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GMA Leadership Forum on Tap for 2014

WASHINGTON — Grocery Manufacturers Association here is bringing back its executive conference in August of next year after a one-year hiatus.

The GMA Leadership Forum will return to the The Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs with a focus on issues of concern to manufacturers.


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“Our board of directors and a number of our members made it loud and clear that they really enjoyed the ability to get together as a group of manufacturers and talk about issues that are important to manufacturers,” Jim Flannery, senior executive vice president, operations and industry collaboration, told SN.

He said GMA will continue to collaborate with Food Marketing Institute on the Midwinter Executive Conference in 2014, which this year became a combined venue for GMA and FMI as GMA eliminated its summer conference.

“The most important distinction,” Flannery explained, is that “Midwinter will still be the place for retailers and manufacturers to gather to talk about topics that are of common interest, and the August event is primarily geared for manufacturers.”

The August event will be renamed the GMA Leadership Forum, and is scheduled for Aug. 22-25 at The Broadmoor. The specific agenda has not been finalized, but Flannery said plans call for having one track of sessions for the chief executive officers of GMA member companies, and another for other c-suite executives at those companies that will include such topics as government affairs and talent development.

In addition, plans call for the Leadership Forum to include an opportunity for one-on-one sessions between the supplier companies that are GMA members, and the service and knowledge providers that support the industry and are associate members.

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