CONNECTING THE INDEPENDENT GROCERS AND VENDORS OF WASHINGTON
Thursday, May 18, 2017
The Lincoln Center: 1316 N Lincoln St, Spokane, WA
WFIA CONNECT 4:30 - 6:30 PM
RECEPTION 6:30 - 7 PM
REGISTRATION DEADLINE May 6, 2017
INDUSTRY AWARDS DINNER with Michael Sansolo 7 - 9 PM
Retailers - WFIA Connect from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Join your fellow retailers for our first-ever WFIA Connect event! Our goal is to provide an energetic and fun event that gives you a direct connection to 18 key vendors in a small-group, speed networking setting. This fast-paced networking event allows grocer and vendors to meet and converse though one-on-one focused conversations lasting five minutes at each table to introduce you to new products and services that will enhance your business success. Don't forget your business cards!
Countless studies and years of work with some of the world’s most innovative companies gives Michael Sansolo a unique and diverse view of the changing nature of trends retail. A long-time senior vice president of the Food Marketing Institute and now consultant; Michael currently serves as the research director of the Coca-Cola Retailing Research Councils of both North and Latin America. Their most recent study, found here, discusses how today’s shoppers are armed with new technologies and shifting personal needs in this ever changing industry. We are excited to hear about his innovative solutions for the grocery industry.
If you'd like to learn more about Michael Sansolo, click here.
Take this opportunity to grab a glass of wine from Hundred Acres Wine or William Grants award winning whiskey and network with other retailers and vendors to get to know them and their business in more detail.
Vendors & Retailers - Industry Awards Dinner and Auction from 7 PM to 9 PM
Help support the independent grocers and vendors of Washington State by attending our Industry Awards Dinner, reception, and program. Join vendors and retailers from across the state for a hosted reception, dinner, live auction and recognition of our Vendor and Grocer of the Year awards for those who have excel among their peers. It’s a night you won’t want to miss, so register early to reserve your seat!
Rosauers Golf Package
Join Jeff Philipps, CEO, and Mike Shirts, COO of Rosauers Supermarkets for an afternoon of golf at the incredible Indian Canyon Golf Course. Enjoy the beautiful vistas along with camaraderie that builds lasting relationships. Great weather guaranteed! Dinner follows at the Spencer’s Steakhouse, rated “Best in Spokane 2016”.
Metropolitan Markets Boat and Wine Cruise
Cruise the beautiful Puget Sound on a private luxury 60 ft. power boat with Bill Weymer and Town & Country team for the winning bidder. Bring five people of your choice to enjoy this September 2017 sunshine cruise, the best and finest local food and wines. Captain Dave Willis (Willis Marketing) will steer the boat. Start from Bell Harbor, Elliott Bay, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, or wherever you'd like!
SUPERVALU Golfing and Dinner Package
Join the Larry Bourland, West Region Sales Director for SUPERVALU, at Canterwood Golf and Country Club in Gig Harbor, WA. Voted as one of the top-5 best private golf clubs in the state, the course is both enjoyable and challenging for players of all skill levels.
Fiesta Foods Steak and Wine Dinner Package
Enjoy an exclusive dinner for two at Craig Gaylord's house, President, and Fiesta Foods Buyers. Feast on the best quality beef and wine!
URM Golf and Dinner Package
Two can take part in the ultimate golf experience at Coeur d'Alene Resort, home of the floating green, with Ray Sprinkle and Paul Christianson from URM. Afterwards, dine and drink in the beautiful Coeur d'Alene landscape.
Yoke's Fresh Market and a Spokane Indian's Baseball Game
Watch the game from the best seats in a luxury Skybox suite! Enjoy food and drinks while you and 9 others watch a Spokane Indian's game with John Bole, President, and his buyers. Experience baseball in luxury!
Unified Grocers Golf and Dinner Package in New Castle, WA
Capping 350 expansive, hilltop acres, The Golf Club at Newcastle is the premier Pacific Northwest golf course. Golf and dine with Mike Koens, President and CEO, and Ray VanWetten, VP for Sales for the Pacific Northwest, as you enjoy panoramic views of Lake Washington, Mt. Rainier, the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, and the Seattle skyline.
The Myers Group Seattle Seahawks and Dinner Package
Two tickets to a Seahawks football game with buyers from The Myers Group. Once the Seahawks win, of course, enjoy dinner with the buyers from The Myers Group in Seattle.
All proceeds go to support the Association and its advocacy of the independent grocery industry. WFIA is a 501(c)(6): 178-007-006
Contributions or gifts to the Washington Food Industry Association are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes. However, they may be tax deductible under other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. TIN# 91-0462216