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We are very pleased to announce sought after speaker Walter Robb, former Co-CEO of Whole Foods Markets, as a Keynote Presenter at our upcoming Top2Top-NexGen Conference! 

 

 

Amazon’s surprise acquisition of Whole Foods Markets rattled most food industry stakeholders. Former co-ceo of Whole Foods Walter Robb has a unique insiders perspective to share with us about how disruptors like Amazon will revolutionize distribution networks.

Quoted in a recent news article, Robb said "Don't let Amazon Go get ahead of you. Don't put yourself in the position where you have to play catch-up," he advised. "Your capacity for change ensures your survival." 

With the increasing number of disruptors such as Amazon and so many other non-traditional food/meal providers shaking our world, we can no longer afford to see foodservice as a separate supply channel. Few have the depth of knowledge that Robb will share about the future of food distribution. His experience in building Whole Foods Markets into a retail powerhouse that turned traditional retail on its ear provides him with unique insights into the possible future of all food distribution

Join us at Top2Top-NexGen to hear Robb provide his thoughts on how you can prepare your company for what promises to be a revolutionary future.

 


See more, and be more, at FSMA's 2019 Top2Top-NexGen.

Do you see yourself in Phoenix this January 15-17 at the all-new FSMA Top2Top-NexGen?

We do, and here's why.

You have a lot of disruptors.

  1. Continued consolidation
  2. Private label
  3. Channel changes
  4. Technology
  5. A younger set of buyers
  6. Increased reporting requirements
  7. The rise of online sales
  8. Amazon

But you are not alone. This January we will give you a seat at the table to see the future. And tackle it.

Top2Top is all new. We've listened. We've made big changes. We want you to be a part it.

This 2-day intensive, held January 15-17 in Phoenix, will present rapid deployment tactics and immediate action steps you can take to halt the economic hammering of your sales numbers. By attending, we guarantee you will be more profitable in 2019--or your money back. Next year can be different.

Time is of the essence. You must register by November 30 to save $200 per person. We need every member’s participation in Phoenix. We need you to be a part of the plan. Part of the future. It's our moment.

Topics include:

How to Partner with Retail Foodservice
Amazon - What the Future Holds
Restaurant Power Panel: Your Best Is Next
The Rise of Localization
Private Label Pressure
Winning at Retail – 2019? The Role of Foodservice is about to Radically Change
The New Generation of Foodservice Decision Makers
Capitalizing on Off-Premise and Delivery
The Power of Understanding People...and Yourself
The Threat of Meal Kits
GPO Proliferation into Commercial Segments
What to Expect from the Economy, Administration and Foodservice: This Year, 5 Years and 15 Years
The Direction of Distribution
Opportunities with Inside Sales
The Changing Face of Foodservice Purchasing
Enhancing Organizational Performance
Trends and Directions Roundtables led by Operators to include:

  • C-Stores
  • College/University
  • Healthcare
  • Restaurants (Independent)
  • Restaurants (Regional Chain)
  • Retail
  • Schools K-12
Register by Friday, November 30th to get our very best rate. $200 off per person before this date.

To register for the conference, go to CONFERENCE REGISTRATION.

If you have any questions please call me at 410-491-7857 or [email protected].

Come to Phoenix. This is our year.


Top2Top is now NexGen too.

Great leaders know: businesses are only as strong as their NEXt GENeration of talent.

This year, don’t just bring the top of the totem. Bring your budding talent, and empower them. Let your young leaders learn what FSMA is all about, ensure the succession of your company and our profession. Bring them to Phoenix to learn the upcoming trends, tactics, and real-life intel to make your organization thrive in 2019.

Save $400 to $700 per person off the regular price registration for 2 or more registrants from the same company--but you must register by November 30.


Why Bringing the Whole Team Actually Makes Your Company Money

It’s not uncommon for FSMA members to select one or two senior employees to attend Top2Top each year. But did you know that sending a larger group actually provides more value to your company?

Here's 5 reason's why.

1. Strengthens Company Culture and Fosters Team-Building

Attending as a team is a great way for a company to nurture collaborative team-building and fortify company culture. The FSMA Top2Top-NexGen environment allows for more relaxed and natural interactions to occur, it also helps inspire shared excitement and passion around work-related topics. This leads to greater retention of both newer and even senior staff.

The greatest expense for every company is turnover, which happens most often when your employees aren’t emotionally connected to your goals or culture. Bringing them to FSMA Top2Top-NexGen shows them you are as committed to them, as they are to you. Plus, what better way to rally the troops for a banner year than to kick off the year, united as a company, all in one place, at our January 15-17, 2019 Top2Top-NexGen?

2. Helps Solidify Learning and Professional Growth

Learning in a new space encourages growth that is otherwise unlikely to happen in your company’s everyday environment. Attending FSMA Top2Top-NexGen as a team is a powerful way to develop new skills, catch up on the latest trends, spark inspiration, rekindle passion, hear from experts, and more.

