2019 ABL Annual Meeting Registration Now Open

Retail Beverage Licensees Will Explore “The Challenge of Change” in Las Vegas on March 24-26

BETHESDA, MD – OCTOBER 11, 2018 – American Beverage Licensees (ABL) announced today that registration is now open for the 2019 ABL Annual Meeting, being held March 24-26, 2019 at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. ABL’s signature annual event brings together on- and off-premise beverage licensees to celebrate their important role within the Three-Tier beverage alcohol industry. Registration is available online for $299, which includes access to all general sessions and ABL hospitality events + a COMPLIMENTARY 2-day pass to the Nightclub & Bar Show 2019 Expo Hall & Sessions (Valued at $499).

General Sessions at the ABL Annual Meeting will provide attendees with the latest updates on the beverage alcohol industry from on- and off-premise industry experts.  Presentations, interactive panel discussions and briefings will address strategies for beverage retailers to improve their businesses, product trends, and the alcohol policy environment.  Additional information regarding speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

“The meeting’s theme, The Challenge of Change, underscores that the beverage alcohol industry is changing faster than ever, which presents opportunities but also requires vigilance,” said ABL Executive Director John Bodnovich.  “We’re eager to examine the issues facing beer, wine and spirits retailers as they evolve to meet their customers’ needs while still operating in a regulated and orderly beverage alcohol market.”

In addition to educational and informational sessions, the ABL Annual Meeting will include a range of hospitality events designed with networking in mind so that beverage licensees can interact with their peers from across the country and meet with executives from other tiers of the beverage alcohol industry.  As part of the meeting, ABL will host the ABL Honors Gala reception and dinner, celebrating leading beverage retailers with the “Retailer of the Year” awards and recognizing the 2019 ABL Top Shelf Award honoree Craig Purser, President & CEO of the National Beer Wholesalers Association.

BOOK TODAY: ABL has secured room block for the 2019 ABL Annual Meeting at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Please note that room availability at the reduced ABL costs (Saturday, March 23: $120.00 + $35.00 daily resort fee + applicable taxes/fees | Sunday, March 24 – Tuesday, March 26: $85.00 + $35.00 daily resort fee + applicable taxes/fees) is on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the room block is filled, ABL is unable to guarantee rates and availability. As such, we encourage attendees you to reach out to your members and remind them to book now!

ABL welcomes a variety of sponsors for the Annual Meeting, which provides brands and companies with a means of maximizing their exposure and sharing their products with leading beverage retailers and state retail trade associations.  Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels and can be customized to fit sponsor goals.  More information is available by contacting the ABL office at 301-656-1494.

Please click here to register today! For more information, please visit www.ablusa.org.

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American Beverage Licensees is the preeminent national trade association for beverage alcohol retailers. Direct retail beverage alcohol sales in the United States generate more than $122 billion in economic impact and two-million well-paying jobs. ABL’s thousands of on-premise and off-premise licensee members are independent and often family-owned establishments.  These business owners and their employees pay over $27.9 billion in federal taxes and $19.9 billion in state and local taxes. To learn more about ABL, visit www.ablusa.org.