2020 Annual Meeting – Wholesalers

NOTE NEW DATES: The Southern’s 97th Annual Meeting August 17- 20, 2020 (Vendor Events August 19 – 20)

Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf and Spa Resort
4114 Jan Cooley Drive
Panama City Beach, Florida   32408

Click here for a copy of our Register Now Brochure.

IMPORTANT: As this pandemic worsened, the Southern Executive Committee closely monitored the situation and its potential impact on our June Annual Meeting. We felt there was a high probability our June event date would result in cancellation or extremely low participation levels. As a result, we were successful in negotiating a new date with no penalty, the same room rates and meeting facilities. On behalf of the Executive Committee, we are hopeful you will put August 17th-20th on your calendar to come show your support for the association, our vendor partners and return to some normalcy and share some of the hurdles we overcame during this challenging time. – Scott McPherson, President, Southern Association of Wholesale Distributors

Check out the following message from Scott McPherson. (Run-time under 1 minute):

Why attend the Southern Annual Meeting?

  • Learn from industry experts the latest profit-making techniques in small, highly interactive education sessions.
  • Take advantage of awesome opportunities for networking with other distributors, brokers, manufacturers and suppliers.
  • Learn about the latest products and services from and conduct business with the nation’s top convenience store manufacturers, brokers and suppliers.

For participating wholesalers:

  • Registration for the 2020 Southern Annual Meeting is now open.  Please click here to register.  If you have any questions, please contact Betsy Rahm at brahm@asginfo.net.
  • Hotel InformationThe Southern does NOT make your room reservations. Please reserve your rooms directly from the Sheraton Panama City Golf and Spa Resort by following this link.  You can also call them at 1-866-912-1042. NOTE:  The deadline for our group rate of $199++ is Monday, July 20, 2020.
  • Ten-2-Profit One-On-One Appointments – All 2020 Confirmed Vendors and Distributors will be receiving their appointments on or before July 31st. Click here to access information on how to plan for this important event on Wednesday, August 19th. Coming soon!
  • House of Deals – The House of Deals event will be held on Thursday, August 20th.  This is where the Vendors will each have a table and 8 ft. banner, provided by the Southern, and the buyers will move from table to table. Click here to access information on how to plan for this important event. Coming soon!
  • New Item Kits – New Item Kits are a great way for vendors to provide buyers with a sneak peek into the quality, effectiveness, and taste of their products. We will provide all 2020 Vendors with a list of Southern’s member buyers that will have access to the Virtual House of Deals in early May.
  • Magazine Advertising Invitation – This is the annual magazine that is distributed to all distributors, manufacturers, state associations and Board Members prior to the 2020 Annual Meeting. NOTE: Advertising in the magazine is now closed.  Look for the 2020 Southern Annual Meeting Magazine in your mailbox in the next couple of weeks.
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NOTE: The Southern’s Annual Meeting is a members-only event.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the Southern Association of Wholesale Distributors (The Southern), please click here for more information.  If you have any questions on becoming a member or need to confirm your membership status, please call us at 770-932-3263 or email us at info@the-southern.org.