Where the Vending Industry Meets on the East Coast


Atlantic Coast Exposition (ACE) shows new and innovative products and equipment available in the vending, food service and office coffee service industries.

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The Atlantic Coast Exposition is dedicated to providing professional growth by sponsoring a comprehensive trade show exhibit and timely educational programs, offering opportunities to develop a network of industry resources, maintaining an established tradition of gracious hospitality and promoting the goals of the three sponsoring state associations (NCVA, SCVA and VAMA) as defined by each association's representatives to the ACE planning committee.

Lunch and Learn With ACE
Virtual Educational Series


'The Change Decision'
ACE's Lunch and Learn Session #2
Tuesday, November 17, 12:00-1:30pm


Thanks for joining us for an interactive session with The Change Decision on how to get you and your leadership team clear on the change ahead of you and how to communicate it.  The session will showed participants how to use the change Story, a tool designed for changes large and small, that can help you handle any change that you are facing.  At the end of the session, attendees received a copy of The Change Story along with instructions to help guide you through using it.

More about The Change Session:
Introducing a change? Having one forced on you that you don't like? How do you keep everyone aligned on what's important to communicate?  Join us for an interactive session with The Change Decision on how to get you and your leadership team clear on the change ahead and how to communicate it.  The session will show you how to use The Change Story, a simple and highly effective communications tool designed for changes large and small.  At the end of the session, you'll receive a copy of The Change Story along with instructions to help guide you through using it.  Don't have all the answers?  That's OK.  The Change Story will help you find them.

Attend future ACE Lunch and Learn educational sessions to see some familiar faces of those vending industry friends you have missed these last few months AND have a chance to WIN PRIZES.

Thank You to Our ALL SESSION Sponsor

Thank You to Our Session #2 Sponsors

Thank You to Our Prize Sponsor


Coca Cola Consolidated

Pepsi Bottling Ventures



Vendors Supply

USA Technologies

Adapting to a Changing Market

Friday, October 9, 12:00-1:30 pm

If you weren't able to attend the event in person, we recorded the session for you.
Click here for the recording of ACE Lunch & Learn - Session 1

Our business landscape is changing – workplace benefits and competition for talent, the marketplace and methods of doing business are all changing.  We must look at relationships as operators and with our clients as well.  Thanks to the support of our generous sponsors ACE's virtual meetings will be FREE to operators AND suppliers.

SESSION ONE"s representatives from CAI, an employer’s association focused on Human Resources Support, brought us up-to-date on the intricacies of recruiting and employment law in the age of Covid-19. 

The first segment of this session focused on employment law related to COVID-19 and covers: the two types of paid leave required under FFCRA, when and how to quarantine employees and return them to work safely, as well as updates on furloughs, safety plans, unemployment and more.   

The second segment covered the recruiting issues that many companies are facing, and how to navigate hiring and recruitment as we enter 2021. This portion was hosted by one of CAI’s professionals in the recruitment field. 

Our expert presenters are eager to answer your questions and bring you up-to-date on current and future impacts of COVID-19 on your business.

Competition for Talent Presentation
COVID Hot Topics Presentation
SESSION #1 Recording Here

COVID-19 Update
We're Here For You!

Thank you for your hard work to keep your businesses going as an essential part of daily life during this COVID-19 crisis.  We are faced with unprecedented challenges, but please remain positive as we stay the course and look forward to success on the other side of this pandemic.
ACE would like to share some valuable resources for you to bookmark while we stay the course and push through. Let's look forward to a brighter future as plans for ACE 2020 remain active.

NAMA Sends Letter to Governors...
Outlining Social Distancing Protocols for Office Breakrooms

CLICK HERE to find a letter that NAMA sent to all 50 Governors encouraging them to consider social distancing protocols for office breakrooms that allow them to safely operate when re-opening their states for business. The letter includes proposed language that Governors can easily include in re-opening orders and/or guidance. This is part of our continued effort to support the convenience services industry while it provides valuable services in a safe manner during these unprecedented times.

Get the Latest Updates on How the Coronavirus
is Impacting the Vending Industry

Vending Times has daily coverage of how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting businesses in the vending industry and what they're doing to overcome the challenges. Click here to read Vending Time's latest stories.

As you may know, NAMA was successful in working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to have them list “Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies, convenience stores, and other retail (including unattended and vending) that sells human food, animal/pet food and pet supply, and beverage products, including retail customer support service and information technology support staff necessary for online orders, pickup and delivery” as essential in its Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response.

Small Business Administration

For detailed links for our vendors and suppliers in NC, SC, and VA, please visit the association websites.


ACE Chair, Karen Harlow, would like to share a quote that has given her strength through these challenging times:

Every Situation in life is temporary. So, when life is good, make sure you enjoy and receive it fully. And when life is not so good, remember that it will not last forever and better days are on the way.
-Jenni Young

Please reach out to our staff (Beth and Michelle) for any assistance you may need.

ACE 2020 Cancels
Face-to-Face Exposition

The ACE Planning Committee works tirelessly to offer a terrific show for operators and suppliers alike and we are proud of the show’s success in recent years. After careful consideration regarding the pandemic and the health and safety of everyone in our industry family, we have made the difficult decision to cancel ACE 2020 which was scheduled for October 8-10 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Please read through the details below regarding payments, refund options, and hotel rooms.

ACE is working on details for a 2020 Virtual Edition:  Education with Networking & Sales opportunities – all are important benefits of our Expo! Keep an eye out for detailed information - COMING SOON!

2020 Payments, Booth Sales & Hotel Rooms

  • All exhibitors, operators, and sponsors who have paid to attend ACE 2020 can either receive a full refund OR roll over your payment to ACE 2021. Please email Michelle Thomsen by October 1st to request a refund. After that date, your payments will be applied to 2021.  
  • Exhibitors: All exhibitors who have reserved a booth for 2020 will have first right of refusal throughout the Exhibitor Early Bird Registration period for the 2021 ACE show. To hold your 2020 booth space, send confirmation to Michelle Thomsen with your intention to exhibit no later than February 28, 2021.
  • Hotel rooms and condos booked for ACE will be AUTOMATICALLY canceled (if you provided an email). However, should you wish to stay at the hotel during the original conference dates, you can CALL (800) 876-0010 to rebook:  Embassy Suites Reservations: Press Option 2, use code 'EXP'; Kingston Plantation Reservations: Press Option 1, use code 'COA'.
  • Watch your email for FAQ.

Our team will be reaching out with more information and is available to answer any questions.

The Committee regrets that we are unable to hold ACE 2020 this year, but we are happy to reserve the ACE 2020 theme for next year!  Rock of ACEs for 2021 – October 14-16. 
We look forward to keeping you connected to ACE until we meet again in 2021. Take care of yourselves - stay safe, informed, and reach out to us anytime.

The 2020 ACE Show
October 8-10, 2020
Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation

ACE would like to thank all 2019 operators and exhibitors for making our show a great success! The 2020 ACE Planning Committee is hard at work planning the 2020 exposition.


Coca Cola Consolidated

Pepsi Bottling Ventures


USA Technologies


Vendors Supply

365 Retail Markets


Brokers Unlimited

Gimme Vending

Van Products Commercial Up-Fit

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