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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 cyber-currency. 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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    MARCH 21 - 24, 2018


    Program Highlights and What's New

    Wednesday March 21, 2018

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

    Carlos Hidalgo - "Thingalytics: Challenges and opportunities of IoT, Big Data and data driven marketing"

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    With sensors in every thing, we now have an Identity of Things as much as we have an Internet of Things (IoT). Winning in digital business is a team sport. The effect of digital technology is the blurring of distinction between creating value in the tangible world of the physical and creating value out of the data that comes from sensing and controlling the tangible world. Products and services will be transformed, as will marketing. Learn the opportunities of IoT, Big Data, and data driven marketing in social media as Carlos delivers actionable outcomes using B2B marketing strategies to stand out in the channel through personalization and customization of messaging to prospects and customers.

    Thursday March 22, 2018

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    6:30 AM-7:30 AM
    Marshalls Outpost

    Join ABMA's yoga instructor Rachel Hack from Epic Resins for a wonderful early morning yoga wake up session.
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    Ken Gronbach - "Demographics, Big Data and Millennials Change Everything"

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    Kenneth W. Gronbach is a gifted keynote speaker and nationally recognized author, expert and futurist in the field of Demography and Generational Marketing. He makes the science of shifting demography come alive with real life examples which make it relevant to today's culture, business climate and economy. With nearly three decades experience in retail advertising and marketing, Ken saw the direct results of shifting demographics in his clients' profits. Eventually, his passion for the subject changed the direction of his career, to the benefit of readers of his books and attendees of his keynotes and other presentations.

    Westin Kierland Golf Club
    1:00 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.

    The Westin Kierland Golf Club provides three 18-hole combinations. Named after indigenous plant life found on the course, Acacia, Ironwood and Mesquite offer three championship-style nines - each with its own flavor and strategy.

    Emerald green fairways are etched into golden-colored desert grasses, sweeping over constantly changing elevations to flawless greens. More than three hundred bunkers guard the way, along with lakes, dry desert washes and strands of desert trees. The signature TifEagle greens offer up subtle contours that challenge even the best players.

    *Please make your club rental arrangements directly through the Pro Shop at the Westin Kierland Golf Club +1 480 922-9283 . Please be sure to specify mens or ladies left or right.

    Be a Hole In One Sponsor

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

    For Westin Kierland Golf Club Course Information and Tee Times: http://kierlandresort.com/scottsdale-golf-resort/

    For additional area Course Information and Tee Times: https://www.golfnow.com/tee-times/destination/phoenix-scottsdale/search

    Friday March 23, 2018

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    6:30 AM-7:30 AM
    Marshalls Outpost

    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
    Herberger 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.

    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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    Each team will be given all the pots, pans, kitchen tools, and ingredients to create their masterpiece. During the culinary experience our panel of judges will walk from team to team and give suggestions while our "Iron Chef" gives a play-by-play. Our judges will be scoring their entree on taste, plate presentation, the creativity of the ingredients, and best all around. Remember a good chef is a clean chef so table presentation is also important. Judges will be looking for creativity, humor, originality, execution and how well they present their entree. Teams will have to work together to complete all tasks on time.
    A combined score of the tasting and entree presentation will give us our Iron chefs of the day, and will walk away with themed prizes.

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


    2:00 PM - 5:45 PM

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    Join us for a scenic and enjoyable river float trip to see the majestic Arizona scenery. Led by professional river guides, this trip includes all transportation, safety equipment, bottled water, multiple passenger rafts, dry bag, first aid kit, and life jackets.

    We suggest you bring soft soled shoes, sunglasses, shorts, t-shirt, hat and sunscreen. Not recommended for expectant mothers, individuals with serious health conditions. Weight restrictions apply.
    Price $249 each

    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Marshalls Outpost

    For 2018 we celebrate the return of America's favorite pastime: baseball spring training. The Phoenix area is host to much of baseball spring training.
    Every start of the new season hope springs eternal.
    Come out for an evening of great food, music, dancing, fun, and with a few surprises along the way.
    Dress: Business casual. Better yet come dressed in your favorite team jersey from any sport. Root, root root for the home team!

    Saturday March 24, 2018


    Herberger Ballroom
    8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

    Mr. Greg Miller Public Relations Chair

    Herberger Ballroom

    Ryan Jenkins - "Hiring, Retaining and Managing Millennials"

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    Ryan began work as a sales professional in the technology industry after graduating from Miami University (OH) with a degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. As a Millennial himself, it didn't take long for him to notice and experience first-hand the friction between generations in the workplace.