3. Enables Greater Knowledge Absorption

As a team, employees can talk about and plan around a strategy for the conference. Having a larger group present at an event also allows individuals to take a ‘divide and conquer’ approach to the program, share notes, and explore resources that might be otherwise missed. It also encourages a dialog around the sessions, speakers, and topics that will likely lead to a greater overall understanding and appreciation for the content. This year's conference has over 20+ sessions (many concurrent), so unless you divide and conquer, you won't get to experience all our great speakers.

4. Social Support and Mentoring is Empowering and Impacts Your Bottom Line

Let’s face it, conferences can be intimidating, especially for younger staffers. Attending events in groups provides a level of comfort that ultimately will help empower individuals to make the most of their time. Mixing younger and tenured staff together also provides a unique opportunity for mentoring among teams, and mentoring reduces turnover.

5. Significantly Reduces Company Cost

Financially speaking, it often feels like an expensive proposition to send a large group of people to a conference. But in truth, sending a team will help cut professional development costs in the long run for organizations committed to providing training opportunities for their employees. Think about it this way, traveling with a group to one event allows for shared lodging, transportation, and food costs (most of the meals are on us!), whereas if each employee attend different meetings on their own throughout the year, you are spending more annually (even if the meetings are regional) than you are sending everyone to Top2Top-NexGen.


The bottom line...is it's your bottom line.

From top to bottom, it’s the kind of conference that cuts through the typical conference bull and sets real priorities for mutual success -- or your money back.

This is your market, your moment, and your move. So why not take advantage of the only foodservice agency-manufacturer focused event guaranteed to make you and your company more informed and more profitable, and carve a 2019 strategy that puts you on the path to explosive growth?


REGISTER TODAY FOR FSMA's TOP2TOP-NEXGEN
  • NEW TIME OF YEAR, NEW CONDENSED FORMAT & NEW SPEAKERS with too many concurrent educational sessions for just one person from your company to attend.

  • SAME LOW RATE for all Agency, Manufacturer and Allied/Vendor Members

  • HUGE DISCOUNTS (Up to $500) FOR ADDITIONAL ATTENDEES for the 2nd & 3rd or more Company Attendees.

  • $200 ADDITIONAL DISCOUNT PER PERSON if you register BEFORE NOVEMBER 30TH - DON'T WAIT!

  • NEW MEMBER DISCOUNTS for companies who join in 2018 - you must be a member of FSMA to attend this year.

  • REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES ALL EVENTS -- all education sessions, meals, parties and networking events.

  • MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS TODAY - The Wigwam Resort will sell out. Don't get stuck at the overflow property.

BENEFITS FOR AGENCIES AND MANUFACTURERS INCLUDE:
  • 3 DAYS TO NETWORK with more than 90% OF FSMA MEMBER COMPANIES and over 80+ AGENCY and 70+ MANUFACTURERS PEERS

  • 20+ UNIQUE SESSION TOPICS featuring over 20+ WORLD CLASS SPEAKERS and 5 OPERATOR ROUNDTABLES.

  • CUTTING EDGE AGENCY AND MANUFACTURER ONLY EDUCATION to enhance your company's RELATIONSHIPS with your CUSTOMERS and PARTNERS

  • IMMEDIATE ACTION STEPS and RAPID DEPLOYMENT TACTICS to catapult your company's SALES and MARKETING efforts immediately

  • REAL RESULTS YOU CAN COUNT ON--we guarantee it--OR YOUR MONEY BACK. No questions asked.


About Top2Top-NexGen

Top2Top-NexGen allows 150+ FSMA members the opportunity to meet with their peers, learn new methods of doing business, discuss mutual solutions, compare their operations with others outside their immediate trading area, and gain new insights into trends and innovation. One of the most important aspects is the opportunity to share—sharing of ideas, of mutual challenges and partnership successes.

Agency Member Attendee Demographics
FSMA Top2Top-NexGen will attract 80+ agency attendees from 30 different agencies in North America with over 90% of Agency Member companies in attendance. 

Manufacturer Member Attendee Demographics
FSMA Top2Top-NexGen will attract over 70+ manufacturer attendees from 30+ companies with over 90% of Manufacturer Member companies in attendance

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ATTENTION: THE WIGWAM RESORT WILL SELL OUT

Don't get stuck at the overflow property! Click on this Wigwam Online Housing Link to book your hotel room online or call the hotel at 800-327-0396 - use group name: Foodservice Sales & Marketing Association Conference. Room rate is $229 per night. Please click here for arrival and departure date recommendations and click here for the schedule of events.


YOUR  COMPLETE  SATISFACTION  IS  GUARANTEED - OR YOUR MONEY BACK! If you are not satisfied with our 2019 Top2Top-NexGen Conference, simply let us know and we will send you a refund for your conference registration fee. Your complete satisfaction is guaranteed! Register today!


SHAPE THE FUTURE OF FOOD. Become a sponsor of the 2019 Top2Top-NexGen conference. Sponsorships start at $350. When you sponsor, you’re not only shaping the future of your company, you're shaping the future of our industry. Sponsor Online NOW and secure your spot before they’re gone.


 

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