Program of Events


7:30 am - 3:00 pm

FMI Southern Regional Meeting

(invitation only)

12 noon - 5:00 pm
Atrium (lower level)

FIAE Registration

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Union C

FIAE First Timers Program

Generously supported by

Success by Intent

Presented by Robin Sterneck


3:00 pm
Union AB

FIAE Board of Directors Meeting

(invitation only)

5:00 pm
Suite 719

First Timer Welcome Reception

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Great Room/ Carolina Room

Welcome Reception and

BBQ on the Lawn


Generously supported by

with special support from the



7:00 am - 12 noon
Ballantyne Foyer

FIAE Registration

7:45 am
Ballantyne CDE


Generously supported by

8:30 am - 12 noon
Ballantyne AB

General Session

Moderated by Erin Sigrist,
Vermont Retail & Grocers Association

8:45 am - 9:45 am
Ballantyne AB

Powered Productivity: Tech Tools You Need To Get Stuff Done!

Presented by Beth Ziesenis, Your Nerdy Best Friend


Generously supported by

9:45 am - 10:15 am
Ballantyne AB

Refreshment Break

10:15 am - 11:15 am
Ballantyne AB

Learning to Let Go

Presented by William D. Pawlucy, CAE, MPA, IOM,
Association Options

11:15 am - 12 noon
Ballantyne AB

The Process to Future Proof Your Association

Announcement of a new and exciting FIAE Membership Program!
Presented by Sarah Sladek, XYZ University

12:00 noon
Ballantyne CDE


Presentation of the GMA Excellence in Government Affairs Award

Kathy Kuzava, Georgia Food Industry Association

1:00 - 1:30 pm
Ballantyne AB

Association Briefing

Key Performance Indicators Point to Performance Excellence

Presented by William D. Pawlucy

1:30 - 5:00 pm
Ballantyne AB

State Executive Roundtable and FIAE Annual Meeting

Three opportunities to discuss hot topics with your colleagues!

1:30 pm . . . Session One

2:30 pm . . . Session Two

3:30 pm . . . Session Three

Unique Revenue Sources

Facilitator Session One @ 1:30 pm: Ellie Taylor, Alabama

Facilitator Session Three @ 3:30 pm: Brian Jordan, Illinois

Dwindling Members: We all know the Causes...but what are the Solutions? 

Facilitator Session One @ 1:30 pm: Jamie Pfuhl, Minnesota

Facilitator Session Two @ 2:30 pm: Julie Miro-Wenger, Delaware

Political Fundraising at the State and Federal Levels

Facilitator Session One @ 1:30 pm: Jessica Elliott, Louisiana

Facilitator Session Three @ 3:30 pm: Lorena Holley, Florida 

BEST PRACTICES: Communications

Facilitator Session Two @ 2:30 pm: Michelle Hurd, Iowa

Facilitator Session Three @ 3:30 pm: Kristin Mullins, Ohio

Stretching Your Small Association Staff *

Facilitator Session Two @ 2:30 pm: John “Jiggs” Dyste, North Dakota

*This topic will only be offered once. 

1:00 - 2:30 pm
Harris Room

Affiliate Member / National Trade Associations Roundtable

Moderated by Doug Troutman,
American Cleaning Institute

6:30 pm
Fairway Ballroom

Reception/Dinner and Silent Auction
followed by dessert, coffee and cordials

Kathy Kuzava, Mistress of Ceremonies

Generously supported by



9:00 - 10:00 am
Ballantyne AB

Brunch General Session


The State of the Consumer . . .
As Seen Through the Eyes of a Regional Retailer
With Stores in Seven Southeastern States and the District of Columbia

Presentation by Rod Antolock, CEO, Harris Teeter

Moderated by Lindsey Kueffner,
Carolinas Industry Food Council


Generously supported by

10 am - 12 noon
Ballantyne CDE

State Executive Roundtable

Moderated by Rob Ikard,
Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association



Food Industry Association Executives
Beverly J. Lynch, President                                   215.499.6284

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