It’s a sure bet that next week’s Summit 2020 in Las Vegas will be one for the books. The bi-annual buying group event will bring together AVB affiliates BrandSource, ProSource and MEGA Group under the banner “Tomorrow Starts Today” for four days of learning, sharing, buying and networking.
Already the show has broken a number of group records, including:
- the earliest that a Summit has completely sold out all its hotel space;
- hosting the most attendees ever at a Summit; and
- offering the most education and training sessions ever presented at an AVB show.
The Summit 2020 has also scored several firsts, including the buying groups’ first time at The Venetian and Sands Expo Convention Center complex; the first time AVB’s affiliate to the North, MEGA Group/BrandSource Canada, has formally participated in a Summit gathering; and the first time that 15 new supplier partners will be exhibiting at the show.
Other highlights will include CEO Jim Ristow’s State of the Union address, a traditional forum for announcing new member initiatives; a keynote by innovation expert Jeremy Gutsche that will underscore the Summit’s theme of “Tomorrow Starts Today”; special limited-quantity show-only deals at the bi-annual Stampede buy session; and a Monday night BrandSource dinner reception at the exclusive TAO Las Vegas restaurant and nightclub.
Also, be sure to pack your boom box and cassettes and tease up your hair for a totally “80’s Night” party with BrandSource’s Young Professionals organization, sponsored by Electrolux.
But most of all, AVB urges attendees to use the opportunity of Summit to connect with the group’s most valuable asset: the members, who live the challenges and rewards of independent retail and can share their insights and best practices with their fellow dealers.
BrandSource is the leading merchandising organization for independent appliance, home furnishings and consumer tech dealers. Its parent company, AVB, is a $19.5 billion member-driven co-op that provides merchandising, financing and digital marketing services to nearly 5,000 independent dealers in the U.S. and Canada. BrandSource’s affiliates include ProSource (consumer tech and custom integration); TRIB Group (rent-to-own); Mega Group (Canada); and HFA Buying Source, serving home furnishings dealers nationwide.