The AVB Summit 2020, set for next week in Las Vegas’ Venetian Hotel and Sands Expo Convention Center, brings together AVB affiliates BrandSource, ProSource and the MEGA Group under the banner “Tomorrow Starts Today," for four days of learning, sharing, networking and buying.
The biannual buying group event, which the show organizers say sold out all its hotel space earlier than ever, will host the most attendees ever at a Summit and also offer the most educational and training sessions ever presented at an AVB event.
Some “firsts” for the convention include: its first time at the Venetian/Sands Convention Center complex, the first attendance by AVB affiliate MEGA Group/BrandSource Canada, and the first time that 15 new supplier partners will be exhibiting.
Other highlights will include CEO Jim Ristow’s State of the Union address – a traditional forum for announcing new member initiatives; a keynote by innovation expert Jeremy Gutsche that will underscore the Summit’s theme of “Tomorrow Starts Today;” special, limited-quantity show-only deals at the bi-annual Stampede buying session; and a Monday night BrandSource dinner reception at the TAO Las Vegas restaurant and nightclub. Another highlight: an “’80s Night” party with BrandSource’s Young Professionals organization, sponsored by Electrolux.
The organizers emphasize, however, that the show, most importantly, provides the group’s independent retailer members a chance to use the venue to connect with each other and to share their insights and best practices among themselves.