Build upon your expertise with a full day of education before the show opens. Plus, sessions are held right on the show floor, all taught by subject-matter experts and industry leaders!
Networking events are sprinkled throughout the show, including receptions and prize drawings. Recharge before gearing up for the busy selling season, meet new people and have fun.
See the products you've researched online, discover unique products you weren't aware of, ask questions and collaborate with suppliers over two days.
Creating the right connections at the right show yields results!
"I found a lot of new products that I was able to take back to my clients. I quickly made sales from the show."
"It opens the market for people who've never heard of existing vendors and are excited to find new areas/supplies to offer to their clients."
"I learned things from my education sessions that are helping me reach my career goals."
"The opportunity to speak directly with suppliers to gain knowledge from their experience is invaluable. Learning supplier processes oftentimes helps me as a distributor manage client expectations from the start."
"I'm new to business, and an area that I struggle with is having a good idea of what is out there to offer clients. It can be overwhelming. The show provided great insight into products and how to position myself in various markets."
"This was my first ASI Show. I saw some exciting new products that I was not aware of. I immediately pitched them to my customers and landed a huge opportunity. Definitely worth my time!"
Thursday, July 27, 2023 • 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Free Coffee & Hot Tea
A great sales pitch can earn you clients and sales … while a lackluster one can stop everything in its tracks. You only have one chance to hook a new prospect by getting them excited about how you can help grow their business. In this energizing keynote, “Killer Pitch Master” Precious Williams will show you how to blend your unique story, authenticity and previous wins into a captivating pitch that nails the sale every time. You'll leave knowing how to:
Wednesday, July 26, 2023 • 8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
Free Coffee & Hot Tea
During this animated discussion, ASI Vice Chairman Matthew Cohn and four industry executives will examine the hot topics affecting today's promo marketplace. The business pros will share their insights and solutions to help you strategize for the second half of 2023 and plan for success in 2024. The panelists are: Chris Anderson, CEO of Counselor Top 40 supplier HPG; Donna Bridgeforth, founder and owner of WBE-certified distributor Bridgeforth Wolf & Associates; Liza Sachs, chief revenue officer at Counselor Top 40 distributor Kaeser & Blair; and Tej Shah, head of global sales and marketing at Counselor Top 40 distributor Overture Promotions.
Wednesday, July 26, 2023 • 7 - 10 p.m.
Make memories with your friends and colleagues at the ASI Gala on Wednesday, July 26, 7 - 10 p.m., at the famed House of Blues Chicago Music Hall. Located in the heart of Chicago's Marina City complex, the House of Blues combines music, art and cuisine into a completely immersive and unforgettable experience. Network with industry colleagues as you indulge in unique cocktails at the open bar and delicious Southern Soul Food (with a modern twist). Explore Southern Vernacular Art from over 150 artists, which covers the walls of every room, and don't forget to hit the dance floor for live music from the most talented musicians around. Be there for this night to remember!
During this first-come, first-served event, you'll enjoy lunch and conversation with your distributor peers and see the latest products and trends from suppliers - plus you'll learn the best ways to pitch them to your clients.
The night before the show floor opens, enjoy light snacks, beer and wine during this exclusive preview of NEW products (and ONLY new products) that suppliers will highlight in their booths on both Exhibit Days.
The best way to end your ASI Show Chicago experience is at the Closing Celebration, where you can collect new friends' business cards and relax before heading home over beer, wine and other beverages while enjoying live music.
Exciting prizes will also be given during the ASI Passport drawing. Winner must be present to receive the grand prize and first prize.
Welcome to Chicago's McCormick Place, the premier convention facility in North America. Located just minutes from downtown Chicago, McCormick Place attracts close to 3 million visitors each year and is comprised of four state-of-the-art buildings: the North, South and West Buildings, and Lakeside Center. Together, they form what many consider to be the economic engine that powers the entire convention and trade show industry. McCormick Place is committed to creating a great experience for every person, every time!Shuttle Bus Information Travel Discounts Directions View Map
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