February 15 - 17, 2021

JW Marriott Tampa Water Street

Tampa, FL

Education Sessions

Convenience Distribution Marketplace 2021 education has been designed to provide attendees with the most compelling, relevant educational experience in the convenience distribution sector. We have two high-level keynote speakers to inspire attendees to grow as leaders and to provide significant information on current economic and social trends that drive business forward. We’ve filled our roster with futurists, economists and experts in the convenience field and beyond.

Attendees can expect a mixture of interactive and traditional educational experiences, as well as dedicated networking time to share peer-to-peer experiences. Our goal is to ensure that you leave Marketplace feeling as though you have tools you need to inspire and be inspired!

Monday, February 15

1:00 pm–2:00 pm Marketplace Opening Keynote

Knowledge is Power: Using This Economic Outlook to Your Advantage
Presenter: Mary Kelly, PhD, Leadership & Business Growth, CEO, Productive Leaders
Mary Kelly is back by popular demand! She is an economist, university professor, CEO, business owner and author of 13 books on business and leadership. In this most unprecedented time in all our lives, Mary will shed light on the changes in the economy and what they mean for your business, career and family. She will detail economic factors and trends, as well as leadership challenges to prepare businesses as they plan for the future. As one of the world's most valued economists, Mary will provide an economic outlook referencing the latest data to uncover what is really going on in this current economic environment. This engaging and entertaining program will help your company improve profits, safeguard your bottom line, and help you ensure your employees embrace the necessary changes.


2:15 pm–3:45 pm  

Session: Six Things You Can Do to Gain a Competitive Edge During This National Reboot
Presenter: Jim Pancero, CSP, CPAE, Hall of Fame Speaker and Thought Leader
Things are starting to recover. Are you and your sales team taking advantage of this national business reboot? We’ve asked selling expert Jim Pancero to share his best ideas to help you make the most of this new business culture and buying environment. A detailed workbook/action guide will be provided to help you share these ideas with your sales team.


4:00 pm–5:00 pm  

Session: Tobacco: The State of the Industry
Presenter: Tom Briant, Executive Director, National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO)
This session, back by popular demand, provides an update on current federal tobacco regulations and legislation, as well as an overview of local, state and federal tobacco issues. Don’t miss this state of the industry report that will answer the latest questions you have on tobacco-related issues.


Tuesday, February 16

8:00 am–9:00 am Business Keynote:

Session: Demography is Destiny: What it Means for Your Business
Presenter: Ken Gronbach, President, KGC Direct, LLC
Let demographer Ken Gronbach bring you into his fascinating world of counting people. He will show you why demographics precipitate economics, and not the other way around. As a forecasting tool demographics are unparalleled for seeing what’s next in world culture, economics, politics, commerce and government. What counties, states, regions, countries and continents will flourish, and which will be challenged because of shifting demography?


Wednesday, February 17

8:00 am–9:00 am  
Session: CBD and Cannabis: The State of the Industry
The CBD and cannabis industry is constantly changing and keeping up with the industry trends is challenging. Join us in this breakfast session for a discussion exploring the latest issues and trends, and the impact of COVID-19.


9:15 am–11:00 am  
Session: Seizing Profit Opportunities in Foodservice
How can you make the most of the foodservice space? Get ready to set your company up for the next level. You will leave this session with ideas to help you develop a plan of action!