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NACS Leadership Forum

Save the Date: February 15-17, 2017
Location: Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Miami Beach, FL

 

 About

 

The Industry’s Leaders Come Together in Miami Beach
The NACS Leadership Forum is an invitation only, 2-1/2 day world-class event that brings retailers and suppliers together to provide industry-relevant thought leadership, strengthen existing relationships and establish new business connections.

In general sessions, industry leaders and other subject matter experts engage audiences by sharing their unique perspectives on the changing convenience and fuel retailing landscape and provide their visions for the future of how we will do business in the months and years ahead. Invited guests also have the opportunity to see new products and discuss business opportunities during top-to-top appointments with leading supplier companies. Attending retailers and suppliers enjoy opportunities for relationship building and shared conversation during multiple networking events.

This event is by invitation only.

See Who Attends Leadership Forum
The NACS Leadership Forum is a world-class event that brings together established leaders from the convenience and fuel retailing industry to explore high-impact and meaningful approaches to business in a dynamic setting. Take a moment to view who’s attended in recent years.

 
 
 

 PROGRAM

 

2017 NACS LEADERSHIP FORUM FOCUS: SOLVING STRATEGIC CHALLENGES THROUGH DESIGN THINKING

Even the most successful businesses – including those run by highly experienced leadership teams – encounter strategic business challenges. Convenience industry organizations are no exception. As you strive for growth and increased profits, how can you help to ensure that approaches to solving business challenges actually produce innovative, business changing ideas and solutions?

Enter the concept of design thinking, a proven and repeatable problem solving method that businesses can employ to achieve significant results. Design thinking combines creative and critical thinking that allows information and ideas to be generated organized, decisions to be made, situations to be improved, and knowledge to be gained. It’s a way of using systemic reasoning and intuition to explore and iterate to an ideal outcome with the customer in mind. Harvard Business Review explains how industry giants such as IBM and GE use and view design thinking, saying, “Design thinking is an essential tool for simplifying. It can’t be extra; it needs to be a core competence.”

What You’ll Experience
Design thinking, the focus of our 2017 Leadership Forum, aligns perfectly with the top-tier event’s recurring theme of “Visions of the Future.” Along with the powerful leader-to-leader networking that is a hallmark of the Leadership Forum, our 2017 event will take you on a design thinking journey. In a series of captivating general sessions, we’ll feature a slate of dynamic and informative speakers who will share both academic and practical applications of the design thinking methodology for solving strategic challenges and uncovering paths to new business opportunities.

After gaining an understanding of design thinking and how it can be used, you’ll participate in one of six breakout session exercises that you'll choose from – each relevant to today’s convenience industry – to apply these learnings:

  • Labor-saving Technologies
  • Changing Landscape of Personal Transportation
  • Talent Acquisition and Retention
  • Customer Centric Convenience
  • Speed to Shelf
  • Foodservice Evolution

Attendees will benefit from:

  • Powerful networking and collaboration with convenience industry leaders and C-Suite executives
  • Business enhancing education including presentations from inspiring speakers, breakout sessions with fellow industry leaders and engaging group discussions on critical industry topics

See the Leadership Forum’s full agenda for more details.

 

 Agenda

 

Wednesday February 15

11:00 am - 6:30 pm

NACS HOSPITALITY LOUNGE/REGISTRATION OPEN
FLEUR DE LIS

1:00 pm - 4:55 pm

TOP-TO-TOP BUSINESS APPOINTMENTS (by invitation)
TRESOR SUITES

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

AFTERNOON NETWORKING
UPPER LA COTE RESTAURANT

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

GENERAL SESSION
FONTAINE BALLROOM

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

WELCOME RECEPTION
TROPEZ LAWN

7:30 pm

SUPPLIER HOSTED DINNERS (by invitation)


Thursday February 16

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

NACS HOSPITALITY LOUNGE/REGISTRATION OPEN
FLEUR DE LIS

8:15 am - 9:00 am

NETWORKING BREAKFAST
LA COTE RESTAURANT

9:00 am - 10:15 am

GENERAL SESSION
FONTAINE BALLROOM
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10:15 am - 10:45 am

NETWORKING BREAK

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

GENERAL SESSION
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

LUNCH
STRIPSTEAK RESTAURANT

1:00 pm - 3:15 pm

GENERAL SESSION
FONTAINE BALLROOM
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3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

AFTERNOON NETWORKING
UPPER LA COTE RESTAURANT

3:30 pm - 5:25 pm

TOP-TO-TOP BUSINESS APPOINTMENTS (by invitation)
TRESOR SUITES

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

NACS RECEPTION
GLIMMER TERRACE

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

NACS DINNER
GLIMMER BALLROOM

9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

NACS AFTER-DINNER COCKTAILS
GLIMMER BALLROOM & TERRACE


Friday February 17

8:00 am - 11:00 am

NACS HOSPITALITY LOUNGE OPEN
FLEUR DE LIS

8:15 am - 9:00 am

NETWORKING BREAKFAST
LA COTE RESTAURANT

9:00 am - 11:00 am

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION
FONTAINE BALLROOM
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 Registration

 

Retailers
Retailer attendance is by invitation only. *Invited retailers consist of top executives (CEOs, COOs and Vice Presidents) of successful convenience retailing companies operating 50+ stores throughout the United States, and even a few from around the world. For invited retailers, NACS provides complimentary registration for the 2017 NACS Leadership Forum and a one-night credit (February 15 or 16) at the Fontainebleau. Invited retailers may also apply for reimbursement of up to $350 for travel and lodging-related expenses. As in previous years, spouses are invited to attend for only $459.

Please contact Molly Hoyt if you and your company meet the criteria* above and are interested in attending.

Suppliers
The Leadership Forum is open to all NACS Supplier Member Companies. Space is limited, so registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hunter Club Gold members are eligible to register up to four (4) company representatives, Hunter Club Silver two (2) and Hunter Club Bronze one (1). The registration fee for Hunter Club members is $6,000 per person. Additional Hunter Club company personnel over and above their allotment will be $7,500 per person. NACS reserves the right to limit the number of additional registrations in order to maintain an appropriate balance between retailers and suppliers.

Non-Hunter Club companies are limited to one (1) participant at $10,000.

Please contact Bob Hughes for more information. ​

 

 Hotel/Travel

 

​Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Miami Beach, Florida
fontainebleau.com

For Invited Retail Attendees: Hotel accommodations will be made by NACS as part of your registration process. NACS provides a one-night credit (February 15 or 16) at the Fontainebleau. Invited retailers may also apply for reimbursement of up to $350 for travel and lodging-related expenses.

Nearby Airports: Ground Transportation to and from the NACS Leadership Forum is on own.
Miami International Airport (MIA) 11 Miles, 20 minutes
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) 25 Miles, 45 Minutes

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 Speakers

 

Julie Jackowski
Senior Vice President, Corporate General Counsel, Casey's General Stores, Inc.
Vice Chair, Legislative, NACS Executive Committee

Event Moderator

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Steve DeSutter
CEO, FOCUS Brands Inc.

Topic: Knowing Now What I Didn’t Know Then, Followed by a Conversation with Henry Armour, President & CEO, NACS

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Warren Berger
Innovation Speaker, Author and Journalist

Topic: Designing Powerful Questions

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Eric Chester
Leading Voice on Employee Engagement & Workplace Culture

Topic: On Fire at Work: How Great Companies Are Igniting Employee Performance and Transcending Mere Employee Engagement

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John W. Martin
CEO & Co-Founder, GenerationsMatter
CEO & President, Southeastern Institute of Research

Topic: Transcendent Trends in Convenience

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