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​1:00 PM        2:00 PM     

Supply Chain Disruptions & New Challenges in Equipment Acquisition
This is a must-attend if you are looking to acquire equipment in the next three years! Getting the correct spec and design of transportation equipment has always been top of mind for distributor asset acquisition. As we navigate the new normal of the pandemic, shortages, supply-chain disruptions, and costs of raw materials have significantly impacted the suppliers we count on. What is causing this and how long will it last? In this session, we will explore some of the major issues in spec and design of transport equipment, addressing the current disruptions and how distributors will need to adjust both short- and long-term equipment acquisitions.
Speakers: Don Durm, VP, Customer Solutions, PLM (Moderator)
Tim Schmeits, P.E.,  Engineering Product Director, Everest, Great Dane
Scott Brower, Vice President of Vehicle Supply Penske Truck Leasing

Drugs and the Workplace
Across the country, states are enacting marijuana decriminalization and legalization legislation that is changing the legal picture of recreational drug usage. Companies must be prepared with appropriate drug testing policies to ensure regulatory compliance and employee safety and productivity. IFDA’s counsel Littler will brief you on the latest policymaking and how to effectively engage employees about a drug-free workplace. 
Speaker: Jennifer Znosko, Shareholder, Littler

Food Safety in Operations
Carefully orchestrated coordination between Operations and Food Safety can make or break an audit or inspection. Beginning with training essentials and continuing through day/night safety plans, preparing for unforeseen circumstances, and implementing effective communication that keeps all parties on the same page, this session will provide the complete picture of a successful food safety program.
Speakers: Ceret Leyva, Dir., Food Safety, Ben E. Keith Company
Lance Wheeler, Food Safety Coordinator, Ben E. Keith Foods – Oklahoma

Managing Mental Health 
One of today’s most important labor trends is the increased focus on mental health and how it contributes to employee retention and productivity. This session will explore the many risk factors for mental health that may be present in your work environment, while highlighting tools and resources for investing in team members’ wellbeing.
Speaker: Jason Burns, Marketplace Chaplains

2:15 PM        3:15 PM       


Long-Range Planning in a Time of Upheaval ​
COVID-19 produced a seismic shift in our industry that threw long-range planning into chaos. With foodservice distributors continuing to face supply chain obstacles, inflationary pressures, operator closures, and labor shortages, this session will focus on ways to make sense of long-range planning at a time when the long term has never been harder to read. 
Speaker: Jon Krueger,  Supply Chain Business Manager, Gordon Food Service

Living Through a Department of Labor Audit
The Department of Labor (DOL) announced plans to increase audits specifically across the distribution and warehousing industries. When they come calling, it’s important to be ready to answer with the right records, representatives, and response strategy. This session’s speakers, all veterans of DOL audits, will guide you through a recent audit case study to show what works, what’s ineffective, and how your everyday approach to personnel policy will dictate your preparedness when the feds arrive at your doorstep. 
Speaker: Gary Matson, Chief People Officer, Prime Source Foods

Safety Programs that Stick  
A robust and engaging safety program can offer managers the most valuable workplace asset – peace of mind that employees will adhere to best practices. A safety program that fails to engage personnel after initial presentations, however, ultimately detracts from a company’s efforts, potentially leading to financial and regulatory headaches. Join this session to explore ideas for crafting memorable and easy-to-learn safety programs that stick with employees long after orientation.
Speaker: Ken Cosby, Dir., Safety and Compliance, Performance Food Group

Communication Essentials: Listening Between the Lines (Professional Development)
We think of communication as an exchange of information. If only it were so simple! Effective communication also enhances the relationship and that requires listening between the lines and understanding the nuances of reading your audience. In this neuroscience-based session, you’ll learn to separate the content of the discussion from the emotional context. And you’ll discover the listening skills to manage both content and context for this make-or-break skill.
Speaker: Shelley Row, Founder & CEO, Blue Fjord Leaders

9:30 AM        10:15 AM      

The Business Value of Implementing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Policies 
Improving the DEI performance of your organization isn’t a cosmetic addition – it can pay real dividends in terms of recruiting and retaining top talent. While there is no one blueprint for developing and implementing a successful DEI program, companies can synthesize what has worked for others with successful elements of their own workplace culture to create a program that will produce real results. Our speakers will dive deep into DEI implementation case studies to provide actionable information you can utilize for moving your company ahead in this increasingly important business arena.
Presenter: Ilhiana Rojas, BeLive Coaching and Consulting

Making the Most of Your Food Donation Program
Donating surplus food not only supports hunger relief efforts in local communities, but also has a positive business impact on inventory management, taxes, waste removal costs, and labor recruitment and retention. Members of IFDA’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee will share their successes and challenges, and present a newly created resource kit tailored to help foodservice distribution companies of all sizes build a successful food donation program. Attendees will learn the internal, external, and financial benefits of operating a food donation program using existing internal channels to move surplus food from landfills to those in need.
Speakers: Tammy McElroy, Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sysco Corporation and Chair of IFDA’s CSR Committee
Gia Dowling, Corporate Vice President, People and Culture at Nicholas and Company
Bryan Langston, President, Dot Transportation Inc.
Deanna Segreti, Director of Corporate Marketing, Saval Foods

