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PRSM 2018 National Conference

Get ready to rock n’ roll at PRSM2018 National Conference April 9-11, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee! Hundreds of PRSM retailers and suppliers will connect, collaborate and contribute to this three-day conference at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, deep in the heart of Music City.

“We love Nashville and the vibe it will bring to our conference,” said LeeAnn Norton, VP of Global Events at PRSM. “Our attendees are great people, and putting them in a great location where they are all under one roof is vital!”

Beyond networking, PRSM2018 National Conference is a time for retailers and suppliers to have fun and give back. On Saturday, April 7, from 1:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M., the PRSM Charity will conduct its annual work day to help restore a local charitable facility. Volunteers and local suppliers are needed to help complete the project.

PRSM will host the Annual PRSM Golf Classic on Sunday, April 8 at the Gaylord Springs Golf Links. Tee time is at 1:00 P.M. and an awards reception will follow.

Pre-conference sessions kick off Monday, April 9 with PRSM Board and Committee meetings, and the Retail Quick Connect – a rapid-fire, speed-dating type of one-on-one session where suppliers can meet with retailers to discuss their products and services – followed by the PRSM2018 Welcome Reception.

Gary Vaynerchuck, one of the most sought after public speakers alive today and a four-time New York Times bestselling author, will keynote the PRSM Annual Awards and Sponsor Luncheon, Tuesday, April 10. Suppliers and Retailers will enjoy separate networking breakfasts, and the Exhibition Hall will open immediately following the Awards Luncheon.

“Any way you look at it, retail is undergoing disruption of epic proportions,” said Bill Yanek, CEO of PRSM. “PRSM secured a keynote speaker who thrives in this type of business climate. When you add Gary to our marquee meeting location in Nashville, we have the ingredients for a very memorable conference.”

Day two is all about education and exhibits. National Conference is a learning experience for every attendee. More than a dozen educational sessions will be presented by seasoned FM professionals. Topics will include the value of building your FM network, lessons learned from women in leadership, maintenance information sessions, and so much more. In the exhibit hall, join hundreds of supplier companies at the industry’s premier and largest trade show for retail facilities professionals where you can see product showcases, demonstrations and services in action.

What better way to close out National Conference in Nashville than rocking out to country music legends whose roots run deep in Music City? Nashville-based country music group, Diamond Rio, will provide closing entertainment on Wednesday night. The band has sold more than 10 million albums, won a Grammy Award, a Dove Award, six Vocal Group of the Year wins (CMA and ACM), released two Greatest Hit albums, earned five multi-week no. 1 singles, 22 Top 10 singles, three certified Platinum and five Gold albums, released an autobiography – and with zero band member changes.

“We wanted to go with a good Nashville feel for our closing entertainment,” Norton said. “Diamond Rio has so many hits and is a great band to sing and dance to. It’s the final event of the conference. After networking, learning and selling, it will be fun for everyone to relax and have a great time.”

With so many things to see and do in Nashville, the possibilities for fun are endless. From touring Music Row to concerts to sporting events and festivals, the days before and after National Conference are full of exciting activities.

Registration for PRSM2018 National Conference is open! For more information or to register, please visit   

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Gary Vaynerchuk is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and co-founder of VaynerMedia, a full-service digital agency servicing Fortune 500 clients across the company’s four locations.

Gary is one of the most sought after public speakers alive today. He is a venture capitalist, four-time New York Times bestselling author, and an early investor in companies such as Twitter, Tumblr, Venmo and Uber. Gary has been named to both Crain’s and Fortune’s 40 Under 40 lists.

In addition to running VaynerMedia, Gary also serves as the CEO of holding company VaynerX, which houses VaynerMedia and new publishing company, The Gallery. Gary serves as a partner in the athlete representation agency VaynerSports and restaurant reservations app Resy.

Gary also runs DailyVee, an online documentary series, and hosts #AskGaryVee, a business and advice Q&A show online.

He recently launched his podcast, The Gary Vaynerchuk Audio Experience, and appears with Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and on Apple’s first original series, Planet of the Apps.

Nashville Highlights:

1. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: Visit the world’s largest popular music museum and see the ever-changing exhibits featuring the legends of country music and today’s hottest country stars.

2. Music Row and historic RCA Studio B: Take a tour of Music Row and stop by RCA Studio B where Elvis, Dolly Parton, Chet Atkins and many others recorded classic hits.

3. The Parthenon: Visit the world’s only full-scale reproduction of the ancient Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The Parthenon houses an art gallery and museum as well as the world’s tallest indoor sculpture.

4. Grand Ole Opry House Tours: Take a backstage tour of the Opry House – a must-see for country music lovers.

5. Special Events:

Nashville Fashion Week – Apr 3-7, 2018

Nashville Predators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets hockey game – Apr 7, 2018

Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival – Apr 14, 2018

Steel Magnolias Play – Apr 6-7, 2018

Wicked the Musical – Apr 10; 12; 14, 2018

By: Kendall Carlson

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