80+ Hobby Shop Owners Will Attend Vegas Event

Orleans Hotel in Las VegasPaid registration for the first-ever Industry Summit will exceed budget by more than 20 percent, organizers say.

More than 185 paid registrants will gather at The Orleans Hotel & Casino April 11-14 for the inaugural trade event, including key representatives of all trading card manufacturers, 12 leading wholesale distributors and more than 80 brick-and-mortar hobby shops.

“We’re pleased that so many industry leaders are finding value in the Summit,” said Kevin Isaacson, event host. “Everyone seems very eager to communicate person-to-person, and to cooperatively pursue solutions to the issues that currently restrict our industry’s growth.  It’s a great opportunity for our business.”

Organizers in December 2009 had set first-year goals of 150 paid attendees, and 60 brick-and-mortar stores.   Isaacson credited the Summit’s Retail Scholarship program – and especially the wholesale distributors who invested in multiple scholarships – for establishing a strong base of support for the Summit.

Evan Kaplan,  category director for trading cards, memorabilia and new business at the Major League Baseball Players Association, is one of five industry leaders who this week agreed to answer  “10 Key Questions” during a special interview segment during the Industry Summit April 11-14.

Kaplan, who will begin his 13th year at the MLBPA in July, will answer questions posed by Adam Larry, director/licensing and associate counsel of the National Hockey League Players Association.

Registration remains open at www.regonline.com/vegas2010.