GMA, FMI to Co-locate Executive Events

ORLANDO, Fla. — Food Marketing Institute and Grocery Manufacturers Association will co-locate their executive conferences beginning in January 2013, it was announced at the FMI Midwinter event here.

GMA will co-locate its signature Chairman’s Lecture and Hall of Achievement Awards, which includes the Chairman’s Reception and Dinner, at FMI Midwinter. GMA will cease operating its late-summer, stand-alone executive event beginning in that year. The move doesn’t impact this year’s GMA Executive Conference, which will be held in Colorado Springs in late August.The changes were planned to enable more targeted interactions and enhance the efficiency of the meetings.

Both GMA and FMI will continue the tradition of co-locating board and committee meetings at Midwinter.

“We feel we can take the best of both [events] and make them better,” said Pam Bailey [3], GMA’s president and CEO.

“The 2013 Midwinter format will benefit from the new program ideas and meeting possibilities emerging as this partnership continues to deepen and grow,” said Leslie Sarasin [4], FMI’s president and CEO.