by Lisa Evans
On February 9, 2016, leaders from the flea market and swap meet world kick off the industry’s annual conference in Las Vegas. The 2016 National Flea Market Association (NFMA) conference runs from February 9 through the 11th at New York New York hotel and conference center. The event provides a much-needed networking opportunity for market owners and managers, not to mention a full roster of educational opportunities for industry newcomers and veterans alike.
NFMA President Rob Sieban will present the opening remarks at the conference and will highlight the board’s efforts from the past year, as well as take a look at the challenges the industry faces in the coming years. Attendees can also look forward to David Wolff’s financial review, Wolff having served on the board for more than 17 years.
In the conference spotlight this year will be Smiley’s Flea Market owner Ben Campen, who will discuss the current concerns of Federal legislation for the industry. Also discussing legislative issues, including those on the state level, will be long-time NFMA consultant John Schoen. In addition, Sharon Wolff, Creative Director and Merchandise Consultant for Wolff’s Flea Markets, will host a panel on trademark issues and how they impact flea market and swap meet operations.
Every year NFMA members are polled to determine their areas of interest and concern in order to best set the conference agenda This year the top issues included how to attract more flea market vendors, adding amusement or midway-style attractions to your market, and using technology to better manage the available market space.
The NFMA represents the interests of flea market operators across the United States, ranging from the smallest flea markets to the largest and longest-established businesses. The NFMA also works to keep flea market owners up to date with current local and national legislative news that may have an impact on the industry. This can range from issues such as ordinances regarding advertising, food service, noise control and parking, as well as other issues that have a direct influence on flea market operations.
The 2016 NFMA conference will take place at the New York New York Hotel in Las Vegas between February 9 and February 11. A golf outing is planned for February 9, with the educational sessions a breakout networking sessions following on the 10th and 11th. For more information on the NFMA and the conference, please visit their website at www.fleamarkets.org.