Each year, more than 600 confectionery leaders and key retailers from all channels attend NCA’s State of the Industry Conference, the industry’s premier learning and networking event. Attendees will gain valuable insights and ideas to apply to their business, all while networking with industry peers.
This conference is the place where leaders in both the confectionery and retail industries come together to refine business strategies and gain a deeper understanding of issues impacting our industry. Attending this conference allows you an opportunity to learn from leading experts, network among your industry peers, and take home the know-how to put these insights into action.
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During your stay at the conference, here’s a list of where to eat, play and relax.
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State of the Industry Conference (February 28-March 2, 2016)
Trump Doral / Miami, FL
Collaboration for Growth
Saturday, February 27
6:30 p.m.Â âÂ Strategic Advisory Council Dinner
Sunday, February 28
8:30 â 11:45 a.m. â Strategic Advisory Council Meeting –Â Babe Zaharias Boardroom (Lobby Level)
12:00 âÂ 5 p.m. â Board of Trustees Meeting –Â Crystal Ballroom (Upper Level)
5 â 6 p.m. âÂ Young Professionals Network (YPN) Mentor PanelÂ –Â Living Room Lounge (Lobby Level)
6 â 7:30 p.m. â Welcome Reception –Â Crystal Terrace (Upper Level)
Monday, February 29
6:30 a.m. âÂ Wellness Run/Walk –Â Jogging Trail (meet in hotel main lobby)
7:30 â 8:20 a.m.Â âÂ Supplier Members MeetingÂ –Â Majestic Ballroom (Upper Level)
7:30 â 8:20 a.m.Â âÂ Broker Advisory Committee Meeting –Â Juniper (Bobby Jones Villa)
7:30 â 8:20 a.m.Â âÂ Food Safety Executive Overview –Â Lantana (Bobby Jones Villa)
7:30 â 8:30 a.m.Â âÂ Breakfast –Â Grand Patio
8:30 â 11:15 a.m. âÂ Morning Business Session –Â Donald J. Trump Ballroom
11:15 a.m. â 12 p.m. â Networking Break –Â North Foyer
12 â 1:30 p.m. âÂ Lunch Session & Confectionery Leadership AwardsÂ –Â Donald J. Trump Ballroom
1:30 â 2:15 p.m. â Networking Dessert –Â Grand Patio
2:15 â 3 p.m. âÂ Afternoon Business Session –Â Donald J. Trump Ballroom
3:15 â 5:30 p.m. â Chocolate Council Meeting –Â Juniper (Bobby Jones Villa)
3:30 â 5 p.m. â YPN Meet-Up –Â Royal Palm Pool
3:30 â 5:30 p.m. â NCA Spa Networking Event –Â The Trump Spa
3:30 â 5:30 p.m. â NCA Round Robin Tennis Event –Â Tennis Courts
6 â 7:30 p.m. â Reception –Â Royal Palm Pool
7 p.m. â VIP Executive Leadership Dinner in support of NCAâs CandyPAC –Â Villa Azur
This exclusive event will be open to PAC contributors at the silver level ($1,500) and higher, and will be joined by several retail customer executives attending the conference. Space is limited. For more information, please contact John Downs.
Tuesday, March 1
7:30 â 8:30 a.m.Â âÂ NCA Annual Member MeetingÂ (members only; breakfast served) –Â Donald J. Trump Ballroom
7:30 â 8:30 a.m. â Retail Forum (retailers only; breakfast served) –Â Majestic Ballroom (Upper Level)
8:30 â 11:15 a.m. âÂ Morning Business SessionÂ –Â Donald J. Trump Ballroom
11:15 a.m. â 12 p.m. â Networking Break –Â North Foyer
12 â 1:15 p.m. âÂ Lunch Session & NCAâs Supplier Member of the Year AwardÂ –Â Donald J. Trump Ballroom
1:15 â 2 p.m. â Networking Dessert –Â Grand Patio
2:30 â 5:30 p.m. â NCA Golf Networking Event –Â Golden Palm Golf Course
3 â 5 p.m. â Confectionery Foundation Board Meeting –Â Latana (Bobby Jones Villa)
3:30 â 4:30 p.m.Â â Women’s Leadership Group –Â Juniper (Bobby Jones Villa)
Nancy Krawczyk, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Partnerships, NEW
6:30 p.m. â Reception & Dinner Party –Â Crystal Ballroom (Upper Level)
Wednesday, March 2
8:30 âÂ 10 a.m. Â âÂ Closing Breakfast Session & NCAâs Advocate of the Year AwardÂ –Â Donald J. Trump Ballroom
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A block of rooms has been reserved atÂ Trump National DoralÂ atÂ the special rate of $319 plus tax, and the $20 daily resort fee. Call for reservationsÂ 1.855.878.6700Â (toll free) or 305.592.2000 (hotel direct) and mention National Confectioners Association 2016 to receive the discounted rate. Reservations can also be madeÂ online.Â The cutoff date is Sunday, February, 7, 2016. Reservations must be cancelled by 5 days prior to 4PM local time day of arrival. Cancellations made within the cancellation period will be assessed a charge of one night plus applicable taxes. A valid credit card is required at time of reservation to guarantee the room.
Trump National Doral is sold out on Tuesday, March 1st.
If you need to cancel your room at the Trump National Doral for any reason, please contact Christine Purcell beforehand.
If you have any questions, please contactÂ Christine PurcellÂ directly.
An additional block of rooms has been reserved at theÂ Provident DoralÂ (an all-suite resort adjacent to the golf courses at the Trump National Doral). Rooms are available at the special nightly rate of $299 (blue king suite) or $349 (deluxe bedroom king suite) plus tax. 3 bedroom villas are available for $549/night. Please contact Christine Purcell for reservations. The hotel is located at 5300 NW 87 Avenue Miami, FL 33178. Reservations must cancelled at least 72 hours prior to arrival By 4PM local time day of arrival. First night room and tax charged at time of booking.
A dedicated shuttle will run between the Trump National Doral and the Provident Doral at numerous times during the day according to our event schedule with the cost included in your room rate.
A third block of rooms has been reserved at theÂ Courtyard Miami Airport West/DoralÂ (a Marriott property) at the special rate of $219 plus tax. Rooms can only be booked through Christine Purcell (email or call 703-282-9982).Â The cutoff date was Sunday, February 1,Â 2016, but rooms may still be available. A credit card is required to guarantee the room. Rooms can be canceled up to 24 hours prior to arrival date without penalty.Â The Courtyard Miami Airport West/Doral is located at 3929 NW 79thÂ Ave, Miami, FL 33166 (approximately 1.1 miles from the Trump Doral).
AirfareÂ discounts are also available for conference attendees. Use the following codes to receive your discount while booking your flights:
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