Monday, January 26, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

All Independent Operators are invited to participate in a lunch and business session discussion designed to address critical issues from the perspective of the Independent Operator. 

Influencing Washington
Hear how your voice can be equally, if not more impactful than that of a big company when talking with elected leaders. Learn which issues and congressmen will be important to your business in 2015 and beyond and discover how you can impact the political agenda.

Jennifer Hatcher, Senior Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, Food Marketing Institute

Protecting Your Consumers
Food safety is paramount for consumer trust. Get access to vital resources, information, and support to enhance your food safety efforts.

Dr. Hilary Thesmar, Vice President, Food Safety Programs, Food Marketing Institute

Developing Your Teams
Recruiting, maintaining and developing the next generation of company leaders is critical to the future of your business. Elaborate in-house training teams and programs aren't required. Learn about education programs any retailer can access, no matter your size, that will help you build the right team to lead you into the future.

Cherie Phipps, Director, Retail Management Certificate, Western Association of Food Chains