Conventions - September 2006

NACS Show 2006

The National Association of Convenience Stores’ NACS Show for 2006 will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. The event is scheduled to run from Sunday, October 8 through Wednesday, October 11. The Petroleum Equipment Institute’s (PEI) convention and the fall meeting of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) will be held in conjunction with the NACS Show.

The General Session on Monday, October 9 will feature keynote speaker Connie Podesta, a comedienne/humorist who can motivate and inspire. Her main objective is to provide solid content and techniques that audiences can use in their professional and personal lives. Podesta is the author of a number of publications including Life Would Be Easy If It Weren’t for Other People, and How to Be the Person Successful Companies Fight to Keep.

“Ideas to Go!” is back, and is on offer during Tuesday’s General Session. This highly-acclaimed video presentation highlights retailers in action as they demonstrate innovative ideas and what it takes to provide convenience, boost sales, and win customer loyalty. For the first time, this popular session will be distributed on DVD after the NACS Show to every retail member of NACS.

General Tommy Franks (retired) will be the speaker at Wednesday’s General Session. The general is best known for leading American and Coalition troops in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq. Since his retirement from the military in 2003, General Franks has traveled the world speaking on leadership, character, and the value of democracy. His autobiography, American Soldier, reached number one on The New York Times bestseller list in August 2004.

A summary of the educational programming appears below. For more information, call NACS toll-free at (877) 684-3600 or visit on the web.

Sunday, October 8

7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Cool New Products Preview Room
(exclusive access to only retailers, wholesalers, and distributors)

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Global Forum
(separate registration fee applies)

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Concurrent Educational Sessions
• “Running with the Big Dogs” — A Special Session for Small Operators on How to Grow Your Business
•Ensure Your Place in the Foodservice Winners Circle
•Risk Management 101: Operating Under the Caution Flag
•Spokesperson Training
•The Basics of Petroleum Economics
•The Speed of Trust™

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Breaking Into the C-Store Business — A Supplier’s How-To Guide

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception

Monday, October 9

7:30 a.m. - Noon
Cool New Products Preview Room
(exclusive access to only retailers, wholesalers, and distributors)

9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Opening General Session
• Keynote Speaker — Connie Podesta

11:00 a.m. - Noon
Concurrent Educational Sessions
• Beating the Competition to Win the Race
•Excuse Me, My Life is Waiting!
•Global Scholarship Competition I: Supplier Competition
•Non-Negotiable Principles to Achieving World Class Secret Service
•PCATS: Pricebook Managers: Simplify Your Life
•Riding the Inside Line: Using Scan Data to Efficiently Cruise to the Finish Line
•Supervisors at Their Best: The NACS Leadership Challenge Class of 2006 Report
•Technologies Rocking the Retail World
•The Times, They Are A-Changin’: A Look at Tobacco
•Unleash the Power of DSD
•What’s in the Cards? Playing the Cards You Were Dealt

Noon - 5:30 p.m.

Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Cool New Products Preview Room

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
International Reception

Tuesday, October 10

7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Cool New Products Preview Room

8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Concurrent Educational Sessions
• Industry Leaders Roundtable
• Keeping the Finish Line in Your Sights
•Wake Up! Peak Performance for the Rest of Your Life

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
CEO Presentation on Retail Business Strategy

11:00 a.m. - Noon
Ideas to Go

Noon - 5:30 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Trendspotter Panel

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
International Reception

Wednesday, October 11

7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cool New Products Preview Room

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Concurrent Educational Sessions
• Driving Profits Through Warehouse Delivered Snacks
•Find it Here — New NACS Products and Services
•Loyalty Program Success — Matching Your Offer to What the Consumer Really Wants
•The Inside Track on Successfully Marketing to Teenagers

9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Trendspotter Panel

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Closing General Session

* Keynote Speaker — General Tommy Franks
* The Schedule of Events is based on information available July 28, 2006 and is subject to change. For the latest times and events, consult the NACS web site at

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