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ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- NACStech went back to the futurist with the announcement of a closing speaker at its May show.
Instead of tapping Michael J. Fox or his Marty McFly "Back to the Future" character however, NACS selected Michael Rogers a speaker at its closing session during its NACStech trade show, set to take place from May 21 to 23 at Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort.
Rogers, a futurist and technology author, last spoke at NACStech during its 2009 show. During his speech then, Rogers told attendees that tablet-like devices would become commonplace. Nine months later, the Apple iPad was released and the rest was history.
Rogers has served as "futurist-in-residence" for the New York Times and Newsweek's technology guru, and has advised many companies including FedEx, Boeing, NBC Universal, Pfizer, Microsoft and Siemens.
"Michael Rogers is an exceptional fit for NACStech because he will not only tell attendees what is next, but what it means to their businesses, and how they can prepare," said NACStech Chairman Ed Collupy, who also serves as vice president of retail and POS systems for The Pantry Inc.
Social media guru Paul Ollinger was previously announced as the opening general session speaker for NACStech.
NACS expect more than 1,200 to attend NACStech. Convenience Store News is once again the exclusive media partner of NACStech.