2017 Industry Summit schedule

Sunday, April 2 through Wednesday, April 5

Scheduled updated March 1

Sunday, April 2, 2017

  • 10 AM to 3 PM

    Exhibitor move-in (registration desk, Sunset Ballroom)

  • 2 PM to 5 PM

    Registration (registration desk, Sunset Ballroom)

  • 3 PM to 5 PM

    Card/Autograph Submissions (Sunset Ballroom)

    1. Beckett Grading, COMC, Goodwin & Co. Auctions and Beckett Authentication Services will be accepting submissions beginning at 3 PM in the Sunset Ballroom.

    PRIVATE MEETING ROOMS OPEN

  • 5 PM to 7 PM

    Welcome Reception, hosted by Beckett Media (GARDEN VIEW TERRACE)

    1. Fun, friendship & much more!
    2. Meet new business partners and re-engage with legacy clients.
    3. Drawings for incredible prizes from Summit corporate sponsors.

Monday, April 3, 2017

  • 7:30 to 9 AM

    Morning welcome (GTS Distribution meeting room)

  • 7:30 to 11 AM

    Registration open (welcome desk, Sunset Ballroom)

  • 8:15 to 9 AM

    Trade Show Floor open (Sunset Ballroom)

  • 9 AM to 11:30 AM

    Business Session

    1. TRENDING: A fast-paced take on the industry’s hottest news.
    2. KEYNOTE ADDRESS
    3. VOTING: Participating retailers will cast their ballots for the 2017 Summit Awards, to be presented during Wednesday’s business session.
    4. TRADE SHOW: Engage with more than 15 industry-leading companies. Corporate meeting rooms will also have open-access during this time.
  • 11:30 AM to 1:15 PM

    Business Lunch

    1. Plan a lunch meeting with key clients, suppliers or potential business partners. Contact your Industry Summit representative for more information and/or banquet menus; or, make a reservation at a Flamingo or LINK restaurant.
  • 1:30 to 4:30 PM

    Business Session

    1. CUSTOMER LOYALTY: Learn how to create a right-sized loyalty program for your hobby business.
    2. BREAKERS: Annual group-break meeting
    3. 50 WAYS FOR STORE OWNERS TO SAVE: Less expense means more profit! We’ll share more than 50 easy ways for independent retailers to run a more efficient and effective business.
    4. E-COMMERCE WORKSHOP: Refocus your online sales strategy via this unique workshop, featuring leaders from across the e-commerce platform. Corporate invitees include: Amazon, Beckett Media, COMC, eBay and uBid.
  • Evening

    NCAA Championship party

    1. PANINI AMERICA, exclusive licensee of the Collegiate Licensing Company, will host a NCAA men’s basketball championship party. Watch the big game in a fun, hobby-focused setting!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

  • 7:30 to 9 AM

    Morning welcome (GTS Distribution meeting room)

  • 8:15 to 9 AM

    Trade Show Floor open (Sunset Ballroom)

  • 9 AM to 11 AM

    Business Session (Luncheon)

    1. TRENDING: A fast-paced take on the industry’s hottest news.
    2. PRODUCT PREVIEW: Our experts share their take on one (1) product you probably aren’t stocking – but should ASAP. Write an order with Summit-exclusive discounts!
    3. MERCHANDISING 201: An advanced look at hobby-shop merchandising. Included: How often to change your display window, lighting guidelines, best location for hot/new product and how to maximize your supply revenue.
    4. TRADE SHOW: Engage with more than 15 industry-leading companies. Corporate meeting rooms will also have open-access during this time.
  • 1 PM to 4 PM

    Business session

    1. SOCIAL MEDIA: Retailers will learn best practices for leveraging social media, including platforms such as Facebook Live, Instagram
    2. GRADING AND AUTHENTICATON WORKSHOP: Executives from the industry’s top grading & authentication companies will engage with retailers. Companies invited to participate include BAS, SGC, PSA, JSA and BGS.
    3. PROMOTIONS: Learn how to leverage league and manufacturer promotions, driving both short-and long-term business to your storefront.
    4. TRADE SHOW: Final opportunity to engage with more than 15-industry leading companies and/or visit corporate meeting rooms.
  • Evening

    Retailer Bowling Bonanza, hosted by Magazine Exchange

    1. Magazine Exchange once again partners with The Topps Company to host one of the Summit’s most popular networking events – a “red-pin” bowling event featuring prizes, fun and fellowship. A great way to conclude our second full business day at the Summit.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

  • 8 to 9:30 AM

    Morning welcome (GTS Distribution meeting room)

  • 9 AM to Noon

    Business session

    1. FINANCE: Expense-saving opportunities for industry retailers via tax deductions & more.
    2. LEGAL WORKSHOP: Q&A on issues impacting industry retailers, notably updates to a California law focused on autograph sales.
    3. AWARDS: The 2017 Industry Summit Awards – featuring best-in-class honors for retailers, breakers, distributors, manufacturers and licensors – will be presented based on online and onsite voting. Who will win the 2017 Summit award for Innovation?