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2014 ABA Convention: The Most Successful Since the Centennial Celebration

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With 450 total attendees and family members, including 47 new attendees, the 2014 ABA Convention boasted the highest turnout since the 100-Year Centennial Celebration in 1997, also held at the Phoenician. The Paul Abenante PEC Golf Tournament raised more than $25,000 and featured nearly 150 golfers for a great game out on the course. The American Bakers PAC Dinner, which featured Steve Forbes, put PAC on course to break yet another fundraising record.With the theme “Thinking Outside the Box to Shape the Future,” the Monday Business Sessions featured a dynamic lineup of speakers that addressed trends impacting consumer buying behavior and examined new sales outlets and opportunities for the baking industry.The Convention was also a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new connections at the multiple networking receptions and social events, including the first-ever “Gameapalooza,” the Sports Day networking lunch and tailgate party. The NCAA Basketball Tournament-themed Farewell Reception had one of the highest turnouts in years. Another new feature of the 2014’s Convention was the “Pay It Forward” event, where attendees made sandwiches for Arizona children in need.



Check out all the Meeting Highlights in the ABA Newsletter and Photo Gallery!

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Meeting Presentations and Videos

Sunday, March 17

Robb ROI Video screen capture ABA All Membership Meeting:
ABA Return on Investment Video – check out ABA's most recent activities and accomplishments on behalf of the baking industry.
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Policy slide snippit ABA All Membership Meeting:
ABA Policy Priorities Presentation
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ABA All Membership Meeting:
Global Food Systems
Dean John Floros, KSU College of Agriculture
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GFF Go with the Grains ABA All Membership Meeting:
Grain Foods Foundation Update
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Monday, March 17

Morning Business Session – "Funny Things Happened on the Way to Economic Recovery"
Todd Hale, SVP, Consumer & Shopper Insights of The Nielsen Company
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Furphy and Coupe Morning Business Session – "The Innovation Conversation: How to Survive the e-Revolution"
Tom Furphy, formerly with Wegmans and, founder and CEO of e-commerce venture firm Consumer Equity Partners & Kevin Coupe – "Content Guy" for and co-author of THE BIG PICTURE: Essential Business Lessons from the Movies
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Larkin, Peter-head shoulder 071510-med Morning Business Session – "Collaborating with Independent Grocers to Drive Growth"
Peter Larkin – President & CEO of the National Grocers Association
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