    To better understand this workplace issue, Ryan began extensively researching, collaborating with industry experts, and interviewing hundreds of Millennials to better understand their behavior, strengths, employer expectations, and career desires.

    This led Ryan to launch a blog in 2012 and a podcast in 2013 focused on helping leaders and organizations to better understand the emerging generations so they can better lead, engage, and sell to Millennials and Generation Z. Today, Ryan's content reaches 1,000s of people every week.

    In 2015, Ryan became a columnist for Inc.com. His column, Next Generation Insights, reaches 100,000s of people every month.

    In 2016, Ryan and his business partners launched 21Mill, the first ever micro-learning platform designed specifically to develop Millennials. 21Mill offers a proven and effective way to develop any company's Millennial workforce.

    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

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

    App event code: abma2018

    MARCH 21 - 24, 2018


    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.


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    who fully underwrote its development, the entire contents of the convention booklet are now directly accessible to your smartphone. You can get meeting information, exhibitor and attendee information, dining, recreation, etc from your smartphone and even chat and tweet to other attendees in real time.

    Direct Download link for the app: https://crowd.cc/s/15ft2

    Direct Download Link for the event: https://crowd.cc/abma2018
    Or, use your smart device to scan the QR codes below to save download instructions to your phone or pad device.
    Event Password: abma2018

    Direct Download QR Code for the Event

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    QR Codes

    ABMA continues the use of QR codes. You will see them throughout the convention. A better, faster, more accurate way to transfer information.

    Want to learn more about QR Codes? Select the right software for your phone.

    Download QR Code scanner software from iTunes (iTunes Preview)

    Download QR Code Scanner software from Android market
    AT & T Code Scanner

    Schedule of Events


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

    800a - 920a
    Convention Committee Breakfast Meeting Kirkland
    Public Relations Committee Meeting
    Membership Committee Meeting
    1100a- 600p Registration / "Gathering Place" Herberger West
    Statistical Committee Lunch Meeting Kirkland
    100p - 150p
    Safety & Standards Committee Kirkland
    230p - 300p
    All Division Meeting
    300p - 430p ABMA All-Attendee Educational Institute Herberger
    430p - 600p
    Bonus Networking Time

    600p - 700p New Members & First-Time Attendees Welcome Reception
    Stargazers Terrace

    Dress: Business Casual
    700p - 900p Welcoming Reception
    Northern Sky Terr

    Dress: Business Casual

    630a - 730a Sunrise Yoga with Epic Resin's Rachel Hack Marshalls Outpost
    700a - 830a
    Continental Breakfast Herberger N Foyer
    730a - 200p
    Registration / "Gathering Place" Herberger W Foyer
    800a - 850a Opening Business Session - President's Welcome Herberger
    900a-1100a ABMA All-Attendee Educational Institute
    Supplier Display Setup Herberger
    1100a-1230p Lunch on own
    100p - 600p Golf Scramble Tournament Kierland Golf
    630p - 730p Mid Convention Reception
    Mapmakers Terr
    730p Dinner on Own

    630a - 730a Sunrise Yoga with Epic Resin's Rachel Hack Marshalls Outpost
    700a - 830a Continental Breakfast Herberger
    700a - 745a Supplier Display Setup Herberger
    Registration / "Gathering Place" Herberger W Foyer
    ABMA Suppliers Display Herberger
    Companion Program
    1200p - 100p Buffet Lunch Herberger
    200p - 545p Tour: River Float Trip

    Suppliers' Reception Marshalls Outpost

    Theme: Spring Training. We celebrate the home of America's favorite pastime baseball spring training.
    Come out for an evening of great food, music, dancing, fun, and with a few surprises along the way.
    Dress: Business casual. Better yet come dressed in your favorite team jersey from any sport. Root,root root for the home team!


    700a - 900a Continental Breakfast Herberger
    830a - 930a
    Closing Business Session Herberger
    930a - 1100a ABMA All-Attendee Educational Institute Herberger
    1100a - 230p ABMA Board of Directors Meeting Noble Boardroom
    630p - 700p Board Reception Brittlebush
    700p - 930p Board Dinner Brittlebush

    General Information, Travel, Activities & Registration


    Enjoy the essence of Arizona. This inspiring retreat, located in the heart of "new" Scottsdale, will fill you with a sense of old Arizona and delight you with a fresh, modern destination.

    In keeping with the Resort's "Essence of Arizona" theme, the Scottish traditions at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa serve to pay homage to the contributions made by Scottish immigrants to the development of Arizona's railroads, mines and towns.

