Business Leadership and Superior Training

B-L-A-S-T 2017 AGENDA

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Pre-Conference

 

7:30 am – 9:00 am             Registration – Hermitage

 

8:30 am– 4:30 pm              Exclusive SLA Staff Training Jointly Sponsored by the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind – Capitol I

 

Moderators: Curtis Glisson, Assistant Commissioner

Alabama Blind and Deaf Services

 

John Gordon, Bureau Chief

Illinois Services for the Blind

 

                                                Terry Smith, Director

                                                National Federation of the Blind Entrepreneurs Initiative

                       

1:00 pm – 1:50 pm             Concurrent Pre-Conference Session #1

 

“Maximizing Profits Through Rebates” – Knoxville

By John Murn, President

RSA Management Group

                                   

“SSDI and What the Randolph-Sheppard Vendor Needs to Know” – Memphis

By Mike Dalto, Social Security Consultant

 

“Profit and Loss Strategies for the Blind Entrepreneur” – Chattanooga

By Scott Cass, Instructor

Hadley Institute for the Blind & Visually Impaired

 

“Coffee Service 101 for the Blind Entrepreneur” – Jackson

By Ken Shea, VP for Coffee Services

C & J Marketing and Sales

 

“Opportunities in Inmate Commissaries: A Question and Answer Session with Vend Engine” – Capitol II

                                                By Kevin Burke, Chief Strategy Officer

                                                Vend Engine

 

 

 

 

 

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm             Concurrent Pre-Conference Session #2

 

                                                “Practical and Tactical Solutions to Loss – Jackson

Prevention Through Effective Hiring”

By Mark Manney, CEO

Loss Prevention Results, Inc.

 

“Writing Effective Business Plans for the Randolph-Sheppard Facility” – Chattanooga

By John Pirtle, Supervisor

Tennessee Business Enterprises

 

                                                “Micro-Markets and How They Can Increase Profits” – Capitol II

                                                By Amber Tucker, Marketing Specialist

                                                365 Retail Markets

 

“SSDI and What the Randolph-Sheppard Vendor Needs to Know” – Memphis

By Mike Dalto, Social Security Consultant

 

“Maximizing Profits Through Rebates” – Knoxville

By John Murn, President

RSA Management Group

 

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm             Concurrent Pre-Conference Session #3

 

“Opportunities in Inmate Commissaries: A Question and Answer Session with Vend Engine” – Knoxville

                                                By Kevin Burke, Chief Strategy Officer

                                                Vend Engine

                                                By Kayla Stringer, Client Relations

                                                Vend Engine

 

“Micro-Markets and How They Can Increase Profits” – Capitol II

                                                By Amber Tucker, Marketing Specialist

                                                365 Retail Markets

 

“Practical and Tactical Solutions to Loss Prevention Through Effective Hiring” – Jackson

By Mark Manney, CEO

Loss Prevention Results, Inc.

 

“Writing Effective Business Plans for the Randolph-Sheppard Facility” – Chattanooga

By John Pirtle, Supervisor

Tennessee Business Enterprises

 

“Coffee Service 101 for the Blind Entrepreneur” – Memphis

By Ken Shea, VP for Coffee Services

G & J Marketing and Sales

 

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm             “A Special Workshop for Members of Elected Committees of Blind Vendors “ – Capitol II

 

                                                By Jesse Hartle, Randolph-Sheppard Specialist

                                                Rehabilitation Services Administration

 

 

 

 

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm             “A Roundtable Discussion with Rest Area Vendors” – Capitol II

 

                                                Nicky Gacos, President

                                                National Association of Blind Merchants

                                               

Gabe Cazares, Government Affairs Specialist

National Federation of the Blind

 

 

2:00 pm– 6:00 pm              Registration – Hermitage

 

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm             Opening Night Reception – Cumberland Ballroom

 

 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

 

7:00 am– 9:30 am              Registration – Hermitage

 

7:30 am – 10:15 am           Leadership Breakfast – Cumberland Ballroom

 

                                                Master of Ceremonies – Nicky Gacos, President

                                                National Association of Blind Merchants

 

Opening Ceremony – “A Nashville Showcase of Talent”

 

                                                Welcoming Remarks

 

                                                By Daniel Frye, President-Elect

                                                National Council of State Agencies for the Blind

 

                                                “A Shout Out to Our Sponsors”

                                                By Melissa Smith

                                                NABM Board Member

 

                                                “Aira: Instant Access to Information – A Quick Demonstration”

 

9:00 am – 10:15 am                       Keynote Address

 

                                                “Stress Less and Laugh More”

                                                By Collette Carlson

 

10:15 am –10:45 am         Break

 

10:45 am–12:30 pm             General Session – Upward Mobility Training Session #1 – Cumberland Ballroom

                                                Moderator:  Ed Birmingham, 2nd Vice President

                                                National Association of Blind Merchants

 

10:45 am– 11:30 am         “The Rhythm of Teamwork: An Integrative Presentation”

                                                By the Drum Café

 

11:30 am–12:00 pm          “FitPick: News for You”

By Roni Moore, Vice President

                                                Marketing & Public Relations for the National Automated

                                                Merchandising Association

 

12:00 pm–12:30 pm          “The New D.C.: What It Means for Randolph-Sheppard”

                                                By Catriona Macdonald, Policy Advisor

                                                National Council of State Agencies for the Blind       

 

12:30 pm – 4:30 pm          TRADESHOW – Nashville Ballroom, Foyer, Capitol I

 

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm             “Exclusive SLA Roundtable Discussion” – Cumberland Ballroom

                                                Moderators: Curtis Glisson, Assistant Commissioner

                                                Alabama Deaf and Blind Services

 

                                                John Gordon, Bureau Chief

                                                Illinois Services for the Blind

 

SLA staff ONLY are invited to this exclusive round table discussion of relevant topics affecting state business enterprises programs today.  It is an opportunity for staff to learn from each other and to share ideas.  

