The 24th Annual NRHSA Table Top Expo 2017

Las Vegas NV

May 7 - 10, 2017

Bet on the 2017 National Retail Hobby Store Association Table Top Expo and watch your profits soar.

The 24th Annual NRHSA Table Top Expo is a national trade show put on for hobby retailers by other hobby retailers. The NRHSA Table Top Expo is known for its productive but relaxing atmosphere and all the one-on-one relationship-building time with hobby manufacturers, which is crucial in today's business environment. Join us May 7th-10th 2017 at The Orleans in Las Vegas, Nevada for a buying experience that can't be missed!

Below are 6 reasons you can't afford to miss the NRHSA Table Top Expo.

  • Learn more. Profit more. Our 2 full days of education are packed with new ideas, information and training to keep you competitive in today's retail environment.
  • Valuable relationships build business. The NRHSA Table Top Expo brings together the top hobby retailers and manufactures in the industry. This creates many opportunities to build relationships that will strengthen and grow your business. Bouncing ideas off of other retailers from around the country is priceless.
  • See the hottest products in action. Race R/C cars and boats, Fly R/C planes & Helis at the fly field, and much more hands on action! The NRHSA Table Top Expo is jam packed with events that show you how products perform to help you make your purchasing decisions. The NRHSA Table Top Expo is the most hands on trade show in the hobby industry.
  • Increase your profit margins. Take advantage of show specials offered by many NRHSA Table Top Expo exhibitors to add to your bottom line.
  • New products = new customers. Fun and filled with inspiration, the NRHSA Table Top Expo show floor is full of new products and manufacturers that are sure to help take your business to the next level. The laid back atmosphere of the show helps you spot new trends and compare products.
  • It's Vegas! It's a good business decision to have a little fun sometimes! Getting out of your store, enjoying a few laughs with fellow retailers, and seeing the sights of Vegas are great ways to avoid burnout. Leave the show refreshed and energized to take your business to the next level.

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Curtis Jeung

Digital Club Consultant, Märklin

Bio: Curtis’ experiences include writing code for multimedia, web and computer applications. Recognizing Märklin’s digital advancements into the hobby, he was intrigued by the implementation of sound and multiple train operation, at different speeds no less! Curtis’ growth in the hobby has included digital upgrades to older analog locomotives, custom circuits built for first time layouts, and finding ways to repair and modify circuit boards. As a Digital Club consultant, Curtis wants to help you and your customers get the most out of their Central Station and all other Märklin Digital components.

Eric Paley

Sales Representative, Tamiya America, Inc.

Bio: Eric Paley is a charismatic individual representing Tamiya America, Inc.’s sales team. He has an extensive background in customer service and tech-support and a high level of attention to detail. Eric excels in creativity and producing quality work. He enthusiastically strives to provide accurate and honest support in all areas within the Tamiya brand. Eric has interest in mechanics and esthetics, applying his creative strengths to his automotive hobby; he participates in time-trial track days and is currently restoring a classic Japanese car. Eric has built and painted box-art replicates of New RC kits to be used for Tamiya’s marketing and trade shows. His creativity extends not only into Tamiya’s displays, but also in automotive helmet design and custom RC vehicle buildouts. Eric currently resides in Long Beach, CA. He has gained valuable experience working in retail, hobby stores and automobile dealerships. He prides himself with his skills and knowledge gained in both the automotive and hobby industries.

George Canare

Senior Sales Representative, Tamiya America, Inc.

Bio: George Canare is a dynamic and versatile sales professional at Tamiya America, Inc. with extensive expertise and working knowledge of the hobby industry, who is recognized for strong follow-through.. He is known to be a self-motivator, high-energy team player and strong advocate of Tamiya. George resonates with enthusiasm in providing support and service to retailers and distributors that is targeted and professional. He is an avid fan of U.S. naval and military aviation, military history, Broadway musicals, Formula 1 racing and yacht racing. George studied History at San Diego State University and earned his Bachelor of Arts and Letters. He is married to his wife Michelle, who is a transplant from Boston, MA. Currently, both resident in Aliso Viejo, CA. George has had an interesting journey working for the United States Navy Sailing Center Point Loma, Team Dennis Conner America’s Cup Defense Team, Young America/PACT 95 America’s Cup Defense Team, Sailing Supply, Mike’s Computer Rescue and Tamiya America, Inc. Favorite relax and do nothing vacation spot: Maui, HI Favorite do something vacation spot: New York, NY or Washington D.C. Favorite vacation spot to take the family again: Rome, Italy Next vacation spot: British Virgin Islands

