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BTA Mid-America to Host Gateway to Success May 2-4, St. Louis, Mo; Features Keynote Jim D’Emidio, Muratec America Inc.

5 Apr, 2012

Kansas City, MO - April 2012 - On May 2-4, 2012, the Business Technology Association’s Mid-America district will host its annual Gateway to Success district event at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis, Mo.

This event will feature a keynote presentation by Jim D’Emidio, president of Muratec America Inc. There will also be four additional education sessions providing insight and strategies that can help any office technology dealership reach new heights, including a dealer panel focused on managed services and a special, inspirational session by John O'Leary of Rising Above.

Dealers will be able to participate in networking events that will allow them to connect with their peers. In addition, there will be time to visit with 30 exhibiting sponsors, many of which will hold drawings for great prizes during the event. Dealer attendees can also enter on-site for a chance to win a $500 American Express gift card from BTA Mid-America.

Attendees can also choose one of two group activities — seeing the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the St. Louis Cardinals from the vantage point of a private suite in Busch Stadium or touring the Gateway Arch and enjoying a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River.

The event begins at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, with an opportunity to visit with exhibiting sponsors, opening comments, and D’Emidio’s keynote presentation, “Surviving in a Services World.” A welcoming reception will follow from 5:30 until 7 p.m., giving attendees time to network with peers and exhibiting sponsors.

A continental breakfast will be served from 7 until 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 3, followed by opening comments and two education sessions. An extended break between sessions will give attendees time to visit exhibitor tables.  After the morning education sessions, attendees will enjoy the Cardinals game at Busch Stadium or the Gateway Arch tour and riverboat cruise. Lunch will be provided during both activities.

Breakfast will be served from 7 until 8 a.m. on Friday, May 4, followed by the final two education sessions and the event wrap-up at noon. There will be an extended break with exhibitors between sessions.

Education sessions during the event will include: “Office Imaging: Taking Advantage of a Market in Transition,” with Robert Palmer and Ann Priede of Lyra Research; “Critical Success Factors for Managed Services in Your Dealership,” with Mitch Morgan and Chris Ryne of Growth Achievement Partners; and an inspirational session, “Ignite Your Life! Discovering the Keys to Unlock Passion, Potential & Impact,” with John O’Leary of Rising Above. This special session is sponsored by Polek & Polek. There will also be a dealer panel, “Managed Services: The Dealer Perspective," with panelists Alan Bean, Southeastern Business Machines Co., Huntsville, Ala.; Chris Black, R.K. Black Inc., Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Brian Ridenhour, Data Comm Inc., Jefferson City, Mo. The panel discussion will be facilitated by Morgan and Ryne;
In addition, BTA General Counsel Bob Goldberg will be available during the event to provide free legal consultations to BTA members.

Preceding the Gateway to Success event on May 1-2, BTA and Growth Achievement Partners will offer the BTA Managed Services Workshop as the front-runner education workshop. Attendees will receive free registration to Gateway to Success. For more information, visit www.bta.org/MS.

The Exhibiting Gateway to Success sponsors are: Arlington, BEI Services, CAPSYS, Color Imaging, Crawford Thomas, Digital Gateway, DocuWare, ECi - FMAudit, Epson, ESP, Evolved Office, FileBound, GreatAmerica Leasing Corp. (Cardinals Game co-sponsor), Hytec Dealer Services, Image Star, InkCycle, Innovolt, Katun, LEAF, Muratec, NA Trading and Technology, OKI Data (May 4 Breakfast sponsor), Parts Now, Polek & Polek, Power Appointment Setting, SalesChain, Square 9, Supplies Network (May 3 Continental Breakfast sponsor), Toshiba and West Point Products.

BTA member registration (with game ticket or tour/cruise) for Gateway to Success is $199, which includes the keynote session, education sessions, cocktail reception and breakfasts on Thursday and Friday. BTA member registration without a game ticket or tour/cruise is $169. Non-member registration with a game ticket or tour/cruise is $249. Non-member registration without a game ticket or tour/cruise is $219. For more information, including full session descriptions and the registration form for the event, visit www.bta.org/BTAMidAmericaEvent.

Founded in 1926, the Business Technology Association serves office technology dealerships, resellers, manufacturers, distributors and service companies. Its core members — office technology dealerships — consult, sell and service hardware, software and supplies with the goal of helping businesses maximize their investment in devices and technology. Through the association's various educational programs, information, research, legal services, publications and guidance, BTA member dealerships are positioned to be the premier source of the office technology used by businesses throughout the United States every day. For more information on BTA, visit its Web site at www.bta.org or call (800) 505-2821. The fax number is (816) 941-4838. You may also write to: BTA, 12411 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO  64145.

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