Julie joined Casey's in 1994 as Legal Counsel. She was promoted to Vice President of Human Resources/Legal Counsel in 2003. In 2010, she was promoted to Senior Vice President, Corporate General Counsel and Human Resources. In August of 2015, her area of focus changed to her current position where she concentrates, in part, on legal risk and compliance. Before joining Casey's, Julie was an attorney for Shearer, Templer, Pingel & Kaplan. Casey's General Stores Inc., together with its subsidiary companies, operates 1,911 convenience stores under the Casey's General Store and Just Diesel brand names in 14 Midwestern states.
Julie has been active in a number of organizations including the Association of Corporate Counsel (Iowa Chapter), Iowa State Bar Association past chair of the Corporate Counsel Section), Drake University Law School Board of Counselors and Delta Theta Phi International Law Fraternity, for which she served four years at its president. She is also on the executive board of the non-profit Wildwood Hills Ranch of Iowa and the president of the Affiliated House Corporation of Gama Phi Beta at Iowa State University. She serves as Vice Chair, Legislative, on the Executive Committee of the NACS Board of Directors.
Julie earned a J.D. from Drake University Law School and a B.A. in political science from Iowa State University. She and her husband Tom are the parents of four children: Matt, Maeve, Mollie and Joe.
Topic: Knowing Now What I Didn’t Know Then, Followed by a Conversation with Henry Armour, President & CEO, NACS
Steve DeSutter’s deep experience in the convenience store industry, combined with years of leadership experience in foodservice, gives him a unique perspective in addressing the growth and performance challenges of NACS member companies. As the former CEO of Stripes LLC and executive vice president of Susser Holdings, he was associated with an industry-leading convenience store concept that focused on fresh food as a market differentiator.
DeSutter has also served as executive vice president of Burger King Corp. in the role of president for Europe, Middle East and Asia, where he was part of the team that reset the brand’s international image and opened the first Burger King restaurants in mainland China. Furthermore, he gained valuable leadership insights outside of foodservice and convenience retail when he began his career at British Petroleum. During his 18-year tenure at BP, he worked in operations, marketing, communications and finance.
Today, DeSutter is the CEO of FOCUS Brands, the global franchisor of six iconic foodservice brands with franchise operations in more than 5,000 locations and in more than 60 countries. Since joining FOCUS Brands in March of 2014, he has continued his pursuit of building strong consumer centric businesses. DeSutter has an ongoing strong affinity for our industry and previously served as a member of the NACS Board of Directors.
Topic: Designing Powerful Questions
Warren Berger believes questions are more important than answers.
He is the author of the international best-selling book A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas (Bloomsbury Worldwide, 2014). He is also editor of the online newsletter and website amorebeautifulquestion.com.
An expert on design thinking and innovation, Berger has interviewed and studied hundreds of the world’s leading innovators, designers, and creative thinkers to analyze how they ask fundamental questions, solve problems, and create new possibilities.
Berger has spoken at leading conferences such as the TED conference, the Cusp Conference, and the Design Thinkers Conference in Toronto. He has presented and conducted workshops at companies such as Oracle, General Electric, Microsoft, Citibank, Boeing, Mars Corp., Red Bull, Pfizer, and MGM Resorts. He has appeared on The Today Show and CNN.
His previous book was the international bestseller Glimmer: How Design Can Transform Business and Your Life (Penguin; 2009), published in several editions worldwide. Business Week named Glimmer one of the “Best Innovation & Design Books of the Year.”
Berger also writes for Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, and was a longtime contributing editor at Wired magazine.
Topic: On Fire at Work: How Great Companies Are Igniting Employee Performance and Transcending Mere Employee Engagement
Eric Chester is a trusted source in the global dialogue on employee engagement, workplace culture, and the emerging generation. And he isn’t some Johnny-Come-Lately to this important conversation. Since 1986, Eric’s been in the trenches researching, studying, speaking and writing about these topics.
He was one of the first authors to spell out the radical differences of the post-Gen X workforce in his 2002 bestseller, Employing Generation Why: Understanding, Managing, and Motivating Your New Workforce. Companies discovered that Eric had cracked the code on the emerging generation and sought his advice on how to connect with young employees.
Eric became one of North America’s most in-demand conference keynote speakers, presenting at more than 60 meetings and conventions each year. That number increased when his follow-up book, Getting Them to Give a Damn: How to Get Your Front Line to Care About Your Bottom Line, was released in 2005.
As a speaker, Eric Chester holds the prestigious CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) credential awarded by the National Speakers Association. He is a 2004 inductee into the CPAE (Council of Peers Award of Excellence) International Professional Speakers Hall of Fame—an honor shared by less than 5% of all professional speakers in the world.
He is frequently interviewed by the national media (Good Morning America, ABC News 20/20, CNN, Forbes, HuffingtonPost, USA Today, MSNBC, Fox News, etc.) to provide insights on work ethic, employee engagement, and workforce development.
Topic: Transcendent Trends in Convenience
John W. Martin is President & CEO of the Southeastern Institute of Research, Inc. (SIR) (www.SirResearch.com), a 50-year-old marketing research firm headquartered in Richmond, VA. SIR has conducted over 13,000 studies for Fortune 1000 companies, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations. Through in-depth interviews, focus groups, ethnography, and survey research, SIR helps organizations identify their unique selling propositions, formulate communication strategies, explore new product and services, and measure the overall effectiveness of marketing programs.
John began his marketing career at Siddall, Matus & Coughter (SMC), an award-winning communications firm headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. John joined SMC as a young intern and ended up as the firm’s president, leading the agency’s client program development work in healthcare, financial and transportation categories. Many of the transportation-related marketing programs guided by John were recognized by the American Marketing Association (AMA) and the Association of Commuter Transportation (ACT) as the most effective communications outreach campaigns in the country.
While at SMC, John led the firm’s communications work to introduce Atlanta’s HOV system; support the employer outreach efforts behind the 1996 Summer Olympics; ramp up the clean air awareness building campaigns in Houston, Chicago, Washington and Massachusetts; and drive the congestion mitigation program that kept the Springfield Interchange (I-95 and I-495) open during its 8-year expansion project.
In 2003, John took over SIR and immediately focused the research institute on high-profile transportation-related projects – strategic marketing research programs supporting large scale construction projects, transit agencies, and transportation demand management (TDM) programs. Since then SIR has conducted hundreds of commuter and citizen-related research studies for regional, state and national transportation organizations – DOTS, PDCs, MPOS, transit agencies, rideshare agencies, etc.
In addition to heading up SIR, John is the co-founder and CEO of GenerationsMatter (www.generationsMatter.com) a national research-based marketing “think tank” that tracks generational trends and provides strategic consultation on how to effectively communicate with each generation – Millennials or Gen Ys, Gen Xers, Baby Boomers and Silent Generation. Company insights have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Toronto Star, BusinessWeek, Barron’s, NBC Nightly News, CBS News, MSNBC and NPR’s Morning Edition. John co-authored the award-winning business book, Boomer Consumer, published in 2007 and subsequently named a Top 10 Business book by Corbis, a Bill Gates Company.
John earned a B.A in economics from Washington & Lee University and an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He currently serves on the boards of the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, the Medical College of Virginia Foundation, the Richmond region’s YMCA and Collegiate School.