Lone Star BLAST 2014
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE symbol: KO) is the world's largest nonalcoholic beverage company. We offer a portfolio of world-class quality sparkling and still beverages, starting with Coca-Cola® and extending to more than 400 brands of soft drinks, juices, teas, coffees, waters, sports and energy drinks.
Our mission is to refresh the world, create value and make a difference. Our focus on the needs of our customers, consumers and franchise partners helps us achieve and continue achieving sustainable, quality growth. To continue to thrive as a business over the next ten years and beyond, we are looking ahead, understanding the trends and forces that will shape our business in the future, and moving swiftly to prepare for what's to come.
Coca-Cola has shown generous support to the NABM, which in turn benefits our entire industry. Please say ‘Thank You’ to the Coca-Cola Company for their commitment to this year’s BLAST conference as the Title Sponsor, Randolph-Sheppard, to our association, and to you.
Blackstone Consulting, Inc. (BCI), a premier service provider established in 1991, began a lifelong relationship with Business Enterprise Programs in support of Randolph Sheppard Act in 1999. We are a team of experts in RSA to assist and empower blind vendors and state agencies to achieve the goals set out by the government.
Our relationship with and support of the RSA have allowed us to establish 29 partnerships in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington DC and Wisconsin.
Our knowledge and experience in food service contracts provide necessary guidance and direction towards winning business for the state agencies and blind vendors involved.
At Pepsico, our mission is to be the world's premier consumer products company focused on convenient foods and beverages. We seek to produce financial rewards to investors as we provide opportunities for growth and enrichment to our employees, our business partners and the communities in which we operate. And in everything we do, we strive for honesty, fairness and integrity. Our products can be found in more than 200 countries around the globe. PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader with a diverse product portfolio that includes 22 brands like Pepsi, Frito-Lay, Tropicana, Gatorade, Quaker and more. Each generates more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. PepsiCo is proud of its relationship with the National Association of Blind Merchants and the National Federation of the Blind.
The National Association of Blind Merchants proudly welcomes Titanium Sponsor RSA Buying Group. Randolph-Sheppard Service Association has now launched the most dynamic rebate program for blind vendors ever conceived. RSA - they are not with the government, but they are here to help. Randolph-Sheppard Service Association is more than a buying cooperative. As the program grows, they will be offering technical assistance and marketing materials to assist all blind vendors in their quest to increase profit. Rebates are just the beginning. Visit the booth for savings, giveaways, and drawings. Sign up for a chance to win an iPad. Sign up and receive a free case of Red Bull and other free products, just for signing up. Now blind vendors can receive the best rebates in the industry on both snacks and beverages.
RSA - Reliability, Service, Accountability
At Food Services Inc. of Gainesville, our highly recommended 100 percent success record has made us one of the most qualified firms in the military dining industry. Everything is proudly achieved by mentoring licensed blind vendors to manage each contract exceptionally and independently. It's our added dedication to our vendors becoming entrepreneurs and mentors that makes us unique amongst our peers.
For over 25 years, Brown, Goldstein & Levy has been a national leader fighting to protect the rights of blind entrepreneurs under the Randolph-Sheppard Act. We have represented blind managers, groups of managers, state licensing agencies, the National Association of Blind Merchants, and the National Federation of the Blind throughout the United States. We have also successfully represented blind vendors in Randolph-Sheppard arbitrations against state licensing agencies and successfully represented state licensing agencies in Randolph-Sheppard arbitrations against federal property managers. We are here to champion your rights.
We are proud to have been an integral part of BLAST from the beginning. From the first BLAST conference held in Las Vegas until now, we have been here. We will continue to be here for the NABM, the BLAST conferences, our current partners, and future partners. Nayyarsons Corporation was founded on Long Island, NY, in 1991 and has operated as a professional food service establishment for more than 20 years. In 1997, we became certified by the Small Business Administration as a Disadvantaged Small Business Enterprise under the 8(a) program. Nayyarsons is now successfully working in 37 sites in 16 states and growing.
