Speakers Announced for NBWA’s 76th Annual Convention

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The National Beer Wholesalers Association’s (NBWA) 76th Annual Convention and Trade Show will take place September 29 — October 2, 2013, atCaesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The General Session will feature an outstanding lineup of speakers including keynote appearances by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, co-hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Gen Y expert Jason Ryan Dorsey and leading demographer Jim Johnson.

As the face of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, former Congressman Joe Scarborough ignites early morning audiences with his no-holds barred political commentary. Balanced by his Democratic co-host Mika Brzezinski and flanked by diverse guests, Scarborough pulls from his experience as an influential player in Republican politics and leads candid discussions about the important issues facing America each day. As popular on stage as he is on TV, Scarborough brings the same energy to his speeches with his signature off-the-cuff commentary. As a veteran journalist and bestselling author, Brzezinski gives audiences a smart, savvy and insightful perspective on the news of the day.

Scarborough and Brzezinski have been widely applauded for bringing something new and different to morning television. Morning Joe has consistently beaten CNN and Headline News in the ratings since 2011, and MSNBC said Morning Joe does particularly well among Washington’s power players. GOP consultant Mark McKinnon said, “Morning Joe has become the most influential show in politics. Anyone who is anyone in politics, or cares about politics these days, is plugged into the program.”

The co-hosts will offer NBWA Convention attendees a dynamic and fast-paced perspective on the current political and media landscape and the headlines of the day.

Jason Ryan Dorsey, The Gen Y Guy├Æ, is an acclaimed speaker, bestselling author and award-winning entrepreneur. His book Y-Size Your Business reveals 50 creative, inexpensive ways to increase Gen Y’s workplace performance. He has appeared on TV shows including 60 Minutes, TODAY, The View and 20/20. Among his clients are Fortune 500 companies McDonald’s, Kraft Foods and General Electric. Dorsey will share with Convention attendees his insights on how to lead and manage across generations.

Jim Johnson is a professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Ph.D. whose research focuses on the workforce and the workplace implication of post-1990 demographic changes in the U.S. He was selected by Fast Company magazine as one of the “17ÔǪbrightest thinkers and doers in the new world of work.” Is 60 the new 40? How will the aging population affect beer sales? What will the next generation of beer consumers look like? Johnson will answer these questions and more as he dives into the world of changing demographics and how these changes will affect the future of the beer distribution industry.

“NBWA is excited to offer a dynamic Convention program with insightful speakers, 23 education seminars taught by the industry’s leading experts and a Trade Show filled with vendors featuring innovative products and services for beer distributors,” said NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser.

With more than 260 exhibitors, this year’s Trade Show offers the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of new services and products. Attendees can discover new resources to help improve business in a relaxed atmosphere, while enjoying a cold beer delivered by America’s beer distributors. Members of every sales and operations team will want to take full advantage of this two-day event.

Registration is available online at www.nbwa.org. Hotel accommodations at Caesars Palace can be made online, or by calling 1-866-227-5944. The negotiated room rates for NBWA Convention & Trade Show attendees are: $199 plus tax per night for the Forum Tower or $203 plus tax per night for the Palace, Octavius and Augustus Towers. The meeting space is located in the Palace Tower. The room block cut-off date is Thursday, September 5, 2013. Don’t delay. The NBWA guest room block can sell out prior to that date. Once the block is sold, rooms and rates cannot be guaranteed.

For more details, please visit the Convention page of NBWA’s website at http://nbwa.org/convention. Follow #NBWAVegas on Twitter for additional updates.


The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents the interests of America’s 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributor operations in every state, congressional district and media market across the country. Beer distributors are committed to ensuring alcohol is provided safely and responsibly to consumers of legal drinking age through the three-tier, state-based system of alcohol regulation and distribution. To learn more about America’s beer distributors, visit www.AmericasBeerDistributors.com. For additional updates from NBWA, follow @MrBeerGuy on Twitter and visit www.facebook.com/Mr.BeerGuy.

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