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This October 28-29, Portland State University’s Food Industry Leadership Center will host its annual “Connections” conference, showcasing the leading practices and strategies as practiced by some of the best-known companies in the industry.

Among the presentations and speakers:

  • Branding The World’s Largest Retailer, Julie Lyle, VP International Marketing, Wal-Mart.

  • Consumers’ Moments of Truth, Tom O'Brien, Senior VP, North America Customer Business Development, Proctor & Gamble.

  • The New Economics of Food Marketing, Chuck Cerankowsky, Analyst, McDonald & Co.

  • Using Technology in Collaborative Partnerships, Shan Kumar, Director of Category Planning, Albertsons.

  • Achieving Sustainable Sales Growth in a Hyper Competitive Food Industry, Art Turock, President, Art Turock and Associates.

  • New Directions for K-Mart, Dick King, Interim General Merchandising manager for Food & Consumables, K-Mart/Encore.

  • Panel Discussion: Major Challenges Facing the Supermarket Industry, featuring Darrell Webb, President, QFC; Dale Henley, President, Haggen's; and Bill Robinson, VP of Merchandising NW Region, Supervalu.

You can get more information about this important conference by calling 503-725-8184, or going to
KC's View:
It is our great pleasure to have been asked to host and moderate this event for PSU, and we’re looking forward to an exhilarating and provocative conference. We also participated last year, and we learned a lot from some terrific people.

So, check it out.