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Spring Conference to Feature Publix President

January 29, 2010 by Newsfeed Editor  
Filed under Friday Focus

toddjonesA decidedly pointed theme, connecting our members with retailers and manufacturers, has developed as we get closer to the 15th NARMS Spring Conference & Exposition at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, FL on April 17-20, 2010. Clear evidence of that commitment is the recent announcement that we will hold -A Conversation with Todd Jones, President of Publix- at 4:00 PM on Monday, April 19. The address from Jones will cap the 2010 Manufacturer/Retailer Connection Session. Monday at Conference will be a one-stop shopping opportunity to meet manufacturers and retailers.

The Connection Session is a new forum where individual manufacturers and retailers will share news of their new initiatives, new systems and business philosophies with NARMS membership. Others who are currently scheduled to appear at the event include Joe Wood of Roundy’s Supermarkets, Kelly Hampton of 20th Century Fox Entertainment and Mary Jo Bastuba of Nintendo. To add to the excitement, Monday will also feature RORI: Return on Retail Investment in the General Session at 2:00.

The opportunity to hear from Randall “Todd” Jones is chance to glean from his remarkable record of retail excellence. His storybook 30-year ascent to Publix company president began as a part-time front service associate while in high school. Along the way, he progressed through the ranks of retail management, including ten years as a store manager before escalating into operational leadership at various points in the Jacksonville division. In 2005, Jones was promoted to senior vice president of product business development; then moved into the role of company president in 2008 where retains the responsibility for the retail operations and supply chain functions for the supermarket chain. Publix, one of America’s top 100 companies to work for and most admired companies, operates over 1,000 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

The chance to hear from this expert panel is reason enough to head down to Florida in April. But if that isn’t enough to convince you, visit our conference center on to see all of the educational and networking workshops, classes and meetings on the agenda. The 15th NARMS Spring Conference & Exposition is truly a showcase event.

A Room with a View

October 16, 2009 by Newsfeed Editor  
Filed under Conference News, Friday Focus

roomsaleThis week NARMS announced that Saddlebrook Resort is now available for reservations for the 15th Annual NARMS Spring Conference scheduled for April 17-20, 2010. To add to the excitement, the relationship between NARMS and Saddlebrook has resulted in a Room Sale that enhances the affordability of the event.

Your NARMS staff has been working diligently to make the Spring Conference even more attractive and affordable by negotiating lower hotel rates while maintaining the Conference Registration at 2008 rates. To that end, a special offer will be available for those individuals looking to save on accommodations. Through 5:00 PM (EST) on December 31, 2009 you will be able to save $30 a night on each room with a non-refundable full prepayment at the time of booking via a valid credit card authorization. Under this offer, no cancellations will be allowed though you can transfer the registrants name with the original credit card charge. This discount rate of $190 is a great savings for a spectacular Florida Resort property. If you do not want to take the risk of not being able to cancel, you can still make a reservation at the reduced rate of $220 per night. This is already a discount off the original contract rate of $249.

Reservations can be made by calling 1 800 729 8383 during regular business hours and mentioning NARMS Spring Conference. You can also visit the conference center on for more information.

In the days, weeks and months ahead, you will be reading and hearing more about the value-packed agenda in-store for conference attendees. The event is sure to be full of insightful education sessions, business building networking and enlightening speakers. Our Spring Conference Room Sale is designed to give you one more reason to register for a great view of your industry.

Spring Conference Agenda Coming Together

August 12, 2009 by Editor  
Filed under Top Shelf

2010confLast week, we spent some time in this space discussing all of the great sponsorship opportunities available for the 2010 NARMS Spring Conference, scheduled for April 17 – 20 at the spectacular Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, Florida near Tampa . You will be happy to know that the agenda for the four day event is coming together nicely. Today, we’ll spend some time bringing you up to speed on some of the things we are working on.

The goal of 2010 program is to attract additional manufacturers, retailers and service companies to the event. On Monday morning, we have scheduled a Manufacturer Connection Session. In this format, six manufacturers will each be assigned a 30 minute segment in which they will make a 10 minute presentation on their unique needs and requirements from their at-retail merchandising and marketing partners. The balance of the half-hour will be used to field questions from you, the audience. This will take place from the General Session Stage and will include a facilitator so that we can move efficiently through the morning.

On Monday afternoon, we will duplicate the format with a Retailer Connection Session. The hope is to feature at least three retailers and possible more if it can be arranged. Contact us here at NARMS HQ if you have any contacts who might be interested in participating in this first of its kind event.

Other plans include the Opening General Session which will focus and highlight on the initial results of our on-going RORI research. Bart Flaherty of GroupM and Phil Lauria of Pelco Advisors will facilitate.

The Trade Show will feature more effective exhibit hours in 2010 with Sunday show hours from 1:00 to 6:30; Monday from 12:00 to 6:30; and Tuesday from 7:30 to 12:30. Lunch will be available on the trade show floor on Monday with certain exhibitors featuring food items directly at their booths. The Sunday night and Monday night receptions will also take place in close proximity to the Trade Show for added exhibitor exposure.

We are also looking at enhancing the networking time that we have together. The Golf outing will return to the Sunday Morning time slot where it will not interfere with any of the programming schedule. The Association will also be hosting a Pool Party Networking Event on Tuesday afternoon from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. As is tradition, we will end the conference with a Closing Night Reception and Dinner with Southern Comfort flair.

As you can see, the 2010 Spring Conference is shaping up nicely. We hope you will mark the dates in your planners and start making arrangements to attend. It just wouldn’t be a great conference without you.

Think Spring Conference!

August 5, 2009 by Editor  
Filed under Top Shelf

sponsorship10Believe it or not here we go again! The 2010 NARMS Spring Conference is scheduled for Saturday – Tuesday, April 17 – 20 at the spectacular Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, Florida near Tampa . We are making some very exciting additions to the program this year with the goal of attracting additional manufacturers, retailers and service companies to the event. As you know, a viable event cannot occur without the financial support of the NARMS membership. We already have a good head start on sponsorship commitments, but there are still plenty of great opportunities still available. All of the great options are listed in the Sponsorship Opportunity Brochure available here.

Your sponsorship dollars go toward supporting a successful Spring Conference in many ways. A sponsorship investment yields a more robust Retail Marketing Industry, but there are also many benefits directly to you. Your company logo will be listed on with over 2 million views per month and will be listed in the December and March NARMS Today which has a per edition circulation of 1,400. Your logo will also be seen on all promotional literature and e-mails distributed to NARMS members and attendees so the earlier you sign up, the more exposure you get! Also included can be an Ad in NARMS Newsfeed, an Ad in the Conference Attendee book, the opportunity to insert your one-page flyer into every Attendee Packet, signage exposure at the conference, an invitation to the NARMS Spring Conference Chairman’s Reception and access to Sponsors/Exhibitor Lounge.

All sponsorships are available on a first come, first served basis and are not considered final until check or credit card payment is received at the NARMS International office. Only NARMS members or exhibitors are eligible to be a sponsor.

We can also arrange a sponsor package if you also have an interest in being a sponsor at the IFBA 2010 Top to Top Executive Conference. Payment is not necessary until 2010. Please feel free to contact Dan Borschke directly if you have any questions regarding sponsorships.

It’s time to think spring by clicking on the Sponsorship Opportunity link here,reviewing the information, and becoming a Spring Conference corporate sponsor today!


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