ACE 2020 Chooses Theme: Rock of ACEs
Where the Vending Industry Meets on the East Coast
March 10, 2020
Contact: Beth Bowen, Show Director: Beth@AtlanticCoastExpo.com
Cary, NC – The 2020 ACE Planning Committee has been hard at work since last October preparing for the 2020 exposition and is pleased to announce the theme selection for ACE 2020 - “Rock of ACEs”.
Karen Harlow, ACE 2020 Chair states, “The theme for the 2020 Atlantic Cost Exposition will be ROCK OF ACEs! Music brings harmony to the world and brings people together. So, pack your bags and head to the beach - we’re going to Party Like Rock Stars! And the best part is that lots of work and fun will happen together.
Early bird booth sales have completed and open registration for exhibitors opened last month for ACE 2020 and there are a few spots left. Operator registration should begin in a couple months as the education team works to solidify yet another stellar program. ACE 2020 will once again be held at the Embassy Suites Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, SC and the show dates are October 8-10, 2020.
2019 survey results from the Operators and Exhibitors alike continue to praise the exposition for its yearly growth, hotel venue, superb education and popular networking opportunities. ACE 2020 will continue to strive to provide that high-quality exposition that ACE attendees continue to come back for year after year!
SAVE THE DATE
: October 8-10, 2020 - “Rock of ACEs”
ACE 2019 Slide Show
Atlantic Coast Exposition (ACE) – ACE 2019 Repeat Sell Out
Exhibit Space 100% Sold Out in May with Most Crowded Show Floor in Years
Contact: Beth Bowen, Show Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
MYRTLE BEACH, SC - The Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation was the site for the Atlantic Coast Exposition (ACE) where operators and suppliers from all across the US gathered to take part in educational sessions, see and show new products and equipment. The theme: “MISSION: ACE – Honoring Veterans” proved to be the most popular theme in the new era – with many exhibitors showing their patriotism. The exhibit hall completely SOLD OUT in May and attendees from dozens of states and Canada took part in this convention that is the largest show of its kind on the East Coast. ACE organizers have heard “best show ever” from among the 1000 attendees and 80 exhibiting companies.
On Thursday, the renewed Golf Tournament took place at Myrtlewood golf course under sunny skies and perfect conditions. There were three educational sessions offered on Friday: A Legislative Update by Eric Dell from NAMA; Technology Culture Session that these experts hit the following topics: Technology’s Impact on the Future of Food Service (Evan Jarecki, Gimme Vending; Integrating Technologies to Reduce Friction & Enable Growth (Bill Bartholic, USA Technologies); The Future of Self-Service Retail: Markets, Data, and Consumer Empowerment (Sharon Peyer, Crane) and Privacy & What You Should Know, Eric Dell from NAMA.
Other events that offered networking opportunities included a celebratory “USO Variety Show” honoring our Veterans with special entertainment by “Letters from Home” and excellent food, plus a “meet and greet” with Veterans and NFL Superbowl Star, Rocky Bleier. Saturday was the popular “ACE Corn Hole Pool Party” and throughout the week, a Fox Hole Pub provided beverages for attendees.
The Saturday ACE Stars & Stripes Awards breakfast gave us a Keynote by Rocky Bleier where he inspired us with his story to “Be the Best You Can Be”. Preceding Bleier’s address, awards were given to the following: NCVA Vendor of the Year: Chris Taylor, Canteen; NCVA Supplier of the Year: Mike Mitchell (Veteran), Vistar. A plaque was also presented to Lance Roper (Veteran) to honor his year-long commitment and valued leadership as the 2019 ACE Planning Committee Chair. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Randy Laster, recently retired from Pepsi Bottling Ventures. First Place Booth awards were given to companies in three different categories that embraced the “Honoring Veterans” show theme. Prizes went to: Single Booth – Mrs. Freshley’s; Multi-Booth – Holiday House; and Mega-Booth – Vendors Supply. In addition, the committee presented plaques to the highest corporate Diamond level sponsors whose generous contributions make ACE 2019 a success. Thank you to ACE Diamond sponsors: Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, PepsiCo Food Service, USA Technologies, Vendors Supply and Vistar. Photos can be seen on the website.
ACE Announces Keynote Speaker: Rocky Bleier
Contact: Beth Bowen, Show Director - email@example.com
“MISSION: ACE – Honoring Veterans” is the theme that ACE 2019 has chosen and Exhibitor space nearly sold out with more than five months remaining until show time! Operators need to get ready - show registration for attendees is set to open mid-May. This heart-warming theme should inspire exhibitors’ decorations and motivate attendees to make plans for ACE 2019 in Myrtle Beach.
