NBWA's Annual Convention

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NBWA's 77th Annual Convention will be held September 28 - October 1, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Register online using the above link, or complete the hard copy registration form and return it to NBWA. If you have any registration questions, please contact NBWA Senior Manager of Registration Diane Mahoney at 800-300-6417 or dmahoney@nbwa.org.


Back by popular demand, the product showcase gives NBWA associate members the opportunity to showcase products and services during a non-trade show year. In its third year, the product showcase has grown in size and participation. View a list of exhibitors participating in this year's showcase and the floor plan.


The general session will feature a diverse lineup of speakers, including appearances by one of America’s best-loved political couples, Mary Matalin and James Carville, and former Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill.

Mary Matalin and James Carville will give attendees an enlightening and entertaining look at today's most important political issues, a behind-the-scenes look at Washington politics and a preview of what to expect from this year’s midterm elections. 

Former Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill has deployed more than a dozen times, and he held combat leadership roles in more than 400 combat missions in four different theaters of war. Having trained more than 800 special operations and tactical operators, O’Neill will share his unique expertise and translate his elite SEAL team training into high-impact, actionable insights on leadership, decision-making, operating in uncertain environments and how to become the “best of the best.”


Before you head out to New Orleans, download the NBWA convention mobile app today! For iPhone and Android users: Visit the App Store or Play Store on your phone and search “NBWA.” Make sure to select the 2014 NBWA Annual Convention app.

Or, for all Web-enabled devices: Enter http://m.core-apps.com/nbwa2014 into your mobile browser to be automatically directed to the proper download for your device.

Here are just a few ways you can use NBWA’s convention mobile app to enhance your convention experience:

  • Personalize your attendee profile
  • Network with fellow attendees
  • Customize your schedule of seminars and events
  • Plan your Product Demonstration Showcase experience with an interactive map and exhibitor listings
  • Receive the latest updates and industry news from NBWA
  • Follow the #NBWANOLA conversation on social media
  • View event photos in the photo gallery


Make your hotel reservation at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans online by clicking here, or call 1-888-421-1442 and indicate you will be attending the NBWA Annual Convention. The special negotiated room rate is $240 plus taxes per night. The NBWA guest room block cut-off date is September 3, 2014; however, the room block can sell out prior to that date. Don't delay. Once the block is sold, rooms and rates cannot be guaranteed. 

Due to overwhelming demand, NBWA has reserved additional rooms at the Holiday Inn Downtown-Superdome (just two blocks from the Hyatt) to accommodate all NBWA Convention attendees. To book a room at the Holiday Inn, please call 1-800-HOLIDAY and refer to the group code NBW. The group rate is $189. Don’t delay, rooms are going fast in New Orleans!


Sunday, Sept. 28  
9:00 a.m.  6:30 p.m. Registration Desk Open - Celestin Foyer
12:00 – 6:30 p.m. Press Room Open - Strand 3
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Education Seminars
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Distributor Member Meeting (NBWA distributor members only)
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. NBWA PAC Chairman's Circle and Company Honor Roll Reception (Invitation only)
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Next Generation Group Happy Hour (NBWA Next Generation Group members only)
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Welcome Reception - Champions Square
Monday, Sept. 29  
6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration Desk Open - Celestin Foyer
6:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Press Room Open - Strand 3
7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Education Seminars
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. General Session - Celestin Ballroom
12:00 – 4:30 p.m. Product Demonstration Showcase - Elite Hall
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. NBWA Media Availability - Foster 2
Evening Supplier Hospitalities
Tuesday, Sept. 30  
6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration Desk Open - Celestin Foyer
6:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Press Room Open - Strand 3
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Education Seminars
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. General Session - Celestin Ballroom
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Next Generation Group Luncheon (NBWA Next Generation Group members only)
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Education Seminars
Evening Supplier Hospitalities
Wednesday, Oct. 1  


NBWA thanks this year's convention sponsors for their generous support. Click here to view sponsorship opportunities. For more information or to discuss customized sponsorship opportunites, please contact Mary Michalik at mary@corcexpo.com or 312-265-9650; or Matt McLaughlin at matt@corcexpo.com or 312-265-9655.


Registration for members of the “working press” (reporters and editors actively covering the event for a recognized news gathering organization) is complimentary for up to two registrants per publication. To request media credentials for NBWA’s 77th Annual Convention, contact NBWA Communications Assistant Gabrielle Gosselin at ggosselin@nbwa.orgRequests for media credentials and complimentary media registration cannot be accommodated on site. Click here to download media guidelines for the event.


For media outlets seeking to display publications at NBWA's 77th Annual Convention, please complete the publication display request form.

View the slideshow below for photos from NBWA's 76th Annual Covention and Trade Show, which took place September 29 - October 2, 2013, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can also view NBWA-TV newscasts featuring highlights from the convention via the NBWA YouTube channel.

For more information about NBWA’s Annual Convention, contact the NBWA Membership & Meetings Department at 800-300-6417.


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