​Monday, November 8, 2021

12:00 noon - 5:00 pm

FIAE Registration

2:00 - 4:30 pm

Kick Off Educational Session

In town early?   Want to start the learning?   Join us for . . .
Communicating to Get Results!

Bill Graham

Graham Corporate Communications

Association managers are all about communication – with your board, your staff, your members, legislators . . . everyone!  This seasoned ASAE/IOM speaker will share three tools that can help you succeed in getting your message across:   Messaging, storytelling and listening.    Learn how to craft a message they will remember and get results.  Learn how to engage effectively with everyone inside and outside your circle.

3:00 pm

FIAE Board of Directors Meeting (invitation only)

5:00 pm

First Timer Welcome Reception

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception & Dinner

Get your group together or pick a solo ballad!  The Critters Lounge Speakeasy will host our dinner reception featuring KARAOKE!  The stage is all yours . . .


Tuesday November 9

7:00 am - 12:00 noon

FIAE Registration

8:00 - 9:00 am

Breakfast Buffet

Rooftop at the White Limozeen Restaurant atop the City of Nashville! 

9:00 am - 12:00 noon

General Session

Moderated by Rob Ikard
Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association, FIAE Chairman


9:00 - 10:00 am

Evolve and Thrive: Managing Disruption through
Association Collaboration and Differentiation

Patrick Spear

President & CEO, Global Market Development Center/Retail Tomorrow

Faced with a rapidly evolving industry and shifting member needs, driven by Amazon’s relentless focus and growth, Patrick Spear and his colleagues developed the Retail Tomorrow platform and proactively engaged other associations to expand industry collaboration efforts.  As the retail and CPG industry continues to face disruption, Patrick will share his insights and offer suggestions for maintaining relevance and driving future growth.

10:00 - 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 – 12:00 noon

Serving the Grocer Community

A candid dialogue from two respected retailers representing both an independent and a chain on how state associations can better serve its members.

Tim Brown


Rick James

Castle Retail Group, Memphis

12:00 noon - 1:30 pm

Networking and Lunch

Rooftop at the White Limozeen Restaurant atop the City of Nashville! 

Presentation of the CBA Excellence in Government Affairs Award

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Energizing Engagement

Bill Graham

Graham Corporate Communications

“An engaged employee works with passion and feels a profound connection to his/her organization.”

Gallup Research


Do you have board members who attend a meeting, watch the clock and leave with zero homework . . . or don’t do anything they are assigned?  Have staff members who work just hard enough not to get fired?  In today’s world of remote work, how do you keep staff energized?  How do you keep your board, your members and your team passionate and profoundly connected?  The research compellingly suggests that the greatest opportunity to improve engagement may be with you.  This hour will give you 12 steps that you can take to boost your stakeholders’ engagement.

2:30 – 4:30 pm

State Executive Dialogue

For state association senior staff exclusively.

Join in a candid dialogue with your peers to answer your questions and learn from each other. 

Moderated by Kathy Kuzava

Georgia Food Industry Association, FIAE Convention Chairwoman

Money Money Money – Lively discussion covering a litany of money-making generators, including dues, membership, affinity programs, contract lobbying costs, outsourcing staff, AMC models, grants, and much more!

4:30 - 5:00 pm

FIAE Annual Membership Meeting

(FIAE members only)


6:30 pm

Reception / Dinner



Wednesday, November 10

8:00 - 9:00 am

Breakfast Buffet

9:00 - 10:00 noon

The Lens:  Shifting Our Perspective on Leadership

Kevin Paul Scott

How we view things changes how we do things.  Leaders often make changes to organizational structure and strategies without addressing the one thing that can radically transform their organizations - perspective.  In the changing landscape of associations, Kevin helps us not overlook this pivotal principle that will unlock new opportunities and unleash our potential.

10:00 - 12:00 noon

State Executive Roundtable

Two additional hours of sharing, sharing, sharing!

Moderated by  Michael Durant

 Food Industry Alliance of New York State

Bring Your Best Idea

Bring one thing you have done over the last year – good or bad – and share with everyone.  How about one thing that you learned on FIAE webinar, etc., that rocked your world?

Sharpening Your Saw: How to Grow at Every Stage of Your Career

CAE/IOM/Yale Leadership Program

Is this for you?   Other leadership opportunities?    Setting yourself up for Retirement and What do you wish you knew before you took the leap into retirement


Food Industry Association Executives

Beverly J. Lynch, President
664 Sandpiper Bay Dr, SW, Sunset Beach, NC 28468

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