AWMA’s Closing Super Session Panel Announced

AWMA’s 2012 Show Closing Super Session titled “What’s Driving the Changing Retail Landscape?” is set to be held Friday, Feb. 17., and will include insights from a panel of leading retailers that includes Tedeschi  Food Shops President & CEO Peter Tedeschi, Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin COO James F. Fiene, and CPD Energy CEO Mickey Jamal.

“We are very excited about this session—hearing from leading retailers is of keen interest and importance to the distributors and manufacturers that attend the show, and this session in particular supports our overall strategic direction to bring thought leaders together to discuss industry trends, issues and opportunities,” said AWMA President & CEO Scott Ramminger.

AWMA’s board, convention committee and AWMA staff have been focused on revamping the AWMA Show for the past two years and an important part of the reinvention of the show is offering education sessions that deliver valuable industry insights.

At  189  locations  and  growing,  Tedeschi  Food  Shops  is  continuing  to  push  the  limits  of  what  a  convenience  store  “should”  be. Providing  customers  with  fresh  food,  innovative  services,  and  community  support,  as  the  Tedeschi  family  has  been  since  1923,  remains  the  driving  force  behind  Tedeschi  Food  Shops.

CPD  is  a  family‐owned  business  that  began  with  one  station  in  1981  in  New  Paltz,  NY. They  currently  operate  135  locations  in  New  York,  New  Jersey  and  Connecticut.  In  October  2008,  CPD  was  inducted  into  the  Food  Industry  Hall  of  Fame.  CPD’s  driving  philosophy  is  centered  on  excellence, expertise and experience.

Open  Pantry  is  a  26‐store  chain  located  in  Wisconsin  serving the Madison and Milwaukee markets. Open  Pantry  is  passionate  about  providing  convenience.  It  is  their  belief  that  the  people,  particularly  in  these  hectic  times,  need  time. By  providing  one  stop  convenience  for  fuel,  newspapers,  coffee,  milk,  tobacco,  high  quality  “grab  and  go”  food  and  much  more, Open Pantry’s mission is to  satisfy  that  customer  on  the  move.

Industry  icon,  Drayton  McLane,  Jr.  kicks  off  the  AWMA  2012  Show  as  the  keynote  speaker  during  the  Opening  Super  Session  on  Thursday,  Feb.  16.  McLane,  chairman  of  the  McLane  Group  and  CEO  of  the  Houston  Astros  Baseball  Club,  will  discuss  his  views  on  opportunities  for  distributors in this changing  marketplace.

“AWMA  is  committed to bringing  in  industry  leaders  from  around  the  country to discuss  the  forces  and  trends that are shaping the convenience  industry. We  are  extremely  gratified  that  Drayton  McLane  and  the  panel  of  industry  retailers  have  agreed  to  share  their  considerable  inights. This is a lineup that no one will want to miss,”  added  Ramminger.

AWMA’S  2012  Show  features  more  than  16  hours  of  educational  sessions  including  two  Super  Sessions,  concurrent  sessions  on  foodservice,  strategic  leadership  issues  and  key  categories,  as  well  as  programs  geared  specifically  for  smaller  distributors. More  than  200  companies  will  be  showcasing  their  latest  products  and  services  in  the  expo,  which  features  a  Foodservice  Pavilion,  Candy  Pavilion  and  new  Operations  Pavilion. Registration,  housing  and  complete  details  of  the  Show can  be  found  at:  www.AWMASHOW.com.

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