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2013 Winter Meetings - Baseball Trade Show - Events

AGENDA AND EVENTS

The Baseball Winter Meetings offers exhibitors several opportunities to engage in the week's events. Tickets for special events are not included within an exhibit package and must be purchased separately. Event tickets are available for purchase in advance (deadline October 25) through online registration, the Exhibitor Service Kit forms (available to registered exhibitors in September), or on-site.

Registered exhibitors of the Baseball Trade Show can purchase tickets to the Baseball Winter Meetings special events including the Awards Luncheon, Gala and the Banquet.

 

Schedule of Events
Date, event Time
Monday, December 9  
Bob Freitas Business Seminar & Workshop Series 8:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
PBEO Job Fair 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Opening Session 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Awards Luncheon 12:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Opening Night at the Baseball Trade Show 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
   
Tuesday, December 10  
PBEO Job Fair 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Baseball Trade Show 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Bob Freitas Workshop Series (30 min track sessions on show floor) 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
   
Wednesday, December 11  
PBEO Job Fair 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Baseball Trade Show 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Gala 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Bob Freitas Workshop Series (30 min track sessions on show floor) 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
   
Thursday, December 12  
Closing Session 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Banquet 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
A full schedule of events, including league meetings, will be available online in October. Event times are subject to change without notice. Check back regularly for up-to-date information.

Bob Freitas Business Seminar & Workshop Series

A staple of the Baseball Winter Meetings for more than two decades, the Bob Freitas Business Seminar continues its tradition of delivering insightful speakers and attention-grabbing topics to attendees. Morning breakout sessions, featuring presenters from the baseball world and beyond, provide valuable insight into the sports industry and its practices. Past Freitas categories have included Sales & Marketing, Covering Your Bases, Grand Slam Operations, Licensing & Merchandise and Community & Media Relations. Organizations can benefit from the information offered by a diverse list of presenters.           

This year, the Monday afternoon roundtable setup, which has typically taken place in a large ballroom-type setting, is being replaced with a number of smaller rooms for improved communication. The new model, called the Bob Freitas Workshop Series, will allow for closer interaction among attendees in a quieter, smaller location. Featuring a room for each track (as in the mornings), a moderator will present a topic and then allow those in attendance to share their experiences and ideas on it with the group. Two sessions will be held simultaneously in each room. 

Part of this updated programming includes having additional educational and learning experiences during the morning and afternoon on the trade show floor on Tuesday and Wednesday. Two informal workshop locations will feature speakers and discussions, giving attendees the freedom to stop in for a few minutes while walking the trade show floor or stay for the entire 30-minute session. The new format will allow participants to experience more speakers than ever before, hear a wider variety of relevant topics, and have further opportunities to exchange and share ideas with their colleagues.    


Awards Luncheon

Sponsored by Musco Sports Lighting, the Awards Luncheon recognizes some of the top individuals and clubs within the game of baseball. Highlights of the event include opening remarks from Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O'Conner, followed by award presentations for the Joe Bauman Trophy, Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year, Bowie Kuhn Award, Sports Turf Managers of the Year, Scouts of the Year, Baseball America Organization of the Year and Bob Freitas Awards. The Awards Luncheon is attended by more than 1,000 individuals and serves as a way for attendees from both Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball to come together at the start of the meetings.


Opening Night at the Trade Show

Known as the "kick-off" of the Trade Show, Opening Night gives exhibitors and attendees their first opportunity to network and socialize on the trade show floor. With more than 250 companies exhibiting their products and services, the Baseball Trade Show is the ideal setting to make purchases for equipment, player apparel, retail merchandise, promotional items and services or to simply check out the latest baseball products available on the market. For more information, visit www.BaseballTradeShow.com.


Gala

Sponsored by New Era Cap Co., Essensa, Rawlings, and K&K Insurance Group, the Gala's laid-back atmosphere and casual social setting offers Baseball Winter Meetings attendees, Baseball Trade Show exhibitors and job seekers a chance to network and socialize beyond the week's scheduled meetings. Taking place in the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort's pool and cabana areas, this year's Gala will provide an evening full of great food, cocktails and mingling among your peers and colleagues.


Banquet

Sponsored by Major League Baseball and New Era Cap Co., this annual event recognizes some of the most prestigious awards in the baseball industry including, the King of Baseball, the John H. Johnson Presidents Award, the Larry MacPhail Promotional Award, the Warren Giles Award, the Sheldon "Chief" Bender Award and the Mike Coolbaugh Award. An addition to this year's list of awards is the newly-created John Henry Moss Community Service Award which recognizes a club that has demonstrated an outstanding, on-going commitment to charitable service and has exhibited support and leadership within its local community and the baseball industry.


PBEO Job Fair

Currently in its 20th year of existence, the PBEO Job Fair gives individuals seeking employment in the baseball industry the opportunity to meet face to face with club executives and interview on-site for a variety of available positions. The process is simple and streamlined: Job fair attendees can search jobs ranging from internships to full-time positions, then apply, interview and receive offers all while at the Baseball Winter Meetings. With December marking the height of the baseball hiring season, an average of 400-500 jobs are posted each year for between 450-550 job seekers. Most clubs are hiring for positions beginning in January 2014, with short season clubs hiring for later in the year. Exhibitors are permitted to post jobs for their company, as well. For more information on PBEO and the Job Fair, visit www.PBEO.com.

Special event tickets are available for purchase through exhibitor online registration, will be available in the Exhibitor Service Kit or can be purchased onsite.

For more information or to register, please follow the links in the above Baseball Trade Show header or email TradeShow@MiLB.com.

 

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