2017 Energy and Store Development Conference

Schedule-at-a-Glance

Review our day-by-day agenda below or download an at-a-glance PDF version of the schedule to see some of the content in store for you!  

Sunday, September 24

11:00 am – 7:00 pm       Registration
Sponsored by Source Refrigeration & HVAC, Inc.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm       Pre-Conference Committee Meeting

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm       Manufacturer/Retailer Exchange and Opening Reception
Sponsored by Honeywell and Zero Zone, Inc.
Meet more than 100 leading suppliers of energy management, HVAC, refrigeration, design, construction and lighting systems. Discover potential business partners who can provide you with the resources and capabilities to remain competitive, cost-efficient and cutting-edge. Offered on two successive evenings.

 

Monday, September 25

7:00 am – 7:00 pm        Registration
Sponsored by Source Refrigeration & HVAC, Inc.

7:00 am – 8:00 am         Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Seasons 4 Inc.

8:00 am – 8:15 am         Welcome and Opening Remarks

John Behr, Vice President, Store Planning, Construction & Maintenance, Schnuck Markets, Inc. (Co-Chair, FMI Energy & Store Development Committee)
Mary Upham, Manager Design & Development, Wakefern Food Corporation (Co-Chair, FMI Energy & Store Development Committee)

8:15 am – 9:15 pm         Opening General Session: How to Maintain Relevancy in an Uncertain Future         Sponsored by Singh360
When looking at food retail across the globe, there are clear indicators that the industry is changing at an accelerated pace.  We’ll take a look at the macro trends impacting the food retail industry and the market as a whole, from the growth of e-commerce, the impact of discount retail, and innovative new formats. You’ll see examples of a wide range of innovative concepts, from brick and mortar to pure-play retailers and everything in between, showcasing best practice examples from around the world.

Neil Stern, Senior Partner, McMillanDoolittle LLP

9:15 am – 9:30 am         Break
Sponsored by Groom Energy

9:30 am – 10:30 am       General Session: Alternative Refrigeration Case Studies
In this session, innovation-minded retailers will share their experiences with transitioning from traditional to more sustainable refrigerants, including HFO blends and natural refrigerants.  The panel will present information on projects ranging from new construction to refrigerant conversions.  These case studies will provide a framework for your design and operations teams, equipping them to make informed decisions as you consider migrating to sustainable refrigerants.

Paul Anderson, Senior Director of Engineering, Target Corporation
Harrison Horning, PE, CEM, Director of Equipment Purchasing, Maintenance and Energy, Hannaford Retail Business Services
Michael Lehtinen, Director of Marketing, Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration

10:30 am – 10:45 am     Break
Sponsored by Groom Energy

10:45 am – 11:45 am     Concurrent Breakouts (5)
Energy track sponsored by Emerson
Refrigeration track sponsored by Chemours Company

REFRIGER-ATION

ENERGY

ENERGY

STORE
DEVELOPMENT

STORE
DEVELOPMENT

Refrigeration Roundtable

(retailers/ wholesalers only)

The Internet of Things for Facilities Maintenance

Five Reasons to Diversify Your Lighting Technology and Solutions Approach

Becoming a Grocerant: Winning the Customer through Comprehensive Food Service Design

Retail Tornados: Weathering the Store Retrofit Process

Refrigeration Roundtable (retailers/wholesalers only)
Retailers and wholesalers are encouraged to join their peers for an opportunity to discuss several key refrigeration issues and challenges.

The Internet of Things for Facilities Maintenance
The Internet of Things (IoT) is already available to food retailing facility managers, if you look carefully. The high sensor density, high data granularity, and full component-level control required to execute the powerful strategies offered by the IoT are currently available from supermarket building ("BCS") and refrigeration ("RCS") control manufacturers and major supermarket equipment suppliers of all types. Facility managers need to learn how to correctly specify your equipment purchases, prepare design/functionality criteria for your building and refrigeration control systems (EMS), automate the collection of your RCS/BCS data, warehouse that data in the Cloud, and then select and partner with companies that have the right analytical engines, to deliver the benefits of IoT to your company. Automating the operation of food retail and distribution facilities and the minimization of their energy and maintenance operating expenses has been the Holy Grail of facility managers since the early 1980’s.  We are standing in the entrance of the cave where the long-sought vessel resides. Dare to take the next step with us!!

