Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 8:30 AM CST
Friday, January 25, 2019 at 12:45 PM CST

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Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel 
201 Broadway
Normal, IL 61761

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 Hotel rooms are available at the ILSNA rate of $129 per night. 

For reservations call 309-862-9000.  Be sure to mention you are with Illinois School Nutrition Association Conference for the discounted rate.  Rooms are limited.  Deadline for reservations is December 28, 2018.

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Kristen Ball 
Illinois School Nutrition Association 

Illinois School Nutrition Association Winter Conference 

With the spirit of partnership at the heart of our conference, our goal is to deliver a event that brings School Nutrition Professionals and Industry together to gain better insights into each other's roles. Attendees can expect roundtable discussions on new products, services & best practices, engaging team building activities & breakout sessions. 

Day 1
8:30 – 9:15 am                  Coffee and Registration

9:15- 9:45 am                    Welcome Remarks and IAB Introduction
9:45 am – 11am                Opening Speaker - Kevin Wilson - Using Social Media to Build Your
                                                                                                                                 Brand Story

                              Join Kevin as he takes you through a high-paced, creative presentation on
                                          building a brand story for your foodservice program and learn how to
                                          communicate this in a cohesive way online through social channels. We
                                          will walk through a step-by-step process on creating a brand story specific
                                          to each district’s own operational goals and objectives. Each school
                                         district and industry member will learn the importance of creating a
                                         marketable brand that attracts students, parents, administration, and
                                         community members alike.

11:15 – 12:00 pm               Lunch
12:15 – 1:15 pm                3 Concurrent Breakout Sessions 
                               Understanding Tomorrow’s Tastemakers Today                                                                               
Why are you not using these produce items?  Reducing cost to serve while being innovative with produce

                                Kevin Wilson - Details to Come

1:30 – 2:30 pm                  3 Concurrent Breakout Sessions - repeat of previous sessions
2:45  - 4:25 pm                  Vendor Roundtables  - 1/2 of vendors
4:30 – 5:00 pm                  Vendor Appointments -attendees wanting further discussion time with                                                              vendors can set up appointments during their initial meetings)
5:00 – 6:00 pm                  Networking Reception
6:00 – 10:00 pm                Dinner & Entertainment

Day 2
7:00 – 8:00 am                  Buffet Breakfast
7:30 – 8:00 am                  Vendor Appointments- attendees wanting further discussion time with                                                                vendors can set up appointments during their initial meetings
8:15 – 9:15 am                  2 Concurrent Breakout Sessions 

                               How to Build the Optimal “Pit Crew” to Fuel Your Breakfast Program
ommodity Processing 

 9:30 – 11:10 am                Vendor Roundtables - other 1/2 of vendors

11: 15 am –                        Lunch
11:30 – 12:30 pm              Ending Keynote - David Grotto 

Nutrition Smackdown: How to Defend (and Promote) Your Great Food!

  Do operators and influencers know what whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy products and lean meats/meat alternates really bring to the table? Join nutrition expert David Grotto, MS, RDN as he reviews the USDA SBP and NSLP meal patterns and reveals nutrition factoids to help defend and promote your school nutrition program.

12:30 – 12:45 pm             Closing Remarks