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2012 State of the Industry Conference Presentations

Below are the presentations from the 2012 State of the Industry Conference held February 26-29 in Miami, Florida.

Presentations sponsored by Farley's & Sathers Candy Company: Farley's & Sathers Candy Company_ LOGO

Monday, February 27

The Confectionery Industry Today (Welcoming Remarks)
Larry Graham, President, National Confectioners Association

The State of the Confectionery Industry
Lee Linthicum, Head of Global Food Research, Euromonitor International

Economic Outlook
Walter Zimmermann, Vice President & Chief Technical Analyst, United - ICAP

The Consumer Landscape in the Changing Economy
Michael Sansolo, President, Sansolo Solutions, LLC

The Convenience Channel Response to Tomorrow's Consumer
Tom Robinson, President, Robinson Oil Corporation; Chairman, NACS

Delivering World-Class Customer Service
Dennis Snow, Snow & Associates, Inc. (Former Executive, Walt Disney World Company)

Tuesday, February 28

Neat Sweets: Bringing Attention to the Fun of Candy
Adam Gertler, Cook, Entertainer, Television, Host: Kid in a Candy Store 

Building a World Class Brand
Adrienne Weiss, Founder and CEO, Adrienne Weiss Corporation

What the Zero Moment of Truth Means for Marketers
Jim Lecinski, Vice President of U.S. Sales and Chief ZMOT Evangelist, Google, Inc.

The Story of Chocolate: The Future of Chocolate
Hans Vriens, Chief Innovation Officer, Barry Callebaut AG

The Story of Chocolate: Origins & Evolutions of Chocolate
Gary Guittard, President and Chairman, Guittard Chocolate Company

The Story of Chocolate: The American Heritage of Chocolate
Rodney Snyder, Chocolate History Research Director, Mars Chocolate North America

The Story of Chocolate: For the Love of Chocolate
Jacques Torres, Chef, Founder, and CEO, Jacques Torres Chocolates
Hasty Torres, Owner, Madame Chocolat

Wednesday, February 29

The Few, the Proud, the Rough, Tough and Ready: How can candy support today's expeditionary soldiers?
Colonel Daniel J. Lecce, Base Commanding Officer, United States Marine Corps

Creating a Culture of Innovation & Customer Obsession
Jeremy Gutsche, Founder and CEO,