suzy badaracco
suzy badaracco
President
culinary tides, inc
Suzy Badaracco is a toxicologist, chef, and registered dietitian. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminalistics, an Associates degree in Culinary Arts, and a Masters of Science degree in Human Nutrition. Suzy has worked as a trends forecaster for food industry clients since 1992. Suzy has been trained in military intelligence, chaos theory, and predictive analysis techniques used by both corporate and government bodies and has been practicing trends intelligence and predictive forecasting for more than 15 years. Using these techniques she has been able to successfully predict and profile government, technology, adversary and ally, food, flavor, consumer, industry, and health trends.

Andy Baran
Andy Baran
National Sales Director
Nestle Waters
Andy Baran has been a member of the Nestlé Waters Retail Sales Team for the past 20 years. He is currently the National Sales Director for the convenience store channel. He is responsible for developing the company’s convenience store channel strategies and initiatives, while also leading the convenience store wholesale and retail headquarter sales team. Prior to his current role, he has held numerous positions in account management, sales strategy, and sales leadership in the convenience store, foodservice, and supermarket classes of trade for Nestlé Waters. Andy started his career with Snapple Beverages of Boston, where he worked for three years as a Sales Analyst and Assistant Sales Manager before joining Nestlé. Andy is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing.

Caleb Bryant
Caleb Bryant
Senior Foodservice Analyst
Mintel
As a foodservice analyst Caleb is responsible for understanding consumer toward restaurants identifying emerging industry trends, and track ingredient/flavor trends at restaurants. Caleb also has experience researching both the retail food and beverage markets. Prior to joining Mintel, Caleb worked on custom research projects for foodservice brands, foodservice suppliers, and CPG brands. He has a background in research methodologies and quantitative/qualitative data analysis.

Thomas Cook
Thomas Cook
Principal
King-Casey
Tom’s primary responsibility is to oversee and direct the strategic and operations management of King-Casey. This role entails King-Casey’s core business processes: client service delivery, client business development, design and implementation delivery, new service development and new business development.

Tom’s expertise in marketing, new business development and strategic design spans a broad range of clients and industries that includes PepsiCo, McDonald’s, Subway, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Safeway, Nestle and Ralston Purina among others.

Tom frequently speaks on marketing, design and retail strategy issues and has had articles published in leading trade publications such as QSR Magazine, Nations Restaurant News, Convenience Store News, Franchise Times, Progressive Grocer and Shopper Marketing Magazine.

Tom is also a former Board Member of the Association of Professional Design Firms and a member of the Institute of Store Planners.

Kent Cunningham
Kent Cunningham
VP, Marketing & Innovation
Glanbia Performance Nutrition
Kent Cunningham is VP, Marketing & Innovation for Glanbia Performance Nutrition and has over 15 years of marketing experience across consumer packaged goods categories. Passionate about fitness and overall health and wellness, the sports nutrition category is a natural fit. Prior to Glanbia, Kent held various Brand Marketing roles at ConAgra Foods and MARS. He received his BA in Communications from the University of Michigan (and is a rabid Wolverines football fan), and his MBA in Marketing from Vanderbilt University. In his free time, Kent loves to weight train, bike, hike, and chase after his 3-year-old son.

Mark DiDomenico
Mark DiDomenico
Director, Client Solutions
Datassential
Mark DiDomenico has been following trends in the Foodservice market for over 27 years. His career started at the NPD Group, where he worked tracking restaurant trends. From there, he transitioned to the client side, working for Kellogg and later Sara Lee, supporting their sales, marketing and innovation efforts as Director of Insights. In his current role, Mark is leveraging his significant experience helping many different foodservice operators and manufacturers develop critical insights for their strategy, sales, marketing, and new product development efforts, across all menu categories. Mark has presented insights and trends at conferences and meetings for several organizations, including The National Coffee Association, the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, The Research Chefs Association, Hillphoenix’s Supermarket Sense, and NACS. Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

Eric Dzwonczyk
Eric Dzwonczyk
Managing Director
AlixPartners
Eric Dzwonczyk is a Managing Director at AlixPartners and co-leads the Restaurant, Hospitality and Leisure sector globally. He has more than 25 years of consulting and industry experience in the restaurant, convenience store, CPG and food industries. His efforts have delivered significant operational improvements and large-scale transformation programs in a number of different environments. Functionally, he focuses on profitability improvement though sales growth, marketing strategy, procurement, supply chain management, labor efficiency, lean SG&A, and information technology.
Eric earned a MBA from The Darden School at the University of Virginia and a BS Degree from Drexel University where he was a Presidential Scholar. His work in the restaurant and food industries has been profiled in leading news publications and industry journals and he frequently presents at conferences on the matters of relevance to the restaurant industry.

