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102nd Annual Convention
March 20-23, 2019
Atlantis Resort
Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas

For 2019 we look to the unavoidable changes ahead as we celebrate our 102nd Anniversary. We delve into the future of money and look at the vast changes coming with payments, security and cryptocurrency. We seek to keep your future effective, profitable and vibrant. Please join us for three days of networking, fellowship and important information sharing.

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The Magnificent Atlantis Resort

For all USA and overseas attendees a valid passport is required to enter the Bahamas.
Be sure your valid passport does not expire within ninety (90) days of your entry date.
You will also be required to show proof of anticipated departure from the Bahamas. For more information:


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2018 101st Annual Convention Pictures (Courtesy of BrushExpert.com)

    MARCH 20 - 23, 2019


    Program Highlights and What's New

    Wednesday March 20, 2019

    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Presented by ABMA Educational Institute

    Meet the Pros - "An interactive industry roundtable event"

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    We enjoy learning from our peers. Everyone is curious about what their co-manufacturers/competitors/customers are doing, or have done concerning certain industry related topics that affect everyone. Envision a room with approximately 8 - 10 tables and 90 total minutes (or less) for people to rotate around from table to table, every 10 minutes. Completely open format. Visit one table or all ten. Or something in between. Our "pros" come from within our industry.

    More information and topics to follow...

    Thursday March 21, 2019

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    6:30 AM-7:15 AM

    Join ABMA's yoga instructor Rachel Hack from Epic Resins for a wonderful early morning yoga wake up session.
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    Eric Garland - "The Future of Money"

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    The economy is supposed to be a clean, quantifiable process:

    • A producer brings a good or service to market.
    • A customer comes to market with a need.
    • They arrive at a price that works for both parties.
    • Hurray! A commercial transaction takes place, numbers go up, and everybody is happier!

    This has been the way the system has worked for centuries. Yet today, due to the explosive development of mobile computing, the world of commercial transactions is about to become a lot more dynamic, flexible, and complex.

    The question is: are you ready?

    Bitcoin, that computer-based, anonymous crypto-currency, went from a strange project to a global phenomenon in a period of months.

    The disruption of European state economies has shaken confidence in the Euro, leading to a dramatic resurgence in local currencies that can't be used in financial speculation.

    In places where the economy is suffering the most, gray market bartering has resurfaced as a way of doing business.

    And we haven't even yet covered the sharing economy, from AirBnB to Lyft!

    My name is Eric Garland and I work with national governments, states and major businesses on the social, economic, and technological trends that will produce the greatest opportunities as well as the greatest risks in the future.

    I also study major trends for people who have to make big decisions. I am the executive director of Competitive Futures, where I provide strategic and competitive analysis to executives from business and government agencies.

    I am also known to give keynote speeches and play bass.

    The Ocean Club Golf Course
    12:30 PM - 6:00 PM

    ABMA's annual scramble tourney is a great way to network, meet old friends, make new friends and have some fun.


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    Challenging, masterfully-conceived and stunningly beautiful, the Tom Weiskopf-designed Ocean Club Golf Course offers guests of Atlantis every element for the perfect round. This 18-hole par 72 championship course stretches over 7,100 yards on Atlantis, Paradise Island Oceanside's peninsula, where crosswinds challenge even the most experienced players.

    *Please make your club rental arrangements directly on the website or using the registration form.
    Please be sure to specify mens or womens left or right.
    Club rentals include a set of clubs and 2 sleeves of balls.

    Be a Hole In One Sponsor

    The ABMA Scramble Tournament fee includes greens and tournament fees, golf cart, range balls and prizes.

    For Ocean Club Golf Course Information and Tee Times: https://theoceanclub.ezlinks.com

    Ocean Club Pro Shop: 242 363-6682

    For additional area Course Information: https://www.bahamas.com/things-do/golf

    Friday March 22, 2019

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    6:30 AM-7:15 AM

    Join ABMA's yoga instructor Rachel Hack from Epic Resins for a wonderful early morning yoga wake up session.
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    8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Grand D Ballroom
    Visit the Suppliers Display to see the latest products, ideas and components. Visit with old friends and make new ones in this exhibitor showcase that is a hallmark of every ABMA Convention. For 2019 we are using a pre-planned meeting schedule to allow for 10 minute scheduled conferences, and we eliminate the expense for the Suppliers of bringing your Pop Up Display to the Bahamas.

    ABMA suppliers display is from 8-12.

