe Chabot Memorial Silent Auction Album
2019 NAC Expo Social Events Album
2019 NAC Expo Trade Show and Kindness Initiative Album
2019 NAC Expo Venue Tours Album

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 2020 program comes together.

Formerly known as the NAC Annual Convention & Trade Show, the event is an educational conference in its 38th 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 2020 Expo in Orlando.

Schedule


This is an example of the 2019 Expo. Check back often as the 2020 Expo Evolves.

DateEventRoomSession MaterialsDescription
Monday, July 29
All DayNAC RegistrationImperial Office
9:00 PMNAC Late Night LoungeFairmont Suite - Room 3712
Tuesday, July 30
All DayNAC RegistrationImperial Foyer
8:30 AM - 10:00 AMContinental BreakfastImperial Foyer
9:30 AM-10:45 AMEducation Committee Regal
9:30 AM-10:45 AMCommunication CommitteeRegent
9:30 AM-10:45 AMMembership Marketing CommitteeRoyal
10:45AM - 12:00 NoonGovernment Relations CommitteeRegal
10:45AM - 12:00 NoonOutreach Committee Regent
10:45AM - 12:00 NoonFuture Leaders CommitteeRoyal
12:00 PM - 1:00 PMNAC BOD Committee Buffet LunchMillennium Restaurant - Lobby Level
1:30 PM - 2:45 PMExecutive CommitteeRoyal
3:00 PM - 4:30 PMNAC BOD MeetingRegent
6:00 – 8:00 PM  Opening Night Reception & Joe Chabot Memorial Silent AuctionRouge
9:00 PM - MidnightNAC Late Night LoungeFairmont Suite - Room 3712
Wednesday, July 31
7:00 AM - 8:00 AMFun Run/WalkGather in Lobby
8:00:00 AMContinental breakfastRouge
9:00 – 10:30 AM Keynote Address – The Future of Cinema: The Changing and Diverse AudienceRougeDownload SlidesRichard Roeper and Rolando Rodriguez of Marcus Theatres
10:30 AM - 11:15 PM  General Session - The Growing Hospitality MarketplaceRougeDownload SlidesJerry Jacobs, Jr. of Delaware North
11:30 AM - 2:30 PMWrigley Field Tour and Lunch Gather B2 Autolobby
2:30 - 5:00 PM  NAC Expo Trade Show Imperial Ballroom
4:00 PM -5:00 PMMickey Warner Reception on Trade Show FloorImperial Ballroom
7:00 – 10:00 PM  Wednesday Evening Event- NAC 75th Anniversary Celebration - Crystal Gardens of Navy PierGather B2 AutolobbyGreat food and beverage, great friends and conversation, great music and even a fireworks display will make this evening one to remember.
10:00 PM - MidnightNAC Late Night LoungeFairmont Suite - Room 3712
Thursday, August 1
8:00 - 8:45 AMBreakfast Presentation: – Cinema Research UpdateRougeDr. Radesh Palakurthi – University of Memphis
9:00 – 10:15 AM General Session - Trends and Changes in Concession & Hospitality RougeDownload Green Slides

Download Dominguez Slides
Justin Green of Levy – Fiserv Forum and Michael Dominguez of MGM Resorts International
10:15 AM - 10:30AMNetworking BreakRouge
10:30 AM - 12:15 AMGeneral Session - Shop Talks, A series of 15 minute sessions.

RougeDownload SlidesAndrew Cretors, Charlie Cretors, Tony Liberto, Michael Rosenberg, Bruce Taffet, Gina Di Santo –
75 Years of Concession Leadership (30 min.)
Wynn Salisch - It’s a Hacker’s World: Protecting Your Data in 2019
Daniel Loria, Box Office – The Changing World of Cinema
Joel Rice, Fisher Phillips – Trends in Labor Law and Practices
Chris Johnson - How to Run a Successful Family Business
Tony Suma , Compass – Evolving Food Service Practices in Sports Venues
12:30 - 1:45 PM  NAC Luncheon and Annual Membership MeetingMid-American Club 80th Floor of AON BuildingMid America Club 80th Floor of Aon Building
2:00 – 4:00 PM   NAC Expo Trade ShowImperial Ballroom
6:00 – 9:00 PM  Thursday Evening Event - Buddy Guy’s Legends and City TourGather B2 Autolobby
9:00 PM - MidnightNAC Late Night LoungeFairmont Suite - Room 3712
Friday, August 2
7:00 AM - 7:45 AMBreakfast On-the-Go for Venue ToursImperial Foyer
7:45 AM  Depart Fairmont for Venue Tours and Transportation to Airport Gather B2 Autolobby
8:00 - 9:00 AMAMC Block 37 Dine In Theatre Tour
9:30 - 10:15 AMGuaranteed Rate Field
11:00 - 12:00 PMUnited Center Tour
1:00 - 2:30 PMC. Cretors & Company Tour and Lunch
3:00 PMAirport Drop-off (O'Hare only)
4:30 PMArrive back at Fairmont

Education

This is an example of the 2019 Expo. Check back often as the 2020 Expo Evolves.

