Niagara University’s Food Marketing Center of Excellence 2nd Annual Innovation Conference

Food Marketing Center of Excellence Hosting 2nd Annual Innovation Conference in Buffalo, N.Y.
Trends and Innovation in the Food Industry To Be Discussed

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – Niagara University’s Food Marketing Center of Excellence will host “Managing Disruption and Change in the Food Industry: Entrepreneurial Innovation, Technology and Breakthrough Management for Success” on Thursday, April 19, at the Adam’s Mark Hotel (120 Church St.) in Buffalo, N.Y.

A never-before-assembled panel of top executives will discuss key trends and innovative solutions for leadership and success. Executive panelists include:

– Mike DeCory, Senior Vice President, Wegmans Food Markets
– Jamie McKeon, Vice President of Marketing, Rich Products
– Ian Prisuta, Senior Vice President, Giant Eagle
– Kurt Schertle, Chief Operating Officer, Weis Markets
– Larry White, Vice President of Sales, Dole Foods

Other outstanding sessions feature forward-looking globally recognized experts who will share strategies to successfully navigate through today’s competitive environment. The topics are:

– “The Innovation Imperative”
Kevin Coupe, Content Guy,
– “How to Maintain Relevancy in an Uncertain Future”
Neil Stern, Senior Partner, McMillan Doolittle, LLP
– “Fresh Solutions: The Future of Food Retailing”
Mike Urness, founding Partner of Seurat Capital and Managing Partner at The Seurat Group

Sponsors of the event are members of the Food Marketing Center of Excellence, which has a mission to grow the food industry of Western New York to global prominence through thought leadership, industry alliances, and sponsorship of Niagara University’s food and consumer-packaged goods marketing degree program.

The gold sponsors for this year’s event are Rich Products Corporation, Tops Friendly Markets and Wegmans Food Markets. Silver sponsors include Acosta and Upstate Niagara Cooperative Inc. The lunch sponsor is Perry’s Ice Cream and the cocktail sponsor is Rosina Food Products. Ample time will be provided for rich discussions and networking with key executives in the industry.

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Registration and admission information available at: Please direct inquiries to 716.286.8181 or


11:15-11:55 a.m. – Registration/Networking
12 p.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks
12:10 p.m. – Lunch
12:50-5 p.m. – Presentations and Panel Discussions
5-6 p.m. – Wine, Beer, Hors d’oeuvres and Networking

Additional information on Niagara University’s Food Marketing Center of Excellence can be found at

Niagara University
Founded by the Vincentian community in 1856, Niagara University is a comprehensive institution, blending the best of a liberal arts and professional education, grounded in our values-based Catholic tradition. Its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Hospitality and Tourism Management offer programs at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral level.

As the first Vincentian university established in the United States, Niagara prepares students for personal and professional success while emphasizing service to the community in honor of St. Vincent de Paul. Niagara’s institutional commitment to service learning has led to its inclusion on the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service every year since its inception in 2006, and its recognition with the Carnegie Foundation’s Classification for Community Engagement.

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