Saturday, November 6 - Wednesday, November 10

All day

FIAE Convention Office

Vandyland Room


​Monday, November 8, 2021

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

FMI Southern Regional Meeting (invitation only)

Hippodrome A

12:00 - 5:00 pm

FIAE Registration

Outside Hippodrome

12:00 – 1:30 pm

FIAE Board of Directors Meeting (invitation only)

Saturn + Cornelia Fort

2:00 - 4:30 pm

Kick Off Educational Session

Hippodrome B

Moderated by Michelle Hurd
Iowa Grocery Industry Association

In town early?   Want to start the learning?   Join us for . . .

Communicating to Get Results!

Bill Graham

Graham Corporate Communications

Association managers are all about communication – with your board, your staff, your members, legislators . . . everyone!  This seasoned ASAE/IOM speaker will share three tools that can help you succeed in getting your message across:   Messaging, storytelling and listening.    Learn how to craft a message they will remember and get results.  Learn how to engage effectively with everyone inside and outside your circle.

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception & Dinner

Cross Eyed Critters

Bring your best karaoke song to the stage!


Generously sponsored by



Tuesday November 9

7:00 am - 12:00 pm

FIAE Registration

8:00 - 9:00 am

Breakfast Buffet

White Limozeen

Rooftop at the White Limozeen Restaurant atop the City of Nashville! 

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

General Session

Hippodrome B

Moderated by Rob Ikard
Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association, FIAE Chairman

9:00 - 10:00 am

Evolve and Thrive: Managing Disruption through
Association Collaboration and Differentiation

Patrick Spear

President & CEO, Global Market Development Center/Retail Tomorrow

Faced with a rapidly evolving industry and shifting member needs, driven by Amazon’s relentless focus and growth, Patrick Spear and his colleagues developed the Retail Tomorrow platform and proactively engaged other associations to expand industry collaboration efforts.  As the retail and CPG industry continues to face disruption, Patrick will share his insights and offer suggestions for maintaining relevance and driving future growth.

10:00 - 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 – 12:00 pm

Leadership in the Changing Retail Environment:
Is Your Association Meeting the Demands?

Join us for insight from two grocery executives who are also volunteer leaders of FIAE member associations. What challenges do they face in leading organizations during a pandemic? How can we better serve their companies?

Tim Lowe, Lowes Foods, Winston-Salem, NC

Rick James, Castle Retail Group, Memphis, TN

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Networking and Lunch

White Limozeen 

Presentation of the CBA Excellence in Government Affairs Award


Generously supported by


1:30 – 2:30 pm

Hippodrome B

Energizing Engagement

Bill Graham

Graham Corporate Communications

“An engaged employee works with passion and feels a profound connection to his/her organization.”

Gallup Research

Do you have board members who attend a meeting, watch the clock and leave with zero homework . . . or don’t do anything they are assigned?  Have staff members who work just hard enough not to get fired?  In today’s world of remote work, how do you keep staff energized?  How do you keep your board, your members and your team passionate and profoundly connected?  The research compellingly suggests that the greatest opportunity to improve engagement may be with you.  This hour will give you 12 steps that you can take to boost your stakeholders’ engagement.

Generously supported by

National Grocers Association

2:30 – 4:30 pm

State Executive Dialogue

Hippodrome A

For state association senior staff exclusively.

Join in a candid dialogue with your peers to answer your questions and learn from each other. 

Moderated by Kathy Kuzava

Georgia Food Industry Association, FIAE Convention Chairwoman

4:30 - 5:00 pm

FIAE Annual Membership Meeting

(FIAE members only)

Hippodrome A


6:30 pm

FIAE’s Annual Reception / Dinner

Hippodrome B


Generously sponsored by



Wednesday, November 10

9:00 - 10:00 am

Brunch General Session

The Lens:  Shifting Our Perspective on Leadership

Kevin Paul Scott

Hippodrome B

Moderated by Dave Davis
Utah Food Industry Association

How we view things changes how we do things.  Leaders often make changes to organizational structure and strategies without addressing the one thing that can radically transform their organizations - perspective.  In the changing landscape of associations, Kevin helps us not overlook this pivotal principle that will unlock new opportunities and unleash our potential.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

State Executive Roundtable

Hippodrome A

Two additional hours of sharing among FIAE state association colleagues!

Moderated by Michael Durant

 Food Industry Alliance of New York State