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175 to Vie for RISING STAR Status
Industry Veterans Nominate Elite Retailers from 50 States
November 6, 2009

Who are the “rising stars” in the sports licensing and tailgating industries? The field has been narrowed to 175, as Phase One of the RISING STAR RETAILER Awards has concluded and the final voting begins. One winner from each state—only 50—will be honored at the Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show in Las Vegas (January 20–22 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center).

“The top RISING STAR nominees ranged from over-the-top college fan shops to innovative grocers to minor league sports team stores,” says Brittany Peitsmeyer, Buyer Relations Director. “Geographically, there was a high concentration in the Midwest, Southeast and New England. This says great things about our industries—great marketing and merchandising ideas are coming from every corner of the country, and from every type of retailer and channel of distribution.”

The final vote is now open to Licensees, Licensors and Reps by visiting showproco.com/rising-star-award. Voters can vote for one store per state, using an easy-to-use pull-down menu. The winner in each state will receive am all expenses paid trip to the show including, airfare, transfers, lodging, and meals.

The RISING STAR RETAILER Award is a sports licensing and tailgate industry honor that recognizes 50 retailers, one in each state, that know how to rise to the challenges of a complex and dynamic marketplace. Voting will run through November 30th.

For more information about attending the show or exhibiting , call 800.327.3736 or email bpeitsmeyer@csmipi.com.




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