Esteemed Members of the BBIA, Welcome to the 2021 BBIA Convention, to be held at the Sheraton Panama City Beach Resort, May 16 – 18. The beautiful views and outstanding amenities are the focal point of this stunning property. Given an AAA Four-Diamond Rating, the Sheraton has 320 rooms and 60 one-bedroom suites, three waterside dining venues and a championship golf course designed by the Jack Nicklaus Design Team. The property also includes three swimming pools and a clay tennis court. This convention will provide a much-needed opportunity for us to reconnect, unwind and socialize with our peers and business associates at a first-class location.
The facility is approximately 30 minutes from Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, Panama City Beach, FL (ECP). The Destin-Ft. Walton Beach Airport (VSP) is 73 miles from the Sheraton.
The format of the convention will mirror prior conventions. Sunday’s annual golf tournament will be followed by our Welcome Reception, with the business meetings commencing first thing Monday morning. Once again, one-on-one meetings between individual distributors and manufacturers will be facilitated—but with a twist—as distributors will play host to manufacturers.
Following the industry update luncheon on Tuesday, we have added an Idea Exchange that should inspire creative discussion design to help guide our individual businesses through today’s business environment.
As tradition, our convention will conclude Tuesday evening with our annual Industry Service Award Banquet as we honor former two-time BBIA President and current Executive Director, Bill Supper. It should be an evening of fun and a memorable conclusion to a productive 2021 convention. I can’t wait to see everyone in Florida.