National Association of Blind Merchants
Announces Revolutionary Technology Leader to
Speak at BLAST but Hotel Rooms Going More Quickly than Usual
Colorado Springs, CO (September 26, 2014): Today the National Association of Blind Merchants announced that Lori Marshall, Founder, CEO of BYNDL Inc. will be providing perspective and analysis of the dynamic changes underway in mobile payment technology for the vending industry at Lone Star BLAST. The sought after technologist and trendsetter will speak to attendees at Business Leadership and Superior Training on Thursday morning, Nov. 20. Nicky Gacos, President National Association of Blind Merchants, said “this year’s Lone Start BLAST program really packs a punch. Not only do we have the newly elected President of the National Federation of the Blind, Mark Riccobono, as our leadership breakfast speaker, but we also have senior vice President for Governmental Affairs with the National Automatic Merchandising Association, Eric Dell, the Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Janet LaBreck among many other luminaries, and an extraordinary trade show featuring exhibits of almost every product and service a blind entrepreneur would want. We have some of the most important players in the vending technology industry. BLAST is upward mobility training that looks to the future.”
The Organization also announced that hotel rooms are at a premium for the 2014 BLAST. Hotel rooms are being reserved at a pace well ahead of previous years. Blind entrepreneurs, state agency staff, and others interested in this high value training and networking event are urged to make their reservations, and register for the conference immediately while space is available.
Austin is the home of the most diverse and lively music scene in the world. NABM invites you to come for the high-caliber training, networking, and Texas hospitality. Continuing education for state licensing agency staff, and attorney generals working with business enterprises and vocational rehabilitation programs take place all day Tuesday, Nov. 18. A variety of targeted upward mobility training classes for blind vendors begin midday Tuesday. This year’s BLAST features a gala banquet Thursday evening starring blind American Idol finalist Scott MacIntyre, and a Thursday “lunch and learn” session with immediate past President of the National Federation of the Blind, Marc Maurer. Those interested in learning more about the National Federation of the Blind Entrepreneur Initiative, will want to attend a session specific to that work on Friday morning, Nov. 21st. When announcing the appearance of Lori Marshall, the organization is making a strong statement about the need for Randolph-Sheppard concessionieers to understand the future of the vending and food service industry. Lori Marshall led the BYNDL company to develop and launch the vending industry’s first mobile payment and customer-engagement platform. Lori Marhall is described by peers and investors as engaging, resourceful and very disciplined, as well as a very genuine and courageous leader.
Room reservations at the luxurious Austin Renaissance are available for a very limited time at the rate of $129.00 per night, plus applicable taxes. Rooms are available from Sunday, November 16 through Saturday, November 22, 2014. Reservations should be made online at www.blindmerchants.org, or by phone at (800) 468-3571. Explain to the agent that you are registering for Lone Star BLAST under the National Association of Blind Merchants group. You must mention Lone Star BLAST to get the discounted rate. The Austin Renaissance is located at 9721 Arboretum Blvd. Austin, TX 78759
This year, BLAST registration is $200.00. Remember that the BLAST registration fee covers BLAST activities excluding out of hotel tours or events that may be offered. Your registration fee covers training, training materials, welcoming reception, leadership breakfast, trade show and trade show reception, evening banquet, as well as the “lunch and learn.” Register now at www.blindmerchants.org. For questions or assistance with hotel reservations or Lone Star BLAST registrations, please call 866-543-6808.For Immediate ReleaseCONTACTCheryl GrossMerchant RelationsNational Association of Blind Merchantscherygross@blindmerchants.org866-543-6808 Ext 14
Announcing additional dynamic training added to Lone Star BLAST line up
Colorado Springs, CO (September 12, 2014): Today, The National Association of Blind Merchants, a division of the National Federation of the Blind, announced that they have added additional upward mobility training content to an already star-studded Business Leadership and Superior Training line up. Lone Star BLAST attendees should plan to be inspired by a keynote address from Steve Farber on Thursday, November 19. Mr. Farber is the president of Extreme Leadership, Incorporated, a Los Angeles based organization devoted to the cultivation and development of extreme leaders in the business community. His latest book, Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson In Leadership, was a Wall Street Journal® and USA Today® bestseller. Farber says, “Approach the act of leadership as you’d approach an extreme sport: learn to love the fear and exhilaration that naturally comes with the territory.”
The organizers have also added seminars to be taught by Professor and CEO Ben White, Vending Insights, on Tuesday afternoon, September 18 and Thursday afternoon, September 20; “Clean, Filled, and Working: Walking through a productive vend visit.”
In addition, conference organizers have added “iPhone training for beginners”, and a session for more advanced users, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon during the conference. These seminars will be taught by popular presenter J.J. Meddaugh, CEO A.T. Guys. A.T. Guys based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, bills itself as “Your assistive technology experts”. Mr. Meddaugh is able to bring tips and tricks to iPhone users regardless of their level of experience. He is an active member of the National Federation of the Blind and an entrepreneur on the move.
Nicky Gacos, President, National Association of Blind Merchants, said, “We are extremely proud to add this new content. When we released our preliminary agenda last month some thought that the line up of entertainment and upward mobility training could not get any better. But these additions will bring even more options to blind entrepreneurs in or out of the Randolph-Sheppard world. And with this team of organizers, I would not be surprised to see even more exciting sessions added to this year’s BLAST line up.”
Again this year, BLAST registration will be $200. Remember that the BLAST registration fee covers BLAST activities, excluding out of hotel tours or events which may be offered. Registration fee covers training, training materials, Welcoming Reception, Leadership Breakfast, Trade show and Trade show Reception, the lunch-and-learn as well as the banquet to be held on Thursday evening, November 20. Register now at www.blindmerchants.org. For questions about or assistance with hotel reservations or registrations please call 866-543-6808.
Room reservations at the luxurious Austin Renaissance, 9721 Arboretum Blvd. Austin, TX 78759, are available now, while they last, at the unbelievable rate of $129 per night plus applicable taxes. Rooms are available from Sunday, November 16 through Saturday, November 22, 2014. Reservations should be made online at www.blindmerchants.org. You may also phone the hotel at (800) 468-3571. Explain to the agent that you are registering for BLAST under the National Association of Blind Merchants group.
Austin is the home of the most diverse and lively music scene in the world. NABM invites you to come for the high-caliber training, networking, and Texas hospitality.
Think national training! Think opportunity! Think Austin, Texas! Think BLAST!