Aug 9, 2023
Gift Sales Manager Association to host virtual conference this October

The Gift Sales Manager Association (GSMA) will host its 2023 virtual conference Oct. 24-26 via Zoom.

It will be a three-day event from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST each day. Some topics and guests are planned for this year’s conference are:

  • Trend Report – What Retailers are Looking For – Editors from Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Gift Shop and Giftbeat
  • The Benefits of using Various Sales Formats – Varying Vendor Partners
  • Tradeshows Now & Future – Andmore & Dallas Market Center Representatives
  • Retail Analytics – What Retailers are searching for – Faire Analytics Expert
  • International Sales Distribution
  • Best Practices for Vendor Relationships – Panel of Key Account Buyers
  • How to be a Successful Vendor – Sales Representative Principals & REA 2023 Sales Representative Winners
  • Closing Remarks & Virtual Happy Hour

The collaborative event will include presentations and Q&A. GSMA said its goal is always to educate its members to become better sales management experts.

Members can reserve and attend the conference as part of their membership. Non-members can attend the conference for a $50 fee.

GSMA is also accepting new members at this time. Sales managers and/or vendor owners can join online. The association is also planning its first in-person conference since 2019 for May 2024.

Current board members include:

  • President – Richard Freeman, National Sales Director, DM Merchandising
  • Vice President – Taylor Brunson, National Sales Manager, Archipelago
  • Vice President Marketing & Technology – Ashley Jankowski, Founder, The Type Set Co.
  • Secretary – Sydney Kearns, National Sales Manager, Regal Art & Gifts
  • Treasurer – Angela Knight, Co-Founder, Center Stage Team
  • Special Projects – Ann Nensel, National Sales Manager, Peking Handicraft, Inc.
  • Parliamentarian – Randy Spoor, Sales Manager Consultant, Center Stage Team

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