Conference Agenda

Wednesday, 2/28

    • 1:00pm – 4:00pm: SEPC Board of Directors’ Meeting

      • Location: Marriott Meeting Room 4

    • 6:30pm – 10:00pm: VIP Dinner (invitation only)

      • Location: Ulele

      • Transportation: 6pm departure aboard Pirate Water Taxi

Thursday, 3/1

    • 5:45am: Golf Shuttle Pickup

      • Location: Tampa Convention Center

    • 6:30am – 7:45am: Golf Breakfast

      • Location: Saddlebrook Country Club

    • 8:00am – 5:00pm: Committee Meetings

      • Location: Marriott Meeting Room 1

    • 8:00am – 1:00pm: Tom Page Golf Classic

      • Location: Saddlebrook Country Club

    • 1:00pm – 2:30pm: Golf Awards Reception

      • Location: Saddlebrook Country Club

    • 1:00pm – 6:00pm: Registration Open

      • Location: Tampa Convention Center West Hall Registration Area

    • 6:00pm – 10:00pm: STARS/STEP-UPP Dinner (invitation only)

      • Location: Top Golf

      • Transportation: 5:30pm departure from the Tampa Convention Center

Friday, 3/2

    • 7:00am – 8:00am: STARS Breakfast (invitation only)

      • Location: Marriott Il Terrazzo

      • Guest Speaker: Dan’l Mackey Almy, President and CEO of DMA Solutions, Inc.

    • 7:00am – 9:00pm: Registration Desk Open

      • Location: Tampa Convention Center West Hall Registration Area

    • 8:00am – 5:00pm: Exhibitor Booth Setup

      • Location: Tampa Convention Center West Hall

    • 8:00am – 5:00pm: Committee Meetings

      • Location: Marriott Meeting Room 1

    • 8:00am – 9:15am: Fresh from the Farm Field Trips

      • About: Virtual visit to the farms of B&W Quality Growers, Florida Classic Growers, Nickey Gregory Company, LLC., and Robinson Fresh

      • Location: Tampa Convention Center Rooms 18 & 19

      • Guest Speakers: Michael Jenks (ReedTMS) as our Elvis tour guide, Todd Gosule (B&W Quality Growers), Al Finch (Florida Classic Growers), Andrew Scott (Nickey Gregory Company), and Michael Castagnetto (Robinson Fresh)

    • 9:15am – 11:00am: Educational Workshops Refreshment Area

      • Location: Tampa Convention Center Hall (workshop entrance area)

    • 9:30am – 10:45am: The Power of Produce

      • About: SEPC provides the platform for the presentation of FMI’s The Power of Produce

      • Location: Tampa Convention Center Rooms 20 & 21

      • Guest Speakers: Rick Stein (FMI) & Anne-Marie Roerink (210 Analytics, LLC); Panelists: Randy Riley (Kroger), Jacob Krempel (HelloFresh), & John Ruane (Giant/Martins)

    • 11:00am – 12:15pm: Connecting the Dots: Traceability & Transparency Through Blockchain Technology

      • About: Industry panelists will discuss trends in blockchain technology

      • Location: Tampa Convention Center Rooms 18 & 19

      • Guest Speakers: Brendan Solan (Driscoll’s), Brigid McDermott (IBM),  Frank Yiannas (Walmart), & Melanie Nuce (GS1)

    • 11:30am – 12:30pm: SEPC Board of Governors’ Meeting

      • Location: Marriott Meeting Room 1

    • 12:30pm – 2:30pm: Southern Roots Luncheon

      • Location: Yacht StarShip Cruise (boarding at 12:00pm from the Yacht StarShip/Pirate Water Taxi Dock at the Tampa Convention Center)

      • Guest Speaker: Grace Killelea

    • 3:00pm – 5:00pm: LINKS Summit (invitation only)

      • Location: Tampa Convention Center Rooms 36, 37, 38, & 39

    • 3:30pm – 5:00pm: STARS Cocktails & Careers (invitation only)

      • Location: Marriott Il Terrazzo

    • 5:00pm – 6:00pm: Produce for Kids Reception (invitation only)

      • Location: The Landing at the Tampa Convention Center

    • 6:00pm – 7:00pm: Retail/Foodservice Reception (white wristband required)

      • Location: Tampa Convention Center Ballroom A-D

    • 7:00pm – 11:30pm: Opening Gala (wristband required)

      • Location: Tampa Convention Center Ballroom A-D

Saturday, 3/3

    • 6:00am – 11:00am: Exhibitor Booth Setup

      • Location: Tampa Convention Center West Hall

    • 8:00am – 4:00pm: Registration Desk Open

      • Location: Tampa Convention Center West Hall Registration Area

    • 8:00am – 5:00pm: Committee Meetings

      • Location: Marriott Meeting Room 1

    • 10:00am – 12:15pm: General Session & Keynote Luncheon (ticketed event)

      • Location: Tampa Convention Center Ballroom A-D

      • Keynote Speaker: John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market

      • Moderator: Alison Kosik, Business and General Assignments Correspondent for CNN

    • 12:30pm – 6:00pm: Exposition

      • Location: Tampa Convention Center West Hall

        • Ribbon Cutting at 12:30pm

    • 6:00pm – 8:00pm: Exhibitor Moveout

      • Location: Tampa Convention Center West Hall

    • 6:00pm – 10:00pm: Gator Rock Closing Reception (wristband required)

      • Location: Tampa Convention Center Riverwalk 3 & 4