Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Retailer and Supplier of the Year
TGCSA recognizes a Retailer and Supplier of the year on an annual basis. These winners are members of TGCSA and the award winners are selected based on the following criteria: store or supplier operation, association service, community service, leadership, and individual standards. Join us on Wednesday night as we celebrate the 2018 TGCSA Retailer and Supplier of the Year and the
impact they had have on our industry!
Keynote and opening breakfast speaker
Darrell Waltrip is a three time NASCAR Winston Cup Champion and a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He currently appears as a NASCAR commentator on FOX. Joining the Winston Cup circuit in 1972, he earned the nickname “Jaws” despite failing to win until his 50th start. With at least one victory a year from 1975 through 1989, “Ol’ DW” earned the respect of fans with back-to-back NASCAR Winston Cup Series Most Popular Driver Awards in 1989 and 1990.
Darrell is one of only seven drivers to win at least three Winston Cup series titles and the only five-time winner of the Coca-Cola 600. In 1998, he was named one of NASCAR’s 50 greatest drivers.
Darrell also enjoys talking about his faith and loves to inspire others! He has even spoken at Billy Graham events and Motor Racing Outreach functions.
FIGHTING ORGANIZED RETAIL CRIME
Glenn is one of the leading Organized Retail Crime experts in the nation! He is currently employed by the Kroger-Nashville and covers many crimes, scams, and frauds against Kroger. These include cargo theft, large theft rings, EBT fraud, RX fraud, check fraud and how it links to gang activity, and even terrorist groups. This is not simple shoplifting!
During this session, Glenn will have a professional shoplifter with him that has stolen over $100,000 worth of merchandise that will be accompanying him. Join us at the convention to learn how you can effectively fight organized retail crime!
Food Industry Issues: The D.C. Perspective
Greg Ferrara is the Senior Vice President of Government Relations & Public Affairs for the National Grocers Association based in Arlington, Virginia. He is NGA’s chief lobbyist, and is responsible for representing NGA and its members before members of Congress, Federal Agencies, and the Executive Branch on a wide-variety of issues. Come find out how what is happening in D.C. and how it is impacting you during this informative session!
TGCSA is once again partnering with Pick TN products during the EXPO!
Nearly 50 Pick TN products will be showcased this year in Chattanooga. These can be found in the Pick TN pavilion at the trade show.
Come join us for the show!
REGISTRATION DEADLINE & CANCELLATION POLICY: Last day of pre-registration is May 16, 2017.
After that date, registration will be processed at the convention registration desk. No refunds on cancellations made after May 16, 2017. Substitutions may be made.
Convention & Expo Accommodations
Join nearly 200 companies displaying their products and services to grocery and convenience store representatives from across the state of Tennessee and some neighboring states. Retail attendees will include large chain retailers as well as independent store owners. Take advantage of this opportunity to get in front of retailer decision makers, both on the EXPO floor and at the Retail Connection Station.
Business ConnectThe Business Connect Station will be located in the center of the Expo floor. This is your opportunity to meet one on one with retailers and/or distributors. All exhibitors have access to the Business Connect Station. Review retailer requirements and make your appointment online when registering for your trade show booth. Be sure to take advantage of the Business Connect opportunity when registering since companies such as Kroger, Publix, MAPCO, Bargain Barn, K-VA-T Food City, and Food Rite Stores will be participating.