Thomas Mathews, President, BaselineES
Benny Smith, Vice President, Facilities, Price Chopper/Market 32 Supermarkets

Five Reasons to Diversify your LED Lighting Technology and Solutions Approach
You've got great expectations for the LED lighting project you’re planning for your stores. You're likely to start your process looking for that one brand for all of your lighting products (oftentimes because of pre-existing distributor and/or manufacturer relationships). Good to keep things simple, right? Wrong! This can be to the detriment of your overall lighting aesthetics, product performance, energy savings, project payback timeframe, and utility rebates/incentive opportunities. Learn how using a diversified technology and solutions approach maximizes the value and ROI of your LED lighting retrofit, while ensuring the best possible products for each of your lighting applications.

Ed Carney, National Account Executive, Energy Management Collaborative (EMC)
Tony Johnson, Solutions Engineer, Energy Management Collaborative (EMC)

Becoming a Grocerant: Winning the Customer through Comprehensive Food Service Design
Just starting to innovate beyond the deli case and hot bar, and don’t know where to start to become a Grocerant? Have you been challenged in the process of implementing new prepared food concepts, but feel something is missing in your concept design? In this session, we’ll discuss a strategic and comprehensive approach to designing and developing a successful food service program. Attendees will walk away with a roadmap to create, guide, and implement a differentiated and compelling Grocerant concept.

Lewis Shaye, President, Grocerant Design Group
Steven M. Duffy, AIA, GGP, Vice President, Grocery, Cuhaci & Peterson Architects, Engineers, Planners

Retail Tornados: Weathering the Store Retrofit Process
The purpose of this session is to demonstrate that utilizing PMI practices (identifying scope, defining milestones, and governance roles) in an ever-changing environment will enhance a business’s ability to be flexible and successful executing a project. The practical application example will be focused on the Weis Market’s acquisition of 38 stores in 2016, and physically converting these locations in 60 days. Time will be focused on the reverse planning process, flexible execution, and imitating the model for other areas of the business.

Jason Roebuck, PMP, Project Manager, Weis Markets, Inc.

11:45 am – 12:45 pm     Lunch
Sponsored by Bitzer US and Sporlan Division of Parker Hannifin

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm       Concurrent Breakouts (5)
Energy track sponsored by Emerson
Refrigeration track sponsored by Chemours Company

REFRIGER-ATION

REFRIGERATION

ENERGY

STORE

DEVELOPMENT

STORE

DEVELOPMENT

HFO Case Studies

 

Hydrocarbon Refrigerants: Understanding the Fire Hazards of Class A3 Refrigerants

Energy Roundtable

(retailers/ wholesalers only)

Becoming a Grocerant: Winning the Customer through Comprehensive Food Service Design

Retail Tornados: Weathering the Store Retrofit Process

 

HFO Case Studies
The landscape of refrigerants is rapidly changing with the deployment of new refrigerants and technologies that have less of an impact on the climate as well as the potential to save energy.  Coupled with changing environmental and energy regulations, decision-making for designers and operations managers is more complex now than ever.  This session will provide an overview of the HFO-based refrigerant options and the presenters will share actual performance results in operating systems, while providing insight on what was required to achieve the results. 

Abtar Singh, President, Singh360 Inc.
Charles Allgood, Refrigerants Technology Leader, The Chemours Company
Ron P. Vogl, Jr., Global Technical Service Manager, Honeywell

Hydrocarbon Refrigerants: Understanding the Fire Hazards of Class A3 Refrigerants
There is a need to assess the fire hazard of Class A3 refrigerants, specifically propane, and understand their viability as alternatives to traditional refrigerants in commercial refrigeration retail and kitchen settings.  Presently, the EPA has a charge limit of 150g of hydrocarbon per appliance, and the need to increase this limit is growing as lower GWP refrigerants are required.  During this session, the results of a recent industry-sponsored study regarding the safe use of hydrocarbons in more applications will be presented.

Scott Davis, PhD, P.E., CFEI, President, GexCon US, Inc.

Energy Roundtable (retailers/ wholesalers only)

Retailers and wholesalers are encouraged to join their peers for an opportunity to discuss several key energy issues and challenges.

