Fall Conference for Hospitality Supply Management -- Agenda

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Fall Conference for Hospitality Supply Management
October 9-11, 2007
Atlanta, Georgia


Tuesday — October 9, 2007

11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration
12:00 - 4:00 p.m. C.P.M. and CFPM Testing
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Opening Reception

Wednesday — October 10, 2007

6:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Registration
7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Welcome to the Conference
Karen Settlemyer, Senior Vice President, Procurement
California Pizza Kitchen, Inc.
Chair, ISM Hospitality Supply Management Forum
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. WA General Session — Today's Hot Trends in Supply Management
Bonnie Keith, President
The Forefront Group, LLC

Developing sourcing strategies, analyzing industry trends, evaluating supplier performance, coordinating RFXs, assuring supply and quality, developing suppliers and achieving cost reduction goals. There's only so much time in the day to get it all done, so how do you stay on top of what's going on in the functional world? Join supply management thought leader Bonnie Keith and find out what you should know about today’s hot trends in the field.
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. WB General Session — Pursuing Contracting Excellence — Mastering Electronic Contracting
Ashif Mawji, President & CEO
Upside Software Inc.

Discover the makeup of a best-in-class organization that achieved contract management excellence (and resides in the top 10 percent of its industry). Look for best practices, lessons learned, leveraging e-signatures and other electronic means to complete the contract and commitment life cycle. Additional focus is on ROI possibilities. The session digs into the details of actual case studies so you have a better understanding of contract excellence. Take-aways include a comprehensive ROI analysis guide with real-world information on how organizations leverage contract and commitment life-cycle management software. The benefits of good software include a 30 percent reduction in contract life cycle and in some cases the reduction is as high as 90 percent.
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Showcase Lunch
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. WC General Session — Hot Topic Roundtables

Don't miss this chance for impromptu discussion on a variety of topics, including sustainability, security, risk and the challenges faced in guaranteeing a world-class supply chain.
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Networking Break
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions I

WD Concurrent Session — What's Happening With Equipment and Supplies?
Brian Ward, Chief Editor
Foodservice Equipment Reports

Booming Asian markets are pushing stainless, copper and resin prices through the roof. Meanwhile, in the United States, the days of cheap energy and cheap water are gone. Discover how materials costs, utility pricing and other forces are driving major changes in equipment and supplies development and find out how the market works.

WE Concurrent Session — Food Safety and the Supply Chain
Judi A. Lazaro, Director, Customer Relations
AIB International

This presentation offers an insightful look at food safety and its effect on your supply chain. From the gate to the plate, the discussion focuses on how you can effectively and efficiently manage this aspect of your supply chain.
3:30 - 3:40 p.m. Networking Break
3:40 - 4:40 p.m. Concurrent Sessions II

WF Concurrent Session — The 10 Uglies and 7 Excellents of Project Management
Steve Miller
Miller Management Systems

Many project management experts conclude that there are certain areas that consistently cause projects to experience difficulties and other areas that make projects successful. The difficulties are termed project uglies and the successes are termed the excellents. The discussion includes 10 project uglies, including symptoms and resolutions. Using real-world examples, we'll explore the seven driving forces that contribute to project excellence.

WG Concurrent Session — Successful Negotiating: Mars Versus Venus Style
Lorrie K. Mitchell, C.P.M., A.P.P., Partner
Mitchell Enterprises

Supply management professionals possessing strong negotiating skills have a major advantage in today’s marketplace. Not surprisingly, men (Mars) and women (Venus) approach negotiations differently. This session presents real-life examples of Mars versus Venus negotiations, illuminating the most common mistakes that men and women make. Learn to distinguish gender differences in negotiating styles, which will help you perform better at the negotiating table.
6:15 p.m. Networking Reception and Dinner at the World of Coke

Join us for a reception and dinner at the NEW World of Coke. Located beside the Georgia Aquarium at Pemberton Place® in downtown Atlanta, the World of Coke includes the world’s largest collection of Coke memorabilia as well as a tasting experience with over 70 different products to sample. Visit the Pop Gallery featuring an exhibit from Andy Warhol.

Thursday — October 11, 2007

6:30 - 7:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast
7:45 a.m. Transportation to Three Trees Ranch (Certified Angus Beef ranch)
8:45 - 10:15 a.m. TB General Session at Three Trees Ranch — Economic Update: Ethanol and Its Impact Upon Commodity Market Prices
William Lapp, President
Advanced Economic Solutions

We are pleased to continue our relationship with William Lapp as he takes us through the ups and downs of the marketplace. Where will the economy take us in the next 12 months? This session focuses on ethanol and how it will influence the coming year.
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Networking Break at Three Trees Ranch
10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Tour: Three Trees Ranch

Don't miss this unique opportunity to tour a working Angus beef ranch. The visit includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility. Get an inside look as veterinarians perform sonograms on live animals to reveal the characteristics sought by breeders. You'll also visit the auction barn and learn why buyers are willing to pay in excess of six figures for a single animal. Knowledge gained here will help you make better sourcing decisions about your beef spend. Even if beef is not included in your supply chain, you’ll still want to participate in this backstage pass to a working ranch.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Networking Lunch at Three Trees Ranch
1:00 p.m. Buses Depart Three Trees Ranch for the Hotel

Agenda subject to change.

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