Registration for the inaugural baking industry event NEXUS is now open. The event is taking place 25-28 September 2023 in Dallas, Texas, and will be serving as a central place to meet with colleagues, bakers, suppliers and as an opportunity for professional development and internal team meetings.
Hosted by two baking industry associations – Baking Equipment Manufacturers and Allieds (BEMA) and American Bakers Association (ABA) – the four day event aims to feature something for everyone.
NEXUS is also designed to strengthen existing relationships between bakers and suppliers while creating new opportunities. Attendees can enhance their experience by attending Spark sessions, education sessions, ABA’s NextGenBaker Leadership Forum and by making use of the corporate meeting space.
“BEMA’s focus has always been on collaboration, relationship building, and the business of baking,” said Jim Warren, BEMA Chairman and Vice President, Exact Mixing Division at Reading Bakery Systems. “It should come as no surprise that an event developed along with our friends at ABA would have the same focus. NEXUS. Fresh, different, and unique. Now this is exciting.”
Spark sessions are team-to-team meetings where one baker will be paired with one supplier to review challenges, discuss solutions and identify opportunities for today and for the future. Prior to the event taking place, baking company teams will complete a questionnaire to outline the specific challenges they are facing and the opportunities they would like to explore.
“ABA is proud to join forces with BEMA to power an original and affordable event that caters to all team leaders within a bakery, not just the executive suite,” added Cordia Harrington, ABA chair and CEO of Crown Bakeries. “During the team-to-team Spark sessions, bakers will learn about concepts and plans proposed by supplier partners in direct response to specific challenges our companies submit to meeting organisers ahead of time. It’s planned to be a ‘one stop shop.’”
Education sessions will address timely and relevant topics in the baking industry today. Speakers and panels of experts will provide a detailed look at the topics of most interest to the industry including workforce, sanitation, automation and trends.
ABA’s NextGenBaker Leadership Forum at NEXUS will include curated programming for the baking industry’s rising leaders focused on the four pillars of professional development, public policy engagement, relationship building and industry trends education.
NextGenBaker Leadership Forum at NEXUS registrants will join ABA’s NextGenBaker Co-Chairs Liliana Economakis of Aspire Bakeries and Bradley Cain of Cain Food Industries as they lead this experience to cultivate leadership skills, build lifelong relationships with industry colleagues, and enrich attendee knowledge on a variety of critical business topics.
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