Thursday, January 23, 2014

The BIG Show in New York City

Mississippi State ATM students Katie Thornton, Brittani Wilkinson, and Hannah Reynolds (myself) were honored to attend the National Retail Federation's BIG Show 2014 in New York City from January 10-13th. We had a blast hearing from industry professionals, meeting people from all over the world, and of course being in the big city! There was a special program for students that we had the privilege to attend. Charles Freeman was our faculty chaperone. A special thanks goes out to Dr. Newman and the School of a Human Sciences for sponsoring us! We can't wait to go back next year! 

The convention was held in the Javits Center. 

The group at one of the seminars. 

This networking event was held at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square. We met a lot of interesting people! 

One of the smaller seminar break away sessions. We were able to pick what areas interested us most. 

The opening ceramony. Thousands of people from all over the world sat in those seats. 

One of the main halls in the Javits Center. 

The New York Sticks kicking things off right at NRF. 

Me soaking in Times Square for the second time. 

Some of our friends we met from SCAD.

Us at the student program seminar. There were about 250 students that attended. 

Us right outside our lovely hotel in Times Sqaure. 

Brittani "popping bottles" at the M&M Factory. We bought Dr. Newman a tie there and expect to see its appearance on Maroon Fridays! 

Katie's excitement for being in the big city for the first time!

Checking out some local vendors was a lot of fun! 

More fun in the factory!

The city that never sleeps 

Katie and the paper boy. Quite an interesting outfit! 

Hearing George W. Bush speak was a highlight of the trip for sure!!

A CEO panel discussion. They always gave great advice and insight for everyone. 

Yay for plane rides 

Another shot of the former president. 

We had a great time!! We'll see you soon, NYC!