See You in San Antonio

By Matt DeLaere, Marketing

Bruce Hammond of NSGA with Ted Stahl at
last year’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

San Antonio looks like a beautiful city to visit, which surely played a part in the National Sporting Goods Association choosing it to host their 2012 Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit. I’d love to go, but I’m not a member of the NSGA. If you are, though, be sure to register for the conference, being held May 6-9 at the Westin La Cantera Resort.

With 15 education sessions (split into a Conference Track and a Dealer Track), the 57th Annual Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the inaugural All-Star Awards Luncheon, and the Official NSGA Golf Tournament (held on Westin La Cantera’s Resort Course), there will be plenty to do and many opportunities for learning and networking. Keynote speakers at this year’s event include Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton, ESPN executive Sean Bratches, New Balance President and CEO Rob DeMartini, FUBU founder Daymond John, and Patriot Golf Day founder Maj. Dan Rooney. Hall of Fame member and GroupeSTAHL™ Executive Chairman Ted Stahl will be attending the conference, so be sure to say hello if you have the opportunity.

GroupeSTAHL Chief Sales Officer and Director of Operations, Dave Wheatley, will be taking part in the Best Practices in Decorating Panel, a must-see for any team dealer attending the conference. I’m sure he’ll mention the value of a heat press and all of the options offered with heat printing. Other dealer sessions will cover topics like brand-building, business planning, sales, and marketing. Despite all of the informational and, dare I say, motivational (see: “Climbing Back to the Top of the Mountain – One More Time with Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton”) sessions, I believe what I’ll miss the most is the inaugural Management Conference Table Tennis Tournament. I’d pretend to be management just to get in on that action.

In addition to all of this, if you register by February 17, you’ll receive a $150 Westin La Cantera gift certificate. You can use this to help pay for your room or anywhere else on the resort’s property.

As you can see, there will be a lot to do at this year’s NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit. If you’re a member, don’t miss out – make your plans for San Antonio now. And if you’re a history buff, remember the Alamo!

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