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IPCPR 84th Annual Convention & International Trade Show 

July 24 - 28, 2016
Sands Expo
Las Vegas, NV



Sunday, July 24, 2016

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open

Seminars and Cocktail Hour 10:00 am - 10:00 pm 

Time All Day Seminars Location
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Manufacturer Seminar/The FDA - for IPCPR Manufacturers
presented by: Dave Clissold of Hyman Phelps, Barry Schaevitz of Fox Rothschild
and Blake Rutherford of Cozen O'Connor and moderated by Kip Talley of IPCPR.

Venetian Ballroom E

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Lessons from the Retail Titans
presented by: Dave Ratner, Dave's Soda and & Pet City

As a board member of the National Retail Federation, Dave Ratner has become friendly with many icons of the retail world. Says Dave: “Yes, these CEOs run huge businesses and we don't. But l will relate stories and share examples of how their business wisdom can help us run better businesses, no matter how big or small our stores. Even if you are the only employee!"

Sponsored by: Crowned Heads

Venetian Ballroom E

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM



Engaging Emlpoyees; Improving Performance

presented by: Juan Gonzalez, Axiom Consulting Partners, McLean, VA

Employee engagement is the connection between employees and their jobs that influences their performance and willingness to do their best. Management consultant Juan Pablo Gonzalez will describe the drivers of employee engagement and how increasing engagement can help businesses improve service quality, customer satisfaction and sales results.

Sponsored by: Nomad Cigar Company

Venetian Ballroom E


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Living with the FDA - A Seminar for Retailers
presented by: Dave Clissold of Hyman Phelps, Barry Schaevitz of Fox Rothschild, Kip Talley of IPCPR moderated by Craig Cass, IPCPR Board President

After numerous rule-making hearings and intense lobbying efforts by IPCPR and aligned tobacco interests, the Food & Drug Administration finally unveiled its plans for regulation of premium cigars and pipe tobacco this spring. Find out what these new regulations really mean for your stores and the future of the industry.

Sponsored by: Sindicato Cigars

Venetian Ballroom E

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Government Affairs Strategy
presented by: IPCPR Legislative Team; Matt Dogali, Rachel Hyde, Kip Talley.
Moderated by: John Anderson, IPCPR 2nd Vice President

Sponsored by: Fratello Cigars

Venetian Ballroom E
 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Cocktail Reception

Featuring cash bar, light hors d'oeuvres and networking!

Sponsored by: Quality Importers

Venetian Ballrooms A,B,C,D

Monday, July 25, 2016

8:00 am – 10:00 am IPCPR Annual Meeting and Breakfast (Venetian Ballroom)
Featuring Keynote Speaker, Jon Taffer of Bar Rescue

During this crucial meeting, you will get the latest industry news as well as information about IPCPR’s continuing efforts to support the industry and its membership through innovative programs and services, legislative advocacy and industry-specific goals and objectives.

Free to all Convention Attendees!!

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open


9:30 am
Trade Show Opens for PAC VIP's

10:30 am - 5:00 pm Trade Show Open

11:30 am - 2:30 pm Free Lunch for Retail Member

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm IPCPR Lunch Time Learning Series - Shockproof: How to Hardwire Your Business for Lasting Success (on the Show Floor; back of Hall C)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open

8:00 am - 10:00 am State Association Breakfast Meeting (Casanova Rooms 601-602)

10:00 am - 5:00 pm Trade Show Open

11:30 am - 2:30 pm Free Lunch for Retail Members

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm IPCPR Lunch Time Learning Series - Cigar Manufacturer Panel moderated by Cigar Aficionado featuring Carlito Fuente of Arturo Fuente Cigars, Pete Johnson of Tatuaje Cigars, and Rocky Patel of Rocky Patel Cigars (on the Show Floor; back of Hall C)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open

10:00 am - 5:00 pm Trade Show Open

11:30 am - 2:30 pm Free Lunch for Retail Members

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm IPCPR Lunch Time Learning Series - Retailer Best Practices featuring top Premium Retail Tobacconist John Anderson (Drapers/Civil, D.C), Abe Dababneh (Smoke Inn, Florida) and Dave Garofalo (2 Guys Smoke Shop, New Hampshire) and moderated by Michael Herklots of Nat Sherman - (on the Show Floor; back of Hall C)

7:00 pm  - 10:00 pm IPCPR CIGAR BASH (The Light Night Club at Mandalay Bay)

Join us on the third evening of the show for the IPCPR Cigar Bash featuring a concert by Eddie Money, open bars and networking brought you to by:

Thursday, July 28, 2016

8:00 am - 12:30 pm Registration Open

9:00 am - 1:00 pm Trade Show Open

12:30 pm - $10,000 GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY!

Final Day Grand Prize Giveaway of $10,000!

You could go home flush with cash! On the last day of the Convention we will give away
$10,000 to one lucky Retailer attendee. No additional requirements or purchase necessary - you just need to be there!

The winner will be selected from the Retailers in attendance on the last day of the show at 12:30 pm.

1:00 pm Trade Show Closes


The IPCPR Annual Convention & International Trade Show is for IPCPR Member Professional Retail Tobacconists, Exhibitors, and their bona fide employees only.

Manufacturers/exhibitors and retailers both have asked us to ensure the integrity of our show.

Consumers are not welcome and not allowed. We ask all to help us spot offenders so that we can maintain a productive, professional atmosphere in which to conduct business.

All consumers will be escorted out of the convention center.

If challenged, persons need to provide the following: business card, and/or other identification which proves identity and IPCPR affiliation.

Furthermore, any IPCPR member determined to have provided consumer access will have their badge(s) confiscated and not be allowed to return to the show floor.

No refunds will be provided



The items on display in the exhibits are the property of the exhibitor. Anyone caught removing or taking items without permission will be immediately be escorted out of the convention center, not allowed to return, will receive no refund and the violator could face prosecution for shoplifting.

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International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association
513 Capitol Court NE, Ste 300
Washington, D.C. 20002-
Phone: 202-621-8064