Speakers

Brian Baker

Managing Director, Deloitte

Brian Baker is a Managing Director in Deloitte’s Retail and Consumer Goods practice.

Based in Kansas City, Brian has extensive experience in Retail and Supply Chain. Brian’s experience covers multiple retail areas including; inventory management, procurement of both perishable and non perishable goods, replenishment/allocation, promotional planning, pricing, third party logistics, and  import procurement. In addition Brian has 15+ years of store management experience, focusing on perishable departments.    

Brian has spent over 30 years focusing on Grocery and Retail Clients. Brian has held positions at Accenture, ALCO Stores, and Fleming Foods.

Brian is an avid golfer and enjoys time away from work with friends and family on the course.

Nick Ciminillo

VP of Retail Solutions, RELEX Solutions

Nick Ciminillo is Vice President of Retail Solutions at RELEX Solutions. For over two decades, Nick has worked closely with retailers around the world, helping them solve their most complex planning, optimization, inventory and supply chain challenges.

Nick has previous experience at IBM leading the Watson Offering Management team in bringing IBM’s first repeatable AI/ML solutions to market as well as leading Oracle Retail’s Planning and Optimization Go to Market team.  Nick also led the Retail Strategy team at Infor, responsible for launching its Global Retail business unit.

Natalie Dyenson

Vice President, Food Safety and Quality, Dole Food Company

Based at the Dole Nutrition Institute Campus in Kannapolis, NC, Ms. Dyenson has responsibility for food safety and quality programs globally.  Before joining Dole, she spent eight years at Walmart, Inc., most recently leading food safety across 6500 retail stores, 48 company owned manufacturing facilities and 220 fresh distribution centers in 26 countries for Walmart’s international division.  Prior to Walmart, Ms. Dyenson spent eight years with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, where she held various roles in food safety and public health supporting Walt Disney World, Disney Regional Entertainment, Disney Cruise Line and the Parks and Resorts business globally.  Ms. Dyenson holds a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Iowa and a M.P.H. in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of South Florida.

Francesco Fazio

Principal, Doblin, a Deloitte Company

Francesco is a Principal at Doblin, the innovation consultancy of Deloitte Consulting, with 18+ years of experience helping companies conceive, prototype and launch breakthrough innovations, as well as become better innovators.  He has served clients in consumer product, food and beverage, retail, travel and hospitality, specialty chemical, with a focus on North America, but also significant experience in Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East. Francesco is a regular keynote speaker at various industry associations and corporate events, on the topics of strategy and innovation. Recent speaking engagements include: Association for Intelligent Packaging; Food Tech Accelerator; Singularity University, Global Summit; P&G global supplier summit; Back end of innovation conference in Boston. 

Education

  • MBA, Strategy, Marketing & Operations – The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • MS, BS Mechanical Engineering - Università degli Studi di Genova

Adam Johnson

Vice President and General Manager, Global Food Retail Services, Ecolab, Inc.

Adam Johnson is the Vice President & General Manager of Global Food Retail Services Division of Ecolab.  In this capacity he leads the Ecolab retail platform globally which works to provide solutions that help retailers run cleaner stores and provide safe food. 

Prior to his current role, Adam was the Vice President of Global Food Safety & US Field Operations for the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) Division of Ecolab.  In this position he led Ecolab’s food safety efforts globally to include the expansion of audit services and digital food safety.

Before Ecolab, Adam had a lengthy career developing and helping to lead food safety efforts for many large retail chains in the US such as Albertsons, Supervalu, and Walmart.  

In addition to Adam’s 20 years of food safety experience, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science from the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Master’s Degree in Food Safety from Michigan State University.

 

Michael Lang

Partner, Invatron Systems Corp

Michael is the operating partner at Invatron, North America’s market leader specializing exclusively in Fresh Item management software solutions for Grocery retailers. Invatron’s software platforms (Periscope and E-plum) are supporting more than 25,000 stores globally who are realizing full potential by achieving operational excellence, maximizing financial performance and delivering a Fresh Food offering that exceeds consumer expectations.

Michael is a Global sales and management executive who has served the retail and Food industries for 30 years. He has held CEO and CCO roles in service companies in Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia. His relentless focus on creating innovative and financially impactful solutions has resulted in success for both the customers he has worked with as well as the organizations he has run. Michael joined Invatron in 2013 as a partner representing the private equity firm, Polar Capital.

Stephanie Lundquist

President of Food and Beverage, Target Corporation

Stephanie Lundquist is executive vice president and president of food and beverage for Target, and a member of its executive leadership team. She oversees the full spectrum of merchandising and operations for food and beverage, including strategy development and implementation.

Before taking this role, Stephanie served as Target’s chief human resources officer since 2016 and led all aspects of human resource management. She joined the company in 2005 and has held leadership positions in talent acquisition and talent management as well as operational roles in business integration and project management. Earlier at Target she served as senior vice president of human resources for all corporate functions, and had a pivotal role in building Target’s transformation office and strategy.

Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree in business and communication from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Janis McIntosh

Director of Marketing Innovation & Sustainability, Naturipe

Janis McIntosh  is Director of Marketing Innovation & Sustainability at Naturipe and is responsible for overseeing their ongoing and future sustainability initiatives, including their Cultivate with Care™ program, which she helped develop.  Prior to Naturipe she worked at Coastal Berry (purchase by Dole) for 9 years and she has over 23 years in the berry business.

