Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 7

7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Convention Registration
Grand Foyer

Sunday, October 8

7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Convention Registration
Grand Foyer

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Customer Business Meetings
These business appointments, prearranged by attendees, provide opportunities to meet face-to-face. Attendees must be registered to participate in business appointments. Beverages will be available on the meeting room floors.

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Café NFRA open
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This café-style common area is a central place where attendees gather during breaks to relax and conduct informal business meetings. The NFRA Business Center, located near the Café, will have computers and color printers set up so attendees can check their email and print documents between meetings.

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Taste of Excellence
Grand Ballroom
This popular event serves as a grand opening for the Convention, providing attendees with a relaxed environment to network with colleagues while sampling the most innovative and newest products the industry has to offer.

7:30 pm
Evening open for business entertaining

Monday, October 9

Monday Breakfast Speaker Michael Durant

7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Convention Registration
Grand Foyer

7:15 am – 8:45 am
Breakfast Speaker: Michael Durant
Grand Salons 7 & 8

9:00 am – 9:55 am
General Session & Panel Discussion
Crystal Ballroom, Salon G1

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Customer Business Meetings
Café NFRA open

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
NFRA Annual Membership Luncheon
Grand Salons 7 & 8
This luncheon is the official annual business meeting of the Association where newly elected officers and directors will be installed. Chairman Joy Sgro, C&S Wholesale Grocers, will give a State of the Association address.

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Networking Reception
Grand Salon 7
This relaxed and enjoyable Convention event provides an excellent networking opportunity while honoring the 2017 Golden Penguin Award winners throughout the evening. The 2017 Top Marketer Award winners will also be unveiled for the first time.

7:00 pm
Evening open for business entertaining

Tuesday, October 10

7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Convention Registration

Tuesday Breakfast Speaker Jason Dorse

Grand Foyer

7:15 am – 8:45 am
Breakfast Speaker: Jason Dorsey
Grand Salons 7 & 8

9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Café NFRA open
Grand Foyer

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Customer Business Meetings

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Industry Luncheon featuring the Retail Patriot Awards
Grand Salons 7 & 8
Hosted by the newly inducted NFRA Chairman, this luncheon is the closing event of the NFRA Convention that recognizes organizations that have gone above and beyond in support of our troops.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Customer Business Meetings

5:00 pm
Evening open for business entertaining