We have a trifecta of great events on the horizon. It all starts in May with our annual Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala, which coincides with the National Restaurant Association's annual trade show, which takes place May 19-22 in Chicago.

By the time you read this we will have announced our 2018 Dealer of the Year recipient, but the excitement surrounding the event has already begun. We have an outstanding lineup of people to honor this year, and I expect an equally outstanding group on hand to recognize their achievements. It is always a memorable evening.

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Need more evidence of collusion? You'll be able to find many Zoombas in the KI Showroom during The NRA Show. Through a unique partnership with NRA, FE&S and restaurant development + design will create original content — always our mission — inside the KI Showroom during limited hours on Sunday, May 20 and Monday, May 21.

Our editors will host fireside chats with industry experts to further the conversation about equipment, trends and topics of
interest to dealers, operators and consultants. We are thrilled to facilitate the greater awareness of all the unique manufacturer products available today and proud to promote the KI Showroom through this exclusive collaboration between NRA and Zoomba Group.

The biennial FED Global Thought Leadership Summit rounds out the third event coming down the pike. The event runs Sept. 10-12 at the Radisson Blu Aqua in Chicago. We will once again bringn together thought leaders from both of our publications, FE&S and rd+d, for two days of learning, discussion and inspiration. Executed in a TED Talks style, this event is intentionally networking heavy to allow decision-makers an opportunity to expand their thinking in an environment that is fun, relaxed and collaborative.

We encourage you to nominate a thought leader within your company to receive an invitation to attend FED. Details are available at fedthoughtleadership.com.