 

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm             Exhibitor Appreciation Reception – Foyer

 

6:30 pm – 12:00 am                      “Honky Tonkin – Music City Style” (Buses go downtown)

Buses will be departing and returning every 30 minutes to take participants downtown to visit the country music honky tonks and other Nashville hot spots.  

 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

 

7:00 am – 8:15 am               Women’s Breakfast – Capitol Ballroom

                                                Moderators:  Sharon Treadway and Debra Smith

                                                Guest Speaker:  Pam Allen, Executive Director

Louisiana Center for the Blind

 

8:30 am – 12:00 pm             General Session – Upward Mobility Training Session #2 – Cumberland Ballroom

                                                Moderator: Joe Higdon

                                                NABM Board Member

 

8:30 am – 9:00 am             “An Industry Update”

                                                By Eric Dell, Senior Vice President for External Affairs

                                                National Automatic Merchandising Association

 

9:00 am – 11:15 am                       “Your CIA = Customer Innovation in Action”

                                                By Bonnie Knutson, PhD, Professor

                                                The School of Hospitality Business

Michigan State University                                               

 

                                                By Clay Voorhees, Associate Professor

                                                Department of Marketing

Michigan State University

 

11:15 am – 11:45 pm        “Working with Health Advocates on Healthy Vending”

                                                By Katie Bishop Kendrick, MS, MPH

                                                State and Community Advocacy Manager

                                                American Heart Association

 

12:00 pm– 1:45 pm                       Luncheon – Nashville Ballroom

                                   

                                                Master of Ceremonies: Terry Smith, Director

                                                National Federation of the Blind Entrepreneurs Initiative

 

                                                “A Shout Out to Our Sponsors”

                                                By Melissa Smith

                                                NABM Board Member

 

Special Guest – John G. Pare, Jr.

Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy

National Federation of the Blind

 

Keynote Address

 

“Specialized Services for the Blind: Future Challenges and Opportunities”

By Dr. Fred Schroeder

Former RSA Commissioner

 

                                                Presentation of Awards

                                                Nicky Gacos, President

                                                National Association of Blind Merchants

 

                                                Call to Action

 

2:15 pm– 4:30 pm                General Session – Upward Mobility Training Session 3 – Cumberland Ballroom

                                                Moderator Zach Snow

                                                NABM Board Member

 

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm             “The Future is in the Private Sector and Beyond – A Panel Discussion

                                                Facilitator: John Gordon, Bureau Chief

                                                Illinois Services for the Blind

 

Panelists

                                                John Murn, President

                                                RSA Management Group

 

                                                Raven Pullium, BEP Director

                                                Illinois

 

                                                Lori Brady, BEP Director

                                                Alabama

 

                                                Nicky Gacos, President

                                                National Association of Blind Merchants

 

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm             “The State of Randolph Sheppard: RSA’s Perspective”

                                                By Jesse Hartle, Randolph Sheppard Specialist

                                                U.S. Rehabilitation Services Administration

 

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm             “Rest Area Commercialization: The Threat is Real”

                                                By David Fialko, Vice President for Government Relations

                                                National Association of Truck Stop Operators           

 

                                                By Gabe Cazares, Government Affairs Specialist

                                                National Federation of the Blind

 

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm             “The War with DOD Rages On – A Panel Discussion”

                                                Facilitator Melba Taylor

                                                NABM Board Member

 

                                                Panelists

 

                                                Andrew Freeman, Esq.

                                                Brown, Goldstein, and Levy

 

                                                Brent McNeal, Esq. Deputy General Counsel

                                                Florida Department of Education

 

                                                Patrick B. Shirley, Esq.

                                                Office of Legal and Legislative Services

                                                Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

 

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm             Banquet – Nashville Ballroom

 

                                                Master of Ceremonies Nicky Gacos, President

                                                National Association of Blind Merchants                    

 

                                                Dinner Music by Steve Norman

 

                                                “A Shout Out to Our Sponsors”

                                                By Melissa Smith

                                                NABM Board Member

 

                                                “Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)”                 

By Deanna Jones, Special Guest

 

                                                Presentation of Awards

                                                By Nicky Gacos, President

National Association of Blind Merchants

 

“So……There’s That”

Special Entertainment by Killer Beaz, Comedian

 

Friday, September 15, 2017

 

9:00 am – 11:00am              General Session – Upward Mobility Training Session #4 – Salon D

Moderator: Pam Schnurr, Treasurer

                                    National Association of Blind Merchants

 

            Randolph-Sheppard’s Biggest Challenges: An Open Dialogue

Facilitators: Nicky Gacos, President, National Association of Blind Merchants

Terry Smith, Director, National Federation of the Blind Entrepreneurs Initiative

Gabe Cazares, Government Affairs Specialist

National Federation of the Blind

                                   

This will be an interactive discussion of the key threats and legislative issues facing Randolph-Sheppard over the next year.  Topics will include

 

Rest Area Commercialization

Department of Defense Troop Dining

Department of Defense Traditional Vending Facilities

Department of Veterans Affairs

Healthy Vending Mandates

Nominee Agencies             

Funding Challenges          

 

11 am – ADJOURN