Summit Agenda

Food Marketing Center of Excellence 2022 Summit

Sept. 21, 2022  

Built to Thrive-Creating Pathways to Growth

10:45-11:45 AM       Registration

11:45AM                  Lunch/Welcome Mark Frascatore Dean of the HCBA Niagara University

                                   Opening Remarks Bill Chiodo, FMCOE Chair, President Retail Affinity Group

12:45-12:50 PM       Introduction of Richard Ferranti- Rich Products

                                  Jamie McKeon, SVP Demand Creation Rich Products

12:50-1:25 PM         Richard Ferranti- CEO Rich Products                                  

1:25-1:30 PM           Introduction of Samantha Biljan

                                  Jeffery Culhane SVP Merchandising Tops Markets

1:30-2:15 PM           Samantha Biljan- DATASESSTIAL

                                    Built to Thrive-Emerging and Innovative Food Trends, Global Eats-Sustainability

2:15-2:25 PM           ♦ Refreshment Break♦

2:25-2:30 PM           Introduction of Rebecca Brady-Top Seedz

                                  Natalie Khreher, Partner & Sales Manager Kreher Family Farms

2:30-3:05 PM           Rebecca Brady- Top Seedz

                                    Built to Thrive-Growing Health and Happiness in Every Body   

3:05-3:10 PM           Introduction of Kevyn Adams & Don Granato

                                  Mike DeCory, VP, Meat and Seafood Wegmans Food Markets

3:10-3:50 PM           Kevyn Adams-General Manager Buffalo Sabres & Don Granato – Head Coach

                                     Built to Thrive-Engaging People to Build a Successful Organization by “Earning It”

3:50-4:00 PM           ♦  Refreshment Break♦

4:00-5:25 PM           Panel Discussion


                                   Jeff Metzger, President Best Met Publishing


                                   Josh Halpern, CEO of Big Chicken

                                    John Persons, President Tops Markets

                                    Kurt Schertle, COO Weis Markets

                                    Michael Seidel, VP Procurement, Performance Foodservice

 5:25-5:30 PM          Closing comments

                                  Phillip Catanese, Niagara University, Director of Centers and College Outreach

 5:30-6:30 PM          Wine, Beer, Hors d’oeuvres