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RAM and MGFPA Release Speakers, Sessions For Summit April 26-27


The Retail Association of Maine and the Maine Grocers and Food Producers Association have announced the line up of speakers and sessions to be held at the Summit 2022 reception and conference April 26-27 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in South Portland, Maine. 

“We are very excited to engage in an in-person event once again. We’ve put together a stellar line-up of speakers with up-to-date and relevant content for Maine businesses,” said Curtis Picard, president and CEO of the Retail Association of Maine. “MGFPA and RAM welcome members and industry peers back with open arms to our first in-person Summit in two-years.”

The Summit 2022 brings Maine’s business community and industry partners together for informative sessions, speakers, exhibits, Maine flavor and fun. The conference kicks off April 26 with a reception at the Jordan’s Furniture Ropes Course with BMI recording artist, Alex Rohan.

The full-day session starts April 27 with a panel on leadership featuring Steve Smith, president and CEO of LL Bean; Dajuan Eubanks, CEO of Maine Celtics; and Luke Holden, CEO and founder of Luke’s Lobster. The sessions will be moderated by Quincy Hentzel, president and CEO at Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce.  

RAM and MGFPA have also announced that the keynote speaker at the conference will be Eliot Tatelman, president and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture. Tatelman changed the shopping experience with big entertainment and has made giving back to the community an integral part of his branding strategy.

Other Summit 2022 sessions include: loss prevention strategies to stay ahead of today’s new methods of theft; employee stock ownership plans — a growing trend in succession planning; Maine summer tourism and economic outlook and what to expect post-pandemic; and changes in labor laws and how to stay in compliance. The event closes with a panel discussion featuring DoorDash discussing how online ordering and home delivery has transformed the retail landscape for everyone including grocers, food producers and retail shops.

Christine Cummings, executive director of the Maine Grocers and Food Producers Association, said “the annual co-hosted event offers Maine’s business community the opportunity to unite with their peers and make the connections that are necessary for continued success. It’s an honor to bring everyone together and watch conversations ignite across the industries.”

For full-agenda details and to register for tickets, visit bit.ly/3IOWx1C/.

The Retail Association of Maine is a statewide, non-profit trade association representing more than 350 businesses in the state, from large chains to small independent retailers. Incorporated in 1937, the Retail Association of Maine serves as the voice of retailers in Maine and concentrates on preserving the state’s strong retail climate.

For more information, visit retailmaine.org.

The Maine Grocers and Food Producers Association is a business trade association representing Main street businesses: independently owned and operated grocery stores, supermarkets, food and beverage producers and processors, wholesalers and distributors and allied service companies.

For more information, visit mgfpa.org.

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