The 17th annual MLBA Spring Conference was held on Sunday, May 1st on a sunny and beautiful spring day in central Minnesota.
Attendees started the day with the choice of 2 seminars and then an industry trade show featuring beer, wine and spirits vendors plus many related industries like ice, insurance and food vendors. Please see below for a complete list of vendors and their contact information.
After the trade show, a fine sit down meal was served in the dining room overlooking beautiful Gull Lake. After dinner, comedians from the Scott Hansen Comedy Gallery entertained the group before they moved back over to the pool area for the live music of Cherry Gun Band.
2016 Trade Show Exhibitors
3 Diamond Corp.
Glen Kuhlman, Tim Schuller
|Arctic Glacier Ice
|August Schell Brewing
Ed Schumacher, Mike Lewis
|ATM Source – Future Funds ATM
Kevin Starcevich, Mick Sletten
|Aviv 613 Vodka
Joe Snippes, Carrie Nicklow
|Blackeye Roasting Co.
|Breakthru Beverage MN
Darin McMullen, Tara Nesser
|Brew Pub Pizza
Denny Terrance, Steve May
|Chankaska Creek Winery
Nick Paterson, Andrew Lien
|ClockNine Digital Signage
|Crow River Winery
|Cornell Insurance Services
|Dynamic Products Midwest – DPM
Vern Swedin, Darcy Swedin Kellie Bacon, Joseph VanHorn
|Electronic Game Solutions
Dean Falvo, Shelly Borowicz
Jerry Vlaminck, Scott Swenson
|Illinois Casualty Company
Howard Beck, Tyler McNeely, Keith Krueger
Kim Brown, Jackie Brown, Stephanie Beckman
|Mike’s Hard Lemonade
John Glenn, Kendall Ralph, Sarah Jean
|Pabst Brewing Co.
|Prestige Wine & Spirits Group
Dave Grotta, Chad Pobuda
Ken Fricke, Scott Weissinger
Retail Information Technology Enterprises
Rick Feuling, Gary Nobel
|Round Lake Winery
Scott & Jenny Ellenbecker
Wayne Reinert, Troy Battig
|Shown R Murphy Business Broker
Southern Wine & Spirits
|Summit Brewing Co.
|Third Street Brewhouse
|Triple Crown Gaming
Marion Dauner, Jason Ospina
Seminar: Help Wanted – Hiring the Best Talent 3:30pm – 4:15pm, Lakeside Conference Room
The costs related to staffing a business in the hospitality industry are getting higher and higher. The challenges of attracting top talent are getting more and more difficult.
The five Key success components are Attraction, Selection, Orientation, Engagement and Retention of top talent.
- Attraction – Fill the candidate pool and you will build a better Team!
- Selection – Discover a structured interview process, “Three and Convene“.
- Orientation – What you do with a new hire on day one will impact their tenure.
- Engagement – All in or Go Home is the battle cry of today, YES! coddling helps.
- Retention – Strategies that increase retention equal more profits for the business.
All participants will receive 10 digital messages to lock in the learning and call them to action.
Stuart Gray of Hospitality Rocks will share his success marked techniques to enhance an existing hospitality Team or develop and connect a new Team for an emerging business. The resources provided will allow the employer to see these new resources and apply them to their business.
Live Music “Cherry Gun” 8pm – Midnight, Poolside
CherryGun is one of the most fun, energetic, make you dance/party cover bands touring! They bring the party to fairs, festivals, night clubs, casinos, weddings and any other place that wants to have fun all over the Midwest and beyond! Every show is packed with non-stop, high energy pop, rock & country music that keeps the dance floor rockin the whole show through!
CherryGun band members, Amy, Dan, Cody and Cory deliver one of the fullest sounds you will ever hear, greeting the crowd with the most familiar & current radio pop hits. They bring audiences back to their fondest memories of 80’s rock, and warm their hearts and boots with the best modern country as well!
CherryGun began as an original rock band called, “The Amy M Band” in 2006. Their love for keeping crowds having fun and partying all night to familiar songs, lead them to becoming CherryGun in 2010.
Lead singer, Amy M and guitarist, Dan met while competing against each other in a band tournament. They joined forces and were joined by the perfect musicians to compliment their talents, drummer Cody, and bassist, Cory Carlson, which complete their look & sound to what we now have the pleasure of knowing as CherryGun!
Soaring female & male lead vocals, tight harmonies, and incredible guitar solos set CherryGun apart from the rest of the pack! Represented exclusively by ACTS-TREME TALENT AGENCY, CherryGun is playing every week. Don’t miss your next chance to enjoy a CherryGun show,you’ll be glad you did!!