8:30 AM - 8:45 AMBreakfast, Welcome & Annual Meetings
General Mills cereals, Yoplait yogurt, Pillsbury baked goods, Nature Valley snacks, paired with fruit. Coffee, tea and refreshments.
Sponsor: General Mills
MORNING JOINT SESSION
8:45 AM - 9:45 AMConversations with the Commissioners
What can you expect in 2023 and beyond? Maine's top government leaders will speak to the pressing issues impacting business in our state. Learn how your voice has and can continue to make a difference in modifying policy.
Commissioner at Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Commissioner at Maine Department of Labor
Commissioner at Maine Department of Economic and Community Development
Commissioner at Maine Department of Environmental Protection
9:50 AM - 10:50 AMArtificial Intelligence (AI): Friend or Foe? Welcome to the future!
AI chatbots are helping people write everything from websites to job descriptions. Learn how this tool can make your marketing more efficient and enhance your customer experience.
We'll take a deeper dive into how AI can help your brand stay cutting edge with success stories and helpful tips on implementation.
Head of Technology & Innovation at The VIA Agency
10:50 AM - 11:00 AMMorning Break
11:05 AM - 11:55 AMKevin Hancock "Lessons on Leadership"
Kevin Hancock shares his successes in shared leadership at his company, Hancock Lumber.
Chairman at Hancock Lumber Company
11:55 AM - 1:05 PMLunch & Annual Awards
Gourmet sandwiches, delicious side dishes, sweets and refreshments. Formal presentation of RAM's Retailer of the Year and Jim McGregor Awards and MGFPA's Impact Award.
Afternoon Breakout Session: A
1:10 PM - 2:00 PMIt's Easy Being Green: Maine's Energy Landscape
Are you contemplating making solar or EV charging station investments? Hear from some of New England’s pioneering energy experts.
Determine which clean energy technologies will best meet your goals. Understand the costs and barriers of these new energy systems and how to strategize for future customer experience.
Co-Founder of Ratio Institute
Co-Founder of ReVision Energy
Director of Retail, Fueling & Convenience at ChargePoint
Afternoon Breakout Session: B
1:10 PM - 2:00 PMManaging Data: Privacy Best Practices
Take home some simple, effective tips and tools you can use right away in your small business to help protect the privacy of your customers, build customer loyalty, and maintain regulatory privacy compliance.
IT, Cybersecurity, Custom Business Solutions Architect and Development Visionary at L.L. Bean
Christiana (Christy) van Voorhees
Senior Associate Counsel at L.L.Bean
AFTERNOON JOINT SESSION
2:15 PM - 3:15 PMOwn Your Attention, Don't Rent It Out
According to Dr. Donald E. Wetmore of the Productivity Institute, did you know that in the last 20 years, working time has increased by 15% and leisure time has decreased by 33%?
We all complain we don’t have time. Time for what? What we really are talking about is “attention” management so that we have the time to do what we want.
Thomas Dowd Professional Development and Coaching, LLC
3:15 PM - 3:25 PMFinal Thoughts & Departure
Wrap Up, Collect & Pay for Auction Items!
Join us on Tuesday, April 25th for delicious hors d'oeuvres and refreshments while networking with your colleagues! Planning to attend? Please reserve your ticket! Reception details coming soon!
For MGFPA and RAM Members. Enjoy a full day of learning and networking with Maine's experts and leaders.
Bringing more than 1 attendee? Be sure to use the discounted Additional Guest-Registration section. Only $80 for each additional attendee from the same company.
Member - Additional Guest
For members who have purchased at least 1 full-price ticket, this option allows you to purchase additional tickets for your company attendees at a discounted price.
Future Members of RAM or MGFPA!
Enjoy a full day of learning and networking with Maine's experts and leaders.
Join us on Tuesday, April 25th at Bayside Bowl for our exclusive Summit reception.
Don't miss this exciting, casual night out with your peers. Family members welcomed. Plus — we're ordering up some delicious, artisan pizzas paired with a cash bar. We've secured the 'Lane Side' space for us all to gather and easily access the bowling. It's a guaranteed night of fun! Complimentary admission included in Conference Registration.
58 Alder Street
Portland, Maine 04101
Sponsors and Partners
We're pleased to host the 2023 Summit at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland.
Address: 88 Spring St, Portland, ME 04101
Phone: (207) 775-2311
Reservations are encouraged. Current room pricing is available online at: www.innbythebay.com or by calling the hotel directly.