Gold Leadership Contributors
Johnson Food Services, LLC
Johnson Food Services, LLC (“JFS”) is a limited liability company that was formed in 2002 with Donald Johnson, and American Service Contractors, LP (“ASC”) as its members. Mr. Johnson serves as President and Jim Ed Rice of ASC serves as Operations Officer. Mr. Johnson is a licensed blind vendor in the state of South Carolina under the Randolph-Sheppard program. JFS, an equal opportunity employer, provides jobs for more than 1,500 workers in Columbia, SC, and surrounding environs.
U-Select-It - The Leading Vending Machine Manufacturer - USI vending machines are built for maximum customer satisfaction, low maintenance and affordability with machines paying for themselves on every vend. Whether you are just starting a vending machine business, or growing an existing one, let our 82 years of expertise work for you. We cover all aspects of the vending machines industry including financing, service, energy efficiency, and healthy, environmentally friendly vending options. Call 800-247-8709.
LaBarre Law Offices P.C. is wholly owned and operated by Scott C. LaBarre. Mr. LaBarre specializes in Randolph-Sheppard law, employment law, disability rights, Social Security matters, business law, and other general civil litigation. Scott LaBarre greatly enjoys working with blind merchants because he believes firmly in achieving the letter and spirit of the Randolph-Sheppard Act and its overarching goal of promoting the maximum vocational potential of blind operators. Contact Mr. LaBarre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MITCHCO INTERNATIONAL is a privately owned Defense Contractor focused on providing the staffing and food service support to military facilities throughout the United States. MITCHCO INTERNATIONAL has partnered with Randolph-Sheppard food service vendors to provide food services to our clients, and are full-fledged supporters of the Randolph-Sheppard Act.
Sodexo, Inc. is a world leader in Quality of Daily Life Solutions, serving 34,300 sites in 80 countries every day. Our experiences with our more than 75 million consumers each day enable us to develop Quality of Life services that reinforce the well-being of individuals, improving their effectiveness, helping companies and organizations to improve performance, and fighting hunger… every day. Proud to support National Federation of the Blind and proud to have a number of Randolph-Sheppard partnerships.
Silver Superior Training Sponsors
Libera’s Business Enterprise Program (BEP) was created to help VR and/all BEP managers supervise all aspects of an agency’s Business Enterprise requirements. The application allows staff to manage the operators, facilities, equipment, sites, and potential sites associated with Business Enterprise. The BEP application utilizes the System 7 Framework™, meaning it can easily integrate into an agency’s existing VR case management system to fully meet agency needs. System is fully ADA/508 compliant and can work with telephone to enable data to be entered via the phone. System7™ can interface with any other system ie, VR, state fiscal system, etc.
Nestlé Waters focuses on delivering the most suitable healthy hydration solutions for everyone. Being the world's leading bottled water company is based on a solid economic model: strong brands, global presence, innovation capacity, environmental stewardship and passionate people.
Nestlé is the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness company. Our mission of "Good Food, Good Life" is to provide consumers with the best tasting, most nutritious choices in a wide range of food and beverage categories and eating occasions, from morning to night.
National Vending – Your choice for Premier Vending and Foodservice Management Services –Our customer centric approach delivers customized solutions to meet your needs anywhere in North America with a single point of contact. We offer professional, consistent, local service with commission consolidation, invoice aggregation and 24/7 web enabled account tracking. Call us toll free at 866-VENDING.
The mission of The Hadley School for the Blind is to promote independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers. Hadley has a course for you if you are: A blind or visually impaired individual 14+ years of age; a relative of a blind or visually impaired child; a family member of a blind or visually impaired adult; or a professional in the blindness field. Hadley has also just launched a curriculum targeted to blind entrepreneurs. Contact us toll free at 800-323-4238.