PRSM members aim high and reach wide during final PRSM National Conference

PRSM members aim high and reach wide during final PRSM National Conference

Not even a late Spring snow storm could stop the final PRSM National Conference from being a major success. From changing the branding of the association from PRSM to Connex, to the motivational keynote address by Mel Robbins, PRSM members rocked the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center for three days.

PRSM members from across the nation arrived early to participate in the PRSM Foundation Top Golf tournament, learn about and tour Cannabis store operations and tour the Denver Bronco’s stadium.

Action ramped up Monday afternoon as a snow storm rolled in during the Opening Reception, but the cold white stuff didn’t put a chill on the action as members used the latest high-tech to make thousands of connections that were immediately uploaded to their personal conference app.

Tuesday morning, the General Session saw a transfer of PRSM power as Jonathan Bauer, Sr. Director Store Development, Gap Inc, and PRSM Board Chair for the last two years, hand over the reins to Myriah Kingen, Director, Facilities Management, DaVita Kidney Care, the incoming Board Chair for 2019-2020. The new 2019-2020 Board was also introduced.

The session was highlighted by world-renowned speaker and author, Mel Robbins. She helped the audience learn how to use her now famous Five-Second Rule to make better business and personal decisions, break bad habits and take their life to a new level.

At the end of the General Session, PRSM rolled out the biggest change in the association’s history announcing that PRSM will now be known as Connex. The branding change was a six-month process directed by the PRSM Board of Directors and staff involving extensive member and industry research. You can read more about the new brand in the special issue of Connexus Magazine which will arrive at your doorstep soon.

During the Awards Luncheon, PRSM presented the PRSM 2019 industry awards to outstanding companies and individuals who have contributed to the success of the industry and the association. You can read more about the awards here.

Between the General Session and Awards Luncheon, the Retail Quick Connect provided suppliers the opportunity to meet with dozens of retailers in person.

The Exhibition Hal opened Tuesday afternoon filled with more than 400 exhibitors, all ready to meet with the hundreds of retailers attending the conference. During the show, the PRSM Foundation helped attendees look their best by providing a Headshots Lounge that provided professional makeup and photography services for a small donation to the Foundation.

Wednesday has been packed with dozens of educational sessions and the Exhibit Hall was open until mid-afternoon when members packed up to prepare for the closing night celebration scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening.

For complete coverage of the final PRSM National Conference, please read the May/June issue of the new Connexus Magazine to be delivered in late May.

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