Retail Speed Dating on December 9
BevNET Live Winter 2020 will feature Retail Speed Dating on Wednesday, December 9th from 4:00pm ET to 6:00pm ET. This round will match up retailers and brokers with brands who are looking to get on shelves and expand their footprint.
Brand Applications are closed for Retail Speed Dating Winter 2020
VP of Innovation and Brand Development, Presence Marketing
As Vice-President of Innovation and Brand Development, Tracy Miedema leads business development and investing at Presence Marketing, the nation’s top brokerage agency for the natural products trade. She also heads up Presence’s burgeoning portfolio of cannabis-hemp food, beverage and supplement companies and currently sits on the US Hemp Roundtable Board of Directors. Additionally, she is an operating partner in BIGR Ventures. From start-ups to Fortune 50 food & beverage, she works closely with brands to optimize their growth, profitability, and positive impact on people and the planet. During her 20-year career in natural products, Tracy has also worked for Earthbound Farm/ WhiteWave and for General Mills’ organic brands. In the service arena, Tracy leads graduate student projects at the Darden School of Business at University of Virginia and served for 5 years on the US Federal regulatory advisory committee for organic, the USDA National Organic Standards Board, including Chair of the Board. She lives with her family in rural Oregon where she makes craft wine and hunts for mushrooms.
Buyer - Sundries, Costco
Account Executive, Amazon Marketplace
Thomas supports the Amazon’s Recruitment and Development Division in the Consumables Grocery and Gourmet category. Thomas primarily focuses on recruiting new and emerging brands to the Amazon Marketplace within the Emerging Brands program. If accepted into the program, sellers are offered free account guidance and management for a calendar year including optimization coaching for listings, shipping plans, advertising and troubleshooting. This opportunity also includes exclusive marketing and advertising support. The ideal candidate will have existing interest to launch on Amazon, understand the bandwidth necessary to manage Seller Central, and have the ability to ship products to FBA for Prime or handle shipping logistics.
Director of Business Ventures, Albertsons
Karen Ivanis-Rogers is the Director of Business Ventures at Albertsons. In her over 20-year career in CPG, Karen has held roles with Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, Clorox and Del Monte. She has been on the retailer side two years in her current role with Albertsons working with emerging food and beverage brands. She’s intrigued by the pace and diversity of innovation in beverage but admits to Diet Dr Pepper as a guilty pleasure. Karen graduated from Gonzaga University and received an MBA from UC Irvine. She lives in the Oakland Hills.
Vice-President, Business Ventures, Albertsons
Director - Product Strategy & Merchandising, Foxtrot Ventures
Account Executive II, Amazon Private Label
CEO and Founder, Union Kitchen
As CEO and Founder of Union Kitchen, Cullen Gilchrist has partnered with food businesses of all sizes to grow and accelerate their success. Cullen and his team work with exceptional food businesses to connect entrepreneurs with the resources, capital, and networks that they need to establish sustainable success. Cullen oversees the operations and management of Union Kitchen’s accelerator program as well as Union Kitchen’s commercial kitchen, distribution company, and grocery stores.
VP Global Partnerships – Midwest, AEG Presents
A key leader on the AEG Presents Global Partnership team since 2002, Thomas oversees brand partnerships and business development for many key AEG Presents music properties, festivals and concert touring within the Midwest region. Thomas has developed unique brand partnerships for AEG properties including Coachella, Stagecoach, Rock on the Range, Firefly, Hangout, Electric Forest, Buckeye Country Superfest, MoPOP, Rocklahoma, the Arvest Bank Theatre, Verizon Theatre, Sprint Center and many other high-profile AEG properties. Thomas has worked with many beverage brands such as Brown-Forman, Heaven Hill, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Constellation, Pernod-Ricard, Monster Energy, Red Bull, Dr Pepper, to develop integrated marketing programs that have delivered key benefits such as sampling, distribution, and key marketing assets that were used at retail. He played a key role in the development of the “Project Pabst” music festivals in Atlanta, Denver, and Philadelphia with the Pabst national brand team.
Director, Marketing/Global Partnerships, AEG Presents
As Director of Marketing on the Global Partnerships team with AEG Presents, I’ve had the unique opportunity to work on brand partnerships across platforms grounded in our music properties including within the food & beverage sectors. Whether music festival experiential + sampling partnerships or venue tasting opportunities, I’ve worked on exciting and unique marketing programs for a variety of QSR, NAB, beer + spirit brands.