Rickey Gelb, founder of Brand Source forerunner Associated Volume Buyers (AVB), made a guest appearance at the 40th anniversary show.
Football legend Mike Ditka shared life lessons in his keynote address.
The Brand Source show floor. Exhibitors included several CE and appliance vendors which sat out K/BIS and CES.
CEO Bob Lawrence yuks it up with a comedic "participant" from a Brand Source consumer panel
Mike Ader, left, and Jeff Ahlden of Home Appliance & Heating are members of Mega Group USA, but joined in the festivities through their attendance at the Association of Progressive Rental Organizations show (APRO), held in tandem with Brand Source
Styx performed for attendees following sets by The Motel's Martha Davis and Ray Parker Jr. of "Ghostbusters" fame.
From left, GE's Gary Kujawski with Neil and Mary Boff of Warner Supply Do It Center Stores
From left, Dealers of the Year Pat and Jack Bindel of Bindel's Appliances with Al Geis of Geis Electronics & Appliances, Brand Source's Jeff Tracy, and Don Luecke of Luecke Audio & Video
Eastern Marketing's Steve Babcock, left, and president Marty Friedman exhibited Bertazzoni's super-premium cooking line.
Brand Source CEO Bob Lawrence, left, with HES executive VP Jim Ristow on the show floor.