    • Supplier stays stationary at their table with chairs for visitors.
    • Open format for the first 2 hours allowing people to move around the space freely and sit down with suppliers of their choice.
    • Pre-Scheduled 10 minute "power meetings" for the remaining time allowing for higher-level discussions. People rotate as per their schedule.
    • Scheduled meetings are determined weeks in advance by using scheduling software which can be accessed here: COMING SOON
    • Note that meeting selection process is never perfect. It is hard to accommodate all requests. This is why there is open time, which allows people to meet regardless of their schedule.

    Suppliers: Bring only what can fit on the table and this rule applies to everyone to keep things fair.

    Allowed Items

    Price Sheets
    Tabletop Lit racks
    Counter Cards
    Sample products
    Laptop to stream video and share reporting

    Not Allowed

    Free Standing floor display
    Banner stands
    Large table top displays
    Wall hung displays

    Stuffed Toy Craft for Charity
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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    This activity is free to participants and is limited to the first 30 who sign up.

    Dolphin Interaction
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Dolphin Cay

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    Wearing a wetsuit and sitting in waist-high water, you will have the chance to get close to the dolphins, face-to-face,
    feeling that personal connection. The sounds you will hear are called vocalizations. The excitement you see as the
    dolphin swims and jumps is simply their way of playing.
    Limited to just 10 guests at a time, this intimate interaction begins with an orientation and includes 30 minutes in the water.
    This family favorite is open to guests of all ages and swimming abilities. Children under 10 years of age must have an
    adult family member or guardian participating with them in the shallow water. Cameras are allowed but be advised the cautions needed around salt water. Wet suits, towels and changing rooms, showers and lockers are included.

    Please join us
    Price $170 each

    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Big Deck

    For 2019 we relax and celebrate our great industry.
    Come out for an evening of great food, music, dancing, fun, and with a few surprises along the way.
    Dress: Business casual or resort casual.

    Mr. Greg Miller Public Relations Chair

    Saturday March 23, 2019

    Enjoy a free networking and fun day on your own.

    Tuxedo Rentals

    Grandeos Management Fee: $10.00/ Per Tuxedo

    Details: Attendees would be fitted 2 weeks before the event at their local Mens warehouse store and delivery of Tux will be sent to our location. Delivery Price is TBD depending on amount of tuxedos rented. Pricing is based on a Minimum coat and pants rental.

    Onsite Fitting Rooms (Based on 3 draped stalls)

    Price: $915.00

    Fitting room pipe and drape will be placed against the wall with 3 adjacent rooms. Client to provide Grandeos with a hotel meeting room on Tuesday March 21, 2017 or Wednesday March 22, 2017 for a minimum 5 hour block for tuxedo dressing rooms and fittings.

    Classic Tuxedo Style

    Price Range: $49.99 plus tax/ Each

    Includes: Basic 1 button tuxedo package with jacket, pants, shirt, bow tie, cummerbund, studs and cufflinks. (No vest or shoes)

    Deluxe Tuxedo Style

    Price Range: $89.99 Plus Tax / Each

    Includes: Basic 1 button jacket, pants, shirt, any tie, any vest, studs, cufflinks, tuxedo shoes and socks.

  • General Meeting & Program Information


    • Brochure for Download
    • Preliminary Schedule of Events
    • Tours, Activities and Special Events
    • General Information, Dining and Entertainment
    • Getting There
    • Convention and Hotel Registration Information

    MARCH 20 - 23, 2019


    Who Can Attend?

    The American Brush Manufacturers Association is open to member companies and their representative delegates, companions (spouses or significant others) and their children. Attendees may register under one of the following categories:

    A delegate is a representative of a member organization. Any attending organization must send at least one delegate.

    One Day Attendee
    A one day attendee is an additional delegate representing a member organization, already sending a delegate, who will only be at the convention for one day (usually the Suppliers Display day). This is to encourage member companies to bring additional purchasing and sales representatives for increased networking.

    A companion is the spouse or significant other of a registered delegate, and is not an employee of the attending organization.

    Your children are welcome. Ages 0-4 are free. Ages 5-18 are at the child rate. Children 18+ should register at the companion rate. If your child is now in the business and working the convention then they should be registered as a delegate.