Wednesday, July 31

Keynote Address – The Future of Cinema: The Changing and Diverse Audience

Richard Roeper

Movie critic Richard Roeper and Marcus Theatre CEO Rolando Rodriguez will address the 2019 NAC Concession & Hospitality Expo on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 9:00 AM at The Fairmont Chicago.

Roeper; Chicago Sun-Times movie critic and author of 7 books on culture, theatre and even his love of baseball; will discuss his lengthy career as a movie critic, tv and radio host, his perspective on modern and classic movies and his experiences in the movie theatre. He will also interview Marcus Theatre’s President & CEO Rolando Rodriguez during the address.

Roeper worked closely in the 90’s and into the 2000’s with movie critic icons Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert on their syndicated tv shows and replaced them both after their deaths. He has also appeared on Reelz, Starz and numerous network and cable shows featuring movies.

Rolando Rodriguez

Marcus Theatres’ Rodriguez will enlighten the NAC EXPO audience on the future of the cinema experience into the next decade.

General Session – The Growing Hospitality Marketplace

Jerry Jacobs, Jr., Co-Chief Executive Officer of Delaware North will address the attendees of the 2019 NAC Concession & Hospitality Expo on Wednesday, July 31 at 10:30 AM during a general session at the Fairmont Chicago. The Expo is scheduled for July 30 through August 2, 2019.

Jacobs, a graduate of Georgetown and The Wharton School provides stewardship to the more than 100 year old Delaware North and its operating subsidiaries, which include industry leaders in food and retail operations at airports and sports venues, sports facility ownership and management, operation of parks and major tourist attractions, hotel ownership and management, and gaming operations.

Jerry Jacobs, Jr

Thursday, August 1

Breakfast Presentation – Cinema Research Update

Dr. Radesh Palakurthi and Larry Etter – University of Memphis updates research presented during CinemaCon 2019.

General Session – Trends and Changes in Concession & Hospitality

Justin Green, Vice President of Hospitality at Levy and the brand new Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee will discuss the magnificent new Milwaukee Buck’s arena – Fiserv Forum and the revolutionary aspects of the facility, the evolutionary importance to the Milwaukee downtown community and the remarkable food and beverage offerings. As Levy’s operational leader at the venue and a member of the Bucks’ executive committee, Justin led

Justin Green

all aspects of opening the hospitality program at Fiserv Forum and the neighboring Deer District. His career has taken him through a variety of operational leadership roles, including serving as the Director of Operations for Margaritaville Caribbean, where he oversaw more than 40 brands throughout the Caribbbean, Central, and South America. Prior to that, Justin served as an operations executive for Entertainment Consulting International. Justin is a graduate of the College of Charleston, where he earned two master’s degrees in Music Education and Finance.

Michael Dominguez, The current CEO & President of ALHI (Associated Luxury Hotels International). Formerly Senior Vice-President and Chief Sales Officer for MGM Resorts International where he was responsible for the global sales of 42,000 hotel rooms, 3 Million square feet of meeting space and all sales efforts in both group sales and leisure sales. MGM Resorts is the largest Casino hotel company in the world. Michael is currently Co-Chair of Meetings Mean Business Coalition and Former Chair of Meeting Planners International. Dominguez will join Green to address: The Changes and Trends in Concessions and Hospitality.

Michael Dominguez

Shop Talk – A series of 15 minute sessions

Andrew Cretors, Charlie Cretors, Tony Liberto, Michael Rosenberg, Bruce Taffet, Gina Di Santo – 75 Years of Concession Leadership (30 min.)
Wynn Salisch – It’s a Hacker’s World: Protecting Your Data in 2019
Daniel Loria, Box Office – The Changing World of Cinema
Joel Rice, Fisher Phillips – Trends in Labor Law and Practices
Chris Johnson – How to Run a Successful Family Business
Tony Suma , Compass – Evolving Food Service Practices in Sports Venues

Social Functions


This is an example of the 2019 Expo. Check back often as the 2020 Expo Evolves.

Tuesday, July 30

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Opening Night Reception & Joe Chabot Memorial Silent Auction

Wednesday, July 31

11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Wrigley Field Tour and Lunch

A trip to Chicago during our 75th Anniversary wouldn’t be complete without a tour of Wrigley Field – the home of the Chicago Cubs. The tour will take place on Wednesday, July 31 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM during the 2019 NAC Concession & Hospitality Expo.
Lunch will also be served at this once in a lifetime experience.

