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    Registration Opens for RBG's Independent C-store Expo

    Event will be held March 18, in Burr Ridge, Ill.

    LISLE, Ill. -- Registration is open for Royal Buying Group Inc.'s (RBG) annual Independent C-store Expo, which will be held Thursday, March 18, 2010, at the Burr Ridge Marriott Hotel in Burr Ridge, Ill.

    The 2010 expo will feature trade show floor and meeting space, networking and educational seminars on various topics for convenience store operators. Educational seminars will begin at 1 p.m. with the trade show opening at 4 p.m. and closing at 8 p.m.

    "The independent store operator comprises nearly two-thirds of the c-store universe, but has been the hardest group for suppliers to reach economically," RBG President Michael Zielinski said in a statement.

    Speakers will include convenience store industry experts, supplier representatives and a special celebrity guest who will be revealed at a later date, according to RBG.

    In addition, an advisory board of current independent c-store industry veterans was established to help guide topics and content, the company stated. The advisory board includes:

    -- Julie Boente, JF Boente Sons, Inc., Carlinville, Ill.
    -- Ken Reichert, GROWMARK, Inc., Bloomington, Ill.
    -- Carol Davis, University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago
    -- Denise Zervos, Zervos Shell, Mount Prospect, Ill.
    -- Weldon Theobald, Danville Petroleum LLC, Danville, Calif.

    The event will also feature the presentation of Supplier and Member Awards, along with the announcement of the two winners of the eighth annual RBG Scholarship Program.

    "The reception has proven to be an excellent format for introducing the new year's programs to our members and convey the benefits to prospective members," Angela Angelilli, RBG's director of sales, said in a statement. "Members and vendors alike have enjoyed the informal atmosphere, exchanging of business ideas and camaraderie between all involved in past years. This year's event is shaping up to be even bigger and better then ever."

    For more information and to register, visit www.i-c-expo.com. A block of hotel rooms were set aside for attendees, and can be reserved using the aforementioned Web site, or by contacting Katie Ames at (630) 353-7952, or [email protected].

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