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BTA Southeast to Host Fall Colors Retreat Oct. 21-22 in Asheville, North Carolina

Tuesday, September 13, 2016  
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Planned and hosted by the dealer volunteer leadership team of BTA Southeast, the Business Technology Association's (BTA's) Fall Colors Retreat will be held Oct. 21-22 at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina.

The event will feature a dealer panel moderated by David Ramos of InfoTrends, exhibitor round-table discussions and three general sessions specifically selected for today's office technology dealers. In addition, the event agenda includes great networking opportunities — a private guided tour of the historic Biltmore Estate and dinner at the Biltmore's Lioncrest Veranda on Friday evening, and a cocktail reception and dinner at the hotel on Saturday evening.

There will also be plenty of time to visit with the exhibiting sponsors during breaks and round-table discussions. Many of these exhibitors will hold drawings for great prizes during the event and dealer attendees can also enter the BTA Events Sweepstakes on-site.

The Fall Colors Retreat will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, with welcoming comments and the dealer panel, "2020 — Outlook for the Office Technology Industry," moderated by Ramos. The panelists: John Eckstrom, president and CEO of Carolina Business Equipment, Columbia, South Carolina; and Tim Renegar, president and co-owner of Kelly Office Solutions, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

A break and the first set of exhibitor round-table discussions will follow the panel. Breaks between sessions on both days will give attendees additional networking time.

At 5:45 p.m., attendees will depart for the Biltmore Estate, where they will receive a private guided tour and dinner at the Biltmore's Lioncrest Veranda. Each attendee will also receive a ticket to tour the Biltmore during his (or her) free time on Friday or Saturday.

The second day of the Fall Colors Retreat will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, with a continental breakfast, opening comments and the first educational session, "Diversifying Your Revenue Stream With Water Systems," led by Bob Tangredi of PHSI. A break and the second set of exhibitor round-table discussions will follow. The final educational sessions will be held after the round-table discussions: "Building a Managed Services Practice: Is Now the Time?" led by Dexter Williams of ConnectWise; and "Your Sales Playbook," led by Steve Rolla of Pros Elite Group. The educational portion of the event will wrap up with closing comments and prize drawings.

From 12:30 until 6:30 p.m., attendees will have time to explore Asheville and the surrounding area. This would be a great opportunity to tour the Biltmore Estate on your own. At 6:30 p.m., cocktails and dinner will be served at the hotel.

The Fall Colors Retreat exhibiting sponsors: AgentDealer, Buyers Lab, Carolina Wholesale, Continuum, Epson, EverBank, Innovolt, LEAF, LMI Solutions, Muratec, Panasonic (Breaks Sponsor), PHSI, ProcureIT (Lunch Sponsor), SYNNEX, Wells Fargo and Xerox (Breakfast Sponsor).

BTA members receive 2-for-1 registration to the Fall Colors Retreat and either the $150 or $250 discount code received with membership can be used, depending on the number of registrants from the same company. BTA member dealer 2-for-1 registration is $199, which includes the Friday and Saturday educational sessions and round-table discussions; Friday private guided tour and dinner at the Biltmore Estate; a Biltmore tour ticket that can be used Friday or Saturday; and Saturday breakfast, cocktails and dinner at the hotel. An additional attendee from the same member dealership is only $99. Non-member registration is $249 and an additional non-member from the same company is $209.

For more information on the Fall Colors Retreat, including full session descriptions and the registration form for the event, visit

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