7:00 – 10:00 PM

NAC 75th Anniversary Celebration

The National Association of Concessionaires was founded in Chicago in 1944 and 75 years later NAC returns to celebrate its Diamond Anniversary where it all began at the Crystal Gardens of Navy Pier. Great food and beverage, great friends and conversation, great music and even a fireworks display will make this evening one to remember.

Thursday, August 1

6:00 PM

Buddy Guy’s Legends and City Tour

Buddy Guy’s Legends -the premiere blues club in the world will host an evening of great music, food, drink and community. Since its opening in June of ’89, Buddy Guy’s Legends has built a reputation as the premiere blues club in the world. Backed by Mr. Guy’s personal reputation as the crowned king of Chicago’s electric blues scene and his 50+ years in the music business, Legends is distinguished for its innovative scheduling of local, national, and international blues acts.

Friday, August 2

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Venue Tours

The AMC Block 37 Dine In Theatres on State Street in downtown Chicago features all the latest cinema technology and spectacular food and beverage choices on this exclusive Venue Tour. “At AMC DINE-IN, we’ve upped the movie going experience by bringing you the best of both worlds – a restaurant and movie theatre rolled into one. Enjoy handcrafted food and drinks with premium sight, sound and seating. Forget about restaurant reservations. Simply order your movie tickets, sit back and enjoy” – AMC DINE-IN Block 37.

Guaranteed Rate Field is a baseball park located in Chicago, Illinois, that serves as the home ballpark for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball. The facility is owned by the state of Illinois through the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, and is operated by the White Sox. The park opened for the 1991 season, after the White Sox had spent 81 years at the original Comiskey Park. It also opened with the name Comiskey Park but was renamed U.S. Cellular Field in 2003 after U.S. Cellular bought the naming rights at $68 million over 20 years.[8] The current name was announced on October 31, 2016, after Guaranteed Rate, a private residential mortgage company located in Chicago, purchased the naming rights to the ballpark in a 13-year deal.

The United Center, home to the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls, is the largest arena in the United States. Construction was begun in April of 1992, with the ribbon cutting ceremony being held on August 18, 1994. Since opening, the United Center has hosted over 200 events each year. Some of the events the United Center has been proud to host include the 1996 Democratic National Convention, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Paul McCartney, U2, The Who, The 3 Tenors, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice, the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament, the Great Eight Classic, Illinois College Basketball, and Champions on Ice. The United Center has hosted over forty million guests since its opening in 1994.

The last stop on the tour will be at C. Cretors & Company for a tour and Lunch. Long considered the cornerstone in the industry, C. Cretors & Company designs and manufacturers equipment that provides solutions. The Foodservice Equipment division, established in 1885, introduced the first patented steam driven popcorn machine that popped corn in oil. The Foodservice Equipment Division has expanded to include cotton candy, warmers, dispensing systems and other specialty equipment. A wide selection of caramel and savory coated popcorn and roasting equipment has been developed and is quickly expanding into gourmet retail popcorn shops and other specialty food outlets. The Food Processing Systems division, established in 1967, patented and introduced a continuous production line featuring a hot air fluidized bed oven for high-volume popcorn production. The production line has been adapted to produce other snack foods, cereals, and specialty products.

Airport drop off (O’Hare Only) is estimated to be at 3:30 PM with buses returning to the Fairmont at 4:30 PM.

Trade Show


Booths are now available for the 2020 Expo!

The 2020 Trade Show will be held on Wednesday, July 29 (2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and Thursday, July 30 (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Hotel and is open to full and tabletop displays.

Check 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.

or

Reserve Booth On-line

Click on company name to go to their website or video icon to see video clip.
Booth #CompanyBooth #CompanyBooth #Company
100302Dible Dough, LLC513
101303Vistar 514
102304American Licorice 515
103305UNO Foods 600Iowa Rotocast Plastics (IRP Inc.)
104306Packaging Concepts, Inc. 601Coca-Cola
105308Royal Corporation 602Tootsie Roll Industries
106310Pepsi
603Weaver Popcorn
107311C. Cretors & Company 604Vision Media/Cinema Scene Marketing
109312605
110313606Kagome USA
111314607Ricos Products
112315608New Belgium Brewing
113400Promotion in Motion Companies609Pro Star Industries
200AICP401Gold Medal Products Company
610
201Con Agra Foodservice 402Mennel Popcorn611
202Prime Ticket 403Proctor Company612
2031908 Candy/Sherwood Brands
412Ready Theatre Systems613
204413Ventura/Odell’s614
205414Sierra Nevada Brewing615
206ARA Food Corp.

