Arlington, VA — October 1, 2008 — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today announced final program details about Future Connect, the first industrywide leadership education event May 4-6, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, TX. More than 1,300 people have already registered to attend Future Connect, which will educate high-potential associates from all levels of retailer, wholesaler and supplier companies to direct teams, focus skills and talents and achieve high-profit sales.
“Future Connect will help every company across the entire industry build their next generation leadership. Equally important, this will ensure that the talent is in place to help trading partners work together to set a strategic direction for the future,” said FMI President and CEO Tim Hammonds.
Interactive education sessions and group roundtables will help associates understand the landscape of issues facing the industry, including current business and consumer trends, developments in media and communications and managing an increasingly diverse workforce.
Best-selling business authors, world-renowned thought leaders, industry mavericks and coaches of winning teams from business and sports, including:
Keynote Speakers Focus on Major Challenges, Ethics and How to Build Winning Teams
At Future Connect, a panel of top food industry executives will share the lessons they learned rising through the ranks to help lead their companies to success. The panel includes:
Future Connect will feature a special program for consumer packaged goods (CPG) suppliers covering skills and strategies to increase center store sales. It will feature presentations on topics such as sales calls, better communication and collaboration with retailers and how trading partners can integrate their marketing strategies based on changing consumer lifestyles and demands.
FMI MARKETECHNICS® Show Begins on Final Day of Future Connect
The 2009 FMI MARKETECHNICS® conference will begin with the closing session of Future Connect on Wednesday, May 6. This overlap gives attendees of this technology show an opportunity to learn from the final speakers at Future Connect. This session will feature presentations on leadership and technology, such as communicating through new media in the internet age by Nielson’s Todd Hale and a presentation by Catalina Marketing Corporation’s President Ed Kuehnle on aligning consumer definitions to increase sales.
MARKETECHNICS® will then move to the Dallas Convention Center, where the exhibit hall will open at 2 p.m. on May 6. This conference will run through May 8 at the convention center. Registrants for Future Connect will receive a $50 discount on MARKETECHNICS® registration.
For more information and to register for Future Connect, go to http://fmifutureconnect.com. Registration for FMI Member Retailers/Wholesalers is $1,000 until April 3, 2009. FMI Associate Member registration is $1,300 and nonmember registration is $1,600. A Group Advantage Plan is available.
Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.
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