Attendees are scheduled to tour Cumberland Farms’ facilities and learn how the chain tackles foodservice and nurtures its outstanding retail culture.
By CSD Staff
The Young Executives Organization (YEO) is headed to Massachusetts May 16-17 with an all-star agenda of speakers, store tours and interactive demonstrations at Cumberland Farms’ commissary and distribution center. The group will also partner with Habitat for Humanity for the second straight year.
The fifth annual YEO Conference will be held at Cumberland Farms’ new headquarters in Westborough, Mass. Registration is now open.
In addition to networking and a firsthand tour of Cumberland Farms’ facilities, YEO members will hear how this leading convenience store chain nurtures its outstanding retail culture, tackles foodservice, staffing and developing its convenience store operations.
Last August, the New England retail chain unveiled its “next generation” store. The 5,000-square-foot-location, built in Titusville, Fla., offers several new food and beverage options. Smoothies, frozen espresso, and milkshakes are available, as well as specialty coffee drinks including espresso, cappuccino, and lattes are also part of Cumberland Farm’s next generation menu.
As an added bonus—for the second straight year—the 2018 YEO Conference will feature a team-building exercise by partnering with Habitat for Humanity on a construction project on May 15.
YEO members will work with Habitat for Humanity’s Operation Playhouse, which builds playhouses for children of military veterans in Massachusetts. Once they complete construction, YEO members will reveal the surprise playhouse to the children in a special presentation.
Speakers for the 2018 YEO Conference will include a host of Cumberland Farms’ key executives including CEO Ari Haseotes; Gwen Forman, senior vice president of marketing; Keith Boston, vice president of foodservice; and Sean Linnane, vice president of human resources. Plus, YEO members will be treated to guided tours of the chains stores, commissary and distribution center.
View the full agenda and register for the 2018 YEO Conference by visiting www.nagconvenience.com/2018-yeo-conference. Hotel reservations can also be made here. A special room rate is available through April 16.
In addition, attendees will hear from several guest speakers, including congressional candidate Peter Tedeschi, the former president and CEO of Tedeschi Food Shops. Tedeschi, a 2018 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 9th Congressional District of Massachusetts, will discuss the importance of family businesses in the convenience store industry.
Jill Johnson, an award-winning management consultant who has impacted more than $4 billion worth of business decisions, will also lead sessions on enhancing strategic thinking and confidence.
“YEO is extremely proud to be partnering with Cumberland Farms to learn more about a great convenience store chain,” said John Lofstock, executive director of the National Advisory Group (NAG) and YEO. “Cumberland Farms has earned a reputation for having outstanding leadership, a great foodservice program and being among the most innovative chains in the industry with its distribution and commissary model.
Combined with speakers like Peter Tedeschi and Jill Johnson, this is shaping up to be a very special two days.”
Following up on the successful conferences YEO has had at Family Express, RaceTrac and Maverik, YEO members are sure to have a wonderful experience that will help them grow personally and professionally.
Attendance for the 2018 YEO Conference is free for NAG members thanks to sponsors Altria, Apter Industries, McLane, PDI, R.J. Reynolds and SKUPOS. To learn more about NAG and YEO, visit www.nagconvenience.com.
Register today to participate in the 2018 YEO Conference and the Habitat for Humanity project. If you have any questions about NAG, YEO or membership, contact NAG Executive Director John Lofstock at [email protected].