Renaissance Schaumburg, Chicago

What You Get

Our ‘invitation-only’ approach allows us to provide exceptional service for our audience.


Conference Pass

Full access to the event, from educational sessions to networking events.


Flight Voucher

Traveling more than 100 miles? We'll help with a $200 flight credit.


Overnight Hotel

We cover the first night and offer a discounted rate. Spouses welcomed.


5 Star Catering

Breakfasts, lunches, networking receptions and dinner.

Who You'll Meet

A unique engagement opportunity with Fortune 500 companies and emerging mid-size enterprises.


Influential Peers

Benchmark with the movers and shakers of food and beverage.


Industry Experts

Learn from the best in the field and walk away with actionable insights.


Leading Partners

Meet only with the most relevant for your projects and initiatives.



Unparalleled networking opportunities with high profile industry leaders.

What You'll Do

Your registration creates a personalized agenda based on specific areas of responsibility, challenges and interests.


Learning Time

Spend most of your time participating in educational sessions and networking activities.


Educational Sessions

Keynotes, plenary sessions, industry panel discussions, case studies and more.


Networking Activities

Connect with peers who can truly make a difference to your business.


Research Time

25-minute appointments to discover leading solutions guided by knowledgable executives.

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A 100% peer-driven educational program centered around 4 key themes addressing the most pressing challenges in food and beverage manufacturing.


Key Themes

close Product Development and Innovation to Keep up with Consumer Trends

This track was designed for leaders and innovators in the food industry. As consumers keep pushing towards trends like clear labeling, plant-based products, reduced sugar, and healthy options, it has become pivotal for food companies to stay-up to-date, innovate, and develop products that will keep up with the ever-changing landscape. In this track leaders will discuss challenges, opportunities and winning strategies to stay ahead and remain successful in a highly competitive industry.

  • Emerging Trends that are Projected to Impact the Industry
  • Manufacturing Flexibility and Innovation Practices to Keep Up with Customer Demands
  • Best Practices on Concept to Launch New Products
Food safety and regulatory compliance is at the forefront of the food industry.  There is no doubt on the great challenge that food & beverage companies undertake in terms of keeping up with recent standards and regulations. Recent regulations such as GHS and FSMA can be complicated and intricate to understand and implement into current operations. During the track speakers will discuss leading approaches on how to keep up and stay compliant with food safety regulations.
  • Best Practices for Implementing a Successful Food Safety Program
  • The Impacts of FSMA on the Supply Chain and Manufacturing Floor
  • Clean Label Initiatives and the Effects on Food Safety and Product Stability
Sustainable packaging is no longer a want for food and beverage manufacturers, it is essential. To stay competitive in the current market and to thrive in the future, food and beverage companies must become engaged in sustainable packaging.  During this track, subject matter experts will discuss sustainable packaging and leading practices that will satisfy consumer demand and will contribute to a significant competitive advantage.
  • Is Packaging Innovation Really Helping Drive Sales?
  • How to Overcome Roadblocks to Achieving Successful Sustainable Packaging
  • Making Sustainable Packaging Cost-Effective and a Corporate Value
Food and beverage manufacturers continue to devote considerable efforts into efficient warehousing and transportation. An effective and strategic distribution channel is crucial for many manufacturers and can enable F&B companies to reduce cost and risk.  During this track, leaders will discuss some long-term and strategic supply chain initiatives to optimize network operations.
  • Winning the Last Mile Logistics Battle
  • Managing Logistics & Distribution for New Products
  • Risk Mitigation Strategies Addressing Potential Disruption


Get insights from 20+ food and beverage executives actively addressing industry challenges. Check out last year's assembly!

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Andria Long

Vice President of Innovation

Johnsonville Sausage

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Colleen Kavanagh

CEO & Co-Founder

ZEGO Snacks

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Ferhan Ozadali

Director, Global R&D - Processing

Mead Johnson Nutrition

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Iris Tsidon



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Jessica Campbell

Senior Counsel

Tyson Foods

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Joaquin Anon Suarez

Performance Manager

Danone Wave

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Jon Sobel


Sight Machine

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Kevin Terwilliger

IoT Solutions Director


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Justin Kobler

Vice President of Manufacturing

Land O'Frost

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Mark Novak

Director of Operations

Global Organics

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Maya Gal



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Michael Armstead

Regional Director of Safety

Bimbo Bakeries

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Mike Davis

Director of Quality

Baldwin Richardson Foods

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Stephen Engel

Senior Vice President, Practice Lead

Hitachi Consulting

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Pietro Di Pilato

Senior Vice President Technical, Innovation and Brand Change


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Sean Maroney

Plant Manager

Maplehurst Bakeries LLC


Make every session valuable by selecting up to 2 key themes to mix and match the most relevant topics to you.

