Meetings, Travel, & Space Information


Wednesday's Lunch Menu Selection

When feeding nearly 5,000 attendees it’s impossible to make everyone happy, but we try our best. This year, you get to try your best.

Vote below by June 24 and help us plan the menu for Wednesday lunch!


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Each year we receive the same feedback – there’s not enough time on the Expo floor to see all of the booths. For the past 2 years we’ve analyzed the data and trends and we believe the problem isn’t the time – it’s the number of people during that time. So this year we’re introducing an all day Expo! Half of the attendees will attend the expo from 7:30 – 11:30am. During this time the other half will be in training and regional breakouts. From 11:30-1:30 we’ll have lunch in the café and a general session. This will give our vendors 2 full hours to reset their booths and take a break. Then the groups flip-flop from 1:45-5:45.

This biggest issue with split Expo timing is keeping celebrity autographs and giveaways available to both groups. So, after our Closing General Session (6-7pm), attendees are welcome to come back to the Expo for a closing Finale from 7:00pm – 8:00pm. This is when we’ll have giveaways, raffles, celebrities, etc.
Note: This Finale is an optional event and attendees are not required to attend.


We’re always trying to find new and exciting ways for our vendors to interact with our attendees outside of the Expo floor. This year we’ve created Nash X Night (That’s “Nash by Night”). We’ve secured 2 mega-venues on Broadway street that hold 4,800 people combined. These venues are multi-level with unique pockets and lots of entertainment options. We’ve connected with a few of our key-vendors and they’re excited to host our attendees in different sections of the venues. From mechanical-bulls, to rooftop bars, to the ancient art of karaoke – this should be an event to remember. Note: Dinner will be served to all attendees at this event.


Over stimulated from pyrotechnics in the general session? Got a killer headache and need a moment to chill? This year for the first time we are offering a sensory lounge for our attendees. The Sensory Lounge will be opened Saturday, 8/24 – Wednesday, 8/28 and will offer a relaxing place to gather your thoughts and decompress.

You’ll also find complimentary chair massages located in this room during arrivals!
• Saturday, 8/24 10:00am – 6:00 pm
• Sunday, 8/25, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: MCC, Level 2, Room 201

Ronald McDonald House Winners!

Congratulations to our lucky winners who will arrive early to participate in Ronald McDonald House at the 2019 GME Conference.

This year we have 2 Ronald McDonald House events at Conference. The first is Saturday night and the second is Sunday morning – 12 volunteers for each shift.

Winners: Please plan to arrive on Saturday, August 24 by 2:30 pm.

Medical Notes & Special Requests

This year, all medical notes & special requests must be sent to on or before the close of registration on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019! Any requests made after the July 17th deadline will not be accepted.

New Mother Policy Registration Deadline

Just like last year, we are excited to announce the continuation of our New Mother Policy. However, this year you must let the Meetings & Travel team know that you want to take advantage of this policy by the close of registration on JULY 17, 2019.You can let the Meetings & Travel team know you are opting in to the New Mother Policy by e-mailing

Unfortunately, if you do not opt in to the New Mother Policy by midnight on JULY 17, 2019, we will not be able to accommodate your request.

You can find the New Mother Policy details here!

Giving you a head's up in General Session & the VTR's!

So that you are prepared for the stimulating audio-visual experiences our vendors will provide at Conference, you will find icons in the Show Guide and the Conference App that indicate when a vendor presentation will contain pyrotechnics, lasers, or realistic combat experiences. If you are uneasy about experiencing any of these elements or have a medical condition preventing you from doing so, please talk to your District Leader, Human Resources Leader, or Regional Leader.


This year to better serve our Store Leader audience, we launched a survey so they can select the departments/efforts they would most like to see in the SSC IRL.

Conference Vendor Gifts and Post-Conference Vendor Sales Incentives

To show appreciation for your team’s continued support, our vendor partners may choose to distribute product samples during Conference. There may also be announcements made at Conference about upcoming sales incentives to be sent upon the launch of particular titles/products.

Please note that attendance at Conference is not a guarantee for receiving future sales incentives. When post-conference sales incentives are sent out, only those associates who are in a Store Leader or Field Leader role at the time of product distribution will be eligible recipients.

It is also important to keep in mind that reselling any company merchandise/vendor gifts on the internet or through any other means for profit is prohibited.