Becoming a Grocerant: Winning the Customer through Comprehensive Food Service Design
(repeated from 10:45 am)

Retail Tornados: Weathering the Store Retrofit Process
(repeated from 10:45 am)

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm        Break
Sponsored by Groom Energy

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm        Concurrent Breakouts (5)
Energy track sponsored by Emerson
Refrigeration track sponsored by Chemours Company

REFRIGERATION

REFRIGERATION

ENERGY

ENERGY

STORE

DEVELOPMENT

HFO Case Studies

 

Hydrocarbon Refrigerants: Understanding the Fire Hazards of Class A3 Refrigerants

The Internet of Things for Facilities Maintenance

 

Five Reasons to Diversify Your Lighting Technology and Solutions Approach

 

Store Development Roundtable  (retailers/ wholesalers only)

 


HFO Case Studies
(repeated from 12:45 pm)

Hydrocarbon Refrigerants: Understanding the Fire Hazards of Class A3 Refrigerants
(repeated from 12:45 pm)

The Internet of Things for Facilities Maintenance
(repeated from 10:45 am)

Five Reasons to Diversify your LED Lighting Technology and Solutions Approach
(repeated from 10:45 am)

Store Development Roundtable (retailers/ wholesalers only)
Retailers and wholesalers are encouraged to join their peers for an opportunity to discuss several key store development issues and challenges.

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm        Break
Sponsored by Groom Energy

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm        General Session: How the Trump Era in Washington Will Affect Your Business
When it comes to covering politics, Ron Elving of NPR News is one of Washington's most respected people in the business. Ron will examine some of the many ways the new Administration is reshaping the economy and changing the landscape, and how it impacts the industry.  He will touch on how the Trump White House is altering energy and environmental policy, corporate taxes, health care, labor and immigration laws and federal budget priorities.

Ron Elving, Senior Washington Editor and Correspondent, NPR News

4:30 pm – 7:00 pm        Manufacturer/Retailer Exchange and Reception
Sponsored by BaselineES
Meet more than 100 leading suppliers of energy management, HVAC, refrigeration, design, construction and lighting systems. Discover potential business partners who can provide you with the resources and capabilities to remain competitive, cost-efficient and cutting-edge.

Tuesday, September 26

7:00 am – 4:00 pm         Registration 
Sponsored by Source Refrigeration & HVAC, Inc.

7:00 am – 8:00 am         GreenChill Achievement Recognition Ceremony/Breakfast (optional)
EPA will host the GreenChill Partnership’s annual Achievement Recognition event. GreenChill partners represent approximately 30% of U.S. supermarkets, allowing the partners to benchmark their refrigerant management performance versus each other and the industry. Join us in congratulating this year’s winners. Come learn about best-in-class refrigerant emissions rate reductions, emissions prevention in new store construction, and emissions rates for advanced refrigeration technologies.

Tom Land, GreenChill Partnership Program Manager, Stratospheric Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

7:00 am – 8:00 am         Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:00 am         General Session: By 2025, Will the Traditional Grocery Store Be an Endangered Species?
Sponsored by Amerlux, LLC
By 2025, grocery retailing will have almost an entirely new look enabled by technology, and 40% of center store volume for food and beverage is projected to be selected online. Stores as we know them today will have to transform their layout, supply chain, shopper communications, and most importantly, what goes into the store – when.  What will the store of 2025 look like? Imagine:

  • Shopper databases that represent a 360° view of all shopper behaviors
  • The Internet of Things from the home or office
  • Digital product libraries that tell the story of a product and its source
  • Robotics for picking and stocking
  • Smartphone-attached devices that “analyze” freshness and quality
  • Walls and displays that are mobile, allowing shoppers to “experience” innovative merchandising and marketing
  • Auto-replenishment on steroids
  • “Seamless checkout"

These technologies will both redefine the shopping experience as well as fundamentally and drastically alter the store operating model. As leaders in store design and support, how will you plan the future of your store? Join us to learn how you can prepare for this vastly different future.

Linda Corn, Vice President, Retail Analytics, Nielsen

9:00 am – 10:00 am       General Session: The Reincarnation of Brick & Mortar: Bringing New Life to Convenience, Experience, and Sustainability
Sponsored by EcoEnergy
New competitors seem to be popping up every day, threatening to take another bite out of the traditional grocer’s sales. With multiple options available today for consumers to buy their groceries and get them into their homes, combined with various formats offering the convenience of ready-to-eat, fresh ingredients, and home meal delivery, it is increasingly challenging for brick-and-mortar stores to maintain their market share, much less increase it. This session will focus on how to navigate from yesterday’s physical building to the store of tomorrow through several key design changes in conjunction with an operational response to the changing shopping habits and expectations of an evolving consumer.

Carol Ann Bartolo, AIA, NCARB, Associate, BRR Architecture, Inc.
Douglas Livingston, AIA, Associate, BRR Architecture, Inc
Jill N. Lyons, AIA, LEED AP, Associate, BRR Architecture, Inc.

