Last updated on March 14th, 2016 at 11:19 am
Jerry Weiner, recently retired veteran foodservice expert from Rutter’s, will be the keynote speaker at the first New England Convenience Store & Energy Marketers Association (NECSEMA) convention, set to begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Weiner will share his experiences from more than 40 years in the foodservice business; he will discus how to create a successful foodservice program, lessons learned from trials, errors and challenges, and convenience foodservice opportunities in 2016 and beyond.
Weiner owned and operated two deli restaurants and spent more than 16 years in direct operations for both the c-store and restaurant industries. He has worked for many national chains, including Rutter’s Farm Stores, Mapco, Crown Central Petroleum, National Convenience Stores and 7-Eleven. He also spent four years with Marriott as a director of food and beverage.
Following Weiner’s talk, all NECSEMA operators and marketers are invited to discuss underground storage regulations from 10 a.m.-noon with officials from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and others.
The trade show runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
According to Lisa Lawinger Brown, NECSEMA director of marketing and membership, “NECSEMA’s trade show is a buying event for retailers in the convenience store and fuel industry. This is a free event for retailers, members and non-members alike, which gives you an opportunity to introduce and sell your products or services to key convenience store owners, energy marketers and operators.”
On Tuesday, March 15, the day before the trade show, NECSEMA will host “Top To Top” private meetings between retailers and participating vendors to review new programs, products and services.
NECSEMA’s Top Store Operator for 2015 will be honored at the awards dinner, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the DCU Center.