What to Expect and Explore

Make the most of your experience! Take advantage of all the special events happening at the 2019 Energy & Store Development Conference. Read below to learn more.


Meet the 2019 Bold and Innovative Keynotes!

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Michelle Poler

Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela to a family of holocaust survivors, Michelle was accustomed to living with fear. But when she moved to New York to pursue a Masters in Branding at the School of Visual Arts, Michelle quickly realized that NYC was not for the fearful.

In efforts to re-write her definition of fear, Michelle set out to face 100 fears in 100 days. Half way into the journey, the project was discovered by the media, becoming an instant viral phenomenon. 

Michelle completed her 100th challenge on a TEDx’s stage. This helped her turn a personal project into a global movement, allowing her to quit her job as an Art Director in advertising to pursue her passion.

Michelle discovered that inspiring others to go after their fears was her new calling. She is now touring the world speaking at companies, schools and organizations teaching audiences how to step outside their comfort zones as a way to tap into their full potential.

Join Michelle Monday, September 9 at 8:15 a.m. for the opening Keynote "Fear Less, Do More"

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Paul Marks

Paul has been the owner of Briarcliff Hall, a private SAT tutoring service for students taking the college entrance exam, for the past 27 years. In addition, he studied improvisation at Second City and Improv Olympics (i/o) in Chicago. He also spent several years researching and studying corporate culture, team building, and presentation skills to see if there was a synergistic relationship between his improv philosophy and the business world.

Confident of the connection, in early 2012, he opened Over The Counter improv (now called Beta Test improv) to teach the benefits of improvisation and right-brain thinking to corporations. By 2018, Paul was giving more than 90 speeches across the country annually.

Paul's unique style of laughter, leadership, and right-brain thinking has led companies such as Daimler Trucks, Wells Fargo, Ingersoll Rand, Duke Energy, Bank of America, Red Ventures and many others to use his training workshops. 

Join Paul Tuesday, September 10 at 4:00 p.m. for the closing keynote "Whatever Happened to Recess?"


You Bring the Energy, We'll Bring the Fun! Naturally!

Perot Museum of Nature & Science
Tuesday, September 10
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


The Energy & Store Development Conference is not just for feeding your brain in the hotel. Join us for an evening of entertainment and plenty to eat & drink at the Perot Museum of Nature & Science! Find everything from dinosaurs to diamonds to DNA packed into 5 levels of discovery and adventure, that will inspire any life-long learner. Explore the past, present and future of energy in the energy exhibit, and take a virtual ride deep into earth

Explore and get hands-on in the only Green Globes Certified museum in the United States! We promise lots of fun and some learning too! (Open to 2019 FMI E+SD registered attendees only.)

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Looking for a Unique Interactive Education Experience? Join Our Design & Facilities Tours!

Wednesday, September 11
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 


Design Tour
Half day tour where attendees visit unique food retail sites throughout the Dallas, TX area. Emphasis will be placed on locations offering unique store design features and enhanced customer retail experience. Breakfast provided. Space is limited and advanced registration is required – specific tour locations announced soon.

Facilities Tour
Half day tour giving attendees a behind the scenes look of facilities in the Dallas, TX area. Emphasis will be placed on locations highlighting new technologies or offering intriguing perspective to engineers, and  facility, energy and refrigeration management professionals. Space is limited and advanced registration is required – specific tour locations announced soon.