RSVA Sagebrush 2014 Archives

These are the archives from the 33rd Annual Sagebrush Conference, held at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas Nevada.
Please note that Thursday's general session is divided into 2 parts due to technical difficulties during the session.
Also the lunchon is a separate archive.

Below is the agenda for each day followed by the link to download the associated archive.

Monday February 10, 2014

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM:

RSVA® Board of Directors Meeting
Click here to download and listen to the RSVA board meeting which took place on Monday February 10, 2014.

Tuesday February 11, 2014

8:45 AM:

"Welcome to Sagebrush":

Filo Tu (HI), RSVA® Board Member/Sagebrush Conference Chair

“Opening Remarks”:

Dan Sippl (WI), RSVA® President

Moderator: Ken Jessup (VA), RSVA® Board Member & Sagebrush Committee/Ways/Means Chair

“Welcome from Nevada”:

Kae Pohe (NV), President, Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of Nevada

Rick Kuhlmey (NV), President, Nevada Council of the Blind

Drazen Elez (NV), Bureau Chief Business Enterprises of Nevada


Introduction of Participants:

Dan Sippl (WI), RSVA® President

9:15 AM:

"Report from RSA":

Janet LaBreck (DC), Commissioner Rehabilitation Services Administration

9:45 AM:

“Vendor Report Card”:

Vendors from all the states attending report on their ServeSafe training programs and healthy product initiatives

10:30 AM: Break

10:45 AM:

“National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA), Action and News”:

Eric Dell (VA), Senior Vice President Government Affairs National Automatic Merchandising Association

11:05 AM:

“Options with Southern Foodservice”:

Mike Barclay (AL), President,

Southern Foodservice Management, Inc.


11:15 AM:

“Bookkeeping Tips To Prevent an Unnecessary Audit”:

Robert A Wagner (NV), Enrolled Agent,

Wagner & Associates Tax Solutions

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM: Exhibiter Interviews

Join Rick Morin and Brian Charlson as they interview exhibiters at the conference and convention.

1:30 PM:

“BEP Training- How Can it Work?”

Kathleen Fujimoto (HI), Hawaii Business Enterprise Manager

Don Ward (NE), Nebraska BEP Program Coordinator

Bill Schley (NV), Nevada Committee on Training

Gloria Walling, (WA), Oasis Cafe and Co-chair WA BEP Vendors Committee

Colleen Wunderlich (IL), Director, Forsythe Center for Entrepreneurship, Hadley School for the Blind

Brian Charlson (MA), Vice President, Carroll Center for the Blind

3:00 PM: Break

3:15 PM:

“Automated Merchandising Systems Presentation”:

Tim Paul (WV), Regional Manager/South, Automated Merchandising Systems


3:20 PM:

“The Randolph-Sheppard Program - The Big Bang!”:

Gary R. Goyke (WI), Legislative Director for Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired and Principal in Goyke and Associates

3:55 PM:

Announcements and Adjournment
Click here to download and listen to Tuesday's general session.

Wednesday February 12, 2014

9:00 AM:

“Benefits of the Oasis24/7”:

Bob Carmichael, Oasis24/7

9:20 AM:

“Blackstone Consulting News”:

Jim Brown (CA), Chief Operating Officer, Blackstone Consulting, Inc.


9:25 AM:

“The Latest from ACB”:

Jeff Thom (CA), First Vice President of the Association of American Council of the Blind Attorneys, First Vice President, American Council of the Blind

9:45 AM:

" Forecast from Sodexo":

Joe Majka (MD), Director of Business Development, Sodexo


9:55 AM:

“Monthly Monetary Support and Life Memberships”:

Ken Jessup (VA), RSVA® Board Member/Sagebrush Committee

10:10 AM: Break

10:25 AM:

“Integrating Healthy Products”:

Eric Dell (VA), Senior Vice President Government Affairs National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA)

Aurora Buffington (NV), MS, RDN, LD Nutrition/Health Educator II, Office of Chronic Disease Prevention

Jessica Lamb (NV), Obesity Prevention Coordinator, Bureau of Child, Family, & Community Wellness

Roy Harmon (CA), RSVA Board Member

Jeff Thom (CA), ACB First Vice President, Retired Attorney

11:25 AM:

"News about Bulk Purchasing":

John Murn, President,

RSA Buying Group

***High Roller Sponsor***

11:40 AM:

"Trends at PepsiCo Foodservice":

Rick Grounds (WA), Foodservice Senior Sales Manager - Workplace,

PepsiCo Foodservice

***Las Vegas Whale***

12:00 PM: Exhibiter Interviews

Once again Rick Morin and Brian Charlson will be conducting interviews with several exhibiters attending the conference and convention.
Click here to download and listen to Wednesday's general session.

Thursday February 13, 2014

9:00 AM:

“Accessible Technology for Business Management”:

Zach Snow (GA), RSVA® Board Member/Sagebrush Committee Member

9:15 AM:

“Randolph-Sheppard Initiatives at Mississippi State University":

Jacqui Bybee (MS), Research Associate II Mississippi State University

9:40 AM:

“How Could the R-S Program Include Micromarts?”:

Stuart Wise, Account Executive, 365 Retail Markets

Patrick McMullan (MN), Vice President, TurnKey Corrections Three Square Market

Joe Majka (MD), Director of Business Development, Sodexo

10:15 AM: Break

10:30 AM:

“National Council of State Agencies for the Blind (NCSAB) Randolph-Sheppard Report”:

Catriona Macdonald (DC), President,

Linchpin Strategies, LLC

10:55 AM:

"Customer Service Tips":

Vivian U. Rivera, SCORE Representative

11:25 AM:

"Update from National Council of State Agencies for the Blind (NCSAB):

Susan Schaffer (MA), Director, Office for Blindness and Vision Services, Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services

11:45 AM:

"What's Happening at Cantu Services":

Robert Welch (TX), Chief of Staff, Cantu Services, Inc.;

Vanessa Liston (TX), Vice President of Administration,

Cantu Services, Inc.

***Las Vegas Whale***

12:15 PM:

Annual Sagebrush Luncheon:

Moderator: Dan Sippl (WI), RSVA® President

Keynote Speaker:

Mr. Blake Lindsay, Communications Manager at the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind and manages Blazin’ Blake Productions. Besides authoring two books he is voice talent on Texas radio stations such as 106.1-KISS-FM.

“George Arsnow Scholarship Awards":

Eddie Turner, RSVA® Board Member/Awards Chair/Sagebrush Committee

2:00 PM:

“Exploring Franchising?”:

Robert M. Cushman (NV), SCORE Counselor

William Merchant (MS), Interim Director Mississippi Business Enterprise Program

Rajaunnda "Raj" Gandy (GA), Director, Georgia Business Enterprise Program

3:00 PM:

“State Administrator Update”:

All State Administrators Attending Sagebrush are Encouraged to Participate

4:00 PM:


Click here to download and listen to part 1 of Thursday's general session.
Click here to download and listen to part 2 of Thursday's general session.
Click here to download and listen to the RSVA Sagebrush Lunchon which took place on Thursday February 13, 2014.

Friday February 14, 2014

8:30 AM:

“Half-Day Training”:

Robert Welch (TX), Chief of Staff Cantu Services, Inc.

Vanessa Liston (TX), Vice President of Administration, Cantu Services, Inc.


• Dining Facility Operations

• Insurance

Work compensation


• Working with Unions/Benefits

• Different contract programs under the Small Business Administration



Small Disadvantaged

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned

Women Owned

Click here to download the RSVA training session which took place on Friday February 14, 2014.