Carl Elliott
Carl Elliott
Director, Nielsen Convenience Channel
Nielsen
Carl Elliott, leads Nielsen’s Convenience Channel. Appointed to this role in April 2016, Carl is responsible for leading Nielsen’s development of the Convenience Channel which supports Nielsen Retailers and Manufactures clients who participate.

For three years prior to this role, Carl was lead of Target and Walmart Center of Excellences, the four years prior he led Sales teams for Nielsen’s Nestle and Kraft client service teams. During his Nielsen tenure, Carl established relationships with industry Retail and Sales leaders at 7-Eleven, Circle K, Speedway, Wawa, Chevron, BP, Coca-Cola, Nestle, Kraft, Purina, Kimberly-Clark, Mondelez, Ahold, Delhaize, Meijer, Whole Foods and Safeway. Prior to these roles, Carl led Nielsen Retail Business Development and Regional Retail teams.

Before Nielsen, Carl worked for Miller Brewing Company. He received a BA from the University of Alabama.

Mark Hardy Hardy
Mark Hardy Hardy
CEO
InContext Solutions
Mark joined InContext Solutions as Chief Executive Officer in October 2012. With over 25 years of leadership experience, Mark has built an exceptional track record in driving growth at a broad range of technology and information services companies, through a combination of rapid innovation and globalization of product portfolios. Mark started his career at Procter & Gamble, and has since held executive roles at GfK NOP, Dun & Bradstreet, Survey Sampling International (SSI), Information Resources (IRI), and Greenfield Online.


Bonnie Herzog
Bonnie Herzog
Managing Director and Senior Beverage, Household & Personal Care, Tobacco and Convenience Store Analyst
Wells Fargo Securities
Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2010, Bonnie was a Managing Director at Citi Investment Research where she covered the beverage and tobacco sectors in equity research. During her 15+ years of experience as a sell-side equity research analyst, Bonnie has been a top-ranked Institutional Investor analyst. For ten years, Bonnie was recognized by Institutional Investor magazine for the “All-America Research Team,” primarily ranking as No. 2 in the tobacco sector. Prior to joining Citi in 2002, Bonnie was the senior beverage and tobacco analyst at Credit Suisse since 1997. Bonnie is best known for her in-depth proprietary research and successful contrarian stock calls. She has been a guest speaker at numerous tobacco and beverage industry conferences. Bonnie earned an MBA degree in finance from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA degree in finance from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Larry Miller
Larry Miller
Founder & President
Miller Manage,nt & Consultng Services, Incorp.
Larry Miller is the Founder and President of Miller Management & Consulting Services, Incorporated, which he launched as a Convenience Retailing Consultancy in 1993
Larry has held senior positions with Cracker Barrel Stores of Louisiana as Marketing Director, with TOC Retail (the combined entity of Tenneco Stores and Majik Market) as Executive Vice President Marketing, and as Vice President/General Manager of Pick Kwik Stores in Tampa, FL.
Since Miller launched his business he has provided general management consulting, contract Crisis Management (Operations & Marketing) during crisis or bankruptcy workouts, strategic planning, and foodservice consulting to a large and diverse group of clients including; McDonald’s Corporation, Mobil Oil Asia Pacific, WeCard, Plaid Pantries, Inc., Caltex Thailand, Stat Oil Ireland, Acme Petroleum (Handy Pantry Stores), Suwanee Swifty Stores, ExxonMobil, Army Air-Force Exchange Services (AAFES), Minit Stop (Maui) & (Island Kitchen-Maui Fried Chicken), Pasqua Coffee, Danny & Clyde’s Stores, Duke Manufacturing, Ruiz Foods Inc., Stagnito+Edgell (C- Store News), and many others.
In 1998 Larry was asked by the CEO of Plaid Pantry to join the Board of Director’s for Plaid Pantry.
Mr. Miller has served on that board continuously since that time. Mr. Miller graduated from Florida State University in 1975 with a BS in Business Administration/Marketing.


