“NAMA was thrilled to welcome 4,500 attendees and 311 exhibiting companies to Las Vegas this year,” Schleyer said in a news release from the organization. “This was OneShow’s highest exhibitor count to date, and out of the 311 exhibiting companies, 76 were first-time participants. Industry leaders, decision makers, entrepreneurs and business owners attended to grow their businesses and advance the industry through education, networking and a robust show floor, she said.
The general session, sponsored by PepsiCo, featured former First Lady Laura Bush, who delivered a powerful address, sharing stories from her time in the White House and her work with the George W. Bush Institute, her recent books and her work on international health-care and education initiatives. Following her keynote address, the former First Lady took part in a one-on-one fireside chat with NAMA’s chief executive officer, Carla Balakgie.
- Industry honours Industry honours
- First Lady fireside chat First Lady fireside chat
- Education Education
- Busy show floor Busy show floor
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The session also unveiled new branding for the OneShow, officially deeming it “The NAMA Show,” aligning it with the longstanding nickname bestowed on the event by attendees.
The annual industry awards, hosted by NAMA Chair Pat Hagerty, were a special highlight with a ceremony honouring Randy Smith as Industry Person of the Year; Mandeep Arora as Allied Member of the Year; and Lance Whorton as Operator of the Year.
The education lineup included audiences ranging from 50 to 400-plus participants on Wednesday and Thursday. Key topics included micro markets, industry technology, employment law, nutrition trends, break room design, and “generation C.”
The highest attended sessions included “What’s Trending in Vending, Coffee Service and Micro Markets,” with more than 400 attendees, and “Optimize Your Business with a Technology Roadmap,” with more than 200 attendees. Tuesday’s four pre-conference sessions drew more than 140 attendees in total – a record for pre-conference education.
A selection of OneShow education presentations are available for download here.
Networking opportunities included Tuesday evening’s ELN “Swing into OneShow” event at Topgolf and Wednesday morning’s “Wake up, Work out and WIN” yoga session and breakfast hosted by WIN. Closing out the week was the “Friday Wrap,” featuring in-booth entertainment and prize draws.
“Building on the success and momentum of an exciting and productive week, the OneShow exhibitor community donated nearly 20,000 pounds of food to Three Square, a Nevada food bank. This donation is 2,050 pounds over the 2015 show in Las Vegas and is the equivalent of 16,500 meals. Many thanks to our exhibitors for helping those in need through their donations,” Schleyer said.
“A huge thank-you to all who helped make OneShow a success. We look forward to seeing you March 21-23, 2018, in Las Vegas to ‘Meet with Convenience’ at The NAMA Show.”