The Atlantic Coast Expo (ACE) 2013 will once again be held at the Embassy Suites Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The show dates are Oct. 3 to 5, 2013 and the planning committee has already begun the work to produce another quality show to which the industry has grown accustomed.
ACE 2013 Chair, Gaye Tankersley, stated, in a prepared statement, "ACE continues to receive great and encouraging feedback from operators and suppliers from the shows in both 2012 and 2011. Our committee is welcoming all suggestions and reviewing operator and exhibitor completed surveys so we can continue to build on the momentum of this long standing show.”
The 2013 committee includes, ACE executive committee members:
Chair: Gaye Tankersley, Food Service, Inc. in Lexington, S.C.
Chair-Elect: Carl Moser of Canteen-Cardinal in Chesapeake, Va.
Vice Chair: Scott Denhard of Canteen in Charlotte, N.C.
Treasurer: Chris Taylor of Triangle Vending in West Jefferson, N.C.
Past Chair: Wayne Seagraves of Canteen in Greensboro, N.C.
The three states that hold interest in ACE each have representatives on the planning committee. The North Carolina representatives are:
Alvin Huffman of Northwest Food Services in North Wilkesboro
Tiff Hopkins of Wolfpackaging Industries, Inc. in Fayetteville
Jo Dee Jolley of Canteen in Garner.
South Carolina members are:
Harry Poston of Canteen in Taylors
Lynn Minton of Dermox, Inc. in Myrtle Beach
Lance Roper of Canteen in Columbia.
Karen Harlow of Canteen in Verona
Mark Matthews of H&L Tom’s in Virginia Beach
Scott Halloran of Trolley House Refreshment Services in Richmond
Suppliers offer an important role in the planning of ACE as well and have the following members on the committee:
Walter Abele of Vistar in Greensboro, N.C.
Kevin Caid of Crane Merchandising of Williston, S.C.
Douglas Darby of Vendors Supply in Salisbury, N.C.
Mike Frye of Southeastern Vending Services, Inc. in Charlotte, N.C.
As Tankersley looks ahead to 2013, she added, “I am excited to serve as chair with the committee support of an outstanding group of peers who have a passion for our industry."
Committee member and supplier association President, Mike Frye related, "As an exhibitor at ACE we have had great sales opportunities that have been closed many deal as a direct result of exhibiting at the ACE Show. We are able to access large quantities of our customers during the two-day show and we find the ACE Show to be irreplaceable! We would NOT miss it and it seems our customers feel the same way!"