SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Following a successful online transition in August for its first-ever all-virtual convention, AVB/BrandSource is logging back online for its first major trade event of 2021, Summit, in light of continued uncertainty related to COVID-19 safety and travel.

“The safety of our members, vendors and employees is and always will be our top consideration,” said Jim Ristow, CEO of AVB/BrandSource. “In-person events of this scale take months to plan and execute. With all the uncertainty concerning the pandemic, we felt it was important to make this call now and plan accordingly.”

The virtual spring Summit is slated to run March 23-25. As in past years, Summit 2021 will give member dealers access to the latest appliance and furniture introductions, networking with BrandSource members and affiliated dealers, industry trends and updates, and three days of vendor trainings and educational sessions.

As part of the latter, author and personnel engagement expert Eric Chester will give a special presentation on “How to Find and Keep Great Employees in the Worst Labor Market Ever.”

Details of the Summit 2021 program are now being finalized, and members, vendors and guests will be notified when registration goes live on a redesigned AVB Events website.

Looking ahead at its calendar, Ristow also revealed plans for BrandSource’s return to on-site events.

“Our plan is to take our 2021 summer regional meetings to a whole new level,” he explained. “These will once again be in-person, with enhanced member engagement activities already in the planning stages.”

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