10:00 am – 10:15 am     Break
Sponsored by Groom Energy

10:15 am – 11:15 am     General Session: The Energy Market: Navigating the Electrical Grid of the Future 
The U.S. is undergoing a profound transformation in the way that electricity is used and produced. This transition is largely driven by the emergence of new technologies on both sides of the meter - enabled by public policies.  As importantly, the evolving energy needs and wants of customers, including FMI members, are driving this rapidly moving transformation.  This discussion will focus on how the energy grid is changing to become the enabling platform for the two-way flow of information and cleaner energy.  These changes require new approaches to distribution system planning, operation, and pricing to achieve the most cost-effective, efficient, and reliable electric system, one that provides the most valuable and cost-effective enabling technologies that will best serve customers and grid needs.

Steve Kiesner, Senior Director, National Customer Markets, Edison Electric Institute

11:30 am – 12:30 pm     Concurrent Breakouts (6)
Energy track sponsored by Emerson
Refrigeration track sponsored by Chemours Company

REFRIGER-ATION

REFRIGER-ATION

ENERGY

ENERGY

STORE
DEVELOPMENT

STORE
DEVELOPMENT

Refrigeration Solutions that Deliver Cost-effective Performance and Long-term Sustainability

Impact of DOE and EPA Regulations on the Food Retail Industry

Implementing Battery Storage in Your Energy Procurement Strategy

Saving Energy on the Roof – Slow Those Rooftops Down

What’s Driving Today’s Store Format and Design Trends?

Repurposing a Multi-Level Retail Space to a Food Store


Refrigeration Solutions that Deliver Cost-effective Performance and Long-term Sustainability
Regulations and energy costs are impacting the refrigeration industry. Recently, the EPA has taken action to ban use of high GWP refrigerants such as R404A for commercial refrigeration systems. The retail sector needs to respond by reducing direct and indirect CO2 emissions while maintaining or lowering energy consumption, refrigerant leaks and operational costs. This presentation compares different combinations of refrigeration system architectures and refrigerants in terms of total CO2 emissions, energy efficiency and operational costs to show how some solutions can help retailers achieve energy savings while reducing emissions.  Customer research will be presented that highlights what is important and what is not.  We will then attempt to answer the question - which system architecture is the "right" one for you as a supermarket owner and how the refrigerant choices can affect that decision. Emerging refrigerant options and system architectures will be used to illustrate these choices through the use of analysis and experimental data.

Rajan Rajendran, Vice President, Systems Innovation and Sustainability, Emerson
Mike Saunders, Senior Lead Innovation Technologist, R&D/Engineering, Emerson 
Michael Petersen, Refrigeration Technology Lead, Honeywell  

Impact of DOE and EPA Regulations on the Food Retail Industry
The US Department of Energy (DOE) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have imposed new regulations that will have very significant impacts on energy regulation and sustainability on both manufacturers and retailers. We will review the language and intent of the regulations; relate how product availability, performance and sustainability will be impacted; and cover how compliance with the regulations is managed. 

Timothy D. Anderson, Principal Engineer, Hussmann Corporation
Vince Zolli, P. Eng, Vice President of Engineering, KeepRite Refrigeration

Implementing Battery Storage in Your Energy Procurement Strategy
Not having to purchase or generate electricity at the exact moment it is needed provides a multitude of opportunities for food retailers, namely lower costs, new revenues, and protection against future rate changes. Over the past four years, more than 600 intelligent energy storage systems have been installed in buildings throughout California and Hawaii, including more than 50 grocery stores, and 10 percent of Fortune 500 companies have piloted energy storage solutions. Thanks to a variety of influences such as incentives, dropping lithium-ion battery costs, and artificial intelligence that can squeeze the most value out of batteries, energy storage is becoming a cost -effective way to optimize the timing of energy use in more and more places. 

In this session, we’ll discuss why energy storage is now an essential component of energy planning for the food industry, using real-world examples from customers including supermarket retailers. The session will cover what makes storage initiatives successful, why the most effective solutions require sophisticated software intelligence, and how different service models can be integrated into your energy procurement and management approach.

Gabe Schwartz, Director of Marketing and Strategy, Stem    

Saving Energy on the Roof – Slow Those Rooftops Down
Most grocery stores provide heating, cooling and dehumidification to their retail environments with rooftop HVAC units. These constant-volume roof top units (RTU's) are sized to meet the building's needs on the hottest or coldest days of the year. Upgrading these systems with variable speed drives (VFD's) results in significant energy savings. Efficiency Vermont has partnered with a grocery store chain in Vermont to retrofit all their stores' RTU's with VFD's, significantly reducing their energy usage. This session will go into the details about why installing VFD's on constant volume RTU's is a win for both energy savings and store comfort.