John Rosselott


Bio: Being in the hobby for over 30 years, John Rosselott has been lucky to experience many aspects of the hobby. From his first train set at the age of 6, to racing RC cars for 20 years he has experienced many aspects within the hobby industry. John has always enjoyed talking to other hobby shop owners, sharing experiences and watching the industry grow. He has managed his local shop, for the last six years and is also a leading mortgage loan officer/originator for PNC Bank. John attended Western Michigan University and is happy to attend this year’s convention with his wife of 12 years Jamie.

Keith Pruitt

Author - Hobby Merchandiser, Hobby Merchandiser - Sponsored by Stevens International

Bio: For fifty years, Keith has been building scale models in virtually every genre of plastics. After writing reviews for IPMS for several years, Keith began working for Hobby Merchandiser magazine in 2008. He writes two monthly columns, product review feature articles, and provides both product and cover photography.

Kevin Koch

President, Uncle Don's Hobbies

Bio: President - Uncle Don's Hobbies Vice President - NRHSA Dive Master (Scuba) Scout Leader Husband & Father

Lindsay Captanis

Co-Owner, Pacific Coast Hobbies

Bio: Lindsay Captanis is the Co-Owner of the World Famous Pacific Coast Hobbies. She was born and raised in Torrance, CA. She started working at the store back in 2006 and has been running the daily operations of the store ever since. She does everything from paying bills, opening new accounts, payroll, and helping in the store. Lindsay enjoys exercising, going to the beach, snowboarding, traveling and Taekwondo in her spare time.

Mike Phillips

Vice President - Brand Marketing, Lionel LLC

Bio: Lionel’s Vice President of Marketing, Mike Phillips, is a 20-year veteran of marketing products of all types. He has been with Lionel for 4 years and part of the team driving several new initiatives to help grow the model train business. Prior to joining the team at Lionel he worked for multiple Fortune 500 brands like R.J. Reynolds Tobacco and Pure Fishing, generating industry leading results in sales and product accolades.

Ryan Raffuse

Owner/Manager, Anchorage House of Hobbies

Bio: Ryan is the owner and operator of the Anchorage House of Hobbies, in Anchorage, Alaska. He has 30 years of RC experience, and 20 years experience working in the family business.

Build This, Race This, Keep This

Sales Team, Tamiya

Bio: This is Tamiya's popular Manta Ray with a unique split rear wing, aggressive front fenders. 3-piece detachable MS chassis with newly designed, reinforced N-02 nose unit, and strengthened T-01 rear unit. Fiberglass reinforced parts provide added chassis rigidity. High-performance double-shaft motor, which transmits power to both the front and rear wheels, removing the need for a propeller shaft. Large diameter slick tires and spoked wheel. Gear ratio 4:1. Large 16mm plastic rollers. The batteries are situated on each side of the motor enabling a low and balanced center of gravity. Snap-together assembly. Illustrated instruction guide and optional decorative stickers. INCLUDES: (1) Racer Your Model may vary.

Theo Captanis

President, Pacific Coast Hobbies

Bio: Theo Captanis is the President of the World Famous Pacific Coast Hobbies. He was born and raised in Torrance, CA. The got his first remote controlled car from his father for Christmas when he was 8 years old. It was an original Team Associated RC 10 and he has been in love with the hobby ever since. His Father has raced full size cars all of his life, so he was born racing in his blood. Theo has raced r/c cars professionally for over 20 years. Over the years he has won and top qualified at many professional races and club races. He has raced almost every class of r/c racing and currently he has been racing 1/10 scale off road electric and 1/8 on road nitro. His passion for racing and the hobby drove him to open the store in 2003. Theo enjoys racing r/c cars, snowboarding, Taekwondo and spending time with his friends and family in his spare time.

Phil Wrzesinski

Phil's Forum

Bio: Phil Wrzesinski is an award-winning retailer, Former Owner of Toy House and Baby Too and speaker. He has decades of experience running one of the largest independent toy, baby and hobby stores in America.

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