Events – 2017 Conferences

2017 MSNA Industry Conference

May 11-12, 2017
Breezy Point Resort
Breezy Point MN


Online Registration Link >>
2017 Industry Conference Registration Form (pdf)
2017 Industry Conference Schedule at a Glance (subject to change)


General Session Speakers

Amy Dee

Amy Dee has earned a national reputation for featuring her signature brand of side-splitting humor to explain how to harness the science of behavior and the power to choose everything from how you deal with difficult people at work to how you maintain positive relationships at home. Amy will help us connect, laugh and open up to the science of how we behave and the power we have to make different choices about how we treat each other (and ourselves).



Tim Richardson

Tim Richardson is a professional speaker and author who helps sales professionals increase sales and grow their businesses. Remember the words of the famous anonymous philosopher who said, “If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten”.

Employee motivation, retention, and productivity are all improved when leaders provide a framework for employees to excel in their work.  Now, more than ever, it is important for organizations to create a positive work environment that focuses on employee fulfillment. When employees lead fulfilling lives, their contributions to the organization are increased affecting sales, service, and nearly every aspect of an organization’s success. Tim Richardson will equip leaders with strategies that will energize their employees to create more richness in their work, increasing profitability for all.

2017 61st Annual Conference

Pride, Passion, Perseverance 

July 30-August 2, 2017
Vendor Show-August 1, 2017
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)
350 Harbor Drive
Duluth, MN 55802


The MSNA hotel block for Duluth is now open
2017 Duluth hotels with room rates   (click to open)
Note: Holiday Inn & Suites phone number is: 218 722 1202 or 800 477 7089. 


2017 Annual Conference
2017 Schedule at a Glance  (pdf)
please note times/content are subject to change


Monday, July 31st-General Session Speaker

Mike McKinley

Mike has the experience and expertise that people in business need to succeed from his history as a teenage entrepreneur which led to leadership positions in manufacturing, retail, radio, television, and ownership of a multimillion dollar publishing house, professional speaking, and consulting business. Mike helps people recognize the challenges to success, open their minds to new ideas and current methods, and helps business maximize performance and profitability.
Education and training on the customer journey, partnership advocacy, generational and diversity issues, leadership and day-to-day business operations is the heart and soul of Mike’s presentation. It’s time to think fresh thoughts and seek new perspectives.

Wednesday, August 2-General Session Speaker

Sarah White

When it comes to creating a great program, you must decide if you want to stay with the ordinary or move to the extraordinary. You will identify ideas that will work and eliminate those that do not work. Status quo does not move you forward. Using ordinary lessons, we will discover, identify, and develop extraordinary solutions to allow your program to reach its full potential.

Sarah White is a motivational speaker and trainer who always incorporates laughter in her presentations. She has her master’s in business and accounting. She retired two years ago, having worked in education over 43 years both as a teacher, educator, and state executive director of school nutrition.

2017 Service Project

Service Project List

CHUM is Duluth’s primary safety-net organization where people who are homeless or who have very low incomes can come for assistance and a welcoming, safe community. CHUM operates Duluth’s largest food shelf and provides emergency shelter and supportive services for homeless individuals and families. We help people find housing and employment, access public benefits, and receive basic medical care.

Life House provides for virtually every need of young people who have been left to fend for themselves on the streets. More importantly, however, Life House provides a place of acceptance, safety, and belonging where youth can reclaim a positive, healthy and hopeful future. In the early nineties, Life House’s founder asked her son why his friend hadn’t left their house after a sleep-over two days before. He answered, “Because he has nowhere else to go.” She decided to take action to address what was happening in Duluth.

Life House has provided homeless and at-risk youth ages 14-21 with a safe alternative to the streets, transitional housing, and comprehensive support services.

2017 MSNA Nutrition Conference

October 14, 2017
Richfield High School
Richfield, MN


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