Where the Vending Industry Meets on the East Coast


April 30, 2019

ACE Announces Keynote Speaker: Rocky Bleier

Contact: Beth Bowen, Show Director -
Cary NC

“MISSION: ACE – Honoring Veterans” is the theme that ACE 2019 has chosen and Exhibitor space nearly sold out with more than five months remaining until show time! Operators need to get ready - show registration for attendees is set to open mid-May. This heart-warming theme should inspire exhibitors’ decorations and motivate attendees to make plans for ACE 2019 in Myrtle Beach.

The 65th ACE Show Planning Committee is proud announce our keynote speaker for this year.

Vietnam Veteran & NFL Super Bowl Star

Rocky Bleier motivates audiences to keep on striving for greater accomplishments. His dynamic style is coupled with real-life stories that are told from a first-person perspective. Those stories about his fabled comeback from Vietnam injuries to Super Bowl star are utterly inspiring for their courage and determination. He brings it together with a warm, self-reflective humor that audiences really relate to. “Be the Best You Can Be” is a motivational message detailing how ordinary people can become extraordinary achievers. With the same optimism, sense of humor and steadfast determination that were his trademarks as a Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Rocky Bleier takes audiences from his early years through his professional career and talks about the lessons he learned along the way...lessons from which we can all benefit.

Click the links below for more information and a sneak peek of Rocky's presentation.

Rocky's Online Videos

February 26, 2019

ACE 2019 Chooses Theme - MISSION: ACE Honoring Veterans

Contact: Beth Bowen, Show Director -
Cary, NC

The 2019 ACE Planning Committee has been hard at work since last October for the 2019 exposition and is pleased to announce the theme selection for ACE 2019 - “MISSION: ACE Honoring Veterans”. Lance Roper, ACE 2019 Chairman states, “This year’s theme not only offers a unique perspective for activities, decorating, and the overall setting - but also reflects a tone of respect and gratefulness to the many veterans throughout American History.”

October 16, 2018

Ribbon Cutting - 2018 Chairman, Chris Taylor

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - The Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation was the chosen venue for the 64th edition of the Atlantic Coast Exposition (ACE) where operators and suppliers from all across the US gathered to take part in educational sessions, see and show new products and equipment. The theme: "Sand, Sun and Fun at ACE 2018" was spread around across the show - with many exhibitors embracing the Beach Party theme. The exhibit hall completely SOLD OUT for the largest exhibitor showing in ACE history! Participants from dozens of states and Canada took part in this three-day convention that is the largest show of its kind on the East Coast. ACE organizers have heard "best show ever" from attendees and exhibitors and this is especially rewarding since this years' show followed two catastrophic hurricanes prior to opening day.

April 27, 2018

ACE Announces Keynote Speaker
Will Bowen - Founder of the Complaint Free Movement

Exhibit Space 100% SOLD OUT Months Before Show

“Sand, Sun & Fun” is the theme that sets the stage for ACE 2018. History has been made as the ACE Exhibit Space is completely sold out - 100% - for the first time ever AND it is over five months until show time! Operators need to get ready - show registration for attendees is set to open May 1st! Tropical breezes, warm sand and fun to be had – all while we work - should inspire exhibitors’ decors and attendees to flock to Myrtle Beach in October.

The 64th ACE Show is over five months away and here is another reason to make sure ACE 2018 is part of your plan…ACE is excited to announce our keynote speaker for this year: Will Bowen.

Will Bowen comes to us with his Keynote Title: “Complaint Free Business”. He knows that suppliers to the vending, office coffee and foodservice industries and their employees deal with hundreds of complaints on a daily basis — complaining coworkers, complaining customers. Spend time with Will at our Saturday morning breakfast and expect to leave inspired, mindful of your own complaints, and motivated to approach complaining customers and co-workers with new, simple and effective strategies. Overcome complaining and see how it changes your life and your business!

Will Bowen is an in-demand motivational speaker, a #1 International Bestselling author, the World Authority on Complaining, and Founder of the Complaint FreeĀ® movement with over 11 million followers worldwide. You may have seen Will on Oprah, The Today Show, Dr. Oz, Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. Make sure you plan to attend the Awards Breakfast on Saturday, October 13th to hear Will!

September 20, 2017

ACE Announces Hurricane Relief Donation
and Silent Auction Breast Cancer Fundraiser

ACE 2017's theme "Kick Up Your Spurs" will offer Operators a full line-up of quality educational sessions and networking events centered around our old west theme. The 63rd ACE, is just over three weeks away and Operator registrations are streaming in with Exhibitor Booths at high numbers. Hotel rooms were added to our block with plenty of rooms on the Kingston Plantation property to be close to all the action at the all-in-one meeting venue.

ACE is proud to announce a $2500 donation to Hurricane relief after the devastating storms Harvey and Irma have blasted our eastern US. To continue our generosity, ACE also is holding a SILENT AUCTION to benefit Breast Cancer to be held in the ETON ROOM to the left of the Westminster Hallway. Please participate to help us give more!

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