The 65th ACE Show Planning Committee is proud announce our keynote speaker for this year.
Vietnam Veteran & NFL Super Bowl Star
Rocky Bleier motivates audiences to keep on striving for greater accomplishments. His dynamic style is coupled with real-life stories that are told from a first-person perspective. Those stories about his fabled comeback from Vietnam injuries to Super Bowl star are utterly inspiring for their courage and determination. He brings it together with a warm, self-reflective humor that audiences really relate to. “Be the Best You Can Be” is a motivational message detailing how ordinary people can become extraordinary achievers. With the same optimism, sense of humor and steadfast determination that were his trademarks as a Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Rocky Bleier takes audiences from his early years through his professional career and talks about the lessons he learned along the way...lessons from which we can all benefit.
Click the links below for more information and a sneak peek of Rocky's presentation.
Rocky's Online Videos
ACE 2019 Chooses Theme - MISSION: ACE Honoring Veterans
Contact: Beth Bowen, Show Director - Beth@AtlanticCoastExpo.com
The 2019 ACE Planning Committee has been hard at work since last October for the 2019 exposition and is pleased to announce the theme selection for ACE 2019 - “MISSION: ACE Honoring Veterans”. Lance Roper, ACE 2019 Chairman states, “This year’s theme not only offers a unique perspective for activities, decorating, and the overall setting - but also reflects a tone of respect and gratefulness to the many veterans throughout American History.”
Ribbon Cutting - 2018 Chairman, Chris Taylor
MYRTLE BEACH, SC - The Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation was the chosen venue for the 64th edition of the Atlantic Coast Exposition (ACE) where operators and suppliers from all across the US gathered to take part in educational sessions, see and show new products and equipment. The theme: "Sand, Sun and Fun at ACE 2018" was spread around across the show - with many exhibitors embracing the Beach Party theme. The exhibit hall completely SOLD OUT for the largest exhibitor showing in ACE history! Participants from dozens of states and Canada took part in this three-day convention that is the largest show of its kind on the East Coast. ACE organizers have heard "best show ever" from attendees and exhibitors and this is especially rewarding since this years' show followed two catastrophic hurricanes prior to opening day.
ACE Announces Keynote Speaker
Will Bowen - Founder of the Complaint Free Movement
Exhibit Space 100% SOLD OUT Months Before Show
“Sand, Sun & Fun” is the theme that sets the stage for ACE 2018. History has been made as the ACE Exhibit Space is completely sold out - 100% - for the first time ever AND it is over five months until show time! Operators need to get ready - show registration for attendees is set to open May 1st! Tropical breezes, warm sand and fun to be had – all while we work - should inspire exhibitors’ decors and attendees to flock to Myrtle Beach in October.
The 64th ACE Show is over five months away and here is another reason to make sure ACE 2018 is part of your plan…ACE is excited to announce our keynote speaker for this year: Will Bowen.
Will Bowen comes to us with his Keynote Title: “Complaint Free Business”. He knows that suppliers to the vending, office coffee and foodservice industries and their employees deal with hundreds of complaints on a daily basis — complaining coworkers, complaining customers. Spend time with Will at our Saturday morning breakfast and expect to leave inspired, mindful of your own complaints, and motivated to approach complaining customers and co-workers with new, simple and effective strategies. Overcome complaining and see how it changes your life and your business!
Will Bowen is an in-demand motivational speaker, a #1 International Bestselling author, the World Authority on Complaining, and Founder of the Complaint Free® movement with over 11 million followers worldwide. You may have seen Will on Oprah, The Today Show, Dr. Oz, Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. Make sure you plan to attend the Awards Breakfast on Saturday, October 13th to hear Will!
ACE Announces Hurricane Relief Donation
and Silent Auction Breast Cancer Fundraiser
ACE 2017's theme "Kick Up Your Spurs" will offer Operators a full line-up of quality educational sessions and networking events centered around our old west theme. The 63rd ACE, is just over three weeks away and Operator registrations are streaming in with Exhibitor Booths at high numbers. Hotel rooms were added to our block with plenty of rooms on the Kingston Plantation property to be close to all the action at the all-in-one meeting venue.
ACE is proud to announce a $2500 donation to Hurricane relief after the devastating storms Harvey and Irma have blasted our eastern US. To continue our generosity, ACE also is holding a SILENT AUCTION to benefit Breast Cancer to be held in the ETON ROOM to the left of the Westminster Hallway. Please participate to help us give more!