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Las Vegas, NV — Bally’s Hotel & Casino


Sunday - September 7th

        1:00pm-6:00pm–Summit Registration, NorthTower, 26th Floor Lobby

         2:00pm-6:00pm– Game Demos & Retailer Lounge - NorthTower, 26th Floor Lobby and Skyview Room 3

         2:15pm-3:15pm– Retailer Workshop Session 1- NorthTower, 26th Floor, Skyview Room 4

    • Staffing Your Shop and Running the Store
      Hosted by Richard Evans from BedrockCity and Diamond Training Manager Mark Gedeon.

         3:30pm-4:30pm– Retailer Workshop Session 2- North Tower, 26th Floor, Skyview Room 2

    • 800 Pound Guerilla Marketing
      Hosted by Allan Caplan from Inkworks.

         4:45pm-5:45pm– Retailer Workshop Session 3- North Tower, 26th Floor, Skyview Room 1

    • Tech Tips
      Hosted by Diamond's Tech Support Assistant Manager Cheryl Sleboda. Enter to win a copy of Halo 3 the videogame!

         6:00pm-9:00pm– Opening Reception: PREVIEWS 20th Anniversary party

Monday - September 8th

         8:00am-6:30pm–Summit Registration, NorthTower, 26th Floor Lobby

         8:00am-10:00am– Breakfast-NorthTower, 26th Floor, Skyview Rooms 5 & 6

    • Supplier Presentations: - New York Comic Con - Radical Publishing
    • Live Charity Auction & Prize Drawings
    • Diamond Update: New Mississippi Central Hub & Retailer Benefits

         10:00am-4:00pm– Game Demos & Retailer Lounge - North Tower, 26th Floor, Lobby & Skyview Room 3

         10:30am-11:30am–Retailer Workshops Sessions- North Tower, 26th Floor

    • Thinking Outside the Box/Going to the Movies- Skyview Room 1
      Hosted by Mike & Moryha Banks from Samurai Comics, Richard Evans from Bedrock City, John Munn from Comic Book Ink and Geoffrey Patterson from Geoffrey’s Comics.
    • Expanding Your Empire- Skyview Room 2
      Hosted by Steve Ellis from Rainy Day Games, Chris Powell from Lone Star Comics and Gabi Shephard from Olympic Cards & Comics.
    • Class Act- Skyview Room 4
      Hosted by Caitlin Plovnick from Diamond, John Shableski from Diamond Books and Derrick Taylor from Comic Oasis.

         12:00pm-2:30pm– Lunch-NorthTower, 26th Floor, Skyview Rooms 5 & 6

    • Supplier Presentations: - Days of Wonder - Comic Book Legal Defense Fund - Diamond Select Toys - Penny-Farthing Press - Devil's Due Publishing - Dark Horse Comics
    • Live Charity Auction & Prize Drawings
    • Diamond Update: New CSLS website improvements

         2:45pm-3:45pm–Retailer Workshops Sessions, NorthTower, 26th Floor

    • Dual Identities: Comics & Games, Games & Comics- Skyview Room 1
      Hosted by Mike & Moryha Banks from Samurai Comics, Steve Ellis from Rainy Day Games and Chris Powell from Lone Star Comics.
    • Extreme Makeover- Skyview Room 2
      Hosted by John Munn from Comic Book Ink, Gabi Shephard from Olympic Cards & Comics, and Derrick Taylor from Comic Oasis.
    • Anatomy of a Business- Skyview Room 4
      Hosted By Anthony Gallela from the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

         4:15pm-6:00pm– Exhibit Hall Open, South Tower, 2nd Floor, Pacific Ballroom

         6:30pm-11:00pm– Dinner-NorthTower, 26th Floor, Skyview Rooms 5 & 6

    • Supplier Presentations: - Wizards of the Coast - Upper Deck - Konami - Image Comics - Wizard Entertainment - Marvel Comics - WizKids - DC Comics
    • Live Charity Auction & Prize Drawings

Tuesday - September 9th

         8:00am– Registration - NorthTower, 26th Floor Lobby

         8:00am-10:00am– Breakfast- North Tower, 26th Floor, Skyview Rooms 5 & 6

  • Dialogue with Diamond: Members of Diamond’s Upper Management Team
  • Premier Supplier Q & A Session.

