IBNet The IBD Summit 
January 16 - 18, 2018

FAQ

What does the conference fee cover?

The conference fee covers access to all seminars and speakers including the MANN U sessions, a high-end reception & dinner on Tuesday, breakfast, lunch and off-site dinner Wednesday night, and breakfast, lunch and off-site dinner on Thursday – that’s seven meals total. It also covers all transportation to all off-site dinners and MTB rides, all conference materials, access to all seminar presentations post event, plus a loaner bicycle (Road or Mountain) to ride during the Summit (first-come, first-served, based upon availability). What the fee does not cover is your hotel costs, flight, and additional transportation costs such as airport parking or the taxi to and from the Phoenix airport.

Is transportation to and from the airport provided?

No – the host hotel, the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes, is just two exits from the Phoenix airport so you will just need to jump in a taxi for the short trip to the hotel once you land. The hotel address is: Marriott Phoenix Tempe at the Buttes, 200 Westcourt Way Tempe, AZ 85282. Click here for more hotel information. Also, a limited number of e-bikes will be provided by L’ectric for those staying at other hotels. Please contact Justin Gottlieb at justin.gottlieb@emeraldexpo.com for more information.

If I arrive early or stay later at The IBD Summit host hotel can I take advantage of The IBD Summit negotiated rate?

Yes! The IBD Summit negotiated nightly rate for the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes is available throughout the conference.

Are there other hotel options that are less expensive?

Yes. There are several hotels in the local area that at the time of publishing this page offered cheaper nightly rates. For more information, please contact Nikki.

When should I plan to arrive? Can I depart Thursday night?

The time you plan to arrive on Tuesday is contingent on what activities you wish to participate in. If you wish to participate in the Tuesday golf game, afternoon bike ride, or attend the afternoon Mann U session you will want to arrive at the hotel by Tuesday morning. Otherwise if you plan to attend the Tuesday welcome dinner you can arrive any time before 5:00 PM. We strongly suggest staying until Friday morning as Thursday is a packed day – we have late afternoon sessions booked and a great wrap-up reception and closing dinner.

I understand the NBDA Annual Board meting takes place in conjunction with The IBD Summit - is this meeting open to NBDA members?

While the Tuesday meeting is only open to NBDA board members, we have group rides scheduled throughout the conference and multiple networking sessions which will provide an excellent opportunity to meet with the NBDA board members and discussion relevant topics.

Are suppliers/distributors allowed to attend The IBD Summit?

Yes, absolutely. The IBD Summit has several opportunities for involvement of distributors and suppliers; you can purchase a low cost but effective sponsorship such as a table top display, or you can simply purchase a non-retail buyer badge – either way, the IBD Summit wants participation from distributors and suppliers.

Tell me more about the rides and loaner bicycles.

We have mountain and road bike rides scheduled each day of the conference and we will provide loaner bicycles (these rides are excellent networking opportunities and a great chance to clear your head and refocus after several hours of sessions). If you would like a loaner bicycle please email your preference (road or mountain bike) to Justin Gottlieb (justin.gottlieb@emeraldexpo.com) and indicate your bike size. You will need to bring your own shoes, pedals, helmet, kits, etc. For more detailed questions on the rides please feel free to email Justin Gottlieb (justin.gottlieb@emeraldexpo.com) or call him at 949-226-5754. Also, a limited number of e-bikes will be provided by L’ectric for those staying at other hotels. Please contact Justin for more information.

I noticed you have Mann University curriculum scheduled. How does this work?

Once again the IBD Summit is partnering with the Mann Group to host Mann U Leadership sessions on Tuesday and Thursday. The Mann U curriculum received high ratings from 2016 attendees and is perfect for store managers or executive level staff. For more information please contact Nikki.