EMDA’s 2023 Fall Convention will be held October 31 – November 2, 2023 at the Sheraton Kansas City hotel at Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
Registration material for the 2023 Convention will be available by August 1, 2023
Meeting and networking opportunities are the main reason attendees and exhibitors participate in the Fall Convention and EMDA strives to provide the most effective structured means to enable such interaction. But, while Business Program registrants are filling their time with manufacturer and supplier interviews, spouse/guest registrants can take part in the numerous social events.
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Arrival day for most attendees.
Registration Desk & the Communications Center – Be sure to stop by the Registration Desk to pick up your badge. The Communication Center features profile cards for each convention attendee.
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Joint Opening Session & Breakfast – The EMDA and FEMA Joint Opening Session is designed to bring the members together to “kick-off” their conventions with a dynamic presentation that will set the tone for an intensive week of appointments and meetings.
The Joint Opening Session will feature Christopher Carter presenting The Credibility Advantage: Using Body Language to Sell your Product, your Service, and Yourself. Everybody is in sales. Because no matter what your job title or position, you’re always selling yourself! Christopher shows how to identify when your prospect is ready to buy, and how to communicate so that they’re always buying YOU.
Christopher Carter is the body language expert that helps businesses build relationships. He shows sales and customer service professionals how to harness the power of body language to achieve astonishing results. And when he stresses the importance of “reading between the lines” of human behavior to build relationships, establish trust and credibility, and truly listen to the customer, he offers more than just words. People reading has never been this much fun! Sell more, create more loyal customers, and build more productive teams with one of the world’s most entertaining communication experts.
Spouse/Social Program: Meet & Greet Brunch and Shopping Shuttle
10:30a to 3:30p: Reconnect with your EMDA and FEMA friends – and make new ones during brunch. Then head to the Country Club Plaza to explore the open-air shopping and dining destination in the heart of Kansas City. 15 Iconic Blocks, and known for its annual Plaza Art Fair and Holiday Lights, the Plaza’s design was inspired by Spanish architecture, boasts more than 75 unique statues, fountains and one-of-a-kind artwork and has been a Kansas City tradition for more than 100 years. Home to more than 120 Shops & Eateries with a one-of-a-kind curated mix of national and local retailers and restaurants, more than 50 unique to Kansas City. https://countryclubplaza.com/
A shuttle bus will run between the Sheraton Kansas City hotel at Crown Center and the Country Club Plaza from 11:30a to 3:30p
The EMDA Partners Party – Wednesday concludes with a fun tradition, the EMDA Partners Party bringing reps and distributors together with the manufacturers that they do business with. The party is a “Thank You” to the manufacturers who understand the value that the EMDA network of distributors and reps provides in bringing their products to the marketplace.
Thursday, November 2, 2023
Joint Industry Breakfast Buffet – When you don’t need to schedule a full-blown private appointment, but still need to make contact with certain suppliers – why not meet for breakfast at the Joint Breakfast Buffet.
Joint Industry Reception – Thursday concludes with the Joint Industry Reception. Meet your friends for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at this party sponsored by the two associations party – a celebration of great meeting completed – and the perfect time to get in some last minute face-to face with attendees from both FEMA and EMDA.
Joint Farewell Outing – Join us for one final joint networking event. FEMA and EMDA staffs are working out final details for a fun, off-site “farewell” outing. Shuttle buses will run from 6:45p to 9:15p.
Friday, November 3, 2023
Main departure day to head home from Kansas City. Or take advantage of group rate at hotel and extend your stay for the weekend.