September 24th, 2015

SPEAKERS

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Bob Pearson

Keynote Speaker
President W2O Group


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One of the pioneers of social media marketing, Bob Pearson is globally recognized as a marketing visionary who is driving “pragmatic disruption” in the new world of what is now called “Social Commerce.”

Bob is President of W2O Group, an independent network of digital communications and marketing companies known for their creation of algorithms and custom software that evolves current models and creates unique advantage for their clients. The firm has been named digital agency of the year for three of the last four years by The Holmes Report.

Prior to W2O Group, Bob worked as VP of Communities and Conversations at Dell to develop the Fortune 500’s first global social media function — an industry-leading approach to the use of social media, as highlighted in the best seller, GroundSwell.

Jessica Agneessens

Change Agent
Whole Foods Market


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Fifteen years ago, Jessica Agneessens walked into a Whole Foods Market in Madison, Wisconsin, hoping for a job that would give her a discount on groceries while she finished her undergraduate degree. What she found was a rewarding new career path instead.

From cashier to financial trainer to marketer and cultural warrior, Jessica has since held a variety of positions at Whole Foods, carrying out each one with a fiery spirit and a love of the company’s mission. Now, her passion, organizational acuteness and downright scrappiness has landed her at the helm of Whole Foods Market’s Training Organization. As creator of the company’s training material for leaders, she helps prepare leaders, both inside and outside of Whole Foods Market, to lead by creating a culture of meaning and purpose.

Mike Schall

Founder and Managing Director
Schall Consulting Group, Inc.


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Mike Schall has over thirty years of food industry leadership as a board member, CEO and operating executive. Knowledge and experience spans branding, marketing, manufacturing, product development and M & A advisory. He has a passion for healthy food and a quality of life deeply grounded in the belief that humility and gratitude fuel people’s desire to excel. He is on the Board of Directors of Passport Food Group, Strategic Alliance

Advisory Board for David Michael Flavors and on the Advisory Board, Universal Pasteurization (Graham Partners Family Office).

Mike is the Executive Vice President, Board Member, Fresh Food Concepts and President, Sales and Marketing, Board Member, Townsend’s Inc.

Devon Broglie

Master Sommelier
Whole Foods Market


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Devon Broglie enjoys a distinguished career at Whole Foods Market serving as the Associate Global Beverage Buyer for the past ten years. Devon is a member of The Court of Master Sommeliers and one of only 229 professionals worldwide (one of only 124 in North America) to have received the title of Master Sommelier since the first Master Sommelier Diploma Exam over 46 years ago.

Devon embodies the Whole Foods Market Core Values by creating a superior environment for customers, Team Members and supplier partners with his vast knowledge of wine and beverage quality with a quiet confidence and gracious approach to vendor and supplier partners. His goal is to delight the Whole Foods customer with a superlative in-store hospitality and after-purchase experience.

George Eckrich

Cereal Entrepreneur


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George Eckrich has been introduced as a serial entrepreneur, but really prefers to be referred to as a Cereal Entrepreneur, based on a lifetime body of work has involved grains and seeds.

George was trained in Germany as an artisan baker and also worked at CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Center) in Chapingo, Mexico where he acquired a working knowledge of wheat and corn science and met many a dedicated plant breeder. In 1981 George started a partnership with Whole Foods Market and built, staffed and operated in-store bakeries in the Whole Foods beginning with Store #2. The bakeries were acquired by Whole Foods Market and George became a Whole Foods team member in 1996. After leaving Whole Foods in 2000 George founded Dr. Kracker, an artisan cracker bakery based in Dallas, TX and remains active in all aspects of the business today.

In 2010, George was inducted into the Whole Foods Market Hall of Fame (currently 16 members from among over 90,000 Team Members) for his extraordinary contributions.