KISSIMMEE, FL -- Officials at the National Bulk Vendors Association say planning for the 60th anniversary NBVA trade show and convention is well underway. This year's bulk vending extravaganza will head to Kissimmee, FL, where the industry's brightest operators and best products will converge on the Ramada Orlando Celebration Resort and Convention Center from April 8 to 10.
After convening in Las Vegas over several consecutive years, many bulk vendors and NBVA members report that the change in venue is a welcome one. According to trade show officials, the move to Florida is expected to draw a strong cross-section of operators from across the country, particularly from the South.
Generally viewed as a less expensive destination than Las Vegas, Kissimmee is a short distance from Disney World in Orlando, and show organizers hope that proximity will appeal to industry members also looking for a family vacation.
The main event at this year's bulk vending trade show will be a presentation by Quin Dodd, the NBVA's Washington-based counsel, who will provide an update on the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.
Dodd, who is part of the consumer products safety practice group of Mintz Levin, the 80-year-old law firm that is working with NBVA on toy safety issues, is also spearheading the industry's second lobbying event on Capitol Hill, less than a month before the convention. On March 17 and 18, he will lead NBVA officials in discussions with politicians focused on gaining a permanent exemption from the labeling requirements mandated under Section 103 of the CPSIA for bulk vending products.
Continuing a practice that has become increasingly popular at the annual bulk conventions, NBVA will be conducting another seminar program. This year's sessions include presentations by industry legend Roger Folz, founder of Folz Vending (Oceanside,NY), and Steve Schechner, Capital Vending (Florence, AL). Rick Krikorian, Rick's Vending (Visalia, CA), will be showing a film about the industry.
Expected to match the energy and attendance of last year's show, this year's may have more first-time exhibitors from the coin-op amusement side, along with suppliers from Europe and Asia, officials told VT.
Last April's bulk vending show at Bally's Casino Las Vegas, held when trade shows representing other industries were experiencing big declines, proved successful for NBVA. In his post-show report, then-NBVA president Randy Chilton said registration surpassed expectations. Some 282 industry professionals registered for the show, compared with 355 in 2008, a 21% drop, and much less than anticipated. Twenty-four companies booked 43 booths. Read more about NBVA's 2009 show.
The 2009 convention was the first following a major restructuring plan of the National Bulk Vendors Association that began in late 2008. Part of that plan reassigned several administrative functions that were once handled by the association's former legal counsel, Morrie Much, who is based in Chicago. The association now maintains an office and full-time administrator in Scottsdale, AZ.
Chilton, who played a key role in NBVA's reorganization and the 2009 convention, stepped down as president in October, after his employer, Coinstar Inc. (Bellevue, WA), sold its bulk vending and amusements division. Beaver Machine Corp.'s Bernard Schwarzli took over as interim president. A formal election for a new president will be held at the 2010 convention.
The presentation of NBVA awards will once again be held during the convention. The program recognizes the accomplishments of operators, suppliers and machine manufacturers. Awards recognize the best in capsuled products, tattoos, stickers and machines, along with the operator of the year.
With rooms and exhibit space selling out quickly, the NBVA is urging those who plan to attend not to wait until the last minute. For additional information, call (888) NBVA-USA.