Daily on the Show Floor
Surf Expo has a full line up of seminars to give you tips and tools to for your retail business. Held daily on the stage on the show floor, the seminars are free, so be sure to take advantage the great learning opportunities throughout the show. The seminars are hosted by Board Retailers Association, the non-profit association representing independent action sports retailers.
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Thursday, September 8
Tips for Buying at Surf Expo
Steven ‘Fish’ Fisher, Sr. Buyer Relations Manager, Surf Expo
Surf Expo is a big show and can be a little intimidating, especially to a First Time Buyer! At over 250,000 square feet and multiple categories you likely have questions. Whether this is your first show, or if you just need a few pointers on handling your time and schedule, please join Surf Expo’s Fish for a quick briefing on the ins and outs of the shows. This How-To is a must and will teach you the lingo of the show, best practices on getting the brands you want to carry and marketing yourself for success. Steven ‘Fish’ Fisher is the Sr. Buyer Relations Manager for Surf Expo. His background includes retailing buying, store design and product development.
Amazon And You: How to Maximize the Partnership
Mike Duncan, CEO, Sage Island Marketing
Amazon is a behemoth, there’s no doubt about it. So instead of working against it, put it to work for you. Discover how you can use it to sell to millions of customers, significantly increase sales, and acquire loyal shoppers for your business. In this session, Sage Island CEO Mike Duncan will show you to how expertly navigate the world of Amazon and to use it as a tool to build your business. Mike Duncan is the CEO and Creative Director of Sage Island Digital Marketing, an agency which has spent the last 20 years at the forefront of internet marketing. An innovative thinker and entrepreneur with expertise in start-ups, turnaround, and rapid growth, Mike’s ability to analyze key business drivers and develop compelling strategies has produced countless success stories.
CPR For Drowning and Other Cardiac Events – Do you know the difference?
Justin Sempsrott, Executive Director, Lifeguards Without Borders
Did you know that CPR for Drowning and other causes of cardiac are different? In Drowning, the heart stops because there is no more oxygen, so breaths and compressions are vital. This session will use videos of actual drowning patients to discuss these differences and tell you what to do in the critical first few minutes of a drowning. Justin Sempsrott has been an ocean lifeguard since1996, founded Lifeguards Without Borders and serves as their Executive Director. He has been named Lifesaver of the Year by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and received the Presidents Award from the National Safe Boating Council. He currently works in Northern Nevada as an Emergency Medicine, EMS, and Flight Physician.
Friday, September 9
Social Media 101: From Zero to Hero
Mike Duncan, CEO, Sage Island Marketing
Building a strong social presence for your business is no longer an option – it’s essential. During this session, Sage Island CEO Mike Duncan will discuss how to help your business thrive socially and beyond. He will share the top 10 tips to make your company stand out on the top platforms and reveal how to turn them into business drivers. Mike Duncan is the CEO and Creative Director of Sage Island Digital Marketing, an agency which has spent the last 20 years at the forefront of internet marketing. An innovative thinker and entrepreneur with expertise in start-ups, turnaround, and rapid growth, Mike’s ability to analyze key business drivers and develop compelling strategies has produced countless success stories.
Paddle Industry Statistics, Then and Now
T.J. Turner, Education Coordinator, ACA
THE SUP INDUSTRY: FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A NON-PROFIT ENTITY FOCUSED ON SAFE PADDLING PRACTICES
This presentation will focus on relaying information from a number of statistical resources for paddlesport participation throughout the industry. The premise of this discussion will be to inform others of the current laws and best practices, discuss standards as they may currently reside, and further understand the problematic areas of safety concerns that have arisen with the incoming paddling public to the sport of SUP. T.J. Turner is the Education & Outreach Coordinator for the ACA, representing Canoe – Kayak – SUP – Raft – Rescue.
The 2016 State of Surf Report and Panel Discussion
Kailee Bradstreet, Editor & Norb Garrett, EVP/GM, TEN The Enthusiast Network & TransWorld Business.
A comprehensive snapshot of the surf market and panel discussion including retail trends, consumer behavior and brand rankings. Kailee Bradstreet, Editor & Norb Garrett, EVP/GM, TEN The Enthusiast Network & TransWorld Business
Saturday, September 10
The Importance of Great E-Commerce Photographic Content
Maurits Teunissen, CEO of StyleShoots
This presentation will address: How speed, efficiency, quality and consistency are key elements to build your brand, positively impact your bottom line and drive higher sales conversions on your website.
Maurits Teunissen is the CEO of StyleShoots BV, an offspring of Visual Retailing Holding BV which he co-founded in 2004. Maurits leads the company with a heart that beats for sales, exciting ventures and energetic team efforts. He is also the external face of StyleShoots, meeting press, customers and politicians. Maurits is a serial entrepreneur delivering software and services to the fashion industry for over 20 years. Prior to founding StyleShoots, he was Managing Director at RunTime (now Infor). In the 1980’s, Maurits worked at Apple Inc.
American Made Surfboards In An Ever Changing Retail Environment
Kenny Briel, Shaper & Owner, Savage Surfboards
Explore the importance of American made surfboards in a retail product mix and how ‘Made in the USA’ can improve your bottom line. Kenny Briel has been shaping boards for more than 45 years and owns Savage Surfboards and Ocean Avenue Surfboards. Kenny’s classic approach to board building and selling have given him great success through the years.