ACTS 2019 Schedule (Ft. Myers)

Sunday, January 13

3:00 – 5:00 / Registration (Exhibit Hall Open for Vendor Setup)

Monday, January 14

7:00 - 8:00 / Breakfast

8:00 - 9:00 / Devotion - Vann Ellison – St. Matthews House

9:00 - 10:15 / Session 1 - Jamie Shedden - St. Matthews Rescue Mission

A Different Perspective

JT will be enlightening us with the many different perspectives gained from Thrift Operations and how we can gain buy in from everyone concerned within and without our organizations.

10: 15 - 10:45 / Break (Exhibit Hall Open)

10:45 - 12:00 / Session 2 - Rusty Parrish - ThriftStoreSpecialist.Com

Retail Math

Join us as we will be sharing pertinent numbers for “Running Your Business” gathered over the years, in both processing and storefront sides of the business. Come learn them so you can turn your business into a profitable resource for your ministry.

12:00 - 1:00 / Lunch

1:30 - 5:00 / Thrift Store tour

6:30 – 8:30 / Banquet

Tuesday, January 15

7:00 - 8:00 / Breakfast

8:00 - 9:00 / Devotion Rick Hagans - Harvest Ministries

9:00 - 10:15 / Session 3 - Keith Overholt & Mike Smith - Downtown Rescue Mission

Basics Do’s & Don’ts of Running Thrift Stores

Keith and Mike have currently opened nine (9) successful thrift stores. Here are a few of their Do’s and Don’ts for opening and maintaining profitability within the thrift market.

10: 15 - 10:45 / *Break (Exhibit Hall Open)

10:45 - 12:00 / Session 4 - Pam Givens - Kokomo Rescue Mission

Upper Management Perspective

Join us as Pam outlines the in’s and out’s of aligning thrift store operations alongside the mission’s core values & principles.

12:00- 1:00 / Lunch

1:30 - 2:45 / Session 5 - Rev.Rob Tart - Durham Rescue Mission

Successful Blending of Entities

Don’t miss this session as Rob Tart, Chief Operating Officer of Durham Rescue Mission outlines the benefits and potential pit falls encountered when merging ministry driven thrift operations with the actual ministry of the mission. This will include managing employees and clients between all entities and much more.

3:15 - 4:30 / Session 6 - Michael Gold - ThriftShopper.Com

Best Bang for your Ad Bucks

Learn from one of the top industry experts on how to maximize your advertising budget and create the greatest returns for your efforts.

5:30 - 6:30 / Dinner on your own

7:00 - 9:00 / Dessert Reception with Vendors

Wednesday, January 16

7:00 - 8:00 / Breakfast

8:00 - 9:00 / Devotion - Kyle Bridges - Lighthouse Ministries

9:00 - 10:15 / Session 7 - Bethany Monroe - No Longer Bound

Culture, Environment & Community

Come learn how No Longer Bound establishes a premiere spot in their demographic to establish thrift, mission and community into one finely tuned operation.

10: 15 - 10:45 / *Break (Exhibit Hall Open for the Last Time)

10:45 -12:00 / Session 8 - Steve Myers - Hope Outlet Store

WINNING the Staffing Battle

Anyone having issues filling positions? Steve shares the different types of scenarios needed to help reduce turnover, engage staff / volunteers, $’s, Benefits, etc… Don’t miss this one!

Please help us thank St. Matthews House for hosting this year’s conference.

* All breaks are served in the Exhibit Hall or Vendor Area (Exhibit Hall Open for Vendor Tear Down – Wednesday 10:45 -12:00)