Tommy Chong Named Celebrity Keynote Speaker of TPE 2017

First big tradeshow of 2017 to feature host of industry leaders offering new ideas and insight

Tommy Chong | TPE 2017

Known for his advocacy of alternative products and category growth, iconic actor and activist Tommy Chong will be the celebrity keynote speaker at TPE 2017, held January 25–26, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Chong is part of the TPE’s new educational track offered at the show that features conferences, panels, and roundtable discussions on a variety of topics intended to provide information and support for many facets of the tobacco business.

“We are pleased to feature Tommy Chong as our keynote speaker,” says Jason Carignan, Chief Marketing Officer of Kretek. “We admire his outspoken bravado and tireless efforts to educate consumers and corporations alike on the benefits of cannabis. With the TPE show expanding its offerings for the alternative market, and the industry growing at a breakneck pace, we feel all attendees will benefit from his insights on the opportunities and challenges this sector faces.”

Day 2 of the TPE Show will feature “How to Succeed in a Changing Market,” led by Smoker Friendly’s Terry Gallagher. This general session will provide tobacco retailers guidance on how to effectively navigate the evolving industry amidst new product categories, competition, and regulations. Other educational sessions scheduled for Day 2 of TPE include:

  • “Premium Cigars: Selecting the Right Cigars for a Successful Humidor Program” led by Sergio Montolfo- GM, Phillips and King
  • “Fighting Back! How to beat local legislation on your home front” led by Tom Briant- Executive Director, NATO
  • “Tobacco Category: Still the key to C-store profits” Led by Don Longo- Convenience Store News

In addition to the seminars, TPE 2017 provides retailers with the chance to stock their stores with product selections from hundreds of exhibitors who will be offering exclusive show deals. Along with themed spaces catering to premium cigars, vapor, alternative and general merchandise, special lounges will be in each section and a not-to-be-missed raffle of $3,000 will be held during the show as well.

Space is still available for exhibitors and attendees, and registration is free. Visit for pricing and promotions.

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