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Inaugural Food Marketing Summit at SUNY New Paltz on March 30

The SUNY New Paltz School of Business proudly invites students, faculty and community members to its first annual Food Marketing Summit, featuring presentations, panels and networking opportunities with food industry leaders and executives.

“The Food Marketing Summit is an element of our ongoing applied learning program in the School of Business, providing opportunities for students to experience the connection between classroom learning and industry knowledge,” said School of Business Dean Kristin Backhaus. “We are so grateful to have the participation of high level food industry leaders and the sponsorship of so many key food industry partners.”

Speakers at the 2016 Food Marketing Summit include:

  • Jon Ambrose, Founder of Rosie, an online food ordering platform.
  • David Dirks, director of global market development with Satin Fine Foods, Inc.
  • Keith Frosceno, vice president of Fresh Merchandising and C&S Wholesale Grocers
  • Gerry Castignetti, executive vice president with Johnson O’Hare
  • Brett Wing, executive vice president of Shop Rite Supermarkets

Each of these guests will share their expertise in presentations focusing on different quarters of the industry, including food retail, wholesale, consumer goods, logistics and the shift to web and delivery-based grocery services.

“These experts bring unique perspectives that will provide the audience with an informative, engaging and thought-provoking power panel discussion on the food industry,” said marketing Lecturer Russell Zwanka, a veteran of the food retail business who has championed the School of Business’s effort to cultivate relationships and expand food industry-specific course offerings for students.

The Food Marketing Summit will be held on March 30 in the Lecture Center, Room 100, with registration beginning at 9:00 a.m. and panels running from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. The Summit is free for all students, though advance registration is required to attend. A $50 charge applies to non-students.

Please follow this link to register.

The Summit reflects the College’s rapidly growing profile in the world of food retail and management, and is made possible by a number of partnerships formed in recent months between the School of Business and industry leaders.

The featured presenters are all members of the recently formed New Paltz Food Industry Council, a partnership among local business leaders assisting New Paltz in the development of a food marketing track business students.

The event is also being cosponsored by the Hudson Valley Economic Development Council, which recently welcomed New Paltz as a new member of its Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Alliance.

“SUNY New Paltz is gaining a tremendous amount of credibility inside the food industry,” Zwanka said. “Events like the Summit are a vital part of our ongoing work to capitalize on that momentum, showcase our focus on food marketing education and ultimately help prepare our business and marketing students for rich and fulfilling careers.”

Other Food Marketing Summit sponsors include Hannaford, Shop Rite, the SUNY New Paltz chapter of the American Marketing Association and Triple Eight Marketing.

More information about the School of Business is available online.