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2020 National Convention - Nashville, TN

Come join us in Nashville and help celebrate our 12th Annual National Convention!


October 29-November 1, 2020


This convention is presented by the NBTSG, which is a member owned 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, for the benefit of the Guild Members but it is open for non-members to attend. Join your fellow sharpeners and attend sharpening training from world class educators. There will be an extensive vendor room plus a chance to certify. Top scores from certification will see their name on the perpetual Sharpeners Guild trophy. 


We have more certified sharpeners and industry experts teaching more topics than any other sharpening event.


SEATING IS LIMITED TO 75 PEOPLE SO REGISTER EARLY.  ONLINE REGISTRATION COMING SOON.


Guild members receive special membership pricing for workshops, certification and general admission. You do not need to certify to be a member. JOIN NOW 



GENERAL ADMISSION includes Saturday & Sunday vendor room access; Saturday presentations; Saturday & Sunday catered lunches; Saturday catered reception & costume party; Sunday Guild Centers; and Sunday catered awards banquet dinner. 


General admission registration is required to participate in the certification exams on Saturday but is not required to attend the Guild Workshops on Thursday or Friday.



Location

Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport

1112 Airport Center Dr. - Nashville, TN 37214


Special convention rates for standard king and standard double are $145 per night plus local taxes and fees. Room rates are valid before and after the convention so you can come early and stay later to check out everything that Nashville has to offer.  Use group code NBTS for reservations to get this special rate.  Call the hotel directly at 615-889-9090 and use code NBTS.  Special rate expires August 1st.


The hotel offers complimentary 24 hour shuttle service to and from the Nashville International Airport, complementary high speed internet access throughout the hotel, and complimentary guest parking.  


Come see their newly renovated guest rooms! Renovations to the lobby, restaurant, lounge and meeting rooms were completed in June 2019. 


Here's a link to the Radisson Hotel website.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

**PRICING**

Convention General Admission (Sharpener) - $200

Convention General Admission (Spouse) - $100

Guild Workshop - $150

Certification - $225


Sapphire VIP Package (Convention, 3 Workshops (Friday Only), No Certification) - $600

Ruby VIP Package (Convention, 3 Workshops (Friday Only), 1 Certification) - $800

Emerald VIP Package (Convention, 3 Workshops (Friday Only), 2 Certifications) - $950


Sapphire VIP PLUS Package (Convention, 5 Workshops (Thursday & Friday), No Certification) - $850

Ruby VIP PLUS Package (Convention, 5 Workshops (Thursday & Friday), 1 Certification) - $1050

Emerald VIP PLUS Package (Convention, 5 Workshops (Thursday & Friday), 2 Certifications) - $1200



**Guild members receive a 25% discount on workshops, certification and general admission pricing.  

Enter coupon code during registration to receive member discount. 


You do not need to certify to be a member. JOIN NOW and SAVE!  



COVID-19 UPDATE April 26, 2020

Update on Annual Convention


Dear Fellow Members & Sharpeners,


Greetings, I trust that this letter finds all of you, and your families healthy and safe amidst these trying times that we are all facing currently with regards to the Covid19 pandemic that we all currently dealing with. It’s clear with me and probably many of you, abrupt lifestyle and financial changes have been very difficult to deal with. As we are all innocent victims in these times, having our lives put on pause, until this all can be brought under control and finally into remission.


On a very positive note, one of the most uplifting things that have I witnessed recently-and has been shared by so many of you that I have spoken with, is the chance to “Slow Down” and appreciate wonderful things we do have in this life, and sometimes tend to take for granted, such as family & friends. Sometimes when we are going through life, in never ending overdrive, we tend to overlook what is so very important and valued to us all. Sometimes having less, puts clearly into context why we really do have more!


Make no mistake…these challenges that we are all currently facing will become a blip in time as we look into the rear view mirror of our lives, and “It Will Pass”. As Irony often has a humorous side to it, I wouldn’t be surprised, that in the not too distant future, many of us will be wishing for more time off! As our clients businesses come back online, I am confident there is going to be a mountain of work for all of us to do, once the pandemic is over.


Remember, we have a responsibility to ourselves and our family to do the necessary preparations now! Eat well, and get plenty of rest because we are all going to need the energy. It is important to make your preparations now while you have the opportunity the current pause now provides. Start by contacting your customers and giving them encouragement, and letting them know you are there for them. Make any necessary upgrades, repairs, cleaning, or anything else, so you’re ready to go! So get out there and get ready….sunrise is coming!


Are you ready for some Great News?


I am very pleased to inform you as your NBTSG President, your dedicated Board of Directors and I have been working very hard on preserving this year’s Annual NBTSG Convention. As mentioned in the last communication to our Members 03/21/2020 we were trying to move forward with the original date in September, but with ever changing daily updates as to how the Covid19 is affecting the United States, we felt that this would not be possible based on the current information that has been available. However, not wanting to cancel the convention….we have come up with an exciting alternative.


Keeping in mind both the Safety of our Members, and the mission of the NBTSG…it has been decided to re-schedule our Annual Convention for the last weekend of October. Yes you heard it right! October 29th thru November 1st….a Halloween Themed Convention! This opens up a number of possibilities, but more on the details of all the really great opportunities as things develop.


Our decision to move the date of our convention was determined by a number of factors that needed to be considered. Firstly, was always safety. Secondly, is a way to give our Members an opportunity to recover from the downtime due to many of our clients businesses that have been shut down. Thirdly, not waiting too long to make our decision, in order for those that drive their rigs to the convention, those will be able to travel safely, and in good weather. Nashville always has so much to offer, and at the end of October will be no exception, with plenty for everyone to explore!