Cathy Reynolds, CEM, Senior Account Manager, Efficiency Vermont
Ethan Bellavance, Energy Consultant, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

What’s Driving Today’s Store Format and Design Trends?
Store format and design trends are evolving swiftly to meet the demands of consumers’ modern lifestyles.  Get an inside look at the most progressive concepts that are changing the food retail landscape and learn how lifestyle trends have shaped today’s store design trends.  We’ll explore:

  • The strengths and weaknesses of the most successful store formats.
  • Best practices of concepts around the world, from prominent chains to innovative independents.
  • The explosion of food hall concepts currently under development and their impact on customer expectations about prepared food offerings.
  • The variety of small-format curated merchandise concepts currently in growth mode within the context of large format and club store formats already in existence.
  • The importance of experience as the definitive differentiator in selecting bricks and mortar retail destinations over Internet retailers.
  • The evolution of store design and its effect on today’s formats.

Tom Henken, Vice President and Director of Design, api(+)

Re-purposing a Multi-Level Retail Space to a Food Store
Due to changes in retail, the number of malls impacted by losing their large retail anchors has significantly grown, creating a wave of dark spaces. This vast amount of empty retail space, in turn, has created potential new growth opportunities for food retail – but they come with new challenges. The many factors involved in such a project will be discussed in this session, including structural engineering, logistical planning, building envelope, mechanical improvements, vertical transportation requirements and waterproofing requirements. Attendees will leave this session with a broader understanding of the overall process and challenges, the cost factors associated with converting a retail mall space vs. ground-up construction, and the unique challenges of constructing in an urban mall environment.

Dean Mello, Senior Vice President/Account Executive, cm&b, Inc.
Tom Tassinari, LEED AP, Vice President/Project Executive, cm&b, Inc.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm       Lunch
Sponsored by National Refrigerants, Inc./Keeprite Refrigeration

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm        Concurrent Breakouts (6)
Energy track sponsored by Emerson
Refrigeration track sponsored by Chemours Company

REFRIGER-ATION

REFRIGER-ATION

ENERGY

ENERGY

STORE
DEVELOPMENT

STORE
DEVELOPMENT

Building a Technician Workforce in a Climate of Shifting Demographics

Impact of DOE and EPA Regulations on the Food Retail Industry

Emerging Energy Procurement Trends and Models

Saving Energy on the Roof – Slow Those Rooftops Down

Repurposing a Multi-Level Retail Space to a Food Store

LED Lighting:  Retailer Case Studies

Building a Technician Workforce in a Climate of Shifting Demographics

The demand for “qualified” service technicians to perform complex repairs, refrigerant conversions, and installations is increasing at a rate that greatly exceeds the available supply. The number of people graduating from refrigeration educational programs is insufficient to keep up with industry demand. Many of those entering the field or currently employed as “technicians” lack the skill to perform complex repairs on modern systems.  In many states, licensure and/or certification programs are either lacking or grossly inadequate.  As a result, retailers and contractors are struggling to maintain schedules, and often have to postpone conversion projects and installations until the summer busy season is over. How, as an industry, do we reverse this trend? How can we encourage Millennials with mechanical aptitude to enter the refrigeration service technician workforce? How do we explain to potential recruits the rewards of a career in refrigeration?  This session will explore the answer to these and many other questions. Ideas for the creative use of technology, social media, and eLearning to capture the attention of Millennials will be reviewed, and successful educational programs will be discussed.

Bruce P. Campbell, National Account Manager for Supermarkets, United Refrigeration Inc. and National Refrigerants Inc.

Impact of DOE and EPA Regulations on the Food Retail Industry
(repeated from 11:30 am)

Emerging Energy Procurement Trends and Models

The way companies procure and manage their energy is growing more complex. Gone are the days when a large energy user received its monthly bill from their local utility and someone in the company paid the bill.  We are in an era where energy demand is converging with multiple choices in supply. Technology, markets, policy and social influences are transforming the way energy management is viewed by the commercial and industrial marketplace. New strategies, considerations and practices are evolving that make the role of the energy manager more important than ever as organizations prepare to move into the new energy future.  In this session, you will learn:

  • Why energy can be a strategic asset that drives financial performance for companies.
  • How to take a portfolio approach to developing a strategic energy plan.
  • Examples of several procurement models and associated risks for each model.
  • Examples of renewable procurement options.
  • What kind of organizational alignment will support strategic energy goals.

