Future Connect 2011

Tuesday, May 10 - Thursday, May 12, 2011
Hilton Anatole Dallas
2201 Stemmons Freeway [map]
Dallas, TX 75207-2801

Click here to visit the official Future Connect 2011 website.

Future Connect 2011 will continue the leadership development process set in motion by Future Connect 2009 and provide a forum for high-potential associates in the industry to meet peers and industry partners. Attendees will improve their management skills, learn to positively impact the financial success of their organization, and better understand the future direction of the industry.

Current and future leaders will be immersed in the knowledge, skills and issues that industry executives must master, including team-building, leadership, developing and executing a vision, industry and consumer trends, business development, and motivating high performers.

Programming suits all levels of management: Programming is built along three tracks, each of which is suitable for executives 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.

Operations Management: Provides more tactical lessons in management, operations and store-level concerns
Strategic Management: Encompasses a broad perspective of industry issues and management of large teams
Sales/Marketing/Merchandising: Geared toward executives immersed in trading partner and broad supply chain issues

General Sessions: High-level sessions will focus on leadership and industry trends. Speakers include highly regarded athletic coaches, CEOs of well-respected organizations both inside and outside the food industry, and business knowledge experts. Attendees will take away a better understanding of building and motivating teams, recognizing and rewarding associates, leveraging consumer insights and industry trends, and strategies for guiding change.

Special Pre-Conference Bonus: Best of Future Connect OR Deep-Dive Courses:

Best of FC 2009: Back by popular demand…the most highly-rated speakers from Future Connect 2009 will update their presentations. Perfect for Future Connect 2009 attendees who want to hear an updated message, as well as new attendees who want to know what all the buzz was about.

Deep-Dive Courses: Two in-depth courses will be offered, designed to provide a strong foundation in key issues relating to the food industry. These half-day programs run concurrently with the Best of Future Connect:
Operations Management: supermarket financials
Strategic Management: recruitment/retention

Related Web Pages and Sites:
<b><font color='red'>Official Future Connect 2011 Website</b></font>

Who Should Attend:

Executives identified as future leaders, including corporate, regional/district, and store management at all levels; and managers, directors, vice presidents and executives from all areas of retailer, wholesaler and supplier companies.

Meeting Attire:

Business Casual attire (no ties) is recommended for the entire conference. Meeting rooms may be cool, a jacket or sweater is recommended.

Registration Fees:

These fees are available through 05/08/2011
Name Price
FMI Retailer/Wholesaler Member - Early Bird $560.00  
FMI Retailer/Wholesaler Member - Standard Rate $750.00  
FMI Retailer/Wholesaler Member - Group Advantage Program $460.00  
FMI Associate Member - Early Bird $840.00  
FMI Associate Member - Standard Rate $1,125.00  
FMI Associate Member - Group Advantage Program $740.00  
Non-Member - Early Bird $1,120.00  
Non-Member - Standard Rate $1,500.00  
Non-Member - Group Advantage Program $1,020.00  

Cancellation and Other Policies:

Please notify registrar in writing by email to slentz@fmi.org or fax 202.220.0830. A refund, minus a $75 processing fee, is granted when a cancellation is received by April 12, 2011. No refund if notification is received after April 12, 2011.

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General Hotel Information:

Make your hotel reservations directly with the Hilton Anatole hotel by Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Reference the Food Marketing Institute to receive the reduced conference rates.

Phone-in Housing Reservations: (800) HILTONS / (800) 445-8667


Make your reservations online: at the Hilton Anatole website.

Hilton Anatole Room Rates

Run of House $185.00
Executive Level $225.00
One-bedroom Suite $475.00

Note: One (1) night room & tax deposit is required to secure a hotel reservation. Hotel rates do not include sales tax (currently 15%).

Hotel Cancellation Policy
The Hilton Anatole must receive notice of hotel cancellations or changes no later than 72 hours prior to your arrival in order to receive a refund of your room deposit.

Hotel Information
Hilton Anatole
2201 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
Main Phone: (214) 748-1200

Final Reservation Cut-off Date: April 12, 2011
Check-in Time: 4:00 pm
Check-out Time: 12:00 pm

Travel Information:

The Hilton Anatole hotel is located on 45 lush acres just north of the downtown Dallas, Texas business district on interstate highway I-35E (Stemmons Freeway) - just 3 miles from the recently expanded Dallas Convention Center, 20 minutes from Dallas/Ft. Worth International (DFW) Airport and 10 minutes from convenient Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL).

Taxis are easily accessible at both area airports, just steps away from the baggage claim area. Taxis are also available at the hotel.

Self Parking: $17.00 USD
Valet Parking: $26.00 USD
In/Out Privileges: Available