Beckett Announces Industry Summit Plans – Celebrating Hobby Success – Beckett Media is excited to announce the 2020 Industry Summit will take place as scheduled September 13th-16th at the beautiful Westgate Hotel & Resort in Las Vegas.
Industry Summit Co-Host Ted Barker said, “Throughout the nationwide pandemic we have been in constant contact with key partners. We have monitored the Covid-19 statistics in Las Vegas. We considered contingency plans including a virtual summit or cancellation, if the situation dictated. “
Recently, a survey was sent to each 2019 summit attendee and to collectors via Beckett’s social media platforms. Meetings were held with sponsors, manufacturers, distributors, licensors and the Westgate Resort. The overwhelming response was to produce the Summit as planned in Las Vegas.
Despite the nationwide shelter-in- place restrictions, the trading card category has continued to thrive. The Industry Summit will be a celebration of the continued success.
“These are extraordinary times in our industry and our country.” said Panini Vice President of Sales & Product Development DJ Kazmierczak. “We can think of no better way to celebrate the impending return of “new normal” business than to gather in Las Vegas in September and lead discussion into how we will continue the incredible industry momentum we’ve all created and managed. Our entire Panini America team has always felt that a collaborative Industry Summit is of the utmost importance in building this incredible marketplace we’re all a part of. We look forward to seeing our business partners and promise that we will provide some memorable moments and content for all those in attendance. Our thanks to the Beckett Media team for seeing this as the same great opportunity we do.”
Jason Howarth, Panini’s Vice President of Marketing added, “This year, will be an even more important year for us to gather at the Industry Summit to learn how we all responded to the pandemic and continue to form valued relationships as we continue to grow the category.”
The Beckett team has worked throughout the year to produce a summit that is informative, fun and exceeds expectations of each attendee. Based on feedback from the very successful 2019 event, improvements include more channel-specific breakout sessions, a new Meet The Industry format and Product Showcase. An outstanding keynote address speaker will be announced soon. These changes were made to benefit attendees and sponsors while celebrating the industry’s success and momentum.
Memorable activities are scheduled each day, including Sunday’s NFL-themed kick-off event, Southern Hobby’s Fantasy Sports Breaks giveaway party, a Panini sponsored event, a golf tournament presented by Peach State Sports, Magazine Exchange’s bowling extravaganza, and a special surprise for all attendees from GTS Distribution. The NBA and eBay are among other returning key partners. Upgrades have also been made to the food menu offerings.
Barker noted, “The Industry Summit website will be updated beginning June 15 with registration information. We will be uploading the schedule soon and posting major announcements as they occur.”
The Westgate created a series of new safety protocols throughout the resort and convention spaces. A new special rate of $69.00 per night plus resort fee is being offered to attendees, with all rooms upgraded to the new Luxe level. www.WestgateCares.com
Please visit www.theindustrysummit.com for hotel reservation details and Summit registration.
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