Diving for Buried Treasure
Expectations should run high for this Symposium – certainly mine are.
Most of us have our brains clenched, trying to help take our companies to the next level while navigating the treacherous waters of the global economy. And that’s a real “back to the future” moment for SOCAP.
Most of us weren’t around in 1973 when SOCAP was founded, and so it’s worth remembering that our organization was born into the financial rags and tatters of one of the worst economic downturns in a generation. Members weren’t suffering from bloated budgets, looking for outlets for unwanted money. Times were tough, and they were diving for buried treasure.
And they found it. Consistently. That’s why our organization’s still thriving today. So don your swim fins and oxygen tanks, and bring up a haul for your company!
John Cronce – Jockey
Kicking Off the SOCAP Symposium
Today is the official start of the conference, although I must admit that several of us did a great job ”unofficially” kicking it off last night. It is always fun to reconnect with SOCAP friends and colleagues.
I am looking forward to the Industry specific meetings on Monday and the reporting workshop on Wednesday. I have no doubt that these two sessions alone will enable me to go back to the office with an abundance of take-aways to apply to my team!
I hope everyone is ready for an exciting session – I know I am!
Lynn Reilly – Pinnacle Foods
"What SOCAP Means to Me"
At the 2008 SOCAP Annual Conference, I had an opportunity to sit down with Matt Sanders of Hyatt and ask him what SOCAP means to him.
Here’s an excerpt from that video:
Matt is blogging from the 2009 SOCAP Symposium.
Can't Wait for the SOCAP Symposium!
I can’t wait to get to Chicago for the conference and see all of the wonderful people in this organization.
This group always gives me what I need to recharge my batteries! You really can’t find a better group of people to exchange ideas and collaborate with. The more involved that I get with SOCAP and the relationships that I develop, the more that I recognize what a truly wonderul group that this is.
So many great opportunities to get involved for anyone who wants to. Also, all of the events are just plain fun!
I can’t wait to see everyone in Chicago and also can’t wait to see what new and exciting things I bring back with me to share with the others in my own company!
Matt Sanders – Hyatt
Looking Forward to the 2009 Symposium
I’m so excited that its time for another SOCAP gathering. I’ve been a member of this wonderful organization for about 2 years and this will be my fourth national conference. I look forward to this time every year because I get to reconnect with friends that I’ve made over the past few years and also meet new people.
I have never come back from a SOCAP conference without learning several new things that I’m so excited to take back to my team and implement. I always come back to Columbus feeling energized and ready to take on the world. I’m especially interested this year to be involved in bringing the conference alive through social media. Twittering and blogging is a great way to start conversations about the many topics that we’re going to hear about in the next few days, and I think it will help keep the conversations going long after we leave Chicago.
I’m looking forward to hearing the benchmarking study results and spending time with other food and beverage people. I’m also excited about the data reporting workshop on Wednesday. At Bob Evans, we’re currently revamping our reporting and I’m hoping to come away with some great new ideas to help me with the process.
Looking forward to connecting with everyone in Chicago. I’ll also be tweeting throughout the conference – I’d love for you to follow me (CRSarah_BE/) so we can continue the conversation!
Sarah Meenach – Bob Evans