Welcome to SNX: Fireside Chat with Steven Williams, CEO, PepsiCo Foods North America
Sunday, March 27, 6:00 – 7:00 pmSteven Williams currently leads the $18 billion snack and convenient foods business that includes Frito-Lay North America (FLNA) and Quaker Foods North America (QFNA). A 25-year PepsiCo veteran, he has served as CEO since March 2019. Prior to his current role, Williams served as senior vice president and chief commercial officer for Frito-Lay’s U.S. organization, overseeing all selling and commercial activities for U.S. field sales, customer teams and headquarter commercialization, in addition to leading a large multifunctional sales organization, spanning all Frito-Lay retail customers, channels and go-to-market systems. Steven Williams will kick-off the inaugural SNX forum on Sunday evening with a fireside chat, moderated by Mark Singleton, VP Sales and Marketing, Rudolph Foods, and Past Chairman of SNAC Intl. Williams will share his vision for PepsiCo Foods and his mission to be always available everywhere consumers shop. Williams will discuss how the company has successfully navigated the pandemic with a consistent focus on innovation and supply chain collaboration that allows the company to serve its customers better, faster and stronger than ever before.
The Wheel of Regulatory Fortune: Martin Hahn, Legal Partner at Hogan Lovells LLC., General Counsel for SNAC International
Monday, March 28, 8:30 – 9:15amStart your morning with a deep-dive on the topics that keep you up at night. Food industry regulatory guru Martin Hahn will give you the latest on key legal and policy issues identified by a live vote of the breakout audience. Sodium? Traceability? Labeling? Martin will respond in real-time to issues raised by attendees – a feat that will both impress and inform. A partner at the firm of Hogan Lovells, and a long-time General Counsel for SNAC International, no one is better-suited than Martin to give you the rundown on the legislation and regulation impacting your business in the weeks, months, and years ahead.
The Culture of Snacking: Davey McHenry Senior Vice President of Operations The Hartman Group, Inc.
Monday, March 28, 8:30 – 9:15amWith 48% of all food and beverage occasions being snacking occasions, snacking represents a quintessentially American way of eating. However, the context and consumer needs for snacking have seen significant evolution in recent years, due to consumer shifts in lifestyles, approaches to eating and drinking, and even demographics. Davey’s presentation will dive deep into the world of consumers and the key consumer and cultural trends impacting snacking today, and into the future. Davey combines her passion for people and process as Senior Vice President of Operations for the Hartman Group. Davey is responsible for driving Hartman Group’s operational strategy including a keen focus on its intersection with industry expertise, client relationships and organizational growth. Davey has an MBA from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington and a BA in International Studies from Willamette University.
Labor Impact on Transportation and Distribution: Nick Geale, VP of Workforce Policy, American Trucking Association
Monday, March 28, 9:30 – 10:15amSupply chain challenges are negatively impacting manufacturers of all kinds and snack food is no exception. Labor and transportation policy expert Nick Geale will speak to the intersection of labor and trucking shortages and the supply chain. Nick Geale currently serves as ATA’s Vice President for Workforce Policy. Prior to joining ATA, he served as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Chief of Staff, Deputy and Acting Solicitor at the U.S. Department of Labor where he oversaw all regulatory and enforcement matters for the Department of Labor.
Toward a More Transparent and Sustainable Food System: Kristy Lewis, Founder/Chief Visionary Officer, Quinn Foods LLC
Monday, March 28, 9:30 – 10:15amKristy Lewis will share the story of Quinn Foods and what led to the company’s transparency policy, Farm-to-Bag, in 2011. She will discuss Quinn’s “Be Better. Do Better.” mission that aims to make a critical impact in the food industry by supporting and helping farmers take the first steps towards a more regenerative agriculture approach. Lewis will also share insights on how the food industry can cultivate a food system that helps growers, their communities, and the planet while providing healthier products to consumers.
Closing Keynote and SNAC Tank Guest Judge: Rohan Oza, Founder and Managing Partner, CAVU Ventures
Tuesday, March 29, 3:30 – 5:30 pmRohan Oza has worked for- and with- iconic global food and beverage companies and brands, including Mars, Coca Cola, Vitaminwater, Bai Brands and Bulletproof Coffee. Oza’s current firm, CAVU Venture Partners specializes in taking great brands to the next level and has partnered with Hippeas, Popchips, One Bar, Skinny Dipped, and many more. As a Guest Shark on ABC’s “Shark Tank”, Oza invested in current SNAC International Member Jackson’s Chips. Dubbed “Hollywood’s Brandfather” by The Hollywood Reporter, Oza is a global pioneer in celebrity equity deals, and is known for transforming groundbreaking consumer products into household names.