See Who’s Speaking at the NACS State of the Industry Summit

Final details have been ironed out for this year’s SOI Summit.

March 24, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The 2016 NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit is less than one month away, and it’s shaping up to be the strongest and most influential event to date with more than 250 convenience retailers ready to identify opportunities and winning strategies for success. If you haven’t registered yet, do so today!

Year after year, top performers across the convenience and fuel retailing industry have relied on this event to gain a preview of the newest metrics that will help guide their companies for months to come. Several more names have been added to this year’s speaker lineup at the SOI Summit, taking place April 11–13 in Chicago at a new host hotel—the Hyatt Regency O’Hare—having outgrown last year’s conference space.

The final three speakers rounding out this year’s lineup are:

  • John Eichberger, executive director of the Fuels Institute, will give an overview of fueling alternatives as consumers are faced with more transportation choices.
  • David Schonthal, clinical assistant professor of innovation & entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, will share his insights on the latest in design thinking and innovation.
  • Joe Kefauver, managing partner at Align Public Strategies, will talk about the changing labor landscape, focusing on labor costs and current regulatory initiatives impacting the convenience and fuel retailing industry.

These presenters will round out the SOI Summit’s speaker lineup, which includes more than a dozen top-ranked business professors, economists and retailers.

New this year, the SOI Summit will also include regional breakouts, offering in-depth performance category data related to six segments of the country. A panel of retailers and suppliers will comment on the major trends that influenced performance for each of their respective regions in 2015. Regional Breakout Sessions are: Regions 1 and 3 (Northeast and Midwest); Regions 2 and 5 (Southeast and Central); and Regions 4 and 6 (Southcentral and West).

See who’s already made plans to attend the SOI Summit and reserve your seat now to see what this year’s numbers will reveal about your business. NACS has negotiated a discounted hotel rate for attendees of $189 plus tax per room, per night. To secure your room and take advantage of this reduced rate, visit the Hyatt Regency O'Hare’s hotel reservations and click on “Make a Reservation.” Hotel reservations must be made by Friday, March 25.