Win the Race to Attract and Retain Talent
Held in the epicenter of retail disruption and innovation, join us March 3-5, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand for an immersion into the future of convenience retailing. Gather with senior-level convenience and fuel executives for the latest thinking on digital retail technology, first-class networking and interactive tours of some of Asia’s most iconic brands.
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These topics include hot button issues NACS is watching closely, as well as topics that are important to convenience retailers and their businesses.
Save the Date: April 7-9, 2020
Location: Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Chicago, IL
What is the NACS State of the Industry Summit?
About the NACS State of the Industry Summit:
With nearly 50 years of convenience industry data, analysis and strategic insights behind it, the NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit provides the data-powered answers you need to help set the course forward for your business. Each spring, we bring together business professors, economists and top-performing c-store retailers to help break down the latest consumer, financial and operational data across the convenience channel—live from the stage. Held over two, fast-paced days, this annual benchmarking conference is the only event where convenience retailers gain access to the newest metrics—as well as industry trends, opportunities and ‘watch-outs’—in essential topic areas such as finance, labor, store operations, merchandising and fuel sales.
Below is a preliminary schedule of events for the 2020 NACS State of the Industry Summit and subject to change without notice. Please check back over the next few weeks for agenda updates for the 2020 NACS State of the Industry Summit.
Tuesday, April 7
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cool New Products Showcase
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
NACSPAC Lounge – After Hours
Wednesday, April 8
7:00 am - 5:30 pm
7:00 am - 6:30 pm
Cool New Products Showcase Open
7:15 am - 8:15 am
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
1:15 pm – 5:00 pm
General Session (continued)
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
9:00 pm – 12:00 am
NACSPAC Lounge – After Hours (open)
Thursday, April 9
7:00 am - 11:30 am
7:00 am - 10:00 am
7:15 am – 8:15 am
8:30 am – 11:30 am
Registration for the 2020 NACS State of the Industry Summit is open to NACS retail members and NACS supplier members. If you are unsure about the status of your membership with NACS, or would like to learn more about how you can participate in the event, please contact:
Director, Retail Membership
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Membership Manager, Supplier Relations
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Chairman & CEO
Sage Policy Group, Inc.
Anirban Basu is Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with offices in Pennsylvania and Cambodia. The firm provides strategic analytical services to energy suppliers, law firms, medical systems, government agencies, and real estate developers among others.
In 2014, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed him Chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission. He also serves as chairman of the Baltimore County Economic Advisory Committee. He is also the Chief Economist to Associated Builders and Contractors and Chief Economic Advisor to the Construction Financial Management Association. He serves similar functions for Visit Baltimore, the Maryland Association of Realtors, and Marcum, LLC.
He lectures at Johns Hopkins University in Global Strategy and has also taught international economics, urban economics, micro- and macroeconomics at Hopkins. His radio show can be heard weekdays on 88.1FM, WYPR, Baltimore.
In both 2007 and 2016, the Daily Record newspaper selected Mr. Basu as one of Maryland’s 50 most influential people. The Baltimore Business Journal named him one of the region’s 20 most powerful business leaders in 2010.
Mr. Basu has been on many boards over time, including First Mariner Bank, the Baltimore City Public School System, Port Discovery, the Baltimore School for the Arts, and Union Memorial Hospital. He is currently on the boards of St. Mary’s College, the University System of Maryland Foundation, the Center for Emerging Media, the Lyric Opera House and the Archdiocese of Baltimore School System.
Mr. Basu earned his B.S. in Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1990. He earned his Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and his Master’s in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. His Juris Doctor was earned at the University of Maryland School of Law.
Chairman & CEO
Coen Oil Company, LLC
Charlie McIlvaine is the Chairman & CEO of Coen Oil Company, LLC, a diversified holding company. Together with his brother Andy, they manage Coen Markets (a convenience retail chain in the Tri-State region of Pittsburgh, PA) and Coen Tire (a retail tire platform). Charlie is also Managing Partner of Thomaston Capital, LLC, a private investment firm that invests in growth or later stage companies primarily in the consumer/retail sector.
