Doug Baker is a food retail industry relations vice president for FMI – The Food Industry Association where he facilitates professional, non-competitive collaboration among member communities across private brands, technology, and grocery resilience issue areas.
In addition to his facilitation of the private brands leadership council and their efficiency-driven initiatives to encourage brand owner innovation, Doug also oversees FMI’s CIO Council, the Industry Collaboration Council and joint industry initiative, SmartLabel . Prior to FMI, Doug began his career in the food retail industry in 1984 with Fry’s Food Stores. His 30+ years in food retail have included leadership roles at Fry’s (a division of Kroger), Kraft/Nabisco and Federated Group with focuses on retail operations, consumer packaged goods and private brand development and marketing.
With a first love in understanding people, Shelley relishes her role in guiding business development efforts, fostering client relationships across the food and beverage industry landscape and matching clients' business needs to The Hartman Group's customized solutions-oriented offerings.
Shelley graduated from the University of Windsor with a Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology. She has a MA in Applied Social Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan and a BA in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.
As President of his own advisory firm, Oakton Advisory Group, Mr. Davidson currently advises retailers and investment groups in the US and abroad on a host of issues to include mergers & acquisitions, private label development, organic and specialty food markets, as well as sustainable sourcing and production across supply chains.
He also serves as Board Chairman and Chief Operating Officer at Magi Foods, an innovative food manufacturer focused on bringing affordable oat and grain products to market at many of the top US retailers.
Mr. Davidson has held senior-level executive roles at many of the nation's largest supermarket chains, including Walmart Inc., Wild Oats (acquired by Whole Foods), SUPERVALU, and Ahold USA. The foundation of his career was built at HEB Food/Drug in San Antonio, Texas where he spent 20 years before departing as Senior VP of Grocery Merchandising, Procurement and Own Brand.
Christopher Durham is a retailer, thought leader author, consultant, and strategist with close to 20 years of experience creating, launching and building billion-dollar Private Brands. His influential organization, the Velocity Institute, seeks to drive the changing Private Brand landscape, focusing on the emerging art and science of Private Brand management.
He is a trusted consultant for many of the world’s leading retailers, including Petco, Family Dollar, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Lowe’s Home Improvement, and Grainger.
While working at Lowe’s Home Improvement, he developed and implemented the strategy for their multi-billion dollar portfolio of Private Brands, as well as creating and managing many of those brands. Before Lowe’s, he served as brand manager at Delhaize America, where he developed and delivered retail brand marketing as well as Private Brand strategy and development for Food Lion.
In 2017 Durham released the follow-up to his much-acclaimed first book “Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project.” His new book “Vanguard: Vintage Originals” presents a rich photographic look at Private Brand in America dating back to the mid-1800s and its implications for today’s retailers.
He has been featured in columns and interviews in the Washington Post, Brand Packaging magazine, The Dieline, Global Retail Brands, Food Processing magazine, Retail Leader, and PLMALive.
Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife Laraine and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.
Andrew S. Harig currently serves as Vice President, Tax, Trade, Sustainability & Policy Development at FMI-The Food Industry Association. In this position, he is responsible for lobbying Congress and the Administration on behalf of FMI members, with a primary focus on agriculture, taxes, trade, sustainability, food waste, and pensions. Prior to joining FMI, Andy was an associate trade advisor and speechwriter for the Senate Finance Committee under its Chairman, Max Baucus (D-MT). From 1999-2001, he was the senior research associate for the Global Economic Policy Project at the New America Foundation, a Washington, DC-based think tank. Andy holds a B.A. from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.
Jennifer Hatcher serves as Chief Public Policy Officer and Senior Vice President, Government Affairs for FMI - the Food Industry Association, overseeing federal, state and regulatory efforts on public policy, legislative and political issues impacting the supermarket industry. She has held this position since April 2009 and has been at FMI in the government relations area since March 1998.
Prior to coming to FMI, Jennifer served as Chief of Staff to United States Congressman Spencer Bachus (AL). Jennifer also served as Special Assistant and White House Liaison at the Department of the Treasury during President George H.W. Bush’s Administration. Jennifer has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Communication from Vanderbilt University and a Masters in Government from Johns Hopkins University.
