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2017 NACUFS National Conference

Nashville, TN

Jul 12 - Jul 15, 2017

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On behalf of the NACUFS 2017 National Conference Task Force and the Southern Region, I am excited to welcome ya'll to Nashville, where we will “Band Together” for four exciting days of Education, Food, and Networking. The conference task force has planned an exciting and motivating conference and over the last year, has worked extremely hard to provide you with exceptional educational sessions, some fascinating southern cuisine, and endless neworking opportunities with peers and friends.

The Music City is the perfect back-drop and site for our 2017 conference and it will provide you with ample opportunities for Banding Together throughout the week. Educational programing will include three dynamic speakers: Steve Donahue, author and storyteller, “theme weaving” us through the week; Chef Sean Brock, a James Beard-Best Southeast Award winning chef and author, who will share his experience on southern food history and his food philosophy; and finally, Banding People Together with “chords of collaboration,” where rockstars, behaviorist, and strategists will present an interactive conversation on how to come together and work in harmony for better outcomes.

I highly encourage you to meet and interact with our industry partners at Showcase. This year's showcase provides a record setting 444 booths, where we will have the opportunity to learn more and sample the latest product development ideas. Sponsorship response has, once again, been truly fantastic and over the top. I am truly thankful for our sponsors' generous support. Our conference would not be possible without their participation.

The Omni Nashville Hotel and the Music City Center are ready to provide us with “one-of-a-kind experiences”, both newly constructed spaces created specifically to be an authentic expression of the city's vibrant and always evolving music scene.
The Omni Nashville Hotel is within walking distance of Nashville's famous Honky Tonks on Broadway, The Ryman
Auditorium, also referred to as the “Mother Church of Country Music”, and an endless array of dining hot-spots, shopping,
and entertainment venues.

This conference has truly been designed with you in mind, and as we Band Together throughout this week, we invite you to take advantage of the many opportunities to share your chords of success and grow from the ideas of your fellow peers. As we conclude on Saturday for our final event, don your boots and jeans and join us at the World Famous Wildhorse Saloon for an evening of music, dancing, and some Southern smokehouse cuisine.

Let's recognize and applaud our ONE NACUFS and be proud of who we are as foodservice
professionals. Thank you for joining us in Nashville!

Kirk Rodriguez
NACUFS National Conference Chair
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