- Attendees to create “manifesto” throughout event; aim to improve the health of the IBD’s and their suppliers -
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. – October 29, 2014 – Interbike, organizers of The IBD Summit, is set to launch the 2015 event with a new location, a new date, a new format and a new agenda. The event will now take place during a time of year when many retailers will find it easier to leave their stores. Recent feedback from previous and prospective attendees indicated that while there were several benefits to the tie-in with the Sea Otter Classic and the Bicycle Leadership Conference, the time of year and location were difficult factors to overcome.
Taking place from January 27-29, 2015, The IBD Summit will now call The Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes its new home. Interbike strategically picked this location for its warmer climate, proximity to a major airport, great off-road and on-road trails for rides and its excellent reputation for hosting 1st class events.
“It was time we changed things up. We really struggled to get dealers out of their stores in April and Monterey was just too difficult and too expensive to get to,” said Pat Hus, Vice President of Interbike. “We also felt it was time to take on some bigger issues facing our industry and that mandated a change to the format of the overall event.”
The conference will now feature three major components: top-level speakers that the event has been known for since its inception, the incorporation of a new retail store manager track presented by Mann University and the development and creation of a new Manifesto of Change for the bicycle industry.
- Manifesto of Change: For the first time
ever the IBD Summit will incorporate sessions by industry experts
tackling some of the major challenges affecting IBD’s today: 1) Flat
to declining sales and the market share war that is being waged to the
detriment of so many. How do we change direction and get back to a
growth environment? 2) How do we as an industry work together to manage
the new on-line landscape that is shaping retail today? The topics will
be discussed in two unique and interactive sessions: Challenging the
Status Quo (Wednesday morning 10:30 – 12:30) and Creating a Healthier
Specialty Channel Ecosystem (Thursday morning 10:30 – 12:30). Guest
speakers and panelists include Bernie Doering, SVP Global Sales of BRG
Sports, Skip Hess, Former CEO of Electra Bicycles and President of Giant
USA, Mark Graff, co-founder of SmartEtailing and Buy Local Now, Ronnie
Bonner, owner of Sparky’s Distribution (BMX), Tom Henry, owner of
Landry’s Bicycles in Boston, MA and more. Following each presentation, a
panel discussion will take place with ample time for retailer &
supplier attendees to engage and participate. All participants will be
assigned to groups as they check-in and each will be given specific
assignments (related to the panel discussions) to work on during the
event. The group’s findings and recommendations will be presented at the
closing dinner by their respective leaders. These ideas will then be
refined and edited into what will form the foundation for the first
Manifesto of Change for the bicycle industry. This document will be
published by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News post-event with the
intent of being a driver for improvement in the channel.
- Speakers: Five professional speakers
will address the audience on a variety of topics designed to help
retailers not only grow their businesses, but to think differently about
the way they operate on a daily basis. Examples include:
- David Shing, “Digital Convergence & Blurred Boundaries:”
AOL’s Digital Prophet, is back from the IBD Summit in 2013, where he
blew the audience away with his insight into the direction of the
digital world, and how it related to retail. In this session he will
bring us up to speed on what retailers need to focus on today, and in
the next few years to incorporate a sound digital strategy into their
- David Mead, “Start With Why”:
Expert facilitator David Mead will offer an unconventional perspective
that explains why some people and organizations are more innovative,
more profitable, command greater loyalties from customers and employees
alike and, most importantly, are able to repeat their success over and
- Randi Busse, “Moving Employees from Compliant to Committed”: Customer
service expert Rani Busse will present four key traits to help
transform retail store employees from a “renter” mentality to an “owner”
mentality – ultimately setting them up to deliver a positive and
powerful experience for your patrons on a consistent basis.
- Mann U: New for 2015 is an opportunity for store managers to benefit from the wisdom of retail growth strategy experts from The Mann Group. Over the course of the event, managers will break into the Mann U sessions to learn about the following topics: What Is a Leader?, Motivating Staff and Effective Communication.”
- David Shing, “Digital Convergence & Blurred Boundaries:” AOL’s Digital Prophet, is back from the IBD Summit in 2013, where he blew the audience away with his insight into the direction of the digital world, and how it related to retail. In this session he will bring us up to speed on what retailers need to focus on today, and in the next few years to incorporate a sound digital strategy into their business plans.
“The BPSA stands behind the mission of the IBD Summit and its quest to help retailers grow their businesses,” said Roger Gierhart, President of the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association and Vice President of Forecasting, Distribution and Logistics at Trek Bicycle Corporation. “The new January dates, Phoenix location and top-notch content should convince any retailer that this is a must-attend, kick-off event for 2015.”
Also sponsoring the event are QBP, Pivot Cycles, 100%, Essor, MET Helmets, Accell North America and BRG Sports.
Road and mountain bike rides will be coordinated for each day as well as a planned golf outing at the Legacy Golf Course on Tuesday January 27th. For more information on golf, contact Ray Keener at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 303-525-5489.
A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available for the IBD Summit and can be purchased directly through Interbike. Contact Andria Klinger, Sales Director at 949-226-5745 / email@example.com. More information on The IBD Summit can be found at www.theibdsummit.com
Interbike is the largest bicycle trade event in North America, bringing together manufacturers, retailers, industry advocates and media to conduct the business of cycling. Established in 1982, the show gathers more than 1,200 cycling-related brands, over 25,000 total attendees annually and is considered one of the most important global trade events for the bicycle industry.
Interbike is one of 90 premier trade events owned and operated by Emerald Expositions, a leading producer of large business-to-business tradeshows. Emerald Expositions, based in San Juan Capistrano, CA produces shows and conference events globally that connect more than 525,000 buyers and sellers across nine diversified end-markets. Markets covered include general merchandise, sports, hospitality and retail design, jewelry, photography, decorated apparel, building, healthcare and military.
More information about Interbike can be found at www.interbike.com
Justin Gottlieb / Interbike / Communications and PR Director
949-226-5754 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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