Daniel K. Weeden, President, ENERActive Solutions, an Edison Energy Company

Saving Energy on the Roof – Slow Those Rooftops Down
(repeated from 11:30 am)

Re-purposing a Multi-Level Retail Space to a Food Store
(repeated from 11:30 am)

Retailer Case Studies: LED Lighting

Supermarkets are unlike other commercial and retail facilities in regard to lighting requirements: fixture type, light levels, CRI levels, etc. The pace of change in the lighting industry is accelerating at an unprecedented rate. Several new manufacturers have flooded the market with new products. What quality of light is necessary for the best product presentation? Does it make sense to replace or retrofit? What type of light fixture should be utilized? This session will present case studies on market side lighting (boutique vs. general), main sales floor lighting (fluorescent vs. integrated LED vs. TLED), refrigerated case lighting (frozen doors, French doors, open multi-deck, and service), cooler/freezer lighting, exterior lighting, and building sign lighting.

Garrick McFarland, Senior Manager, HVACR and Energy, Schnuck Markets, Inc.

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm        Break

Sponsored by Groom Energy

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm        Concurrent Breakouts (6)
Energy track sponsored by Emerson
Refrigeration track sponsored by Chemours Company

REFRIGER-ATION

REFRIGER-ATION

ENERGY

ENERGY

STORE
DEVELOPMENT

STORE
DEVELOPMENT

Building a Technician Workforce in a Climate of Shifting Demographics

Refrigeration Solutions that Deliver Cost-effective Performance and Long-term Sustainability

Emerging Energy Procurement Trends and Models

Implementing Battery Storage in Your Energy Procurement Strategy

What’s Driving Today’s Store Format and Design Trends?

LED Lighting:  Retailer Case Studies

Building a Technician Workforce in a Climate of Shifting Demographics
(repeated from 1:30 pm)

Refrigeration Solutions that Deliver Cost-effective Performance and Long-term Sustainability
(repeated from 11:30 am)

Emerging Energy Procurement Trends and Models
(repeated from 1:30 pm)

Implementing Battery Storage in Your Energy Procurement Strategy
(repeated from 11:30 am)

What’s Driving Today’s Store Format and Design Trends?
(repeated from 11:30 am)

LED Lighting:  Retailer Case Studies
(repeated from 1:30 pm)

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm        Break
Sponsored by Groom Energy

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm        Closing General Session: Living Life at Performance Level ®

Join us for a dynamic experiential session that will give you tools to ignite your ultimate potential.  You will have an innovative and interactive learning experience that is guaranteed to entertain and energize, while inspiring you to “Live the Dream.”  Using the simple yet profound metaphor of the stage as your life, Curtis Zimmerman’s key concepts include:

  • Be the Director – Create a life of relevance and accountability.
  • Write Your Script – Take risks, fail successfully, and unleash limitations by focusing on new scripts, not just re-reading old ones.
  • Define Your Character – Make character-driven decisions.
  • Cast Your Show Wisely – Choose positive influences and cut out those that bring you down. Be a star in others’ lives.
  • Be a Star in Your Life – Be a leader, be responsible, be authentic, and be a catalyst for positive change.

You will learn that empowered individuals can build cohesive, productive companies with forward momentum that create lasting outcomes.

Curtis Zimmerman, Speaker and Author, Curtis Zimmerman Group, LLC

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm        Off-Site Social Event – House of Blues 

House of BluesJoin us for an evening of fun, food and entertainment at the famous House of Blues – it really rocks!  This venue offers a “one-of-a-kind” special event experience, with an impressive collection of American Folk Art and distinctive Southern-inspired cuisine.  You’ll enjoy the Blues Revue – the only Blues Brothers act in the world sanctioned by the Belushi estate and Dan Aykroyd.  This interactive show includes all of the familiar songs from the hit movie The Blues Brothers and Saturday Night Live. The high-energy dance band Derek & the Slammers will also perform, adding more music to a great night of lively entertainment.

 

Wednesday, September 27

8:00 am – 9:30 am       Post-Conference Committee Meeting

Many thanks to these additional sponsors for their support:

Arneg – Conference notepads and pens

Danfoss – Hotel key cards

Hussmann – Conference wi-fi and mobile app

Source Refrigeration & HVAC, Inc. – Conference registration area and lanyards

 

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