    Schedule of Events


    500p - 530p
    Directors' Finance Meeting Atropos
    530p - 600p ABMA Foundation Board of Directors Meeting Atropos

    800a - 920a
    Convention Committee Breakfast Meeting Athena
    Public Relations Committee Meeting
    Membership Committee Meeting
    1100a- 600p Registration / "Gathering Place" Grand Foyer West
    Statistical Committee Lunch Meeting Athena
    100p - 150p
    Safety & Standards Committee Athena
    230p - 300p
    All Division Meeting
    300p - 500p ABMA All-Attendee Educational Institute Adonis
    600p - 700p New Members & First-Time Attendees Welcome Reception
    Dragon's Patio

    Dress: Business Casual
    700p - 900p Welcoming Reception
    Dig Deck

    Dress: Business Casual

    630a - 715a Sunrise Yoga with Epic Resin's Rachel Hack
    700a - 830a
    Continental Breakfast Grand ABC
    730a - 200p
    Registration / "Gathering Place" Grand Foyer West
    800a - 850a Opening Business Session - President's Welcome Grand ABC
    900a-1100a ABMA All-Attendee Educational Institute
    Grand ABC
    Supplier Display Setup Grand D
    1100a-1230p Lunch on own
    100p - 600p Golf Scramble Tournament Ocean Club Golf
    630p - 730p Mid Convention Reception
    Dig Deck
    730p Dinner on Own - Be advised that March is a very busy Month so make your reservations early!!

    630a - 715a Sunrise Yoga with Epic Resin's Rachel Hack
    700a - 830a Continental Breakfast Grand ABC
    700a - 745a Supplier Display Setup Grand D
    Registration / "Gathering Place" Grand Foyer West
    ABMA Suppliers Display Grand D
    Companion Program
    1200p - 100p Buffet Lunch Grand ABC
    200p - 545p Tour: Dolphin Experience
    Dolphin Cay
    Suppliers' Reception Royal Deck

    Come out for an evening of great food, music, dancing, fun, and with a few surprises along the way.
    Dress: Business casual.


    700a - 900a Continental Breakfast Grand ABC
    830a - 1030a
    ABMA Board of Directors Meeting
    900a Networking Activities on your own - Be advised March is a very busy month so make your activity arrangements early!

    General Information, Travel, Activities & Registration


    Come discover Atlantis. Atlantis is your portal to a truly Bahamian experience. Atlantis, Paradise Island features the world's largest open-air marine habitat; Aquaventure, a 141-acre water park, including the iconic Mayan Temple's Leap of Faith slide; 11 incredible pools; five miles of magnificent beaches; a Tom Weiskopf-designed 18-hole, oceanfront golf course; and the Atlantis Casino.


    For local sightseeing, activity and additional information:

    Trip Advisor Paradise Island

    Restaurants Nassau Paradise Island

    Nassau Paradise Island Visitors Guide


    For dinner reservations at the resort's restaurants


    Mandara Spa
    Award-winning Mandara Spa at Atlantis brings together ancient Balinese healing touches, traditional European therapies and natural elements indigenous to The Bahamas. Taking of the Waters offers warm and cold plunge pools as well as steam and sauna rooms in both the women and men's private lounge areas. Additionally, couples can enjoy the Couple's Spa Suite and the women's area includes a relaxing aromatherapy room while the men can indulge in exclusive "Time for Men" barber services or watch the plasma TV in their lounge room.

    Getting There

    For an interactive map:


    Atlantis Resort Paradise Island (Nassau), Bahamas

    From Nassau Int'l Airport (Lynden Pindling) (NAS) (approximately 18.5 km):

    One Casino Drive
    Paradise Island, Bahamas
    Tel: +1 242 363-3000

    Take John F Kennedy Dr, West Bay St to Paradise Beach Dr. Travel 18.5 kilometers (11.5 miles) to the resort.

    Airport Transportation to the Atlantis Resort

    Shuttle / Taxi service is available from the airport to the hotel.

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    Hertz Logo 2011Hertz Meeting Attendee Discount Number for 15% off qualifying rates: Use PC# 137480 . Reservations may be placed online by using the link provided or through Hertz Meeting Sales Desk within the U.S. or Canada at 1 800 654 3001 or 1 405 749 4434. In international locations, call your nearest Hertz reservation center. When booking reservations through Hertz reservations, please reference the PC# as shown above or identify our group by name (ABMA) to the reservationist. View the Hertz Meeting Rate Sheet


    For ABMA events, comfortable and casual dress is appropriate. Daytime attire is casual and sportswear is customary (golf shirts and slacks or shorts for men: slacks, shorts or skirts/dresses for ladies). Evening activities are "nice" informal or daytime business casual attire and may include sport coat for men; pantsuits, slacks, skirts/dresses for ladies.

    For 2019,
    the Suppliers Reception is a relaxed party to celebrate our great industry. Feel free to come dressed in business casual or resort casual wear.
    This event includes a dance floor so please consider appropriate footwear.


    Paradise Island average daytime temperatures in March are in the High 70's (F). Night time temperatures average in the low 60's. Rainfall averages 2.75" in March.

