HARTFORD, Conn. (Feb. 5, 2014) – The 60th Annual MSA Retail Conference & Expo presented by the Museum Store Association (MSA) will be held April 17-20, 2015, at the Connecticut Convention Center at 100 Columbus Boulevard in Hartford.
The event is the only conference and expo specifically created for retailers at museums, historic sites, botanic gardens, aquariums, zoos, libraries and more. The annual show provides a valuable opportunity for members of the association to network, learn and source vendors and products to complement their institutional collections. The event features hundreds of booths showcasing the unique items for museum store and MSA-represented institutional buyers. According to MSA Meetings & Conference Manager, Jennifer Anderson, “In addition to the expo hall, we’re planning more than 40 hours of seminars by national and regional museum and non-profit retail experts, the MSA membership meeting, an awards ceremony and multiple networking events.”
In recent years the event was held in Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Chicago. Jama Rice, MBA, CAE, Executive Director/CEO at MSA, reflected about the site-selection for the 2015 program: “I’d attended a conference in Hartford years back, and found it to be both charming and intimate.” Ms. Rice, who joined MSA in 2013, continued, “The area offers so many advantages from a rich museum culture to close proximity to both New York and Boston, a convenience for that concentration of institutional members and vendor affiliates across the Northeast. It’s also easily accessible to those traveling from across the country or coming in from overseas.”
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