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2018 BLAST

AGENDA

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Pre-Conference

 

7:30 am – 9:00 am                Registration

 

8:30 am– 4:30 pm                 SLA Staff Training

Hill County EF

This training is being cosponsored by the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind and the National Association of Blind Merchants.  It will be conducted exclusively for SLA / Nominee Agency staff.  The training will focus on Randolph-Sheppard compliance issues and best practices.

 

1:00 pm – 1:50 pm                Pre-Conference Concurrent Breakout Sessions

 

Session # 1                ServeSafe Tips & Tricks for Taking the Test

Hill Country G            Scott Cass, Instructor

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

 

Session #2                 Making Micromarkets Work for Randolph-Sheppard

Independence 6        Sharon Treadway, Blind Entrepreneur

Tennessee Business Enterprises

 

Jon Floyd, AE West & International

365 Retail Markets

 

Session #3                 Accessible Technology and How It Can Help You Be

Independence 7        More Efficient as a Blind Entrepreneur

Chris Ingram, Technology Trainer and Consultant

Argh Accessibility, Inc.

 

Session #4                 What Blind Vendors Need to Know About Their SSDI Independence 8        Benefits

Michael, Dalto, Social Security Expert

 

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm                Pre-Conference Concurrent Breakout Sessions

 

Session # 5                Serve Safe Tricks and Tips

Hill Country G            Scott Cass, Instructor

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

 

Session #6                 Making Micromarkets Work for Randolph-Sheppard

Independence 6        Sharon Treadway, Blind Entrepreneur

Tennessee Business Enterprises

 

Jon Floyd, AE West & International

365 Retail Markets

 

Session #7                 Technology and Accessibility: The Good and the Bad

Independence 1        Wayne Dye, President and Founder

NReach, Inc.

 

Session #8                 Making Healthy Choices in Your Life

Independence 2        April Howard, Dietician

 

Session #9                 All New Hadley 2.0 and Apple Workshops

Independence 3        Doug Walker

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

 

Session #10               Generating Sales and Profits Through Cashless Vending

Independence 7        Bud Burke, Regional Manager

RSA Management Group

 

Session #11               Maximizing Profits Through Rebates

Independence 8        John Murn, President and CEO

RSA Management Group

 

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm                Pre-Conference Concurrent Breakout Sessions

 

Session #12               Making Healthy Choices in Your Life

Independence 2        April Howard, Dietician

 

Session #13               What Blind Vendors Need to Know About Their SSDI Independence 1        Benefits

Michael Dalto, Social Security Expert

 

Session #14              Maximizing Profits Through Rebates

Independence 8        John Murn, President and CEO

RSA Management Group

 

Session #15               All New Hadley 2.0 and Apple Workshops

Independence 3        Doug Walker

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

 

Session #16               Generating Sales and Profits Through Cashless Vending

Independence 7        Bud Burke, Regional Manager

RSA Management Group

 

Session #17               Accessible Technology and How It Can Help You Be

Hill Country G            More Efficient as a Blind Entrepreneur

Chris Ingram, Technology Trainer and Consultant

Argh Accessibility, Inc.

 

 

 

3:00 – 5:00                             WISE – Women’s Initiative Supporting Entrepreneurship: A Presentation and

Independence 6                    Discussion

 

Melba Taylor, Board Member

National Association of Blind Merchants

 

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm                Calling on Elected Committee of Blind Vendor Members: A Special Workshop

Bandera                                 for Elected Committees of Blind Vendors

 

Moderators:

 

Zach Snow, NABM Board Member and Chair of Georgia Committee of Blind Vendors

And

Michael Talley, Chair of Alabama Committee of Blind Vendors

 

Featuring:

 

Jesse Hartle, Randolph-Sheppard Specialist

Rehabilitation Services Administration

 

2:00 pm– 6:00 pm                 Registration

 

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm                Opening Night Reception     Luckenbach Pavilion

 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

 

7:00 am– 9:30 am                 Registration

 

7:30 am – 9:15 am                Leadership Breakfast

Independence 4-5

Master of Ceremony – Nicky Gacos, President

National Association of Blind Merchants

 

Opening Ceremony – “A Rousing Salute to San Antonio”

 

An NFB Welcome to Texas

Norma Crosby, President

National Federation of the Blind of Texas

 

Greetings from the National Office

Gabe Cazares, Government Affairs Specialist

National Federation of the Blind

 

Welcome to the Lone Star State

Michael Hooks, Director, Business Enterprises of Texas

 

Greetings from Our SLA Partners

Curtis Glisson, Co-Chair, NCSAB Randolph-Sheppard Committee

 

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Melissa Smith, NABM Board Member, Tennessee

 

 

Special Guest Speaker – Vera Jones, Author and Speaker

“Play Through the Foul”

 

9:15 am – 9:30 am                Break

 

General Session – Upward Mobility Training Session 1    Independence 4-5

            Moderator:  Debra Smith, NABM Board Member, Arizona

 

9:30 am – 11:40 am              “FISH! Catch the Energy and Release the Potential”

