by Kevan Worley
From the Editor: The following important notice will interest all vendors. This is what Kevan Worley, division President, says about the group's spring meeting:
Vendors, get out your 2002 calendar and mark the dates of our spring conference scheduled from March 5 to 8 at the Circus Circus Hotel, Casino, and Theme Park in Las Vegas, Nevada. Travel to Las Vegas on Tuesday, March 5 and return home on March 10, after experiencing a Business Leadership and Superior Training (BLAST) and mini-vacation. The unbelievably low rates are good Tuesday through Saturday nights, which means you can relax and visit with merchants, agency partners, and suppliers before going home on Sunday. The Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday meetings feature dynamic corporate trainer Steve Efland providing concentrated education in human resources, customer recovery, and managing and embracing change in the workplace.
We are proud to announce that Joanne Wilson, Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, will be the keynote speaker for our luncheon on Thursday, March 7. We will conduct a National Association of Blind Merchants membership meeting and arrange a roundtable session for agency staff and administrators. Wednesday afternoon will be largely set aside for a food and product show, where you can touch and taste the latest and greatest from vending to technology to foods aimed at helping you increase sales and profit. This show is sponsored by the National Buyers Group. Breakout sessions will also include discussions of dining halls, management, vending, and more.
Circus Circus offers us unbelievably low rates for lodging in two separate areas. The Manor is $44 a night midweek and $79 a night on the weekend. The Manor is a short outdoor walk from the main hotel. The Tower rate is $64 a night midweek and $89 for weekend nights. The three towers are in the main hotel, where training seminars, receptions, luncheon and other festivities will be held.
In addition a $100 conference registration fee will cover receptions, luncheon, speakers, and training materials. After February 19, 2002, the registration fee will be $125.
For further information about our BLAST conference contact Kevan Worley, President, National Association of Blind Merchants, at (720) 859-6784, call the Merchant's Message Line (877) 521-8363, or go to our Web site at <www.blindmerchants.org>.