Tre Musco
Tre Musco
Chief Creative Officer
Tesser

John Oros
John Oros
Senior Director of Category Management for On Premise
Anheuser-Busch
John is currently the Senior Director of Category Management for the On Premise channel at Anheuser-Busch. He has extensive experience in the food sector, with over a decade of experience at Nestle, Sara Lee, Hillshire Brands & Anheuser-Busch. He has worked with various brands, including Nestle Quik, Jimmy Dean, Ball Park, Hillshire Farm, State Fair and the Anheuser-Busch portfolio, in both brand and category management positions. John has an MBA in Brand Management from the University of Wisconsin. John's experience in both foodservice and convenience store operations gives him an interesting perspective as the world begins to further compete for a share of stomach.

Tim Powell
Tim Powell
VP, Senior Analyst
Q1 Consulting, LLC
Tim Powell is a Senior Analyst and VP for Q1 Consulting Services, LLC. His responsibilities include recommending and developing business strategies for clients, developing and implementing qualitative and quantitative research methods, strategic planning and project management.

Prior to Q1, he spent more than ten years with foodservice research and consulting firm Technomic as a Principal. Tim previously worked in similar consulting and marketing roles with KPMG LLP and IBM.

He is a regular contributor to Restaurant News, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Columbus Dispatch, Advertising Age, FOX Business News, Reuters as well as other local publications. Tim continues to present at a variety of client and industry events, including the AWMA annual sales meeting, CSP’s Foodservice at Retail (FARE), NACS and IFMA.

Tim earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at The Ohio State University and a Masters of Business Administration degree at the University of Illinois. He has completed graduate level social science and economics courses at the University of Chicago.


Matt Schiering
Matt Schiering
Sani Professional

Dr. Rajeev Sharma
Dr. Rajeev Sharma
Founder and CEO
VideoMining
Dr. Rajeev Sharma is the Founder and CEO of VideoMining, a leading provider of in-store behavior analytics for consumer brands and retailers. Dr. Sharma is recognized as a pioneer in behavior analytics and its application to shopper research. Prior to founding the company, Dr. Sharma was a tenured faculty at The Pennsylvania State University and a research faculty member at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jean Terminiello
Jean Terminiello
National Director of Immediate Consumption
Glanbia Performance Nutrition
Jean Terminiello is National Director of Immediate Consumption for Glanbia Performance Nutrition. Jean has extensive beverage experience across all channels of trade including more than 20 years of senior leadership at Coca-Cola where she served in various roles such as National Sales, Revenue Growth and Commercialization.

Jean currently serves as a beverage subject matter expert panelist on CNBC’s Power Pitch, she is a graduate of Fordham University and a past recipient of the International Women’s Business Reward.

Amanda Topper
Amanda Topper
Associate Director of Foodservice Research
Mintel
Amanda has a decade of market research experience spanning industries including healthcare, travel, hospitality, retail food, and foodservice. She has been a member of the Mintel reports team since May 2013. Amanda is currently the Associate Director of Foodservice Research, responsible for overseeing all of Mintel's foodservice offerings, as well as providing insight and competitive analysis across scheduled deliverables, and client and industry presentations. She was previously a Senior Analyst specializing in the retail food industry, and was responsible for writing monthly analysis reports across multiple food categories from gluten-free foods and salty snacks, to cereal and condiments. Her expertise also includes generational consumer behavior - in particular Millennials. Her insights have appeared in top publications including The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Chicago Tribune, TIME, and Huffington Post, as well as leading trade publications. Amanda is also well-versed in restaurant social media strategy, media analysis and measurement, and influencer relationships.

Jerry Weiner
Jerry Weiner
President
Foodservice Consultant
Jerry has over 43 years of experience in both the Convenience Store Retailing and Restaurant Operations industries. During the years from 1972 - 2015 Jerry worked for several Convenience Store chains in both operations and marketing positions such as; 7-Eleven, Stop’n’Go, Crown Central Petroleum, Mapco, and Rutter’s. In the restaurant industry he has previously worked for Marriot/ Host as a Director of Food and Beverage, and as an entrepreneur, Jerry also owned and operated two retail Delicatessen’s in South Florida.

Jerry has served his country in the U. S. Air Force from 1966 through 1970 and was assigned to duties working on the Minute Man Missile Program. Before being Honorably Discharged by the Air Force in 1970, Jerry achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Jerry is a dedicated family man and has been married to his wife Bonnie for 48 years!