Top 2 Top 2017
Top 2 Top 2017
Top 2 Top 2017

Top 2 Top Speakers

2017 Speakers

The FSMA Planning Committee designed a program that delivered tactical value to our Top2Top 2017 attendees. Mark your Calendar for February 13-16, 2018 and check back regularly for updates on next years speakers as they're announced!

Jim Pazzanese, Sodexo, Inc., Vice President, Supply Management, Service Operations, North America

Distributor Keynote: View from the Top

Jim Pazzanese is Vice President of Supply Management Service Operations in North America of Sodexo, Inc., a leading integrated food and facilities management services company producing over $8 billion in annual revenue in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. He is responsible for leading the Supply Management team in all sourcing activities for foodservice products, services and supplies for MORE

Carey Lorenz, Business Keynote

Lessons in Leadership

Carey Lohrenz knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure, extreme environments imaginable: in the cockpit at Mach 2. As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, having flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results. The same challenges are found in business: markets change, customer needs evolve and MORE

Aron Ralston, Motivational Keynote

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

In 2003, Aron Ralston's extraordinary human drama grabbed headlines around the world. An experienced climber and avid outdoorsman, Ralston was descending a remote Utah canyon alone when an 800-pound boulder broke loose, crushing his right hand and pinning him against the canyon wall. After nearly five days -- without water and with no hope of escape -- Ralston made a life-or-death decision. He chose life by severing his arm below the elbow, rappelling a 65-foot cliff out of the canyon, and MORE

Barry Friends, Partner, Pentallect, Inc.

GPO: Friend or Foe?

Barry Friends is a Partner at Pentallect Inc. He supports manufacturer, distributor, operator, and service provider clients with supply chain and go-to-market strategies, particularly in commoditized categories, and is an expert in GPOs and the independent distributor channel. MORE

Bob Goldin, Partner, Pentallect, Inc.

Business Not As Usual

Bob Goldin is the Co-Founder and a Partner at Pentallect Inc. He specializes in emerging and specialty food industry segments and channels including club stores/cash-and-carry, consumer and business direct, specialty distribution, nontraditional retail and MORE

David Portalatin, Vice President, Industry Analysis The NPD Group

The Evolution of Eating - A Generational Study

David Portalatin is The NPD Group’s national expert on all aspects of food and beverage consumption in- and away-from-home. In his role as vice president, industry analysis, Portalatin provides information, insights, and analysis on how U.S. consumers eat and drink, their attitudes and motivations, diet and nutrition, snacking, and personal characteristics. He works closely with food manufacturers and MORE

Jack Li, Custom Research, Datassentials

Consumer & Trends for 2017, Targeting the Sale

Jack is part of Datassential's custom research team, working on both foodservice and consumer goods initiatives. Jack has experience across multiple categories and brands, with expertise in market positioning, category entry, price and line optimization, and trend analysis. Jack also helped develop Datassential's iDEA™ and MenuTrends™ platforms. Jack is MORE

Jason Whitmer, President, Market Research, Cleveland Research Company

The Digital Disruption

Jason Whitmer is a founding partner at Cleveland Research that formed in 2006. After writing research for institutional investors over the past 15 years, Mr. Whitmer now serves as the President of Market Research at CRC that provides insights and services across multiple industries including retail, foodservice, industrial, technology, and healthcare. MORE

Steve Turner, Turner Time Management

The Secrets of Social Media Marketing, Take Control of Your Smartphone

With a background in technology and nearly 30 years of business experience, Steve has spent the last eight years sharing technology and time management tools, techniques and tips with thousands of professionals across the country. His speaking, training and coaching has helped many organizations increase the productivity of their employees. MORE

Warren Solochek, President of Foodservice Practice, The NPD Group

1% World

Warren Solochek has worked in the food industry for over 35 years, both in retail as well as foodservice. Warren joined NPD’s Foodservice group in 2003. His responsibilities include overseeing relationships with all existing Foodservice clients, both operators and manufacturers, as well as helping to secure new users of NPD’s Foodservice products and services. His role at NPD gives MORE