Under McIntosh’s guidance, Naturipe has received numerous industry awards including the Produce Innovation award from Produce Business and the Joe Nucci Award for Product Innovation at the New York Produce Show and Conference in 2017, and she has led collaborations with top retailers to reduce the use of plastics in food packaging. However, her proudest professional accomplishment was to spearhead an innovative trend in top-seal packaging for blueberries, which is now growing in popularity among retailers.

McIntosh has remained curious - studying the latest sustainability trends and receiving certificates in Packaging Management and Packaging Science from Clemson University as well as Completion of Food Packaging Basics from Michigan State University.

Her current role involves working with a key customer on a waste-reduction study and developing a more robust Cultivate with Care™ sustainability program leveraging the company’s current systems to gather and disseminate information for a digital platform.

Suzy Monford

Vice President of Fresh Merchandising, Kroger

Suzy Monford is Kroger’s Group Vice President of Fresh Merchandising. In this role, Suzy oversees Kroger’s fresh departments of meat, seafood, produce, floral, deli & cheese, prepared foods, bakery and culinary. She is also leading and helping to expand Kroger’s meal solutions – scaling their “Ready to” offerings, creating best-in-class venues in the stores through third-party restaurant partnerships and managing Kitchen 1883’s operations and expansion. 

Suzy joined Kroger in 2017 as president of the QFC Division in Seattle, where in the last two years she and the team delivered above budget identical sales and grew market share by launching delivery, curating a best-in-class local and natural assortment, and innovating a variety of in-store concepts including FitMarket. QFC was the first division to eliminate single use plastic bags on behalf of Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact plan and has played a lead role in the company’s partnership with Microsoft and EDGE Shelf. QFC is also testing many new customer service technologies including DogSpot, Chatitive and others. QFC recently open a new premier concept store in Kirkland, Wash., on July 31.

Suzy is the former CEO of Andronico’s Community Markets, the San Francisco Bay Area chain that was acquired by Albertsons in early 2017. Prior to Andronico’s, she was recruited to innovate retail in Australia, first by Coles Supermarkets in 2009 and by Woolworths Supermarkets in 2013. For 10 years, Suzy served as an executive for H-E-B Central Market and H-E-B Grocery Company in Texas. Prior to H-E-B, she was president of Cheers, Inc., a Texas-based fast casual restaurant chain.

Suzy was recently named a 2019 Top Woman in Grocery and has also been recognized as a 2017 Top Woman in Retail Tech, a 2016 Top Industry Disruptor and a 2016 Top Woman in Grocery. She holds a bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Leslie G. Sarasin

President and CEO, Food Marketing Institute

Leslie G. Sarasin is the president and chief executive officer of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the association of food retailers and wholesalers, which represents more than 1,500 member companies in the United States and around the world. Under Sarasin's leadership, FMI has become a forward focused and member centered organization committed to help supermarkets excel in their role of feeding families and enriching lives. Her synergistic style and determined spirit of collaboration has infused FMI with a renewed commitment to help its members address the critical industry issues of the day - food safety and the emerging importance of health and wellness. Prior to coming to FMI, Sarasin was president and CEO of the American Frozen Food Institute.

Gigi Vita

Vice President of Sales, Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI)

Gigi Vita is a forward-thinking, innovative influencer and problem solver who is currently the Vice President of Sales at the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI). In her current position Vita oversees the entire sales division of SQFI and has proven to be a key asset to the organization’s expansion by increasing the SQFI portfolio in Latin America and Asia.  Vita has seasoned knowledge of the food industry with over 30 years’ experience, having previously worked across all trade channels and led highly successful initiatives within domestic and global organizations. 

Most recently Vita was a Partner within the Customer Development Practice of The Partnering Group providing global strategy and general management consulting focused on sustainable value for leading retail and consumer product companies worldwide. Vita led strategic business development and innovation for the nation’s largest dairy cooperative, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and has worked as President and COO for Fonterra, North America. Vita also held senior leadership roles at other major consumer packaged goods companies including PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Kraft/Nabisco, Campbell Soup, Nestle and Procter & Gamble. Vita holds a BA in English from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Tom Windish

President, Retail Channel, Cargill Incorporated

Tom began his career with Cargill as a beef sales trainee in 1993.  He went on to hold several Cargill positions in sales, distribution, IT, and was the key account manager for the Cargill Wal-Mart team.  He joined Swift in 2005 as Vice President of Retail Sales and in 2008, became the Vice President of Business Development for Smithfield. 

Tom rejoined Cargill in 2009 as Vice President of Value Creation and added beef marketing responsibilities in 2010.  Tom joined the Case Ready business unit in 2011 as Commercial Manager and was promoted to US General Manager in 2013.  Tom led the Go to Market integration effort as Cargill integrated the Beef and Case Ready business units.  Tom became President of Cargill Food Distribution Business in August of 2015.  In January, 2017, Tom was named to his current position of President, Retail Channel.

A 1992 graduate of the University of Illinois, Tom earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Economics. 

Tom is active in kid’s sports and activities and is a Big Brother/Mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters.  He also serves on the board for BBBS.

Tom, his wife, Kristi, and their four children, Luke, Andrew, Laine and Cameron reside in Wichita.