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Welcome Cocktail Reception & Registration


Breakfast Buffet


close Operationalizing Digital Manufacturing

Sight Machine - CEO

By 2022 Smart factories will deliver an estimated $500B in value and a 7x increase in overall productivity. What can manufacturing leaders do today to ensure short-term investments support the capabilities required for near and long-term Digital Manufacturing success?

  • How can companies identify their current level of Digital Readiness?
  • What use cases become available as a company increases their Digital Readiness?
  • What pitfalls threaten successful Digital Manufacturing implementations?
  • What has Sight Machine learned from working with the world’s most advanced Digital Manufacturers?


Jon Sobel
CEOSight Machine

Targeted Research Meetings

Breakout Presentation

close People: Still Our Most Valuable Resource? - Challenges and Opportunities to Increase Engagement

Land O'Frost - Vice President of Manufacturing

This growing Food & Beverage company’s insights based approach to investing in their people to generated revenue growth.  This presentation will address how you can achieve success by focusing on your people by providing education, practicing servant leadership and building systems to support behaviors.

  • Realizing the value of retained employees
  • Mgmt committed to applying
    •       Transformational leadership approach
    •       New technologies that support people as operators and leaders
    •       Training and development to supplement skills at all levels
  •  Automation as an alternative to increasing labor to support growth


Justin Kobler
Vice President of ManufacturingLand O'Frost
Breakout Presentation

close What Does It Take to Create Innovation that Wins?

Johnsonville Sausage - Vice President of Innovation

This Food & Beverage industry’s leading best in class insights based approach to innovation has generated significant organic revenue growth for a  diverse  range of companies in terms of size, ownership (private/family run/public), cultures, innovation capabilities and business stage (during & post acquisition, transformation, turnaround) as well as brands in terms of market position, size, budgets & categories.  This presentation  will address  how you can achieve  success rates well above industry norms  both in terms of revenue generated,  and sustainability – staying power in market.

  • Penetrate a crowded marketplace
  • Techniques on how to ensure you are only pushing the best ideas forward
  • Best practices to using innovative approaches for revenue growth


Andria Long
Vice President of InnovationJohnsonville Sausage
Breakout Presentation

close Increasing Employee Engagement in the Current Food Manufacturing Environment

Maplehurst Bakeries LLC - Plant Manager

As regulatory scrutiny continues to increase across the food manufacturing industry, it directly impacts the environment in which our associates operate.  Effective planning and proactive communication aid in helping our employees distill the complexity of their daily responsibilities.  What strategies can operations professionals employ to keep their workforce engaged.


  • Values vs. priorities – how to communicate what’s most important
  • Begin and end with the consumer – where quality and food safety intersect
  • Cultural barriers to employee engagement and how to counter act
  • Are you engaged?
  • Leveraging engagement to drive organizational performance


Sean Maroney
Plant ManagerMaplehurst Bakeries LLC



Targeted Research Meetings

Breakout Presentation

close Allergies: The Power of QR Codes to Protect Your Customers and Your Company

ZEGO Snacks - CEO & Co-Founder

Food allergy awareness and prevalence are on the rise and FALCPA raises companies’ liability for cross contamination. Learn how ZEGO has revolutionized allergy transparency for better consumer AND company protection.

