IFDA Webinars

IFDA Webinars address a variety of cutting-edge topics, giving you insights from the convenience of your desktop. The expert resources featured in our webinars include distributor peers, consultants, IFDA legal counsel, and IFDA staff. The format includes a visual presentation with live audio from the presenter, and allows for questions from attendees during the presentation or in a Q & A at the conclusion. You must be an IFDA Member to watch the webinars.

Government Relations Midyear Update Webinar

June 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm. ET

Find out what’s in store for distributors from Washington for the next 6 months. This webinar, hosted by IFDA Sr. Vice President, Government Relations Jon Eisen, will outline the latest legislative and regulatory developments on the DRIVE-Safe Act, hours of service, the National Labor Relations Board, overtime and other issues of importance to foodservice distributors.  It will also look ahead to what distributors can expect from Washington in the second half of the year as well as providing an early bird look at the 2020 elections. 

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The 6 Skills of Every Exceptional Leader Webinar

June 18, 2:00pm - 3:00pm. ET
Everyone thinks they know what makes a successful leader. There are six skill sets proven to be effective in navigating the corporate structure, becoming a high performer, and advancing your career.
Join us for an honest conversation with industry leader Cindy Thomson, President of Sysco Sacramento, on the diverse set of experiences she gained throughout her career at Sysco that earned her the role of President. We’ll explore the behavioral shifts required to demonstrate the six leadership skills to elevate your career. This webinar is part of the ongoing efforts by the IFDA Women in Foodservice Distribution Leadership Committee to provide our industry, particularly women, with leadership development education and opportunities.
This webinar will be moderated by Gretchen Sussman, Managing Director of the Food & Hospitality Practice at Root Inc., the leaders in organizational change.
In this highly interactive experience, you’ll gain six insights to help you elevate your career.

Gretchen Sussman As the head of the Food & Hospitality practice for Root Inc, a leading change management consulting firm, Gretchen combines her business experience leading strategy, organizational optimization, and cultural transformation with the proven Root Change Process, creative and disruptive change solutions to drive sustainable business performance improvement.     
Before joining Root, Gretchen held executive positions within the foodservice industry including The Martin-Brower Company (acquired by ProSource/AmeriServe), Sara Lee Corporation, CSM Bakery Solutions, Instill Corporation and the Women’s Foodservice Forum. Gretchen has served on both for-profit and non-profit boards, including Snappy Salads, the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), the International Foodservice Manufacturing Association (IFMA) and partnered with the IFDA leadership and Board of Directors to create and launch the IFDA Women in Foodservice Distribution Network.
Gretchen attended the University of Wisconsin—River Falls and earned an Executive Leadership Certification from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

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Past Webinars

Navigating the Crest: Economic Outlook 2019 and Beyond  

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. ET

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What impact will we see from trade tariffs? What is the long-term outlook for foodservice sales? Where is the labor market heading? These questions and more will be answered in IFDA's annual economic outlook webinar.

Taylor St. Germain, economic analyst with ITR Economics, will cover what to expect from the economy this year and beyond, covering such topics as industry and consumer trends, business to business activity, tax reform, tariffs and trade, inflation, interest rates and more. The presentation will offer a deep-dive into the key economic indicators that influence the foodservice distributor operating environment, and learn about a method by which their company can take advantage of their own data and the economic environment. Using rate-of-change calculations, the audience will find out how to identify where they are in the business cycle and which key leading indicators should inform their business strategy to help them to make the right decisions at the right time. Key takeaways include:

  • A clear vision for the economic future in 2019 and beyond
  • Understanding the impact of government policy on the economy
  • Profitability expectations

ITR Economics also produces IFDA's quarterly economic reports. This webinar is free to all IFDA members.

Taylor St. Germain, Economic Analyst, ITR Economics

IFDA Vendor Agreement Standardization: Mitigating Complexity  

Monday, August 27, 2018
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. ET

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The lack of standardization of vendor agreements and processes among manufacturers, operators and distributors is a challenge that impacts many IFDA members. Contracts between manufacturers and operators generate unintended, but significant, complexities for distributors and unnecessary waste of resources throughout the value chain. To address this challenge, IFDA has led the development of a best-practice template that establishes a voluntary industry standard for information to be included in these vendor agreements. IFDA commissioned trading-partner collaboration experts Kinetic12 to conduct interviews with foodservice distributor, operator and supplier companies to facilitate information exchange and create the template. Webinar participants will gain a baseline understanding of the impact of inefficient vendor agreements and how to improve the process. This webinar is for IFDA-members only.

Art Bell, Partner, Kinetic12
Jeff Schroeder, Managing Partner, Kinetic12

Moving From a Pass Through to a C Corporation

Monday, March 12, 2018

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Given the new tax law’s treatment of C corporations and pass through entities,  many companies are examining the consequences of altering their status going forward. IFDA hosted a webinar led by Gary Wallace, Partner of Keiter CPA’s to help member companies understand the potential impact of moving from a pass through to a C corporation. The webinar helped participants understand the difference in the treatment of C corps and pass throughs in the new tax law, the process and requirements for converting to a C corp, and the impact on generational transfers and potential sales of a business.

Gary Wallace, Tax Partner at Keiter CPA’s in Richmond, VA
Keiter is the parent company of Keiter Stephens Advisors, a foodservice distribution M&A Specialist