February 27-March 1, 2023
The Woodlands, TX

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott
Hotel & Convention Center

Schedule at a Glance

Printable Schedule
*Schedule is preliminary and subject to change. All times are Central Time Zone.*

Sunday, February 26, 2023

2:00 pm–4:00 pm Executive Committee
4:15 pm–5:15 pm Finance & Audit Committee
7:00 pm–9:00 pm Manufacturer's Advisory Council Dinner (invite only)

Monday, February 27, 2023

7:00 am–5:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 am–7:00 pm Exhibitor Move-In
7:00 am–8:00 am InfoMetrics Advisory Council
8:00 am–10:45 am Committee Meetings
11:00 am–12:00 pm CDA & DEF Board of Directors Meeting
11:45 am–1:15 pm Opening Lunch
12:30 pm–1:15 pm CBD/Cannabis Task Force (Task Force Members Only)
1:30 pm–3:15 pm Opening Keynote
  6 Key Factors for Driving Success & Employee Engagement
  Shawn Burcham, Founder & CEO, PFSbrands; Founding Partner, GRITT Business Coaching


Concurrent Education Sessions

3:30 pm–4:30 pm Concurrent Education Session 3:30 pm–5:45 pm Concurrent Education Session
  Focus on Foodservice: What’s Next in C-Store Foodservice   The Predictive Index: Understanding
Yourself and Others
  Joe Pawlak, Managing Principal,
  Alexa Lott, Director, Talent Optimization, GRITT Business Coaching
4:45 pm–5:45 pm Concurrent Education Session
  Focus on Foodservice: Foodservice Development from the Retailers' Perspective
  John Matthews, President & CEO, Gray Cat Enterprises


5:45 pm–7:45 pm Networking Event & Reception

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

7:00 am–8:00 am Breakfast
7:00 am–5:30 pm Registration Open
8:00 am–9:00 am Business Keynote
  Smart Technology Investments for Wholesale Distributors to Drive the Bottom Line
  Jason Bader, Principal, The Distribution Team
9:00 am–4:00 pm Trade Show Open
9:00 am–4:00 pm         Marketplace Lounge Open
10:00 am         1st Prize Wheel Drawing
11:00 am         2nd Prize Wheel Drawing
12:00 pm         3rd Prize Wheel Drawing
12:00 pm–1:30 pm         Lunch in the Dining & Refreshments area of the Trade Show
2:00 pm         4th Prize Wheel Drawing
3:45 pm         Marketplace Grand Prize Giveaway
5:00 pm–5:30 pm Past Chair's Advisory Council
5:30 pm–9:00 pm Reception, Awards Dinner & Afterglow

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

7:00 am–8:00 am Breakfast
8:00 am–9:00 am Industry Keynote
  Tobacco: The State of the Industry
  Tom Briant, Executive Director, National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO)
9:15 am–10:15 am Education Session
  Growing Your Business and Financial Literacy
  Patrick Carpenter, President, GRITT Business Coaching
10:30 am–11:30 am Closing Session
  Emerging Products (CBD and Cannabis)
11:30 am Marketplace Concludes