  • Companies are increasingly being held responsible for cross contact.
  • Most of cross contact comes in as contamination in your other ingredients.
  • Batch testing the final product gives you constant feedback on your supply chain and operational effectiveness.
  • Tying the batch test results to the QR code on your packaging gives your customers the information they need to decide if eating that particular product is safe for them.
  • Costs of testing are minimal compared to cost of recall and could prevent a consumer having a reaction, hospitalization or fatality. You protect your customer and your brand


Colleen Kavanagh
CEO & Co-FounderZEGO Snacks
Breakout Presentation

close Leading Faster, Better and Sustainable Product and Supply Chain Innovation in Today's Changing World

Diageo - Senior Vice President Technical, Innovation and Brand Change

In this session, attendees will learn how Diageo North America has achieved success by identifying and implementing innovative approaches throughout its supply chain. From planning and manufacturing to liquid development and packaging, Pietro Di Pilato will share innovative approaches that :  In this session, attendees will learn how Diageo North America has achieved success by identifying and implementing innovative approaches throughout its supply chain. From planning and manufacturing to liquid development and packaging, Pietro Di Pilato will share innovative approaches that have increased the company’s ability to execute faster, better and more sustainably in today’s rapidly changing world.

  • Using data analytics to improve inventory management
  • Driving faster product development and achieve speed to market
  • Improving improve environmental sustainability across the supply chain
  • Transforming packaging through innovation
  • Inspiring your people to experiment and unlock opportunities for growth


Pietro Di Pilato
Senior Vice President Technical, Innovation and Brand ChangeDiageo
Breakout Presentation

close Product Development and Innovation

Bimbo Bakeries - Regional Director of Safety

  • Employer’s responsibility to provide a safe work environment for their employees in the eyes of OSHA
  • How product development and innovation can directly affect Labor Relations
  • Workstation ergonomic considerations when developing, or improving, work areas or changes to a facility layout
  • Some of the advantages and pitfalls of being proactive with product development and a forward thinking innovator


Michael Armstead
Regional Director of SafetyBimbo Bakeries

Cocktail Reception


Industry Dinner


Breakfast Buffet


close Building Smarter Manufacturing with The Internet of Things

Hitachi Consulting - Senior Vice President, Practice Lead

Are you pleased with your current margins?  Does your revenue grow by single digits?  Is 2017 another year of “trimming costs” to be more efficient with the result being mediocre at best?
Hitachi has 100+ years of manufacturing experience.  Today, convergence of operational technology and information technology enables manufacturers to be more efficient, agile, and profitable.   Learn how Hitachi has employed IoT and Advanced Analytics to solve internal manufacturing challenges and address customer pain points, to realize real operational savings.
  • Where is manufacturing headed? IoT will fundamentally change how products are invented, manufactured, shipped and sold
  • With IoT, IP networks and analytics, manufacturers can become more efficient, improve worker safety and offer new business models
  • IoT will help manufacturers improve resource efficiency, safety and return on assets
  • Manufacturers that master this new dynamic will have a variety of new opportunities for revenue growth and cost savings


Stephen Engel
Senior Vice President, Practice LeadHitachi Consulting

Targeted Research Meetings

Breakout Presentation

close Servant of the Customer: Driving Sustainable Advantage by Actively Leading a Quality Culture and Production of a Great Widget

Baldwin Richardson Foods - Director of Quality

This presentation will address the principle objectives are to drive engagement with each other and encourage serious thought about one’s character, actions, and motives. Humble Pie – Lessons in Leadership through Humility (a modest view of one’s own importance)
  • Act with Humility
  • Be a Giver
  • Challenge yourself to be a better leader
  • Listen and Learn


Mike Davis
Director of QualityBaldwin Richardson Foods
Breakout Presentation

close Making Natural Products Works in Your Operation

Global Organics - Director of Operations

Production operations are increasingly asked to use less processed materials as part of a sustainable initiative. Recognizing the functional differences in the way materials perform is essential to project success. We adapt the R&D commercialization process to explicitly identify differences, and in partnership with Operations, develop solutions consistent with the sustainable values a new product represents.This presentation will walk you through some essential basic understanding needed to work with less processed natural and/or organic raw material.This process makes expected costs realistic. Your organization then goes to market with confidence and meets consumer expectations.
  • The Sustainable Difference:  Implications for sourcing and use of more natural Raw Materials
  • Identifying where costs are different: Accurate assessment of cost of production for sustainable products
  • Cost Control: Developing solutions to maintain throughput and yield
  • Walking the Walk : Meeting customer expectations consistently


Mark Novak
Director of OperationsGlobal Organics
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close From P&L to Artificial Intelligence