I truly believe this year’s Annual Convention is going to be the best we have ever experienced. Even in these crazy times, we all have so much to offer each other. Our Board Members are working diligently now that we have more time to plan; we will be offering some really Cool new training spotlights, more vendors, and some “Scary Surprises” as we move forward.


I really encourage you to make your plans now for October…and participate in some of the upcoming polls we will be posting; such as “what should be the theme name” of the convention (I can almost guarantee there will be a gift cert. for the winner) We want to make this year’s convention very special & exciting. Most of all…a time to enjoy each other’s company, learn and grow our businesses, and rejoice!


Thank you all,


Dayna Schleufer
President NBTSG


And All the NBTSG Board of Directors

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Join us on Saturday, October 31st for our catered reception and costume party!

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

**PRICING**

Convention General Admission (Sharpener) - $200

Convention General Admission (Spouse) - $100

Guild Workshop - $150

Certification - $225


Sapphire VIP Package (Convention, 3 Workshops (Friday Only), No Certification) - $600

Ruby VIP Package (Convention, 3 Workshops (Friday Only), 1 Certification) - $800

Emerald VIP Package (Convention, 3 Workshops (Friday Only), 2 Certifications) - $950


Sapphire VIP PLUS Package (Convention, 5 Workshops (Thursday & Friday), No Certification) - $850

Ruby VIP PLUS Package (Convention, 5 Workshops (Thursday & Friday), 1 Certification) - $1050

Emerald VIP PLUS Package (Convention, 5 Workshops (Thursday & Friday), 2 Certifications) - $1200



**Guild members receive a 25% discount on workshops, certification and general admission pricing.  

Enter coupon code during registration to receive member discount. 


You do not need to certify to be a member. JOIN NOW and SAVE!  



Guest Speakers

TO BE ANNOUNCED (TBA)

EDUCATORS

Dennis Brooks - Grand Master Sharpener

Hamaguri USA/Sharp Edges


Jason Sturm - Master Sharpener

The Edge Pro/Nebraska Blades


Jim O'Donnell

On The Edge Newsletter


Dayna Schleufer - Grand Master Sharpener

Advanced Sharpening Technologies


Brandon Smart - Master Sharpener

The Edge Pro/Nebraska Blades



Lou Gean - Grand Master Sharpener

The Sharper Side



Eric Wunder - Certified Sharpener

Fix My Edge



CONVENTION SCHEDULE

10/29/2020 - Thursday

Guild Workshops / Pre-Convention Activity

1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Radison Hotel Nashville Airport

10/29/2020 - Thursday

Guild Workshops / Pre-Convention Activity

(Workshop Registration Required for Attendance/General Admission Registration for the Convention is NOT required to attend the Workshops)  


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1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Radison Hotel Nashville Airport

10/30/2020 - Friday

Guild Workshops / Pre-Convention Activity

9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Radison Hotel Nashville Airport

10/30/2020 - Friday

Guild Workshops / Pre-Convention Activity

(Workshop Registration Required for Attendance/General Admission Registration for the Convention is NOT required to attend the Workshops)  


C...

9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Radison Hotel Nashville Airport

10/31/2020 - Saturday (Halloween)

National Convention Day 1

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport

10/31/2020 - Saturday (Halloween)

National Convention Day 1

Vendor Setup 6AM - 8AM Memphis Room/Volunteer Foyer


Convention Officially Begins 8:00AM

(General Admission Registration Required for Attendanc...

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport

11/1/2020 - Sunday

National Convention Day 2

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport

11/1/2020 - Sunday

National Convention Day 2

(General Admission Registration Required for Attendance)  


Worship Service (Optional) 7AM - 7:45AM Knoxville Room


Vendor Room/Tables Open 8AM ...

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport

11/1/2020 - Sunday

Awards Banquet Dinner

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport

11/1/2020 - Sunday

Awards Banquet Dinner

Hosted by the NBTSG Awards Committee 

MC Craig Swanson (GM)


- Seating

- Remarks by Guild President

- Grace

- Meal Service

- Door Prizes

- Desert

- L...

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport

GUILD CENTER TOPICS (SUNDAY AM)

Topic #1

COACH: TBA

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COACH: TBA

GUILD CENTER TOPICS (SUNDAY PM)

Topic #6

COACH: TBA

Topic #7

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Topic #8

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Topic #9

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Topic #10

COACH: TBA

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

**PRICING**

Convention General Admission (Sharpener) - $200

Convention General Admission (Spouse) - $100

Guild Workshop - $150

Certification - $225


Sapphire VIP Package (Convention, 3 Workshops (Friday Only), No Certification) - $600

Ruby VIP Package (Convention, 3 Workshops (Friday Only), 1 Certification) - $800

Emerald VIP Package (Convention, 3 Workshops (Friday Only), 2 Certifications) - $950


Sapphire VIP PLUS Package (Convention, 5 Workshops (Thursday & Friday), No Certification) - $850

Ruby VIP PLUS Package (Convention, 5 Workshops (Thursday & Friday), 1 Certification) - $1050

Emerald VIP PLUS Package (Convention, 5 Workshops (Thursday & Friday), 2 Certifications) - $1200



**Guild members receive a 25% discount on workshops, certification and general admission pricing.  

Enter coupon code during registration to receive member discount. 


You do not need to certify to be a member. JOIN NOW and SAVE!  



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