FirstSource Events’ announces Deli and Cheese 1on1 hosted buyer event September 10-12, 2017 in Tampa, Florida

RELEASE DATE – May 16, 2017

FirstSource Events, Deli & Cheese 1 on 1 logoMoody, ME – FirstSource Events’ announced that their Deli and Cheese 1on1 hosted buyer event will take place September 10-12, 2017 in Tampa, Florida.

This interactive event brings together the top buyers of deli, cheese, charcuterie, chocolate and prepared foods and will educate attendees on the latest food trends and how to adapt to the constantly changing consumer landscape.

The educational program will be paired with FirstSource’s established and highly productive meetings format, which combines product presentations, industry seminars and featured samplings, along with a unique 1-on-1 Buyer-Supplier exchange.

Oliver Turner, President, Turner Foods commented “The FirstSource Deli&Cheese 1on1 events always exceed my expectations. I know that this event will get me in front of many top tier national deli buyers and the varied networking opportunities offer the opportunity to get right to business.”

Event Director Bill Doherty states “We continually challenge ourselves to provide unparalleled buyer-supplier networking opportunities at this event and our attendees love the outcome. We had a phenomenal turnout in St. Augustine, Florida earlier this year, and have responded to a great number of past attendees who wanted us to move the event to September.”

Jamie Bouchard, Director of Deli for Price Chopper Supermarkets described the experience “This past February was the first time I was able to attend FirstSource Deli and Cheese 1on1. All I can say is “WOW”. This event was put together very well. The event brought you in, taught you all that you wanted to know about a particular topic and then put you in direct contact with the folks that drive the market. And all this took place in just a few days”.

For more information on this event visit the website at www.firstsourceevents.com/delicheese-1on1/.

Contact:
Lisa Mercurio
lmercurio@icdevents.com
781-293-9860

About FirstSource Events
FirstSource networking events are limited to high-volume buyers and vendors. The format combines buyer-scheduled one-on-one meetings, personal introductions with icebreakers, vendor presentations and product tastings. In addition, vendors’ products are featured at many of the event’s meals and receptions. Hotel, airfare and meals for invited buyers are covered by the event organizers. A limited number of pre-screened vendors pay a modest fee to take part. To date, all FirstSource events have earned a 100 percent satisfaction rating by participants. For additional information about FirstSource visit www.FirstSourceEvents.com

About International Conference Development, LLC
With over 75 years cumulative experience in the conference and exhibition business; ICDevents professionals have produced highly successful events in multiple fields and industries including: biotechnology, environment, finance, knowledge management, customer relationship management, investment, design, architecture, construction, insurance, manufacturing, marketing, electronic commerce, healthcare, pharmaceutical, energy, food and beverage, telecommunications and information technology. These exhibitions and conferences have been held at leading resorts, hotels and convention centers worldwide.

FirstSource Events Announces Speaker Lineup for its 2017 Deli & Cheese 1 on 1 Networking Conference

FirstSource Events, Deli & Cheese 1 on 1 logoWells, Maine – November 11, 2016: FirstSource Events, a division of International Conference Development LLC (ICDevents), has released the speaker lineup for its 2017 Deli & Cheese 1on1 networking event. The dates for the 2017 event are February 7 – 9 in St. Augustine, Florida. This conference will adopt FirstSource’s highly productive meetings format, which combines product presentations, industry seminars, and product samplings with a unique 1-on-1 Buyer-Supplier Exchange.

Steve Petusevsky. Author of the Whole Foods Market Cookbook will open the morning educational session program with his presentation entitled “A Blueprint for Adding the Grocerant Experience to your Deli.” Chef Steve will help retailers identify their potential to create something unique, while understanding core elements that must be baked into a successful grocerant. An outline will be offered on all the considerations that go into this decision and some of the results will be visually offered from actual retail Grocerant operations that Chef Petusevsky has placed into chains both large and small including; Whole Foods Market, Marianos, Roundys, Google, Lettuce Entertain You, Luckys Markets and others. Retailer attendees will understand the importance of creating a food mission, menuing for the shopper and the banner, training and culture, and the metrics to measure results.

Other industry luminaries on the 2017 event lineup include: Colleen McLellan, Director, Datassential who will speak on “Capturing Your Share of Prepared Food Sales,” Laura Werlin, Cheese Author & Educator, covering “Everything You Need to Know About the New American Cheese,” and Emilio Mignucci, Vice President DiBruno Brothers, who will moderate a panel on “Discovering the Old: Artisan Charcuterie in America.”

These are only some of the visionary speakers that are on board to present to the audience of high volume buyers of Deli, Specialty Cheese, Prepared Foods and Charcuteries. Additional key features of Deli&Cheese 1on1 include a sampling showcase, supplier presentations, and many quality networking opportunities.

