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Why YOU Should Attend

FOOD RETAIL INDUSTRY LEADERS: Learn how to identify and develop future leaders as well as improve your leadership skills.

FUTURE EXECUTIVES: Gain the knowledge and skills to be successful today and make connections that can help you succeed throughout your career.

TEAMS: Future Connect is a team experience. Bring your entire team to Future Connect 2013, the food retail industry’s premier leadership development event!

HUMAN RESOURCES: Gain ideas to improve your training, recruiting and retention initiatives. Work with your leadership on your company’s Future Connect strategy.

INDEPENDENT OPERATORS: Attend Future Connect and focus on your professional growth. Keep up on industry trends and take best practices back to your team to foster leadership development.

SUPPLIERS AND MANUFACTURERS: Meet and interact with current and potential business partners and better understand their needs and concerns. Enhance your own professional development and that of your team.



Monday, April 29

  • Afternoon - Store Tours (ticket required)
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm - Special Presentation

Untangling the Social Web: Insights for Users, Brands and Retailers
Presented by the Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council



Tuesday, April 30

  • 6:45 am – 7:45 am Breakfast
  • 8:00 am – 11:30 am Deep-Dive Courses (elective)
    • Supermarket Financials: Levers to Influence Business Results
    • Connecting Strategy to Business Value
    • Becoming the Architect of Your Career: Building a Blueprint for Success
    • Am I the Leader I Need to Be?
    • Idea Exchange: Leveraging Your Industry Experience and Expertise
  • 11:30 am – 12:45 pm Lunch
  • 12:45 pm – 1:00 pm Opening Remarks
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Opening General Session
    • A Rallying Session on Getting to Level Next
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm General Session
    • Global Food Culture 2.0: Changing Times, Changing Consumers, Time for a New Way of Thinking
  • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Break
  • 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm General Session
    • FMI Speaks: The State of the Food Retail Industry
  • 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Store Manager Awards
  • 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Reception



Wednesday, May 1

  • 6:45 am – 7:45 am Breakfast
  • 8:00 am – 9:30 am General Session
    • The Fully Engaged Leader
  • 9:30 am – 10:00 am Break
  • 10:00 am – 11:30 am Track Breakouts
      The Fully Engaged Leader, Part II
      Transforming from Manager to Leader
      Insights Transform Collaboration
      Engaging Your Teams
  • 11:30 pm – 12:45 pm Luncheon
  • 12:45 pm – 3:00 pm Track Breakouts
      Architecture to Develop Leadership for Now and Any Future
      Leading at the Speed of Trust
      Great Partnerships Deliver Great Results
      Engaging Your Customers
  • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Break
  • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm General Session
    • Adapting to the Changing Consumer
  • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm General Session
    • Leadership Lessons from the C-Suite



Thursday, May 2

  • 6:45 am – 7:45 am Breakfast
  • 8:00 am – 9:30 am Track Breakouts
      The Next Big Thing: Transformative Thinking
      Customers: Now and Forever
      Collaborating in Tomorrow’s Retailing World – An Interactive Session
      Supporting Overall Operational Excellence in Your Organization
  • 9:30 am – 9:45 am Break
  • 9:45 am – 10:45 am General Session
    • The Road to Remarkable
  • 10:45 am – 11:45 am Closing General Session
    • The Happiness Advantage: Linking Positive Brains to Performance
  • 11:45 am – 12:00 pm Final Remarks and Conference Close

For program information: contact Laurie Gethin at lgethin@fmi.org or 202-220-0715.




FMI strongly encourages attendees to do some pre-conference "homework" to make the most of Future Connect. It is recommended that attendees hold pre-conference meetings with their supervisors to outline specific goals and objectives for the event, such as skills that need to be addressed or important areas of learning to focus on during the conference. Each attendee is also encouraged to report back to their supervisor on the outcomes from Future Connect.

To assist attendees with their pre-conference preparation and post-conference action planning, FMI has developed a Self-Assessment Tool, a Learning Plan and an Action Plan. These documents are available on the Resources page at fmifutureconnect.com.

On-site, attendees will receive a notebook to track lessons and learnings. To help companies make the most of Future Connect, a Guide for Company Teams is available on the Resources page at fmifutureconnect.com. Team leaders can use this guide to strategize ways to prepare their attendees and how to share key learnings with their colleagues back at the office or store.

The Future Connect App: allows attendees to program their daily schedules according to the track they choose. Attendees will also receive updates throughout the event. Search "Future Connect 2013" on the Apple Store for the APP.



Independent Operator

Monday, January 21, 2013

This special track was designed with the specific needs of the Independent Operator (IO) in mind. IOs are invited to a lunch presentation followed by two business sessions. The afternoon will conclude with a combined meeting of the FMI Independent Operator and Wholesaler Committees.

Independent Operator Luncheon:

Succeeding in a Highly Competitive Food Retail Environment

With the forces of change, economic pressures, and competition coming from every direction, what can independent operators do to position themselves to ensure future success? This session will offer key ways that independent operators can help their businesses gain the solid foothold they need to compete within their communities.

Mobile Commerce and the Technology-Enabled Consumer

FMI's Trends study and numerous other industry reports have pointed out that consumers are increasingly dependant on their wired and mobile Internet devices as shopping aids. For some consumers, technology impacts everything from the decision on what to make for dinner, the development of the shopping list and the decision on where to shop, to the process of in-store shopping itself. This session will explore what independent operators need to know about these consumers, the tools they use and how to take advantage of the new communication channels.