Okapi - Co-Founder

Experience Artificial Intelligence for Operational Excellence in this hands-on workshop. We have transformed a real-life business challenge into an interactive game. Get ahead of the curve, and experience for yourself how cutting-edge technologies are transforming the way people manage their businesses.
  • Key concepts in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Collective Intelligence
  • Real-life example of how they can be implemented to improve Operational Excellence
  • Key Performance Indicators and Business Notification samples
  • Have fun while learning about innovative technologies


Maya Gal
Breakout Presentation

close Food Safety and Regulatory Requirements

Tyson Foods - Senior Counsel

Ensuring that companies are manufacturing food that is safe for sale while working in the confines of regulatory requirements.  Understanding the importance of FSQA and operations working together to ensure this safety while meeting the demands of the customer.
  • Strong FSQA team
  • Close working relationship with Operations
  • Strong HAACP program
  • Strong pathogen testing program


Jessica Campbell
Senior CounselTyson Foods
Breakout Presentation

close Industrialization of New Products

Danone Wave - Performance Manager

In the F&B industry, we are in a time of continuous innovation, as our portfolio changes all the time. Speed to Market and Costumer Service Level are key to survive in this environment. In the INDUSTRIALIZATION OF NEW PRODUCTS a clear and detailed VSUP  (Vertical Start Up Process) is required. This presentation will walk you step by step through this process. This process allowed me to manage multiple successful projects, meeting the launch windows on time with quantity and quality. Practice, Rigor and Discipline of this process is a competitive advantage you can not ignore.
  • New innovation industrialization time lines
  • Detail Vertical Start Up Process
  • Resources need it for implementation of the process
  •  Results and examples


Joaquin Anon Suarez
Performance ManagerDanone Wave



Experienced industry leaders help us design a relevant and 100% peer-led educational program.

Steering Committee Members

David Janow Chief Executive Officer and President
Axiom Foods, Inc..
Ron Ward Vice President Operations and Productivity
Origlio Beverage
Tom Christensen Vice President of Operations
Goodheart Brand Specialty Foods
Mike Fleming Vice President of Engineering
Campbell Soup Company
Tom Heagney Quality Manager
Amir Ghannad Former Sr. Director - Global People Excellence
Campbell Soup Company
Aaron Brodniak Director of Quality
Diamond Knot Craft Brewing
Neeraj Sharma, Ph.D Head of Packaging Development and Innovation
Apio, Inc.
Carl Freeman Manufacturing Director
Mars Chocolate North America
Bruno Padovani Director of LEAN Continuous Improvement
Ferrara Candy Company
Cary Miller Vice president
Food Industry News


Over the year’s we’ve hosted senior level executives from 80% of the Fortune 100, as well as thousands of up and coming mid-market organizations.

Attendee Testimonials

"This was my second time attending the IMPACT Summit. I found it very informative, made some good contacts, and brought back some information that was of benefit to my group. As a result I brought a colleague with me this time. The presentations and scheduling were tailored to my interests. When I preferred to attend presentations not on my original schedule it was modified per my request. I would recommend attendance at these events."

"I've attended IMPACT both as a speaker and attendee. From a speaker’s perspective, it gave me an opportunity to share best practices with many of my peers for an industry wide issue. As an attendee, I would recommend and encourage other senior level executives to speak – it provides an outlet to give back to your industry and professional community."

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The food and beverage industry's leading executive-level conference plays host to over 500 senior-level attendees each year. In the last decade, we’ve produced 10 large scale IMPACT conferences across America.


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Your full access conference pass includes overnight accommodations, meals and cocktail receptions.

The Hotel

Renaissance Schaumburg

Experience refined style at the Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg where stunning design blends seamlessly with impeccable service.

Our Schaumburg hotel accommodations boast stylish design and luxurious comfort. Located in an accessible hub with a sophisticated collection of retail and culinary options such as Sam & Harry’s and Woodfield Mall, this Schaumburg, Illinois hotel serves as an indigenous ambassador for entire Chicagoland area…and a gateway for the entire Midwest.
Accommodations must be booked through the conference organizers and not through the venue directly. We cover the first night and offer a discounted rate. Spouses welcomed. For reservations please contact:
The nearest airport is Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), which is less than 15 miles away. Alternatively, you may fly into Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). This hotel does not provide shuttle service. Taxis are readily available at the airport.
The Renaissance Schaumburg  | 1551 N. Thoreau Drive Schaumburg, IL 60173