         10:00am-2:00pm– Exhibit Hall Open, South Tower, 2nd Floor,
Pacific Ballroom

  • Exclusive Comic Giveaways
  • Creator Signings, Door Prizes and more!


Ft. Wayne, IN — Grand Wayne Convention Center

              

Friday - October 10th

         5:00pm-8:00pm– Registration - Grand Wayne Convention Center, Outside Anthony Wayne Ballroom

         6:00pm-7:00pm– Retailer Workshop- Harrison Rooms A & B

    • Tech Tips
      Diamond Customer Service Assistant Manager for Technical Support Cheryl Sleboda demonstrates how you can make the most efficient use of Diamond’s electronic services, including POS systems like ComicSuite. 

        7:15pm-8:15pm– Retailer Workshop- Harrison Rooms A & B

    • Increasing Sales Through Promotions and Outreach With Educators, Homeschoolers, and Libraries
      An interactive presentation where you will learn techniques to grow your business by meeting the needs and tapping into sales opportunities of teachers, parents, librarians, administrators, scout leaders, and nonprofit organizations. Hosted by David Niecikowski, MAED/CI (Quality Time Resources).

        8:00pm-11:00pm– Open Gaming/Demos - Harrison Rooms C & D Snacks and Cash Bar.

Saturday - October 11th

         7:30am– Registration- Outside Anthony Wayne Ballroom

         8:00am-9:30pm– Breakfast- Anthony Wayne Ballroom

    • Dialogue with members of Alliance & Diamond’s Upper Management Teams.
    • Live Charity Auction & Prize Drawings

         9:30am-12:30pm– Exhibit Hall Open - Convention Hall A Plus: Game Demos, Creator Signings, Door Prizes & more!

         11:15am-12:15pm– Retailer Workshop Session 1

    • Expanding Your Empire- Harrison Rooms A&B
      Steve Ellis (Rainy Day Games) and Chris Powell (Lone Star Comics) discuss adding a second location or moving to a new location to improve and increase business.

         12:30pm-2:00pm– Lunch- Anthony Wayne Ballroom

    • Supplier Presentations
    • Live Charity Auction & Prize Drawings

         2:00pm-5:00pm– Exhibit Hall Open - Convention Hall A Plus: Game Demos, Creator Signings, Door Prizes & more!

         2:15pm-3:15pm– Retailer Workshop Session 2

    • 800 Pound Guerilla Marketing- Harrison Rooms C & D
      Allan Caplan (Inkworks) discusses how to implement creative marketing strategies to make more money, and how to keep it.

         3:30pm-4:30pm– Retailer Workshop Session 3

    • Anatomy of a Business- Harrison Rooms A & B
      Why bother with Mission & Vision Statements? Why think about who your customers are?What are you really selling? Anthony Gallela (Game Manufacturers Association) covers structuring your operation and how to work on your store, not just in it. Please bring your business plan, if you have one. (Don’t worry if you don’t).

         4:45pm-5:45pm– Retailer Workshop Session 4

    • Dual Identities: Comics & Games, Games & Comics
      Harrison Rooms C & D

      Steve Ellis (Rainy Day Games) and Chris Powell (Lone Star Comics) discuss operating a hybrid store and doing justice to both comics and games.

         5:30pm-6:30pm– Cash Bar- Outside Anthony Wayne Ballroom

         6:30pm-11:00pm– Dinner- Anthony Wayne Ballroom

    • Presentations
    • Live Charity Auction & Prize Drawings
    • Silent Charity Auction Ends

         After Dinner-12:00am– Open Gaming/Demos, Harrison Rooms A & B Hosted Bar

Sunday - October 12th

         7:30am-12:00pm– Transportation to and from the Alliance warehouse (Available at main entrance to the Hilton)

8:00am-12:00pm– Warehouse Sale at Alliance Ft. Wayne Distribution Center