NACS CEO Talks 2021 NACS Show

Henry Armour answers your burning questions about the 2021 NACS Show in Chicago.

September 15, 2021

NACS Logo at the NACS Show Party

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—NACS President and CEO Henry Armour took to a webinar yesterday to discuss what’s new at the 2021 NACS Show, how NACS is delivering a safe event and answer questions about the expo, sampling, networking and more.

“After two years of being apart, we all know that our industry is stronger when we are able to share and work through our challenges together. And there’s no better place to do that than at the NACS Show,” began Armour.

Domestic registration buyer counts are strong and tracking the same as the last time the NACS Show was in Chicago in 2017, according to Armour. Registration numbers at 1,236 companies are just shy of NACS Show 2019 numbers. As expected, international registrations will be considerably lower due to travel restrictions around the world; however, Armour emphasized that this will be a very strong domestic trade show floor.

“And really exciting is that a record 364 new exhibitors will be participating in this year's Show, beating our all-time record from 2009,” said Armour.

(Register to attend the 2021 NACS Show October 5-8 at McCormick Place in Chicago.)

A top concern for attendees and NACS is safety at the Show. The NACS Show team has been working closely with the city of Chicago, the Cook County Health Department, McCormick Place and the CDC to ensure that the safest environment for the Show.

Here’s a topline view of the NACS Show safety plan: 

  • As required by the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois, masks are mandated indoors regardless of vaccination status.
  • NACS encourages and recommends that attendees are vaccinated against COVID-19, but the association is not requiring attendees to be vaccinated.
  • NACS has implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures.
  • The expo will have wider aisles to encourage social distancing.
  • Education session and general session seating will be spread out.
  • Food and beverage service has been transformed to protect attendees. 

Armour opened the presentation for questions. They ranged from sampling at the Show and networking opportunities to updated exhibitor listings and what to do if you’re not feeling well at the Show. Find out the answers to these questions and others by listening to the 20-minute recording of Armour’s address. The Q&A portion starts at 7:35.

The NACS Show provides the most comprehensive representation of products and services for the convenience and fuel retailing industry, and you don’t want to miss it. Registration is open now. Save your spot before Sept. 24 and get the pre-show rate ($150 savings!). Register today. And don’t forget to book your hotel with the official NACS Show Housing office.

Separately, if your company is exhibiting at the NACS Show, the deadline to submit your booth promotions—celebrity appearances, giveaways and events—for inclusion in the NACS Show Daily News is Friday, September 17. The NACS Show Daily News is the official newspaper of the NACS Show. Submit your booth promotions today