Ryan Estis

Ryan Estis

(Feb. 21, 2020) The 46th annual Ocean City Spring Trade Expo will take place Sunday, March 8 and Monday, March 9, at the 40th Street convention center.

Designed to bring hospitality buyers and sellers together for two days of discovery and networking, this event is produced by the nonprofit trade group, the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association.

The expo has become the Mid-Atlantic’s longest running and largest trade show of its kind.

The association welcomes the return of many loyal exhibitors and showcases new and emerging regional and national companies and products.

Attendees will have the opportunity to utilize their senses to see, touch, taste and experience the latest trends in every component of the hospitality business.

Ryan Estis will take the stage as the keynote speaker on Monday, March 9 at 9:30 a.m. prior to the expo floor opening.

Estis has more than 20 years of experience as a top-performing sales professional and leader.

As the former chief strategy officer for the McCann Worldgroup advertising agency NAS, he brings a fresh perspective to business events.

He is known for his innovative ideas on leading change, improving sales effectiveness and preparing for the future of work. He was recently recognized as one of “the best keynote speakers ever heard” by Meetings & Conventions magazine alongside Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Colin Powell and Mike Ditka.

He delivers keynote speeches, courses and online learning with an emphasis on actionable content designed to elevate business performance.

His curriculum emphasizes emerging trends influencing corporate culture, communication, collaboration, leadership, sales and brand experience.

He is a faculty member for the Institute of Management Studies, a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board and a certified Human Capital Strategist. He is also the author of a popular blog on business performance.

Estis is an Ohio University graduate who resides in downtown Minneapolis.

This keynote speaker is being brought to Ocean City through a partnership with the Restaurant Association of Maryland and is just one of several educational sessions planned for the industry expo.

The expo is not open to the public, therefore to walk the show floor, attendees must be a buyer or guest in the industry and at least 21 years old.

Industry members invited to attend include, hotel, motel, restaurant, catering, concessions, bed & breakfast, condo/property management, campground, coffee house, ice cream store, nightclub, liquor store, convenience store, cafeteria, nursing home, schools/colleges and hospital.

Expo management reserves the right to determine if a registrant fits these parameters. Those who sell to those types of businesses, would be considered an exhibitor and must purchase a booth to attend the expo.

Expo hours are Sunday, March 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, March 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

After Friday, Feb. 28, on-site registration is $25 with proof of being in the industry; a business card or business license or letter from employer on the company letterhead; paystubs not accepted.

For complete expo information, visit www.oceancitytradeexpo.com or call 410-289-6733.

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