Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 20

7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Convention Registration
Marina Registration, Third Floor, South Tower

Sunday, October 21

7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Convention Registration
Marina Registration, Third Floor, South Tower

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
Marriott Grand Ballroom, North Tower
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 22

7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Convention Registration
Marina Registration, Third Floor, South Tower

7:15 am – 8:45 am
Breakfast Speaker: Brian Solis
Marina Ballroom, Third Floor, South Tower

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Customer Business Meetings
Café NFRA open

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
NFRA Annual Membership Luncheon
Marina Ballroom, Third Floor, South Tower
This luncheon is the official annual business meeting of the Association where newly elected officers and directors will be installed. Chairman John Farmer, Dairy Farmers of America, will give a State of the Association address.

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
NFRA Networking Reception
Marina Ballroom, Third Floor, South Tower
This relaxed and enjoyable Convention event provides an excellent networking opportunity while honoring the 2018 Golden Penguin Award winners throughout the evening. The 2018 Top Marketer Award winners will also be unveiled for the first time.

7:00 pm
Evening open for business entertaining

Tuesday, October 23

7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Convention Registration
Marina Registration, Third Floor, South Tower

7:15 am – 8:45 am
Breakfast Speaker: Todd Buchholz
Marina Ballroom, Third Floor, South Tower

9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Café NFRA open

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

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Industry Luncheon featuring the Retail Patriot Awards
Marina Ballroom, Third Floor, South Tower
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