Charlie was previously a member of Avista Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in New York with $4 billion under management, where he focused on investments in the consumer sector. Prior to working in private equity, Charlie was Co-Global Group Head and Managing Director of the Global Consumer Group for Deutsche Bank. In this capacity, he had responsibility for managing a group of 50+ professionals across three global investment banking offices which generated revenues over $300 million. DB’s Global Consumer Group advised on mergers & acquisitions and raised debt and equity capital for clients in the food/beverage, household products/personal care, retail/restaurant and business services sectors. Previous to DB, Charlie was a senior member and Managing Director of J.P. Morgan’s Global Consumer Group in investment banking. While at J.P. Morgan, he executed financings and mergers and acquisitions for a wide range of consumer companies. He began his career as an investment banking analyst for Merrill Lynch based in New York and London.
Charlie holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, attended New College of Oxford University, and earned a BA in economics from Duke University.
Thomas H. Talbert, RD
VP, Culinary Marketing
Thomas H. Talbert, RD is the Vice President, Culinary Marketing at CSSI, Marketing + Culinary, a full-service culinary and marketing communications Marlin Network agency. He leads a team of chefs and account planners in creative culinary development and innovation for the foodservice industry.
Thomas has years of experience in the foodservice industry, with a multidimensional background in culinary arts, product development, and dietetics. He is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University with an associate’s degree in Culinary Arts and a bachelor’s degree in Culinary Nutrition as well as a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s dietetics programs.
Thomas has worked at an assortment of fine and casual dining restaurants and consulted with the industry’s leading manufacturers and operators and has led product innovation and introductions into the retail channel.
Helping food manufacturers and restaurant chain operators develop and implement successful innovation practices is Thomas’ major focus at CSSI. His depth of knowledge is firmly grounded in experience as a chef and registered dietitian—presenting new culinary concepts and menu trends that have driven innovation at many of the top restaurant chains. Coupled with his expertise in product development, sales support and marketing strategy, he has helped clients achieve foodservice success in the U.S., South America, Asia and the Caribbean.
SVP, Strategic Insights & Planning
The Marlin Network
For more than 20 years, Chris Wolf has been helping marketers to anticipate and address emerging consumer opportunities through strategy, innovation and brand development for companies including Tyson Foods, PepsiCo, 7 Eleven, Campbell Soup Co., M&M/Mars, Gerber/Novartis, McDonald’s, Nestle, Yum!Brands, Brinker International, Subway, Burger King, and Starbucks.
As a professional speaker and former journalist for The Food Channel and QSR Magazine, Chris’ forecasts, recommendations and ideas have attracted the attention of the media as well, including CBS This Morning, NPR, Psychology Today, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, as well as many trade publications. Wolf has a master’s degree in strategy and marketing from Kellogg Graduate School of Management and has taught marketing at Missouri State University and Drury University.
Chris has held roles at agencies, innovation consultancies and food manufacturing companies. He now leads planning and insights for the Marlin Network, managing a team that helps inspire consumer- and customer-led strategy to drive growth for brands.
The Marlin Network is a subsidiary of Advantage Sales & Marketing, and includes Marlin Co., The Alchemedia Project, CSSI, and the Halverson Group, specializing in marketing, creative and culinary services for brands focused on hospitality and the experiential consumer.
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Conveniently located less than 3 miles from Chicago O'Hare International Airport, the Hyatt Regency O'Hare Hotel serves as the location for the 2020 NACS State of the Industry Summit. For room reservations, visit 2020 NACS State of the Industry Summit - Hotel Reservations to secure your room online. Reservation deadline is March 20, 2020 to receive the NACS group rate of $199 plus tax, per room per night. All rooms are based on availability and are not guaranteed. Remember to book early! The hotel offers complimentary airport shuttle service to and from the O'Hare Airport & hotel.
Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
Directions to SOI Summit Host-Hotel:
April weather in the Chicago area is typically pleasant, with average temperatures in the low to mid-50s, but the meeting rooms may get chilly so bring layers, just in case.
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2020 sales will open in late January.
Contact Nicole Walbe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-518-4229.