Collaborating for Growth: A 21st Century Solution for Independent Retailers

Gone are the days when a sales representative called on stores and headquarters to present their consumer and category insights and promotional programs. Today, significant opportunities for growth, innovation and profitability exist for independent retailers and CPG manufacturers who are able to leverage technology-enabled communication and information-sharing tools. This session will unveil a new FMI Internetbased platform for joint business planning that will enable independent retailers to regularly connect with manufacturers.

Joint Meeting of the FMI Independent Operator AND Wholesaler Committees

Members of the FMI Independent Operator and Wholesaler Committees are asked to participate in a joint meeting to consider association business of interest to both groups.



FMI Future Connect Conference Planning Committee

FMI thanks our planning committee for providing their time and inspiration to make this event special.

  • Rose Kleyweg Mitchell
    Hy-Vee, Inc.
  • Bob Richardson
    The Clorox Company
  • Mayra Bergman
    Campbell Soup Company
  • Carole F. Bitter Ph.D.
    Friedman’s Freshmarkets
  • Thomas J. Blischok
    Booz & Co.
  • KC Blonski
  • Trish C. Brynjolfsson
  • Ern Sherman
    Coca-Cola Refreshments
  • Pat Carr
    Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc.
  • Robert Cline, SPHR
    Weis Markets, Inc.
  • Joseph Curtin
    Roche Bros. Supermarkets, Inc.
  • Valerie Davis, SPHR
    WinCo Foods, LLC
  • Lora Dikun
    Giant Eagle, Inc.
  • Tom Duffy
    The Nielsen Company
  • Kevin W. Edmonds
    The Kroger Co.
  • George Faulk
    Harris Teeter, Inc.
  • Craig Foster
    Quantum Services Group, LLC
  • Tom Gillpatrick
    Portland State University
  • Alexa K. Grant
    Wakefern Food Corporation
  • Laurie Hebert
    Big Y Foods, Inc.
  • Meredith Heerey
    Lund Food Holdings, Inc.
  • Carol Henry
    Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc.
  • Steve Holdiman
    Mondelez International
  • Scott Hoskins
    Supervalu Inc.
  • Beth Johnson
  • Nancy Krawczyk
    Network of Executive Women
  • Sheila Laing, SPHR
    Hy-Vee, Inc.
  • Sharon Lewis
    Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
  • Donnie L. Meadows
    K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.
  • Michael Miller
    Golub Corporation
  • Henry R. Pellerin
    Hill PHOENIX
  • Phil Pirkle
    United Supermarkets, LLC
  • Frank Riso
    Motorola, Inc.
  • Richard Stuckey
    Wayfield Foods, Inc.
  • Krag Swartz
    Lund Food Holdings, Inc.
  • Barbara Thomas
    K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.
  • Denise R. Thomas
    The Kroger Co.
  • Brian Vann
    LearnSomething, Inc.
  • Elizabeth Volk, CHRP
    Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc.



Education Tracks

Create your own path to becoming an industry leader. Future Connect allows you to customize your learning with each educational track.

Each track is suitable for individuals from retail, wholesale and supplier organizations. Sessions will feature opportunities to discuss issues, share ideas and strategies, and collaborate on case studies with industry peers and business partners.

STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP: Encompasses a broad perspective of industry issues and management of large teams.

OPERATIONS LEADERSHIP: Provides tactical lessons in management, operations and store-level concerns.

INDUSTRY COLLABORATION: Includes interactive participation by retailer and supplier attendees to discuss ways to maximize trading partner relationships.

TECHNOLOGY: Offers practical information for using emerging technology and social media to communicate with your team, reach your customers, and improve operational efficiencies.

Bring your entire team and get in the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane!
Reach your company’s leadership goals faster and make it a team effort.

Thank You to our Future Connect Sponsors

FMI is grateful to our sponsors for their financial support, which makes the conference possible.

Strategic Partner Level

Coca Cola

Partner Level

Campbells and Unilever

Premier Networking Level

Hershey's, McCormick and Nestle Waters




Individual Registration Rates
FMI Retailer/Wholesaler Member $795
FMI Associate Member $1295
Non-Member $1595

Group Advantage Program (GAP) Rates
Bring your whole team. Pay a reduced rate and get a free registration with ten paid registrants!
(10 or more from the same company)
FMI Retailer/Wholesaler Member $545
FMI Associate Member $895
Non-Member $995

Visit fmifutureconnect.com to download the GAP Commitment Form. Please submit completed forms or questions to Debbie Stewart by email to DStewart@fmi.org or by fax: 202.220.0830.

Store Tours
Store Tours (Monday, April 29) $125
Contact register@fmi.org if you have questions about registration or the Group Advantage Program (GAP).



Hotel Information

Book your housing now to ensure you get a room!
Reservation Rate $199 single/double

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Reservation Cut-Off Date: April 1, 2013
The Peabody Orlando
9801 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
The Peabody Orlando is located approximately
11 miles or 15-20 minutes from Orlando
International Airport (MCO).

Multiple ways to reserve a room
- Phone-in Housing Reservations: 800.732.2639 toll-free or 407-345-4488 local (Reference “FUTURECONNECT” to receive the reduced conference rate)
- Use the on-line reservation link at fmifutureconnect.com

Group Reservations
Need assistance reserving 10 or more guest rooms? Please visit fmifutureconnect.com to download a Group Reservation Form.

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For a complete list of transportation information, including taxis, shuttles and parking, visit fmifutureconnect.com

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