Dear AMBEST family,

We find ourselves at present in unknown territory.  Everything looks the same, feels the same, and smells the same.  But we have changed.  This year started with us looking ahead - going with 20/20 Vision to New Orleans!  Now, the pandemic has forced us to pivot, to re-evaluate, to unite together (and yet be apart) in strength and fortitude.

The AMBEST 32nd Annual Meeting will be held virtually. While we all look forward to gathering for this event every year, the safety and well-being of our Members, Vendors, Staff and Fleet Partners requires us to move to a virtual platform.

In an effort to ensure that everyone is able to participate in this virtual meeting, this year there will NOT be a charge to attend the Annual Meeting as long as you register and participate. Refunds will be made to members who have registered and paid.  We are hoping to connect with as many of you as possible and encourage you to register online for the virtual meeting. Everyone who registers by August 15th will be eligible to win one of four $500 AMAZON Gift Cards. As we lead up to the meeting we will be sending some very nice gifts provided by our vendor partners. And finally, we will also have some exciting attendance and participation prizes to be given out during the meeting.

Perhaps the most exciting addition to this change in platform is our ability to transform our standard trade show into the AMBEST Marketplace Virtual Tradeshow. Vendors will be able to showcase their programs, show specials, schedule live video calls, share videos and documents about products and more! Just as if you were walking around our tradeshow, you will be able to interact and see all the Vendors that interest YOU. We believe this new platform has the potential provide even BETTER interaction than in years past!

On behalf of AMBEST, I am excited for you to join us at our 2020 Virtual Meeting. Though we cannot predict the future, with grace on our side, we will beat this virus and return eager to re-build what has been lost. I am personally looking forward to the opportunity to spend time interacting with each of you in this new and unique format.

In health, and with sincere good wishes,
Steve Allen