Event Director Bill Doherty sums it up as follows, “This event provides attendees the unique opportunity to gain insight into current industry trends and see new market concepts first-hand. Our strong educational component is paired with unparalleled collaboration and networking opportunities all geared to improve purchasing efficiency. We filled up the hotel very quickly in Hilton Head this past year and expect to do the same again in 2017. The response from buyers and suppliers has been great!”

For more information on Deli & Cheese 1 on 1 2017, please visit the event website at http://firstsourceevents.com/delicheese-1on1/.

Contact:
Bill Doherty
bdoherty@FirstSourceEvents.com
207-216-9857

About FirstSource Events
FirstSource networking events are limited to high-volume buyers and vendors. The format combines buyer-scheduled one-on-one meetings, personal introductions with icebreakers, vendor presentations and product tastings. In addition, vendors’ products are featured at many of the event’s meals and receptions. Hotel, airfare and meals for invited buyers are covered by the event organizers. A limited number of pre-screened vendors pay a modest fee to take part. To date, all FirstSource events have earned a 100 percent satisfaction rating by participants. For additional information about FirstSource visit www.FirstSourceEvents.com

About International Conference Development, LLC
With over 75 years cumulative experience in the conference and exhibition business; ICDevents professionals have produced highly successful events in multiple fields and industries including: biotechnology, environment, finance, knowledge management, customer relationship management, investment, design, architecture, construction, insurance, manufacturing, marketing, electronic commerce, healthcare, pharmaceutical, energy, food and beverage, telecommunications and information technology. These exhibitions and conferences have been held at leading resorts, hotels and convention centers worldwide.

Open position for a sales and exhibits manager

first source events logoGrowing conference and tradeshow company is seeking a Sales & Exhibits Manager to market and sell sponsorships, exhibits and advertising opportunities. This is a contractor position with an opportunity to become full time, permanent as we grow. The position works from home and must have the appropriate office space, computer, phone and motivational skills to do so. Candidates must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills and strong attention to detail. Must be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously. Five-years of experience in conference, tradeshow, hosted buyer events or media sales required. With overall responsibility for promoting and directing the exhibits and sponsorship program to meet revenue goals, this role requires a strategic thinker with the ability to sell and manage the full life cycle process to include; prospecting, sales, communications, marketing, fulfillment, administration and registration. The role requires someone that is self-directed, goal-oriented with the ability to work creatively and collaboratively with colleagues in a deadline driven environment.

Send resume and three industry references to info@firstsourceevents.com

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Cultivate and maintain business relationships for continued sales and growth with exhibitors, sponsors and other revenue producing opportunities.
  • Manage the entire business life cycle from marketing, sales, sponsor fulfillment, execution, communication, and follow up, working collaboratively with the Meetings staff and other relevant staff.
  • Coordinate marketing efforts and communications to develop exhibits/sponsor packages and other related materials.
  • Research new clients to ensure expansive pipeline of new clients.
  • Manage and enhance established exhibit/sponsor guidelines, timetables and communications.
  • Serve as lead point of contact for all exhibitors/sponsors. Work closely with Meeting Manager and other staff to ensure exhibitor onsite logistics and expectations are met. Also ensure that sponsor benefits are delivered.
  • Maintain records for exhibitors/sponsors in ACT database to include historical data, preferences, sales comparison and reports.
  • Close sales and simultaneously work to effectively meet goals for current and future events with a creative approach to new sources of revenue.
  • Maintain exhibit and sponsor pages on meeting web site.
  • Work on exhibitor/sponsor retention sales strategies and plans.
  • Develop surveys to measure satisfaction and gain input from exhibitors and sponsors on additional missed opportunities.

Knowledge & Skills Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Marketing or applicable area
  • Five or more years’ experience in exhibit, sponsor and/or ad sales, preferably for a conference, tradeshow or publishing company
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills and attention to detail.
  • Must maintain a positive, friendly professional attitude with a strong commitment to providing excellent customer service.
  • Knowledge of current trends in the conference industry.
  • Ability to organize, manage and meet deadlines with simultaneous deliverables in a virtual workplace.
  • Strong computer skills to include database management and CRM software (ACT preferred). Ability to use advanced computer functions to produce reports and spreadsheets using database and Excel.
  • Strong networking and partnership skills.
  • Comfort working in an environment of change, re-engineering and continuous improvement.
  • Utilize strong negotiation skills and problem solving skills.
  • Entrepreneurial, big picture thinker with a proven track record of expanding business.
  • Flexibility to travel 2-3 times a year as required

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