415Gehl Foods700Vivian Company
207Alligator Ice 500Mars/Wrigley Confectionary
701
208Pureco Paper Products
501Ferrara Candy Company702
209On the Rocks Premium Cocktails 502Mars Ice Cream 703
210503Emmi Roth Cheese 704
211504Preferred Popcorn 706
212505Load King707
213507Home Market Foods/Eisenberg708
214509SNS Products 709
215510Kernel Season’s 710
300The Hershey Company 511John Boos711Ben' Pretzels
301Churchill Container 512712

Trade Show Hours
Wednesday, July 29 (2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Thursday, July 30 (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 2020 NAC Concession & Hospitality EXPO is scheduled for July 28 – 31 at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista in Orlando. The hotel is adjacent to Disney Springs (Downtown Disney) and all the amenities and varied entertainment Walt Disney World provides.

Hilton Lake Buena Vista Hotel
1900 E Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 827-2727

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR ROOM FOR THE 2020 NAC EXPO IN ORLANDO!

Rates:
$175.00 single or double
$195.00 Triple
$215.00 Quad
plus, applicable taxes

Property Location
Located in Lake Buena Vista, Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs® Area is connected to a shopping center and convenient to Disney Springs® and Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 814 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Cable programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature designer toiletries and hair dryers.

Amenities
Dip into one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools or enjoy other recreational amenities, which include a 24-hour health club. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and an arcade/game room. If you’re planning a day at a nearby theme park, you can hop on the complimentary shuttle.

Dining
Enjoy a meal at one of the resort’s dining establishments, which include 3 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access room service (during limited hours). Relax with a refreshing drink from a poolside bar or one of the 2 bars/lounges. Buffet breakfasts are available daily from 7 AM to 11:30 AM for a fee.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and limo/town car service. Planning an event in Lake Buena Vista? This resort has 78,000 square feet (7 square meters) of space consisting of conference space and meeting rooms. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

Sponsors

2019 Expo Sponsors

Platinum:

Coca-Cola
Creative Realities
Ferrara Candy Company
Fuze Viewer

Gold:

C. Cretors and Company
Gold Medal Products
Hershey
Load King
Mars Wrigley Confectionery
PepsiCo
Ricos Products Company
Spectra by Comcast Spectacor
Vistar
Weaver Popcorn

Silver:

ConAgra Foodservice
Kernel Season’s
Oak Ridge Financial
Packaging Concepts, Inc.
The Promotion In Motion Companies, Inc.
ReactorNet
Royal Corporation

Bronze:

American Licorice
Cinema Scene/Vision Media
Dynamic Drinkware
Gehl Foods
Great Western Products
Home Market Foods/Eisenberg
Mennel Popcorn
Odell’s
Preferred Popcorn
RCM Media, Inc.
Scribner & Associates
Ventura Foods
Wetzel’s Pretzels
White Castle

This is an example of the 2019 Expo. Check back often as the 2020 Expo Evolves.

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.

OR

On-line Sponsorship Registration

DOWNLOAD THE SPONSORSHIP RESERVATION FORM HERE

Sponsorship Benefits

Platinum Level ($10,000 and above)
-Logo recognition and major prominence on every Expo page on the NAC web site throughout the year.
-Recognition in all pre-Expo marketing, both in print and via email.
-Complimentary 8×10 trade show booth valued at $1,500.
-Complimentary Full EXPO Registration valued at $595.
-Complimentary Full Page Ad in Expo Program valued at $350.
-Company name and logo noted in Expo program.
-Recognition in pre- and post-Expo 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 29th.
-Seated on dais and recognized as major sponsor at NAC Membership Luncheon on Thursday, August 1st.

Gold Level ($5,000 to $9,999)
-Logo recognition and major prominence on every Expo page on the NAC web site throughout the year.
-Recognition in all pre-Expo marketing, both in print and via email.
-Complimentary Full Page Ad in Expo Program valued at $350.
-Company name and logo noted in Expo program.
-Recognition in pre- and post-Expo press releases.
-Invitation for two to invitation-only board/ sponsor VIP party on Monday, July 29th.
-Seated on dais and recognized as major sponsor at NAC Membership Luncheon on Thursday, August 1st.

Silver Level ($2,500 to $4,999)
-Logo recognition and major prominence on every Expo page on the NAC web site throughout the year.
-Recognition in all pre-Expo marketing, both in print and via email.
-Company name and logo noted in Expo program.
-Recognition in pre- and post-Expo press releases.
-Signage at event.
-Invitation for two to invitation-only board/ sponsor VIP party on Monday, July 29th.

Bronze Level ($1,000 to $2,499)
-Recognition in all pre-Expo marketing, both in print and via email.
-Company name and logo noted in Expo program.
-Recognition in pre- and post-Expo 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

              

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