2020 Industry Conference Attendee Registration


March 19, 2020
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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Eagle Eye Golf Club | 15500 Chandler Rd
Bath, MI 48808
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Registration Fee: $140 EARLY BIRD pricing, $150 after 2/21


8:00 – 9:00 am              Registration, Continental Breakfast and Exhibits

9:00 – 9:15 am              Welcome and Overview

Presenter(s): Mary Kurkowski, Port Huron Area SD and Scott Little, SNAM

 9:15 – 10:00 am           Grand Rapids Community College Culinary Program

Presenter(s): Werner Absenger, Phd, MS, Grand Rapids Community College

Where will future chefs and directors come from for School Food Operations? Hear from the Program Director from Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Learn how the program works to train and prepare students in the workforce to be successful in areas of food preparation and service. The Secchia Institute also works closely with Spectrum Health to educate healthcare professionals on the benefits of Culinary Medicine. Hear how this program may enhance your operation from resources to possible hires.  .75 CEU Hour

10:00 – 10:30 am         Networking and Exhibits

 10:30 – 11:00 am         Legislative Update

Presenter(s): Lori Adkins, Oakland Schools

The School Nutrition Association’s Legislative Action Conference just concluded in Washington D.C. where food service directors from across the country met with their respective representatives and senators. Hear the current updates on what’s being proposed for school nutrition programs across the country. .50 CEU Hour

 11:00 – 11:45 am         MDE Update

Presenter(s): Phil Chase & Diane Golzynski, MDE

Hear a review of recently proposed rules changes to key USDA child nutrition programs, along with updates on the movement against lunch shaming. We’ll also hear about the impact of meal debt and the implications for districts and families. Discover where MDE is from a staffing perspective and the progress being made on Michigan’s Top 10 in 10 vision. .75 CEU Hour

 11:45 am – 12:30 pm Lunch, Networking and Exhibits

 12:30 – 1:15 pm           Love It or List It?

Presenter(s): Beverly Williams, Stiefel Associates, Inc.

As much as you might want to “list” it and buy a new cafeteria, you’re probably most likely to consider some sort of upgrade. That sounds nice, but what can you really do to make a change with a limited budget? Learn how districts have upgraded their facilities to enhance the environment of their cafeterias and kitchens. Discover what to consider, including cost and effectiveness. See before and after pictures demonstrating how much of a difference even small changes can make. .75 CEU Hour

 1:15 – 1:45 pm              Leverage Your Commodities Entitlement

Presenter(s): Kevin Crampton, HPS & Chuck Wolford, Wayne RESA

Are you leaving money on the table when it comes to your commodities entitlement? Not maximizing this resource can really affect your program. Learn how to ensure you’re accessing and utilizing your commodities to the full extent. By addressing this issue, you can go a long way to making your program stronger financially. .50 CEU Hour

 1:45 – 2:15 pm              Networking and Exhibits

 2:15 – 3:15 pm              Elevate your menu

Presenter(s): Chef Monica Coulter, General Mills

Enjoy an enlightening presentation on how to be more innovative with your menus. Hear new ideas on standard practices and how you can begin to incorporate them into your program. 1.00 CEU Hour

 3:15 – 3:30 pm              Wrap Up

Presenter(s): Mary Kurkowski, Port Huron Area SD and Scott Little, SNAM


Fairfield Inn & Suites Lansing at Eastwood
3320 Preyde Boulevard
Lansing, MI 48912
Group Rate: $109.00
Reservations must be made by March 4, 2020 to guarantee the group rate.

Call 517.374.6500 and mention the SNAM Industry Conference or book online here and use the promo code SNAN to receive the discounted rate.

Reservations must be made with a valid major credit card. If you provide a debit card for the reservation, a monetary hold will be placed on funds in your bank account. If reservations are to be paid for with a credit card, you will not have at check in please contact the hotel directly for a credit card authorization form.


$150.00 Member Registration fee: Includes breakfast, lunch and materials
$140.00 Earlybird rate before February 21