Please save the date for the SEVA 2021 conference, which has a new month and location. The event is scheduled for June 22-24 at The Lodge at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, AL. We will have more information coming out about this soon.
We wish to thank everyone that has sponsored, attended and supported the SEVA Conference over the years. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2021. We hope that you are safe, healthy and taking the necessary precautions as we all navigate through these challenging times.
SEVA (Southeastern Vending Association) is comprised of seven state vending association members including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. SEVA’s purpose is to facilitate an annual convention allowing the state association members to network with their suppliers and individual members.
Originally formed in 1981 as the Vending Machine Association of the Gulf South (VMAGS), the organization’s purpose was to merge the annual tri-state convention held by Alabama Vending Association (AVA), Mississippi Automatic Merchandising Association (MAMA) and Vending Machine Operators of Louisiana (VMOL). VMAGS was officially incorporated in 1981 in Alabama. In 2003, Georgia Automatic Merchandising Council (GAMC) joined the organization followed by Tennessee Automatic Merchandising Association (TAMA) and the Automatic Merchandising Association of Florida (AMAF). Due to the growing participation in VMAGS, the name changed to Southeastern Vending Association (SEVA) to include all its members. In 2019, SEVA welcomed Arkansas Vending Council (AVC) to the organization.
SEVA Convention 2021
Celebrating its 15th year, the 2021 SEVA Convention will host seven states in one location with an expected attendance of over 250 participants and 50 operator companies represented. As a whole, the SEVA operators represent over $400 million in sales volume, 1,500 routes and 60,000 machines. Join us for this popular two-and-a-half day event that allows networking, education, family fun and the opportunity to move your business forward. SEVA welcomes all vending, coffee service and foodservice industry members to the 2021 SEVA SUMMER CONVENTION.
The 2021 convention will kick-off with an opening night party beachside. This fun night allows attendees to mingle, catch-up with industry friends, operators and suppliers, and also build new relationships. The second night features a seated dinner with special entertainment. The popular Supplier Showcase, which affords attendees valued time with our much appreciated sponsors, learning about their company and products, will continue as a lunch event. The last night of SEVA leaves valuable networking time for suppliers and operators.
Get inspired by professional speakers. The convention will offer multiple professional development opportunities over two mornings. The afternoons will be filled with group activities including the Wilbur Langston Memorial Golf Tournament, and the Beach Volleyball Tournament. There is an activity for everyone. Be sure to pack your golf shoes, flip flops and sunscreen for fun-filled, fresh air afternoons.
From the SEVA Convention Chairman
It is my pleasure to serve as your 2021 SEVA Chair and I look forward to celebrating our 15th year on a new date in a new location. This year we have moved our conference, traditionally held in August, to June 22-24th at The Lodge at Gulf State Park in beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama. We are hopeful that this change will allow more families to attend and enjoy a family vacation together.
Our SEVA Board, comprised of professionals from every aspect of the industry, is working to create a conference in which we can all work to refresh, renew and refocus after the trials we all faced in 2020. You can expect informative educational sessions, networking, and family fun at SEVA 2021. This year’s convention theme “SEVA 2021: Refresh, Renew, Refocus” is an opportunity for us to gather again in-person and celebrate all that our industry has to offer while focusing on what lies ahead for us.
I invite you all to make your reservations early and bring your family and your team to SEVA 2021 and turn it into an extended vacation. The Lodge at Gulf State Park is a family friendly full-service beachfront resort that offers numerous amenities including a spa, golf, multiple pools, beach activities, shopping, and fantastic dining. For more info about The Lodge, visit them online at lodgeatgulfstatepark.com, and for more info about SEVA 2021 check our website or “like" us on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.
I hope to see everyone in Gulf Shores this June.