    The Resort pays tribute to the state's Scottish immigrants each evening with its "Scottish Pipes at Sunset" series. Guests are encouraged to gather around the fire pit at the Dreamweavers Canyon to enjoy the Scottish bagpipes played by Master Bagpiper Michael McClanathan.


    For local sightseeing, activity and additional information:

    Trip Advisor Scottsdale

    Yelp Scottsdale

    Scottsdale Visitors Guide


    For dinner reservations at the resort's restaurants


    Agave, The Arizona Spa
    A retreat designed to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit, Agave, The Arizona Spa offers treatments inspired by traditional practices handed down through many of Arizona's native cultures as well as therapies infused with healing traditions from the best practices all over the world.
    Our popular Scottsdale spa also takes inspiration from its namesake, the indigenous Agave plant, which is used in many of the spa's treatments to provide guests with its moisturizing benefits.

    Situated along a citrus-tree lined pathway within its own courtyard, the Spa's amenities include:

    • 20 treatment rooms
    • movement studio
    • WestinWORKOUT® fitness studio featuring state-of-the-art cardio and strength-training equipment
    • men's and ladies' locker rooms, each with a whirlpool, sauna and steam room
    • juice bar
    • full-service salon

    Plus, guests can enjoy the Spa's relaxing courtyard garden and quiet lap pool. Cabanas surround the pool garden, providing guests with private areas for outdoor relaxation and spa therapies.

    • All guests of the Resort receive complimentary use of the WestinWORKOUT fitness studio, located at Agave, The Arizona Spa. The WestinWORKOUT fitness studio is open 24 hours with room card access.
    • Resort guests participating in the daily Resort Services Charge or those receiving a 50-minute spa service will receive complimentary access to the spa facility and fitness studio on the day the service is rendered. Spa facilities include sauna, steam room, whirlpool, relaxation area and locker use.
    • Guests who do not participate in the daily Resort Services Charge or who do not receive a 50-minute spa service will be charged $20 per day for unlimited access to spa facilities and fitness studio.



    FlowRider Information for Riders


    • Kierland FlowRider™ is only accessible to guests of The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa and The Westin Kierland Villas
    • Riders must be at least 42? tall to bodyboard (safety standard)
    • Riders must be at least 52? tall to flowboard (safety standard)
    • All riders 17 and younger must have liability waiver form (below) signed by a legal guardian
    • All adult riders must sign a liability waiver form
    • Reservations required
    • Please arrive 20 minutes prior to scheduled time for waiver review and to receive a wristband
    • Limit one rider per lane at a time (Four riders minimum to run; Eight riders maximum per lane)

    Getting There

    For an interactive map:


    Westin Kierland Resort Scottsdale

    From Phoenix Sky Harbor Int'l Airport (PHX) (approximately 19 miles):

    6902 E Greenway Pkwy
    Scottsdale, AZ, 85254
    Tel: +1 480 624 1000

    Take I-10 West to AZ 51 North. Take exit 12 to E Greenway Rd. Travel 4.5 miles to the resort.

    Airport Transportation to the Westin Kierland Resort

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


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    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 2018,
    the Suppliers Reception is a "Spring Training" party to celebrate baseball and your favorite sports team. Feel free to come dressed in the jersey of your favorite sports team.
    This event includes a dance floor so please consider appropriate footwear.


    Phoenix average daytime temperatures in March are in the low 70's (F). Night time temperatures average in the high 50's. Rainfall averages 0.99" in March.

    10 Day Forecast

    Registration Information


    Take advantage of the "Early Bird Discount." If you register by February 1, 2018, 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 2018 Annual Convention you may either register, using the enclosed insert or register, pay all of your fees, and renew your 2018 dues online!

    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, 2018.
    Reservations made after the deadline will not be guaranteed at the group rate and space may not be available.

    Westin Kierland Resort and Spa
    6902 E Greenway Pkwy
    Scottsdale, AZ 85254
    +1 480 624-1000

    Reservations: +1 480 624-1000 Starwood Central Reservations +1 800 354-5892
    Event ID: ABMA2018. See below for online reservations.
    Room Rates (Single/Double): $289 Resort Room
    Online Reservations

    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.

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    Westin Kierland Resort and Spa
    Event ID: ABMA2018 (phone res only)
    +1 800 354-5892
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    Click on the link above for e-reservation

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

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    Group Code: CV05330001
    1 800 654 2240
    1 405 749 4434

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    $2.00 Off Shared Ride
    10% Off Exec Car or SUV Services

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