Communicating Without Losing Your Cool (Professional Development)​
Every day you deal with challenging situations and difficult people. It’s easy to lose your cool but that only makes the situation worse. In this interactive session, you’ll learn the secret to recognizing your own tipping point and learning how to walk yourself back from the edge. You need to know these techniques, so you don’t blow it!
Presenter: Shelley Row, Founder & CEO, Blue Fjord Leaders

OSHA Enforcement Update​ 
How will new priorities and a greater emphasis on enforcement from the Biden Administration’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) affect your company? What has changed about their approach to workplace inspections? In this session, we’ll discuss inspections, enforcement, OSHA’s new Heat Illness National Emphasis Program, and pandemic guidance, cutting through the jargon to convey the regulatory impact on our industry and how to best prepare for an inspection.
Speaker: Aaron R. Gelb, Partner, Conn Maciel Carey

2:30 PM        3:15 PM      

Steering the Next Generation Toward Careers in Trucking
Attracting young people into professional trucking careers isn’t just important – it’s a five-alarm fire situation for an industry that relies on a robust transportation workforce. This session will focus on proactive steps that companies can take to invest in this critical pipeline, from collaborations with school systems to internal CDL pathway programs.
Speaker: Lindsey Trent, President & Co-Founder, Next Generation in Trucking Association
Scott LaHaie, Transportation Business Change Manager, Gordon Food Service
Dave Dein, Patterson High School

Before There is a Union Organizing Attempt  ​
Too often an organization only begins to plan its response to a union attempt after they have been notified, leaving them playing defense on more difficult terrain. This session is designed to explore both arenas: strategic prevention before a union attempt and carefully planned response after. The speakers will help you examine your company’s current policies, procedures, and culture in the context of labor organization activities, as well as plans to have ready to activate if you do get notified and the clock starts ticking.
Speakers: Barry Bates, Executive Vice President, enVISION Strategic Solutions
Tim Fatum, President, enVISION Strategic Solutions
Dana Wood, Executive Vice President, enVISION Strategic Solutions 

Protect Your Assets! Cybersecurity Best Practices for Distributors  
There is no safe haven in the digital economy – for any successful company, cyberattacks are a question of “when,” not “if.” Fortunately, you have a wide variety of new tools and tactics at your disposal that can help you stay ahead of nefarious actors. The presenters in this session will describe the recent attack they endured, its impact on business and what you can do to build a modern-day suit of armor that will frustrate even the most advanced cybercriminals.
Presenters: Paul Saval, Owner, Saval Foods
Rachel I. Wilson, Managing Director, Head of Data Security and Infrastructure Risk, Morgan Stanley

Smarter Succession Planning
Effective succession planning requires far more than just identifying up-and-coming leaders. You must also keep them engaged in their current roles, thoughtfully expand their knowledge base, convey clear paths for advancement, and prepare a strategic plan for handing off the baton. This session will break down a 9-block plan for ensuring a careful and effective transition to the next generation of distribution leaders.
Speakers: Ruben Riggins, Director of Employee Development, Ben E. Keith Foods
Sylvia Rodarte, MBA, SPHR, CEC, Director of Human Resources, Ben E. Keith Foods
Jon Birdwell, Director of Warehouse Operations, Ben E. Keith Company
Beco Maldonado, Operations, Manager, Ben E. Keith Foods - San Antonio

3:45 PM        4:30 PM      

Success Stories from the Frontline of Hiring, Engagement, and Retention
Our industry’s six million dollar question – how do I attract and keep talent in a tight labor market? – has no panacea answers. But with challenges come opportunities to think outside the box, discard outdated philosophies, and elevate your company ahead of the competition. This interactive session will focus on ideas, initiatives, and technology solutions that have led to success in the ongoing battle for personnel. 
Speaker: Carrie Bruno, Vice President of Human Resources & Safety, Cash-Wa Distributing
Additional Speakers, TBA

Fleet Operational Efficiencies and Sustainability Strategies
How to leverage clean technologies to move your distribution center and fleet to alternative distributed energy and  zero emission fuel solutions to meet you sustainability  goals.
Speakers: Don Durm, Vice President, Customer Solutions, PLM (Moderator)
Sean Jones, Senior Director, Transportation, Performance Food Group
Mike Marshall, Vice President of Sales - West, PLM
Peter Schneider, Director of Business Development and Project Management, GridMarket 
Robert Koelsch, Founder, Advanced Energy Machines
Rich Mohr, Global Vice President Fleet, Charge Point
Ed Harmon, Outreach, Sales & Marketing Manager, Southern Companies/GA Power

The Automated Future of Trucking
Few industrial technologies generate as much buzz as autonomous trucking. But what kind of expectations should foodservice distributors have for its application in our industry? Join us for a closer look at the near- and long-term future of automated trucking, from its ever-evolving regulatory framework to the current state of technological development. We’ll examine ongoing testing and use of automation throughout the supply chain, providing you with a clear roadmap to understanding how this exciting technology can be used to bolster your operations.