Bill Aull is a Partner in McKinsey’s Charlotte office and is a leader within the Americas Retail Practice and Consumer Practice. He has been with the Firm since 2009, and his client work has spanned across both retail and CPG sectors with a focus on transformation topics – commercial strategy, organization restructuring, merchandising (pricing, promotion, assortment, vendor negotiations) and operations topics. He has worked across numerous retail channels/formats and consumer categories
Rob is the former co-owner, President & CEO of Martin’s Super Markets, is a South Bend, Indiana native and a graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business). Rob has devoted his professional life to retailing: from bagging groceries, across multiple operational and management roles, in executive positions, and as President & CEO. He focused on team development and company culture stewardship. He was the third generation of family leadership for Martin’s. His career introduced him to a dynamic industry – filled with competence and competition. His work with FMI, especially GR/PA, brought him alongside the “best in the business” and introduced him to lifelong friends and the joy of collaboration on behalf of customers, employees, & the industry.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Lake City Bank, serving on the Audit and Governance Committees, the Beacon Medical Group Doctor’s Board, and on the South Bend Education Foundation’s Board of Directors. Rob has served Sunnyside Presbyterian Church as an Elder and officer as well as working within the youth program for some fifteen years. He helped provide leadership during the past two capital and renovation campaigns, and recently co-chaired the Pastor Nominating Committee.
Mark Baum currently serves as Senior Vice President of Industry Relations and Chief Collaboration Officer for FMI. In this role, Baum engages retailer, manufacturer, supplier, and service provider CEOs to further trading partner collaboration, leading to operational improvements and growth opportunities across all segments of the food retail supply chain. Prior to joining FMI, Baum was a Managing Partner of MARCAT Group, LLC a consulting/advisory firm specializing in business, market, channel, and customer development. Baum is known for his intricate knowledge of every aspect of the food, beverage and related businesses, and is recognized among the foremost experts in the design, management, and execution of strategy, sales, marketing, and merchandising activities throughout the industry.
Tom Bené is President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association and CEO of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Prior to assuming this role in June 2020, Tom served as Chairman, President & CEO of Sysco Corp., where he had previously served as COO, President of Foodservice Operations, and Chief Commercial Officer.
Prior to Sysco, Tom served as President of Pepsi-Cola Foodservice and held a variety of senior leadership roles over his 23-year career with the company, including President of PepsiCo North America and SVP of Sales & Franchise Development.
Tom currently serves as a member of the University of Kansas’ Business School Advisory Board. He is Past Chair of the American Beverage Association and has served on the Executive Committee of the Women’s Foodservice Forum.
Thom Blischok is Chairman and CEO of The Dialogic Group. LLC, a growth and results-driven professional services firm serving both the Retail and CPG industries. His record of achievements include advising major retailers on growth and market re-positioning strategies in the Drug, Apparel, Convenience Store, Grocery, Dollar, e-Commerce, Mass, Specialty, and Club retail sectors with special emphasis on improving merchandising, marketing, supply chain, and technology capabilities.
Craig joined H-E-B in 2005 as Chief Strategic Officer and was an advisor to H-E-B for two years before joining the company.
Prior to H-E-B, Craig worked at the Monitor Company, a global consultancy based in Cambridge, MA. Craig founded and ran Monitor’s New York office.
Craig is a member of the Board of FMI and a member of the FMI Executive Committee. He also served as the Chairman of the 2016 FMI Midwinter Executive Conference. Craig serves as the Chairman of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation; he is also on the Board of Trustees for Texas Biomedical Research Institute; and serves on the Early Matters S.A. Steering committee, as well as the UTSA Campaign Leadership Council. Craig is also Chairman of the Board for Junior Achievement of South Texas, and a member of the Mayor’s Education and Development Workforce Leadership Team. He is a past member of the United Way Executive Committee and, served as the General Campaign Chair for the 2015 United Way Campaign.
William Flynn is the president of GARDA Risk Management LLC specializing is homeland and national security policy and operations with a focus on critical infrastructure security and resilience. Mr. Flynn is also a partner at the digital firm The Power of Preparedness (TPOP) a next generation e-learning provider of preparedness and security training. He serves as a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security.
Mr. Flynn previously served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Infrastructure Protection, where he led the coordinated national effort to reduce risk to our nation’s critical infrastructure posed by acts of terrorism. Following the Sandy Hook school shooting in December 2012, he was the DHS lead to the White House task force on reducing gun violence. He was nominated by the Secretary of Homeland Security and selected to chair a North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) committee responsible for coordinating and monitoring national and NATO arrangements for civil emergencies, crisis management and critical infrastructure protection.
Mr. Flynn joined the federal government after 24 years with the NYC Police Department. On September 11, 2001, he responded to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center where he oversaw the collection and custody of recovered evidence and property, the biometric identification of recovered victims and the deployment of emergency response equipment.
Mr. Flynn is also a retired Captain with over 35 years of active and reserve service in the United States Navy, with deployments to the Middle East, Southwest Asia, and the Philippines.
Sajal leads McKinsey & Company’s Retail Practice in the Americas that extends from Canada to Chile. He also serves clients across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.In his 22+ years of management consulting, Sajal has counseled Fortune 100 global retail and packaged goods clients as they set growth strategies and face the challenges of the changing global landscape. He serves clients across hypermarket, grocery, restaurant, department store, specialty apparel, beauty, luxury, home fashions, and specialty hardlines formats. He has led comprehensive commercial transformations for top retailers and packaged goods companies encompassing digital transformation rooted in the consumer decision journey, omnichannel marketing effectiveness, personalization, global sourcing and category strategy, technology-enabled pricing, promotions and assortment architecture, and merchandising capability building. Sajal also works with his clients on operational transformations to improve the performance of their omnichannel store operations and their global supply chains
Ugur Koyluoglu is a Partner with Oliver Wyman, based in New York. He is currently Vice Chairman for Financial Services Americas, leading content development. Prior to this role, Ugur led Americas Finance & Risk, Public Policy, and Corporate & Institutional Banking practices, and continues to steer the firm’s high-impact, corporate finance and risk management projects for financial institutions across the globe. Ugur has a PhD in Engineering from Princeton University, taught applied mathematics and engineering at Princeton and Turkey’s Koc University before coming to Oliver Wyman.
David Portalatin is The NPD Group’s national advisor on all aspects of food and beverage consumption in- and away-from-home. In his role as vice president, industry advisor, Portalatin provides information, insights, and analysis on how U.S. consumers eat and drink, their attitudes and motivations, diet and nutrition, snacking, and personal characteristics. He works closely with food manufacturers and retailers; foodservice distributors, manufacturers, and operators; and media outlets in providing strategic business insights into current and future eating patterns in America.
Leslie G. Sarasin is the president and chief executive officer of FMI, the food industry association, 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.
Marc Wulfraat is the president and founder of MWPVL International, a global supply chain and logistics consulting firm specialized in helping with companies with supply chain strategy, facility design, and supply chain technology.
Marc has worked with hundreds of companies in North America and the rest of the world to optimize their distribution networks, warehouse operations and overall supply chains. He has 34 years of experience in the strategies and tactics of the most effective logistics and distribution companies. Marc has spent most of his career working in the grocery industry and he has helped many large Grocery companies design, optimize and automate their distribution facilities. His firm is currently involved in projects that involve in excess of $1.1 Billion of capital expenditures into infrastructure. Lastly, Marc is currently working on three separate micro-fulfillment projects for leading grocery retailers.
Marc has been a speaker at over 125 supply chain-industry events and has been published in over 130 magazines and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal and the Economist.