Deena Ebbert, Propeller Girl

 

11:40 am – 12:00 pm           “Building the Partnership: An Update from the General Services Administration”

 

Demetria Summers, National Concessions Program Manager

U.S. General Services Administration

 

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm             Luncheon       RW Pavilion

                                                Master of Ceremony: Sharon Treadway, NABM Secretary, Tennessee

 

Greetings from Our Texas Host

Clayton Hell, Chairman

Texas Committee of Blind Vendors

 

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Melissa Smith, NABM Board Member, Tennessee

 

“Battle for the Alamo”

Presented by Goen South

 

General Session – Upward Mobility Training Session 2           Independence 4-5

            Moderator:  Lewanda Miranda, NABM Board Member, Oregon

 

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm                “Charting the Course Through Demographic Change”

Ken Gronbach, Demographer

 

2:50 pm – 3:40 pm                “Sweatiquette”

Robby Wagner, The Healthy Comedian

 

3:40 pm – 4:30 pm                “Meet the Press: A Candid Interview with Jesse Hartle”

Terry Smith will interview Jesse Hartle, Randolph-Sheppard Specialist,

Rehabilitation Services Administration

 

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm             Remember the Alamo!

Buses will be departing and returning every hour to take participants downtown to visit the site of the Alamo and world famous Riverwalk.

 

 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

 

7:00 am – 8:15 am               Exclusive Breakfast for Women Blind Entrepreneurs

Independence 1-3                 Moderator: Sharon Treadway, NABM Secretary, Tennessee

 

Guest Speaker: Norma Crosby, President, National Federation of the Blind of Texas

 

General Session – Upward Mobility Training Session 3           Independence 4-5

            Moderator: Pam Schnurr, NABM Board Member, Indiana

 

8:30 – 8:35                             Welcoming Remarks

Julian Alvarez, Commissioner

Texas Workforce Commission

 

8:35 am – 9:30 am                “Tale of Two Brains”

Mark Gungor, Author and Speaker

 

9:30 am – 10:15 am              “The New Washington, D.C.: A Look at the Political Landscape After the Midterm Elections and Its Impact on Randolph-Sheppard”

 

Moderator:  Gabe Cazares, Government Affairs Specialist

National Federation of the Blind

 

Panelists:

 

David DeAngelo, Principal

DL DeAngelo Consulting

 

Catriona Macdonald, Policy Advisor

National Council of State Agencies for the Blind

 

David Fialkov, Vice-President for Government Relations

National Association of Truck Stop Operators

 

10:15 am – 10:30 am                        “AIRA: Making Blind Entrepreneurs More Independent”

 

Daniel B. Frye, Director

Public Sector Engagement and Strategy

AIRA

 

 

General Session – Upward Mobility Training Session 4           Independence 4-5

            Moderator: Barbara Manuel, NABM Board Member, Alabama

 

10:30 am – 11:00 am                        “Leveraging Consumer Insights to Improve Your Merchandising Strategy”

Amanda Sulc, Director of Category Insights and Strategy

Accent Foods

 

11:00 am – 11:40 am                        “Creating Opportunities Beyond Randolph-Sheppard”

Moderator: Karla Martinez, Blind Entrepreneur, Texas

 

Panelists:

 

Patricia Cowen, President

Rainmaker Sales Support

 

Neil Swindale, President

Vendcentral

 

Ken Shea, Vice President for Coffee Services

G&J Marketing and Sales

 

Michael Talley, Blind Entrepreneur

Alabama Business Enterprises

 

Melba Taylor, NABM Board Member, 8a Contractor

Maryland Business Enterprises Program

 

11:40 am – 11:55 pm           “A Convenience Services Industry Update”

Jason Eberstein, Senior Director, State and Federal Government Affairs

National Automatic Merchandising Association

 

12:00 pm – 4:30 pm             Trade Show   Hill Country Ballroom

 

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm                Final Night Celebration

 

Friday, November 16, 2018

 

7:00 am – 8:00 am                The First Annual NABM Run/Walk to Promote WISE (Women’s Initiative  Supporting Entrepreneurship)

 

General Session – Upward Mobility Training Session #5         Hill Country EG

 

9:00 am – 11:00 am              “Critical Issues: What Are the Solutions?”

 

Facilitators: Nicky Gacos, President

National Association of Blind Merchants

 

Ed Birmingham, 2nd Vice President

National Association of Blind Merchants

 

Michael Colbrunn, Blind Entrepreneur, Minnesota

NABM Emerging Leader

 

In May, NABM identified 27 critical issues facing Randolph-Sheppard today.

This will be a thorough discussion of these issues and potential solutions.  Some of the critical issues identified that may be discussed include

 

Lack of Program Growth

Apathy of Vendors and SLA Staff

Lack of Creativity in the Program

Recruitment of New Vendors

Training Issues

Lack of Funding

Healthy Vending Issues

The Role of Third Parties in Randolph-Sheppard

Absentee Vendors

And Much Much More as Time Permits

 

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