Conference & Summit

Schedule of Events

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Noon - 4:30 PM 

Locker Room Registration & Information Desk Opens

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM 

First Time Attendee Tailgate IconNEW THIS YEAR! First Time Attendee Tailgate 
Connect with fellow first-timers to break the ice, make networking easier and learn how to get the most out of the conference.


4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

three openersNSGA Starting Line-Up 
Welcome remarks from NSGA Chairman David Labbe, SVP Finance & Administration, Kittery Trading Post, and NSGA President & CEO Matt Carlson, followed by an inspirational tee off from this year's celebrity speaker Hank Haney

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

PAINSGA Welcome Rally sponsored by Payment Alliance International
Start the festivities with hors d'oeuvres, drinks and local fanfare. Connect smoothly over local tequila tasting and friendly yard games at your leisure.


Monday, May 22, 2017

7:00 AM

Locker Room Registration & Information Desk Opens

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Scott McKainKeynote Kickoff: "Collapse of Distinction," Competition in the Industry
Scott McKain, CSP, CPAE, bestselling author, business leader and hall of fame speaker, will talk openly about competition, what we can all do to create more compelling connections between suppliers and distributors and how businesses can stand out among rivals and choices.

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9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Time Out Networking Break                     SISU Mouthgaurd
Sponsored by Akervall Technologies

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Daniel SiebergConference Track: "Digital Diet," How Technology is Transforming our Lives from Relationships to Business to Identity
Daniel Sieberg, Senior Marketing Manager, Google, will talk about digital marketing and how one stays on top of the ever-changing and transformative digitally-connected world.

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Ken SundheimNEW THIS YEAR Summit Track Speed Round I: How to Deal with the Competitive Labor Market 
In this session Ken Sundheim, Founder & CEO of KAS Placement, will discuss developing talent from within versus recruiting from others in the industry. He will speak to the ups and downs of salesperson acquisition and what you can do to protect your business from the practice. 

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Increase Sales
NEW THIS YEAR Summit Track Speed Round II:
Generating Additional Sales
Hear first-hand new areas that have the potential to produce high profit margins from a panel of experts.


10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

D & H LogoTime Out Networking Break
Sponsored by D&H Distributing                                        


11:00 AM - Noon

Nick BiltonGeneral Session: Emerging Technology and Changes in the Industry
Nick Bilton, Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair and CNBC contributor specializing in technology for businesses, will speak about emerging products, technology advancements, changes in price points and customer expectations.

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Noon - 1:00 PM

NSGA Innovations Arena
Halftime in the NSGA Innovations Arena
Networking Lunch

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Robert RichmanConference Track: How to Appeal to the Next Generation through Company Culture
Robert Richman, Author of the Culture Blueprint, will provide a systemic guide to an alluring company culture and high performance workplace.

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1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

NetworkingNEW THIS YEAR Summit Track: Structured Product Networking
NSGA has eased the process of product distributor and supplier communications by facilitating meetings between top brands and dealers. By registering for the conference dealers and suppliers will automatically become a part of this select group that will have scheduled meetings arranged for the conference.

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Mickey Newsome"Mr. Newsome's Neighborhood Walk" Stretch your legs and walk the beautiful Scottsdale trails with Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Famer Mickey Newsome.



 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mickey NewsomeMonday Night Lights Finish the day with hors d'oeuvres, open bar, live entertainment and more. Enjoy the relaxed environment to network with leaders from across the industry.



 Tuesday, May 23, 2017

7:00 AM

Locker Room Registration & Information Desk Opens

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Tee Off Networking Breakfast Buffet

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Hear experts from inside and outside the industry provide fundamental and practical solutions that make your business more efficient. Together, we will be on the ground going through the ins and outs on how to use everyday applications that leave you with real world actionable insights.

Speed Session Topics Include:

How to be Competitive Without Dropping a Ton of Cash
Simple Tech Tips to Be More Efficient & Profitable With Staff and Customers
Upcoming Rule Changes that will Affect Your Inventory
Barriers of Sports Participation
Advocacy Issues Affecting Your Business
How to Advertise & Compete Against Direct Online Sales Without Breaking the Bank

Participants Include:

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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Michael Parrish DuDellGeneral Session: Deconstructing the Millennial Employee: How to Attract, Engage and Retain the Best and the Brightest Young Talent
Michael Parish DuDell, bestselling author, Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business and host/co-executive producer, The Next Crop, will reveal the most effective ways to gain, train and retain the very best young talent.

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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

NSGA Innovations ArenaHalftime in the NSGA Innovations Arena Networking Lunch

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12:30 PM

MarkwortNSGA Official Golf Tournament
Power Swing Longest Drive Contest
Brought to you by Markwort Sporting Goods

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6:30 PM

Hall of Fame62nd Annual Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony
Honor 2017 Inductees Larry Aasheim of Universal Athletic and Kevin Plank of Under Armour

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