Overview

At the IFDA SMart Conference, you will explore new ways that sales and marketing can amplify your business and help customers! Benefits of attending include industry insights, leadership development, peer interaction, and networking with trading partners.

Meeting industry peers and discussing industry opportunities expands your professional network, sparks new ideas, and helps you find solutions.

2020 IFDA SMart Conference:

  • BRIGHT IDEAS: Sessions to help you think differently about sales and marketing.
  • 97 PERCENT of attendees would highly recommend this conference to a colleague.
  • NETWORKING happens throughout the event, from interactive meals to receptions.
  • 1.5 DAYS: Your time is valuable. This conference packs a wallop in a short amount of time.

2020 Agenda

The IFDA SMart Conference includes general sessions and breakouts with great takeaway and insights.

Sunday, July 19

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Conference Registration / Member Services

 

1:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

New Orleans Experience Tour (TBA)


Monday, July 20

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Facilitated Breakfast


9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
How do you Maximize your SMart Conference Experience?

Julien LeBlanc, President and Partner, Blueprint North America and 2020 IFDA SMart Planning Council
 

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

General Session – Impactful Communication – Build Trust, Captivate Listeners, Reduce Conflict and Win with People


10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Synthesis & Interactive Discussion


10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Break


10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

General Session- Trend Watch: What’s Here, What’s Next and What’s Possible


11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 

Synthesis & Interactive Discussion


11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. 

Facilitated Lunch - topics include: Branding, Culture, Recruiting & Technology


1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

2:10 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Breakout Sessions


3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. 

Break


3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

I Am Extraordinary! - Creativity, change & finding meaning - living at your highest potential


4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 

Synthesis & Interactive Discussion


5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

Tuesday, July 21

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Attendee Breakfast
Chairman's Breakfast


9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Recap of Day 1

Julien LeBlanc, President and Partner, Blueprint North America


9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

General Session – Chick-fil-A – Operator Perspective


10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Industry Challenge – Dealing with Disruption and eCommerce

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Break

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

General Session – Restaurant Industry 2030: What Distributors Should Know

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Synthesis & Key Takeaways

12:00 p.m. 

Adjourn

Registration

Online Registration

 

Hotel & Destination

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Within New Orleans’ French Quarter on Canal Street, the The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans four-star hotel honors the city through its services and décor. Housed in the historic Beaux Arts Maison Blanche building from 1908, the hotel pairs southern charm with boutique luxury.

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
921 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70112

Sponsorship

An opportunity for vendors to connect directly with hundreds of distributors and manufacturers. Attendees hold a variety of positions related to Sales and Marketing, ranging from the C-Suite, Vice Presidents, General Managers, Sales, Customer Service, and Marketing personnel.

 

Sponsorship Oppotunities - Coming soon!

 

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