Jennifer has participated in a variety of congressional briefings and panels and has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Committee on Ways and Means and Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Ed Kerrigan is an industry expert with SAS who has been in the food retail industry for over 27 years. He has worked on both sides of the desk – both in Consumer Packaged Goods companies supplying Grocery Retailers, and subsequently as a Grocery Retail Buying Director. His global experience work spans from development of the Guinness Brand Portfolio in both the On-Trade & Off Trade Food Retail Sectors in Germany to product sourcing & buying responsibility for 20% of the Ambient Grocery Range & Fresh/Chilled Product Categories at Aldi UK/I. He spent many years in product development from concept to shelf for private label and national brands and developed award-winning own-label products. Currently Ed advises retail and consumer goods clients on how to accelerate their business transformation.
In his role at FMI, Markenson oversees the research & insights practice. He leads the discovery process on the latest industry trends and operational insights that champion FMI as a credible voice of the food retail industry. Markenson is a market research executive with 30 years of progressive experience in his field. His diverse experience includes research design, information/data collection and analysis and strategic planning.
Markenson was formerly the president of WBA Research, a national market research firm founded in 1987, where he oversaw more than 30 full-time professionals, along with a part-time staff of more than 100 telephone interviewers, field interviewers and support staff. Earlier in his career, Markenson worked at Snyder Communications, where he directed all aspects of more than 90 annual market research studies and presented results to brand management, market research departments, advertising and promotion agencies.
Kyle McKillop is the lead on USDA's FoodData Central, an integrated data system that provides expanded nutrient profile data and links to related agricultural and experimental research. He has a Bachelor's in Computer Science and a Master's in Information Management with a specialty in Technology Development and Deployment. He previously worked for the University of Maryland's Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition where he worked on developing food database systems, including modernizing USDA's food composition database. Kyle is now with the USDA/ARS Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center to lead FoodData Central's data collection efforts and manage future application developments. He is an active participant of the public private partnership that works to expand the Global Branded Food Products database, published on FoodData Central.
David Orgel is a food industry expert, business journalist and speaker who was the longtime chief editor of Supermarket News. He is principal of David Orgel Consulting LLC, focused on enhancing content and thought leadership for organizations in the food, retail and consumer packaged goods industries.
Alex had a successful career at Procter & Gamble for 24 years (1990-2014), working across multiple categories and geographies in a variety of roles related to strategic planning, general management, strategic partnerships, and eCommerce leadership. Following P&G, Alex took on a role at Kroger as SVP of New Business Development – an officer of the company reporting directly to the CEO. After Kroger, he became CEO of PDC Brands. Now Alex works as Board Member, Strategic Advisor, and/or Investor with a number of entities – Cluep, Electrada, Invrsion, Gruppo Food, Qiibee, Crown Cincinnati and SDA Bocconi. He also teaches within the MBA programs at both Xavier University and Miami University. Alex received his Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) with a focus on International Business from Universitá Bocconi.
Spencer Wicks is the CEO of Mintec, the world's leading provider of global pricing data, price forecasts and intelligence for food ingredients and associated commodities. With significant experience in the commodity markets specializing in metals, Spencer has developed a wide range of innovative tools and bespoke data sets. Prior to his current role, Spencer has for many years led diverse global teams in the development of commodity price benchmarks, price forecasting and indexes to help organizations and markets operate more effectively.
Spencer earned his degree from the University of Lancaster following which he went on to achieve a master's degree from the University of Sussex.
Richard Widdowson is the Vice President, Global Retail and Consumer Goods Solutions for SAS. In this role, he guides retailers and consumer goods companies along their digital transformation journey, using analytics to turn a world of data into a world of intelligence.
Widdowson has 25 years of leadership within multi-retail environments, including mass merchants, grocery stores, national chain drug stores, and department stores. While working in the UK, US, and Canada and overseeing operations in 14 countries, he has led technology implementations and business transformations using Oracle, JDA, IBM, and SAS to improve processes and efficiencies resulting in significant top and bottom-line increases.