New Interactive Sessions at Presidents Conference

Posted by IFMA July 16, 2013

Tagged in Channel Partners Connect Foodservice Leaders Presidents Conference

"I thought the sessions and the panels were excellent. They gave me a lot of useful information and new insights. Well done".

"Great ability to interact with key customers, distributors and operators".

"Extremely well organized; great speakers and terrific cuisine."

These were just a few of the comments attendees from the IFMA/IFDA Presidents Conference 2012 referenced in a post conference survey.  How do you improve upon great comments like that?

At Presidents Conference 2013 we're adding more interactive learning.  This year we have two full interactive workshops!

On Sunday November 3, Vince Crew, founder of REACH Development Services, will present "New Times, New Leaders….What the next generation must deliver". Everyone wants to make a difference, leave their mark and contribute to companies known for sustainable innovation, integrity and growth. Join Vince Crew, in this interactive workshop that speaks to what is and what is coming in the next generation. It is designed for existing executives who want to leave a legacy and for that next generation that wants to build one.

On Tuesday, November 5, Bonnie Keith, Founder and President of The Forefront Group, will dive deeper in the morning's keynote address from Kate Vitasek, author of the book "Vested", will share her learnings about supplier relationships in the pioneering work she is doing in "Vested" and "Vested Outsourcing". The model allows companies to focus on desired outcomes and shared values to create a relationship that is mutually beneficial. 

This is just one of the many improvements the Presidents Conference Committee is making to Presidents Conference 2013-bringing powerful new ways of thinking, working and leading to you and your organization's attendees.

Register by September 13th to get the early bird discount!

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