    10 Day Forecast

    Registration Information


    Take advantage of the "Early Bird Discount." If you register by February 1, 2019, you and your company will be listed in the advance program available online to all attendees prior to the convention, as well as save money on your registration fees. Registrations received after the deadline will appear on the supplemental registration list, available only at the meeting. Please note: a companion is a spouse or significant other, and the One Day Fee must accompany a fully paid delegate. For ABMA 2019 Annual Convention you may either register, using the enclosed insert or register, pay all of your fees, and renew your 2019 dues online!

    Register and secure your hotel room before the deadline as March is always a sellout month for hotels. Once the registration and room block deadlines pass the leftover rooms get sold out quickly so DON'T WAIT!

    Dues Renewal and Attendee Registration (Online Store Opens Jan 1). Please remember only the company's key contact may renew dues, and must be shopping for the COMPANY to do so.

    ABMA Online Store

    You can pay your dues online and register yourself and others in your organization for the convention online using the ABMA Online Store. Once you have completed an online transaction for dues payment simply "continue shopping" and register for the upcoming ABMA Convention. If you are registering for yourself and or companion then you may easily register through the regular portal. If you wish to register for yourself and other members of your organization, please use the "Group Registration" function. To register a group please register EACH kind of attendee separately (delegate, One-day, etc). Spouses and guests are added later.


    The Hotel reservation deadline is February 1, 2019.
    Reservations made after the deadline will not be guaranteed at the group rate and space may not be available.

    Atlantis Resort and Spa
    One Casino Dr
    Paradise Island, Bahamas
    +1 242 363-3000

    Reservations: Reservations +1 800 386-4786
    Event ID: ABMA. American Brush Manufacturers Association. See below for online reservations.
    Room Rates (Single/Double): $309 Resort Room
    Online Reservations: Please use Online Reservations as the preferred choice

    There are upgraded rooms available. Please contact the hotel for pricing and availability.

    Rates will be extended three days prior and three days after the meeting, pending availability. Rates are subject to taxes (currently 12.27%). Porterage and housekeeping fees are at the discretion of the individual. Check in time is 4:00 PM. Checkout time is 12 noon.

    You are responsible for making your own room reservations, and will be required to adhere to the resort's confirmation, deposit, guarantee and cancellation policies.

    Beware of Unauthorized Hotel Solicitations

    ABMA's official housing vendor is the host hotel named above. Attendees and exhibitors should be cautious of other companies that:

    • Call you directly and claim they are official housing partners and have the best rates for the ABMA Convention. The host hotel Resort will never call you directly to solicit a reservation.
    • Claim to be affiliated with Atlantis or ABMA by offering discounted hotel rates, which often can be too good to be true.
    • Ask you to provide your contact information and credit card details, and require full pre-payment in advance.
    • Claim to have availability at their advertised hotels, but may take the money for the rooms, then later cancel without refund to you.

    When booking your hotel for the meeting, please be sure that you are booking through the link provided through ABMA and contact ABMA HQ if you are approached by a company making the above claims. The following companies have previously solicited attendees and exhibitors for hotel rooms and should be ignored:

    • The Convention Housing Authority
    • Convention Housing
    • Convention Housing Services
    • Convention Rooms
    • CMI Event Travel
    • Exhibition Housing Services
    • Exhibition Housing
    • Exhibitors Housing Management
    • Global Expo Travel
    • Global Housing Management
    • Global Housing Services, Corp
    • Gulliver Travels
    • HLS Global
    • National Travel Associates

  • Convention Attendee Registration, Travel and Room Reservation Links

    Quick Links for Convention Registration, Hotel, Travel


    ABMA 102nd
    (OPENS JAN 1)

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    Atlantis Resort and Spa
    Event ID: ABMA (phone res only)
    +1 800 386-4786
    +1 242 363-3000
    Click on the link above for e-reservation

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    Only the individual Key Contact of
    your organization may conduct
    membership transactions

    Hertz Logo 2011
    15% off: PC# 137480
    1 800 654 3001 in USA
    1 405 749 4434

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    Limo Services
    Bahamas Experience Tours
    242 356-2985

  • Attendee Information

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    • Attendee Registration List
      Suppliers Display Exhibitor Kit
    • Suppliers Exhibitor List and Layout
    • Exhibitor Contract and Policies
    • Golf Tournament Pairings
    • Convention Evaluation Online
    • Convention Evaluation Form for Print
    • Convention Evaluation Results
    • Post Convention Photo Gallery - Courtesy of Brushwork Magazine
    • President's Welcome

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