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    Thought Leader Peter Sheahan to Open 2012 NACS Show

    He works with organizations to provide insights into the changing needs of customers, staff.

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Global thought leader Peter Sheahan has been named the Opening General Session speaker at this year's NACS Show, taking place Oct. 7-10 in Las Vegas. He will deliver his speech on Oct. 8.

    As the founder and CEO of global consultancy ChangeLabs, Sheahan works with organizations and individuals to provide insights into the changing needs of customers and staff, according to NACS’ announcement. He is the author of six books, including bestseller "Generation Y," through which Sheahan was among the first to recognize the Generation Y trend in the workplace, and "Making It Happen," which examines buying behavior and market positioning.

    Sheahan was named the National Speaker Association's 2006 Speaker of the Year and has also been recognized as one of the 25 Hottest New Speakers in America and one of the 25 Most Influential Speakers in the industry, according to NACS, the Association for Convenience and Fuels Retailing.

    "The NACS Show has long been known for delivering world-class workshops and the latest new products and ideas to redefine your business," said NACS Convention Chairman Steve Loehr, vice president of operations support at La Crosse, Wis.-based Kwik Trip Inc. "Peter's global insights on customer and employee behavior will allow attendees to also consider global trends and their ramifications as they use the NACS Show to kick start their 2013 business plans."

    NACS Show retailer, wholesaler and distributor attendees can register for the show and make hotel reservations at www.nacsshow.com. Registration information for suppliers and exhibitors will be available in June.

    Full show registration, including admission to the general sessions, workshops, expo and the welcome reception, is $295 for NACS retailer members and $495 for other retailer attendees. One-day registration is available for $195 for NACS retailer members and $295 for other retailers. These rates are being offered until Aug. 1. Other rates apply for non-exhibiting manufacturers, service providers, brokers and consultants.

    NACS has negotiated room rates for more than 20 hotels in proximity to the Las Vegas Convention Center and attendees can request hotel preferences online beginning April 2. Early submission of housing requests will increase the likelihood that attendees will be able to stay at the hotel of their choice within the NACS Show housing block. These hotels have access to the shuttles for transport to and from the Las Vegas Convention Center.

    Overall, 22,312 attendees were at the 2011 NACS Show in Chicago, a 1.5-percent increase over the previous year’s attendance. Attendees came from a record 58 countries and international attendance was a record 1,913 delegates. Last year’s NACS Show featured a 387,000-plus net-square-foot exposition floor with 1,333 exhibiting companies, including 324 first-time companies. Additionally, the Cool New Products Preview Room featured a record number of products.

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