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Las Vegas Market to host special retail event

Las Vegas Market has announced that it will partner with three leading non-profit retail groups for an exclusive educational event at the summer market

Las Vegas Market has announced that it will partner with three leading non-profit retail groups – Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals (AHVRP), Museum Store Association (MSA) and Zoo & Aquarium Buyers Group (ZAG) – to host an exclusive educational event at the Summer 2016 Las Vegas Market, July 31-August 4, 2016.

A unique roundtable session, titled Non-Profit Retail: Navigating the Challenges and Opportunities will take place Tuesday, August 2, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., in Building C.

“Las Vegas Market is extremely excited to engineer the gathering of these three top associations and their members to address critical issues impacting non-profit retailing,” says Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers. 

“As the leading furniture, home decor and gift destination in the western United States, Las Vegas Market is committed to supporting industry growth by fostering communication about crucial industry concerns.”

This special retail roundtable session boasts a star-studded lineup of some of the very brightest minds in non-profit retailing. Moderator Shelley Stephens of South Pasadena, CA-based Shelley Stephens + Associates, will lead lively, wide-ranging discussions on a diverse array of vital topics, including:

• What best practices most impact your business?
• How do you make your store a meaningful facet of the larger organisation?
• What approaches develop yours as the destination shop?
• How do justify to administrators the tangible impact of your store?
• How do you uniquely position your store in your community?

According to Stephens, “I keep hearing museum store managers talking about the Las Vegas Market because it offers them fresh, new and interesting products across all categories. A seminar tailored to museum store – and other non-profit retail – needs,, where managers can get answers to their questions, network with their peers and learn best practices, adds even more value to this wonderful Market.”

Each of the three associations represents a unique and thriving non-profit retail segment. The Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals (AHVRP) encompasses 1,200+ hospital gift shop buyers, managers and director of volunteer services nationwide. It is a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association, which is the premier professional membership society for health care volunteer services, retail operations and related support services disciplines. Participating experts from AHVRP include: Susan Krassow, Inspira Health Network, Elmer, NJ; Kristyn Ireland, North Ottawa Community Health System, Grand Haven, MI; and Lilly Stamets, UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, CA.

The Museum Store Association (MSA) is a nonprofit, international association dedicated to advancing the success of non-profit retail professionals and non-profit institutions. Now it its 60th year, MSA boasts 900 institutional and individual buyer members nationwide, including botanical gardens, children’s museums, art museums, science museums, historical societies and more. Participating experts from MSA include: Susan Tudor, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville, FL; Kathryn Rush, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL; Beth Ricker, New Mexico Museum of Natural History, Albuquerque, NM; and Andrew Uchin, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA.

The Zoo & Aquarium Buyers Group (ZAG) is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization for 330 merchandise buyers from zoos, aquariums, theme parks, nature centers and other wildlife facilities, institutions and attractions across the United States. Participating experts from ZAG include: Tommy Brown, Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis, MO; Michael Davis, Cameron Park Zoo, Waco, TX; Yvonne Miles, San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA; and Laurie Vanderwal, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Eureka Springs, AR.

Participation in the roundtable session is free, and limited to the first 80 participants. To register, visit: A boxed lunch will be served.

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