"I like the Management Conference – it draws the right people together in the industry to discuss and share ideas. The format of the conference always offers the best opportunity for all facets of our industry to get togehter.”
— Larry Aasheim, Founder, Universal Athletic
"The very first time you go to a conference, you will be impressed and want to come back. The ability to pick up the phone and talk to somebody that you’ve met – that’s just invaluable, you can’t put a price on that.”
— Don Bates, President, Allen Sports Center
“The conference provides the opportunity to interact with key industry individuals and discuss ways to make my business better utilizing their expertise.”
— Bob Fawley, Owner & President, Capitol Varsity Sports
“The Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit is a great event. I enjoy getting a fresh look into the sporting goods business and learning new techniques to apply to my everyday work. The chance for great interaction with team dealers from across the country is invaluable to the relationship building that our business is built upon.”
— Eric Flowers, Team Dealer Sales Manager, Gared
"I have a wonderful time at the event and had the opportunity to speak to people I normally don't have the chance to talk to throughout the year. I had such a good time that when I got home I was still bubbly from the excitement and experience."
— Betsy Frey, Owner, Holyoke Sporting Goods Co.
"The conference feature[s] a great variety of seminars and social events that [are] both interesting and applicable not only to the sporting goods industry as a whole, but specifically to me as a team dealer…NSGA really put[s] on a first-class event and I look forward to attending future conferences.”
— Mike Gonsiewski, Sales Manager, Kampus Klothes
"My wife and I love using the conference as a business holiday. It is a great way to come to the states [from Canada] and see everyone while having fun. I will see you in May."
— Brady Hood, Operations Manager, Olympian Sports Excellence
"The NSGA Management Conference is an opportunity for you to learn the tools that you need in your tool belt. They make it easy to find information and also an easy avenue to be able to connect with the people who can help you in your business.”
— Bob McArthur, President & CEO, Johnny Mac’s Sporting Goods
"The NSGA Management Conference is by far one of the greatest conferences you can attend. You get the opportunity to meet with fellow retailers, vendors and heads of companies; you get to know each other personally, but also talk business.”
— Ralph Parks, President, RT Parks, Inc.
“The Management Conference is a great place to build upon new business plans and to test out potential business strategies with industry leaders. You can’t beat the setting, it’s great to network with our dealers and see what’s going on and pick their brains a little bit, so we can be better.”
— Brett Stahl, VP & GM, Stahls’
"What I like best about the conference is the ability to have face-to-face conversations with both suppliers and [retailer] peers."
— Ron Stein, Vice President, Frank's Sport Shop
"NSGA is the event at which the industry comes together. Key accounts, manufacturers, sales agents, independent sporting goods stores and team dealers — all the key players can be found there."
— Sean Sullivan, Director of Sports Marketing, Under Armour
"[NSGA] keeps the educational sessions moving… they break it up in a nice way and even have fun events.”
— Bruce Ullery, President & CEO, MC Sports