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Prizes, Legato, Elvis, and a bigger bottom line, what could be more fun than that?

Even before the Unity Reception started the fun began. Members and Guests were encouraged to download The Association’s Mobile App and upload a selfie of “getting ready for The Reception” for a chance to win a $100 gift card toward any of The Venetian restaurants. Congratulations to Scott Cornell #0827 of Panama City, FL. Enjoy!
The Unity Reception was just a lot of fun, attendees had fun, vendors had fun, even “Elvis” had fun.

Owners from all across the country attended the Unity Reception sponsored by the National TUPSSO Franchise Owners Association. Attendees were greeted with welcome gifts, invited to interact with the Vendor Select Partners in attendance, treated to food and drink throughout the evening, able to take part in Techno Clinics, given opportunities to win prizes, provided information about The Association, able to meet and interact with owners all across the country and have fun doing it.

The event kicked off with a rush to be one of the first two hundred to register to get a copy of Peter Ebner’s new book, “The 100 most effective ways to drive your print sales”. These copies printed exclusively for the National TUPSSO Franchise Owners Association will be the only copies in print.

Guests were then invited to meet with all the Vendor Select Partners in attendance. Thanks to Altrua Global Solutions, Ascentium Capital, Bank of America, Buxton – LSM Marketing, Constant Contact, The Leasing Coach, Navis Pack N Ship, Preferred Connect Insurance, Premiere Companies, SignPost, Reference Insurance, SupplySide USA, and Tri Bar FZ Supplies. The Vendor Select Partners and guest interacted and shared information about products and services all designed to offer a better product, better cost or better service. A bigger bottom line for all.

Food was served starting at 6:00PM and 8:00PM to hold off those hunger sensations and giveaways were announced throughout the evening. The Grand Prize of the POS/CMS CPU was taken home by Melissa and Jerome Thomas #5255, Fontana, California. Much fun was had by all with the many prizes given away throughout the evening.

The Techno Clinics were well attended. The information was well received by the guest attendees. The Association provided a presentation “Can you use $10,000 – Association Plus Programs” that highlighted the function and purpose of The Association while showing how being a member will increase your bottom line. The “Health Care Plus Program” Techno Clinic presented by Reference Insurance provide information about affordable health care options for store owners and their employees. The final presentation for the evening by SignPost offered solutions for local store marketing. The Techno Clinics stimulated a lot of back and forth exchanges between the presenters and the attendees. The Techno Clinics were well received and received positive feedback with many looking for additional presentations in the future.

“Elvis” showed up about 7:00PM. There were fun “Selfies” all around. It was “one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready. Now go, go, go.” Fun was had by all with the winner of the Selfie contest for a Mini Pkr, sponsored by Schwarz Supply Source, Blair McDougal #1630, Powder Springs Georgia.

Attendees mingled with Vendor Select Partners, other guests, “Elvis”, and The Association for a fun time until 10:00 PM.

Later in the evening everyone was treated to a Gelato Bar. A sweet treat to help cap off a great evening. Fun was had by the more than four hundred members and guests.
Thanks to all the Vendor Select Partners, and all the many volunteers that made the event successful. A special thanks to Shirley Burns, Mike Primm, Wendy Scheh, Jacki Espino, Kirk Howard, Tad Mollenhauer, Marty Paterno, Blair McDougal, Warren Holzem, and many others not mentioned. Thanks to the host site The Venetian, a great job.

Everyone is looking forward to the next Association Reception.

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Health Care Plus Program

TUPSSO is also making an alternative health plan available to members. This is a ACA-exempt plan that has cost-saving features that make this a great alternative to the expensive, uncapped ACA exchange plans.

SHARED HEALTH ALLIANCE health plans were created in response to the demand for affordable health coverage. Most people only use their health coverage for a few office visits a year, telemedicine, maybe a prescription or routine checkups and age appropriate health screenings. Shared Health Alliance has combined these features with a choice of limited $150K/$250K/$500K of catastrophic coverage (like an accident or heart attack that puts you into the hospital) using a partnership with Aliera Unity Healthshare.

What this does is provide people with the most common uses of their medical coverage, gives people a choice of the amount of coverage, and without the big price tag of unlimited coverage of an ACA health insurance plan. Having a Shared Health Alliance plan counts as required having health coverage under the ACA mandate.

Please consult the brochures and read to inform yourself if this is the right option for your needs. There are preexisting condition limitations. Many people need full cost ACA health insurance. Shared Health Alliance provides TUPSSO members and their staff an affordable option.

The National TUPSSO enrollment portal is available now!!

For more information or to enroll in the group health plan go to https://echelonhealthplans.com/tupsso

For more information or to enroll in the lower cost alternative plan go to http://www.alierahealth.com/index.cfm?id=tupsso

The insurance broker/agency for NTUPSSO FOA is Reference Insurance and our contact broker is Sean Pfeiffer. Sean specializes in the association/union/non-payroll group benefits space. He has been in insurance for 14 years and resides in Dallas, TX. He is graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South and holds an Economics degree from that University.

UPS Worldport

The National Geographic Channel has been running this news story “Ultimate Factories” - UPS’s Worldport.  You can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWAwL3Rlbjo  It is very educational. Most customers and some employees do not clearly understand what packages go through.


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