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NEPC 2019 Expo Schedule
WEDNESDAY THURSDAY
September 18, 2019 September 19, 2019
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3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Educational Seminars

 

Steve Lutz

Steve Lutz is Senior Vice President
of Insights and Innovation for Category Partners.
Steve's entire career has been built on providing
ideas and solutions for organizations in the fresh
foods industries to grow their businesses.

Over his career, Steve has had the opportunity to work across the entire supply chain from the producer level to wholesalers, retailers and ultimately, with consumers. His professional experience includes product and brand development, consumer and trade research, strategic communications, retail category management and analysis, packaging development, and promotional analysis. Over the years, Steve's brand clients have included companies in nearly every segment of fresh foods including produce, meat, deli, and bakery organizations covering almost any fresh product found in a supermarket.Currently Steve is Senior Vice President of Insights and Innovation for Category Partners. He is responsible for providing industry thought leadership as well as working with key with client teams. His work focuses on identifying opportunities to leverage performance and consumer data to enhance business planning.Before joining Category Partners, Steve served as Vice President of Member Engagement for PMA and as Chief Strategist and Vice President of Marketing for CMI Orchards in Wenatchee. Earlier, Steve was one of the three founding partners of the Chicago-based consumer research and data analytics research firm, Perishables Group, serving as Executive Vice President. He co-led the organization for 13 years before selling the firm to Nielsen. Prior to that, Steve served as President and CEO of the Washington Apple Commission, at the time, the largest fresh fruit promotional association in the United States.ÊSteve has served on the board of directors of the Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh.

Hynes - Meeting Room 107
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5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

VIP Reception
Top of the Hub

Invitation Only
Reception with sponsors and participants
of the Career Pathways Program
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6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception
Top of the Hub
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7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Keynote Breakfast

 

Rich Dachman

Rich Dachman, Vice President of Produce
for Sysco Corporation. In June of 2019, Rich
retired from a long and dedicated career
with Sysco. Rich is presently the CEO for
Brighter Bites, a non-profit that focuses
on feeding under privileged elementary
school children fresh produce.

Richard is a native of Denver, Colorado, and attended Colorado State University. Rich began his produce career at his family-owned business in Denver. Following the sale of the family business, he and his father opened a new foodservice operation in Denver for Kraft Foods, Inc. before joining Kraft's corporate office in Chicago as National Director of Produce in 1987. In 1992, he joined FreshPoint Inc. and was President of FreshPoint Operating Companies in Houston, Denver, Atlanta and the CompanyÕs central procurement office in Salinas, California. When Sysco acquired FreshPoint in 2000, Rich was appointed to the position of Senior Vice President, Western Region, and in 2007 was promoted to Vice President of Produce for Sysco Corporation. In June of 2019 Rich retired from a long and dedicated career with Sysco and is presently the CEO for Brighter Bites, a non-profit that focuses on feeding under privileged elementary school children fresh produce. Rich has received awards including the Foodservice Achievement award by the Packer, the Jay Pack Cultivating Our Future Award from the Center for growing Talent and the Excellence Award from Produce for Better Health. Rich also served as Chairman for the Produce Marketing Association. 

Hynes - Meeting Rooms 304 & 306
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9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

Highlighting products and services
of over 150 exhibiting suppliers
of produce and floral

Hynes - Hall A
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Expo Information

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