2022 Full Agenda       

 As of 5/5/22, times subject to change

Sunday, July 17   

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Registration & Check-In
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Sales Share Group Meeting, Marketing Share Group Meetingpre-registration
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm  Opening Reception – Muster with Drinks by Fountain in the Hotel Lobby
Sponsored by Syndigo
6:30 pm 2nd Line Parade into Bourbon Street
Sponsored by Syndigo

Sales professional and business leader Julien LeBlanc will be back on hand to facilitate the conference.

Monday, July 18                 

8:00 am – 9:00 am Networking Breakfast / Registration Open 
Sponsored by Meal Ticket
9:00 am – 9:15 am  Welcome & Opening with Mark Allen, IFDA and Julien LeBlanc
How do you Maximize your SMart Conference Experience?
9:15 am – 12:00 pm Morning Sessions
  Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Enduring Trends in Foodservice
As the foodservice industry emerges from the most disruptive period in decades it is important to understand what has changed.  It is equally important to remember what hasn’t changed.  Leveraging multiple data sets monitoring foodservice trends, this session will reveal the trends that have evolved and the ones that have endured, allowing foodservice distributors and their supply chain and channel partners to collaborate for growth.
Speaker: David Portalatin - SVP, NPD Group
  Switching Instruments for Success
This session is twofold: how to succeed with a changing workforce as well as how to get comfortable yourself having to constantly adapt to uncertainty.               
In a labor market growing younger, more diverse, and increasingly technologically savvy, tomorrow’s leaders will come from today’s change mindset embracers. Our sheet music will help you strike the right chords to succeed in a changing workforce.
Speaker: Chip Conley
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Networking Luncheon
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm  Group Communication Exercise
2:00 pm Afternoon Sessions
  Let’s Try the Drummer’s Song: Fostering Team Creativity
Teams perform better when everyone feels empowered to brainstorm and try new ideas. Learn proven strategies for creating a working environment that fosters out-of-the-box thinking.
Speaker: Simon Sinek
  Perfect Harmony: How to Maximize Your Partner Relationships
Finding the right pitch can elevate a partnership to new heights. From regular collaborators to those you may find outside of traditional paths, learn how you can leverage adaptability and open-mindedness to hit all the right notes.
  From Supply Chain to Demand Chain: Building the 21st Century Distributor
 The distribution obstacles Fiona Lee faced while launching her business inspired her to rethink the status quo -- leading to Pod Foods' software-driven distribution platform. Her story of identifying disruption opportunities and deploying the right technology solutions is one that will resonate with anyone looking for the next big foodservice idea.
Speaker: Fiona Lee, Co-Founder, Pod Foods
  Value Added Services: Ghost Kitchens & Virtual Brands – What You Need To Know!
Ways to help the restaurant community generate additional revenue and sources of income through virtual brands. A look at virtual kitchens and delivery-only restaurant concepts.
Speaker: Kelly Grogan Vice President, Sales Virtual Dining Concepts
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Join us for SMart After Hours: A Night at the Speakeasy! (Separate ticket required)
IFDA presents a night at the speakeasy because "a little party never killed nobody!" Enjoy a classic New Orleans celebration, a Vaudeville-themed setting full of authentic Big Easy atmosphere and plenty of local surprises. Remember the password, grab a cocktail and, as the Cajuns say, laissez les bon temps rouler. 

Sponsored by Sugar Foods Corporation

Tuesday, July 19
8:00 am – 9:00 am  Networking Breakfast    
Sponsored by Meal Ticket
9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome & Recap of Day One with Julien LeBlanc
9:15 am – 11:30 am Morning Sessions
  (Best) Practice Makes Perfect
Today’s “best” practices continually need to shift to the “next” practice, but the shrewdest players know how to retain what works while forecasting – and incorporating – new trends.
  Be the Spark
New Orleans entrepreneur and chef Amy Sins will share the most important lessons on business success that she learned while building her Louisiana culinary empire. You won't want to miss her actionable takeaways on leadership, setting & achieving goals, community caretaking, and managing human logistics & networks.
Speaker: Amy Sins, chef/owner Langlois
  Choreographing the Right Steps
You have great songs, awesome bandmates, and the right industry collaborators to help you thrive. Bring it all together with these actionable takeaways for mapping out your post-SMart strategy. Sales professional Julien LeBlanc will lead a group discussion on tactical techniques for leveraging the takeaways of the conference for you to interpret and apply to your specific business.  
11:30 am Adjourn