Foodbuy Partner Summit 2018

Asheville, NC

The Omni Grove Park Inn


When we imagine together, the vision becomes clear


We’re excited to return to the spectacular Omni Grove Park Inn for the 2018 Foodbuy Partner Summit in Asheville, NC. We know you’ll enjoy the world-class amenities and magnificent setting of this premier resort. Prepare for more than you could imagine during two days of visionary presentations combined with networking opportunities and leisurely fun.


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On day one, our Imagine event begins with a grazing lunch at 11:30 a.m. in the Blue Ridge Dining Room. Feed your imagination surrounded by breathtaking mountain vistas while networking with other delegates. Our custom menu will feature chef-inspired favorites with a twist on traditional fare.

From lunch, we'll move to the Grand Ballroom where Foodbuy’s CEO, Dennis Hogan will open the Summit by asking you to visualize our path together with a session themed, “Explore Your Imagination.” Compass Group CEO Gary Green along with Compass Group CFO Adrian Meredith, will help to ignite that path with a presentation titled, “When We Imagine Together.”

During the general session on day one, you’ll also hear from other Compass Group Officers and leaders. The session will wrap up with an insightful keynote address on the future of our industry that will inspire you to stretch your imagination beyond bounds.

At 5:30 p.m. we’ll relax and rewire with pre-dinner cocktails in the Heritage Ballroom, coupled with our Imagine Lab designed for suppliers and members to engage in one-on-one conversations around the growth of our partnerships. A sunset dinner will be hosted at 7:30 p.m. in The Pavilion, where a visually arresting dining experience will come to life.


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On the second day of the Summit, a full breakfast will be served on the Sunset Terrace and Mountain View Terrace beginning at 7:30 a.m. We ask that our guests join us back in the Grand Ballroom at 9:00 am for the start of the general session, where Dennis Hogan will set our “Sights on the Future,” and Foodbuy President Russell Procopio will bring “The Vision in Focus” with a Member Customer update.

Day two's session will continue with an inspiring message from culinarian and humanitarian Jose Andres, who was recently honored during the Oscars for his selfless work in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. An illuminating chronicle on the future of successful leadership will be presented by Dave McKeown, CEO of Outfield Leadership titled "Re-Imagine the Art of Leadership.”

On day two, Canadian delegates will have a separate General Session marked by an organizational overview and sector specific breakouts. 

Following the general session, Partner Summit attendees will embark on their chosen excursion where lunch will be served. This year, in addition to our popular golf and spa activities, we’ve added numerous options including a Chimney Rock Hike & Lake Lure Pontoon Tour, an Art Safari, La Zoom Tour and more. 

In the evening, close your eyes and imagine an incredible experience. Then, get ready for an evening to remember highlighted by delectable fare, fellowship and star entertainment. 


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From 6:30 – 10:30 a.m., enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the Blue Ridge Dining Room before departing.