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Workshop at NSGA Conference Will Examine Future of Retailing

The future of retailing in the 21st Century will be examined in a guided workshop at the 44th Annual NSGA Management Conference May 4-7, 2008 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, Ariz.
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December 2007
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MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – The future of retailing in the 21st Century will be examined at the 44th Annual NSGA Management Conference May 4-7, 2008 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, Ariz.

Futurist Ed Barlow, President of Creating the Future, Inc., will discuss the huge impact that 21st century structural changes will have on retailing. Attendees will learn how better to anticipate and prepare for the changes in the way they will do business in the future.

Following the presentation, attendees will participate in a guided workshop to help apply the insights imparted by Barlow to their respective businesses.

Workshop discussion leaders are Dick Coffey, President, Olympia Sports Center; Larry Harris, President, Don Coffey & Associates; Russ Hopcus, SVP-Sales, adidas America; Mark Lardie, SVP/GMM, Famous Footwear; Craig Levra, Chairman, President & CEO, Sport Chalet, Inc.; Ken Meehan, EVP, Dunham's Sports; Beth Menuet, EVP/GMM, Academy Sports & Outdoors; Curt Munson, Owner, Playmakers, Inc.; Bob Puccini, President, Mizuno USA Inc.; Jeff Rosenthal, VP/Merchandising, Hibbett Sports, Inc.; and Todd Vore, President, Implus Footcare LLC/Sof Sole. Barlow's presentation and workshop are sponsored by The NPD Group.

“This workshop has expanded its scope from athletic footwear to all of sporting goods retailing, and Ed Barlow is the right person to help retailers recognize the changes that will be necessary in the future,” said NSGA President & CEO Jim Faltinek. “Everyone at the workshop will discuss Barlow's findings during the workshop portion of the session, and the discussion leaders will report key points made by their groups.”

The Management Conference title sponsor is the Sport Finance Program from GE Money. Team Dealer Summit co-sponsors are Mueller Sports Medicine, Russell Athletic, Sporting Goods Dealer and the NSGA Team Dealer Division.

A complete schedule of speakers, panel discussions, workshops, networking time and social activities has been posted on the NSGA website (www.nsga.org) and will be included in brochures that will be mailed in January.

For more information, please contact Sue Wenderski or Chuck Suritz at NSGA, (800) 815-5422, or e-mail: info@nsga.org.

About NSGA:
NSGA, which has served the sporting goods industry since 1929, organizes and hosts the annual NSGA Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit, the sporting goods industry's premier educational and networking event (Next: May 4-7, 2008 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, Ariz.).

For more information on NSGA member services, visit the Association home page (www.nsga.org); call Rhonda Onuszko at NSGA, (847) 296-6742, Ext. 131; e-mail: ronuszko@nsga.org; or fax (847) 391-9827.

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