Companies Sending Teams to Address Coming Leadership Crisis

Arlington, VA — September 17, 2008 — More than 1,300 executives are registered to attend the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Future Connect conference, the first industrywide leadership education event May 4-6, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, TX.

FMI President and CEO Tim Hammonds explained the early surge of interest in this conference: “Future Connect is designed to help the industry avert a workforce crisis. Retiring Baby Boomers, declining birthrates and recruiting challenges will create a leadership void unless the industry moves aggressively to address it. This event launches a leadership development program for the entire food industry at every level, from managers to CEOs.

“Food retailers, wholesalers and suppliers are sending teams of current and aspiring leaders to solve this problem. They will be inspired and guided by more than 30 best-selling business authors, world-renowned thought leaders, industry mavericks and coaches of winning teams from business and sports.”

Future Connect 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. 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 global food sourcing and managing an increasingly diverse workforce.

Future Connect was collaboratively designed by FMI’s Board of Directors, FMI Members and FMI’s supplier advisory council.

For more information and to register for Future Connect, go to Registration for FMI Member Retailers/Wholesalers is $550 by the deadline of September 30, 2008 — reserve slots early as space is limited (names not required); and $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.