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CFIC Convention Draft Schedule of Events

The CFIC Convention schedule of events packs a lot into three days in order to make the most of your time away! Please note that the schedule of events may be subject to change.

Time Event
11:00 am – 7:00 pm CFIC Check-In and Sponsor Sample Sack Pick-Up
11:30 am – 5:00 pm CFIC Café (Lunch Buffet 11:30 am–1:30 pm)
4:00 pm Hotel Check-In
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm New Member Welcome Reception with Retailers
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Welcome Dinner & Silent Auction Bidding Begins – Open to Families
Time Event
7:00 am – 7:00 pm CFIC Check-In and Sponsor Sample Sack Pick-Up
7:00 am – 5:00 pm CFIC Café (Hot Breakfast Buffet 7:00–9:00 am; Lunch Buffet 11:30 am–1:30 pm)
8:00 am – 9:30 am

Opening Session & Keynote Speaker – Kevin Paul Scott

All CFIC members are welcome to attend the Opening Session where we will kick off the 20th CFIC Annual Convention! CFIC president Gene Faller will present the annual CFIC Supplier of the Year Award.

Keynote speaker Kevin Paul Scott is the co-founder of ADDO, a leadership consultancy based in Atlanta. ADDO exists to inspire people today to impact tomorrow. In addition to working with businesses and brands, ADDO has developed the national Chick-fil-A Leader Academy program, the Baltimore Ravens Leadership Institute, and other leadership programs from cradle-through-career.

Kevin and ADDO believe that great organizations draw their passion from a greater purpose, not individual projects AND that celebration is a central part of what great organizations do.

9:45 am – 10:20 am Harris Teeter Executive Briefing
10:35 am – 11:10 am MDI Executive Briefing, with introduction by Red Classic Transportation
11:25 am – 11:55 am Lowes Foods Executive Briefing
10:00 am – 5:00 pm One-On-One Business Meetings
9:45 am – 12:00 noon

Breakout Sessions – Nick Lenzi, Lipari Foods, Solving Shrink One Nickel at a Time

According to FMI, operational shrink amounts to $210,00 per store per year. The good news is that more than 50% of that is controllable. With more than 40 years of retail experience and collaborative work with many Asset Protection and Loss Prevention teams, Nick will share 20 “Nickels” which when added up will equal the shrink dollars many retailers are looking for. The topics, pictures, as well as the financial impact of each “nickel” come from hands on work done at store level to help improve operational shrink. Join us in this fast-paced presentation as we present 20 “nickels” – each one designed to minimize shrink and improve your profitability.

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Networking Reception and Innovation Showcase
  • Dinner on your own


Time Event
7:00 am – 4:00 pm CFIC Café (Hot Breakfast Buffet 7:00–9:00 am; Lunch Buffet 11:30 am–1:30 pm)
8:00 am – 9:30 am

General Session – Brian Beaulieu, ITR Economics

Do not miss this session!

Back by popular demand, Brian Beaulieu will give CFIC members 90 minutes of his economic insights custom tailored to our audience. Brian will provide forecasts specific to the food industry and the Carolinas, and also cover broad economic trends to help you make informed personal financial decisions.

Bring a notepad and pen because you’ll want to take notes!

9:45 am – 10:20 am Food Lion Executive Briefing
10:35 am – 11:05 am Food City Executive Briefing
9:45 am – 11:30 am Breakout Sessions – TBD
9:45 am – 4:00 pm One-On-One Business Meetings
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm  Platinum Sponsors Reception (Adults only by invitation)
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Closing Dinner Celebration (Adults only)
8:30 pm Silent Auction Closes
9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Silent Auction Payment and Item Pick Up
Time Event
7:00 am – 10:00 am CFIC Café (Hot Breakfast Buffet 7:00–9:00 am)
8:00 am – 10:00 am Silent Auction Payment and Pick Up
8:00 am – 12:00 pm One-On-One Business Meetings
8:30 am – 11:00 am CFIC Board of Directors Meeting
11:00 am  Hotel Check Out
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