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Archie Manning to keynote at 2014 AWMA Marketplace and Solutions Expo

BY Michael Johnsen

FAIRFAX, Va. — The American Wholesale Marketers Association on Tuesday announced that NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning will be the closing keynote speaker on Feb. 27 at the 2014 AWMA Marketplace & Solutions Expo in Las Vegas.

Manning’s presentation will highlight AWMA’s newly redesigned convention format, which will feature a broad array of educational and networking opportunities in a show that is intended to provide maximum value for attendees and exhibitors alike.

“AWMA is delighted to be able to present Archie Manning to help close our new Marketplace & Solutions Expo,” stated Scott Ramminger, AWMA president abd CEO. “He was an outstanding athlete, has dedicated his life to charitable and community service, and will offer a fascinating inside look into his experiences as a pro football player and dad.”

Manning, an All-American quarterback at the University of Mississippi, was the top draft choice of the New Orleans Saints in 1971. He set Saints passing records, played in two Pro Bowls and was named the National Football Conference’s Most Valuable Player in 1978. He concluded his 15-year career in 1985. His sons, Peyton and Eli, are today star NFL quarterbacks with the Denver Broncos and New York Giants, respectively. Another son, Cooper, is a partner in an investment banking firm in New Orleans.

While in pro football, Archie Manning received the Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award, the Bart Starr Humanitarian Award, the Spirit of Good Sports Award from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, and the U.S. Jaycees named him one of 10 Outstanding Young Americans. He and his wife, Olivia, received the National Pathfinder Award for their work in post-Hurricane Katrina.

Manning currently serves in public relations and consulting capacities for several local, regional and national companies. For 25 years, he has hosted the Archie Manning Cystic Fibrosis benefit golf tournaments in Louisiana and Mississippi.

 

 

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Sam’s Club to host Open House event

BY DSN STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club is offering some extra holiday cheer for shoppers who are looking to buy last-minute gifts and, perhaps, save some money in the process. The company is inviting the public to a three-day Holiday Open House from Friday, Dec. 20 to Sunday, Dec. 22.

The event allows shoppers to take advantage of lowered prices on the season’s hot items, like smartphones and notebooks, without paying non-member upcharges.

"Sam’s Club has introduced an unprecedented variety of new gift items this week: double the number of items that we offered last holiday," Charles Redfield, executive vice president of merchandise for Sam’s Club, said. "Winter storms have forced most of the country to postpone holiday shopping, so in the spirit of a snow make-up day, our doors are open to everyone this weekend to find exciting gifts at an amazing value."

Some holiday must-haves available at Sam’s Club include:

  •     Apple iPhone 5S, $119 with two year contract in-club only, all carriers
  •     Apple iPhone 5C, $24 with two year contract in-club only, all carriers
  •     ASUS 11.6" Touch Notebook Bundle, $279
  •     HP 15.6" Notebook , $299
  •     HP 15.6" Touch Notebook with Intel Corei3 processor, $499
  •     Nicole for OPI Gel Manicure Set , $49.98
  •     Premium Yoga Set, $19.81
  •     Air Logic Bladeless Heater , $99.81

The Open House extends to SamsClub.com, where guests can also score deals without paying non-member fees.

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Survey finds misconceptions persist about flu vaccine

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — Consumer advocates worry that misconceptions and fears about the safety and effectiveness of flu vaccines are hindering efforts to get children vaccinated, according to a new survey.

The National Consumers League announced Tuesday the results of the survey, conducted in August and September by Harris Interactive, which included 1,756 adults, including 993 who have children. The survey found that 45% of adults who had not received a flu shot before said it was because they were in good health, while 29% expressed concerns about side effects, and 24% perceived it as ineffective. Meanwhile, one-in-five said they hadn’t received it because they didn’t perceive the flu as a serious illness, while another one-in-five was afraid of contracting the flu through vaccination. More than one-third of adults say the flu is very severe, with women more likely to say so than men.

Among parents, 31% said they had not received a vaccination because they didn’t think the flu was serious, but parents were also more likely to express concern about their children contracting the flu than any other disease from a list, except meningitis. Meanwhile, parents were more likely than the general population to avoid receiving a vaccination due to fears of contracting the flu, while 33% were highly concerned about their child contracting the flu, and 44% said their child had received vaccine.

"Getting the flu can be serious, especially to children under 5 and other high-risk groups," NCL executive director Sally Greenberg said. "In our survey, however, we found the majority of parents of a child in this age group have not had them vaccinated with the flu vaccine."

 

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