BEMA at BakingTECH 2020

Join BEMA in Chicago for an amazing BakingTECH 2020!

Join us for three days of connection, collaboration, and education as we evolve BEMA Summit to become integrated with BakingTECH 2020.

Click any day below to see BEMA activities at the event.

BEMA@BakingTECH 2020 Agenda

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Sunday, March 1, 2020

11:30am           BEMA’s Baker Luncheon

Come together with industry colleagues for an interactive lunch-and-learn experience to kick-off your time at BakingTECH.  BEMA has invited bakers and suppliers from the Baking Industry Forum to share a meal, as well as their expertise.  You’ll be able to ask questions, gain knowledge and maybe even debate a hot topic. It’s not too late, you can buy your ticket at registration!

Luncheon Sponsorship Opportunity

BEMA’s Baker Luncheon Table Sponsorship
Sponsor receives:

  • 2 Premium reserved seats at luncheon – value $75 each  - at a table with baker of your choice.
    *Baker choice is on first come first served basis and will be chosen in advance
  • Company branding on table
  • Signage on screen at event
  • Logo In BEMA E-News and social posts promoting event
  • Logo on BEMA website

Cost $750.00
10 available

12:30pm         BEMA General Membership Meeting


1:00pm           BEMA Committee Meetings

Get involved in the business of BEMA by participating in one of our three committees!  Each committee has unique working projects that are aligned with BEMA’s strategic plan.  The three committee options are:

Association Engagement & Outreach

Build strong collaborations with associations; Grow opportunities to give exposure to BEMA members; Investigate most effective means to increase association access, influence and reach.

Chairmen: Mike Day, Clay Miller, Mark Podl

Staff Liaison: Kerwin Brown

Membership Value & Engagement

Be the voice of our members to the Board of Directors; Develop strategies for membership recruitment and retention; Engage non-active members to participate; Grow value and resources for membership.

Chairmen: Patrice Painchaud, Mike Pierce, Jason Ward

Staff Liaison: Kelly Allen

Conventions & Programs

Develop the program of speakers for Convention and other BEMA events based on direction developed with the chairman of the board.

Chairmen: Jim Warren, Jay Hardy, Eric Riggle

Staff Liaison: Emily Bowers


5:00pm            BEMA-sponsored Welcome Reception

Monday, March 2, 2020: BEMA-U Sessions by Retensa Retention

Monday, March 2, 2020:

BEMA-U Sessions by Retensa Retention

Communicating for Results: Ingredients to Connect & Collaborate

From the traditional face-to-face conversations and paper memos to video conferencing and Twitter feeds, we may not think sharing information could be difficult in today’s age. However, misunderstandings and breakdowns occur with every kind of medium we use to communicate. Today’s technological advances (or some would say…“advances?!”) enable us to communicate with a wider range of people, across previously divided boundaries and borders. However, all of these newly connected recipients have different filters and lenses that shape their interpretation.

Attendees will learn:

1. A toolkit of active listening tactics to enable improved relationships with team members

2. Awareness of different communication styles, leading to effective communication across organization levels

3. How to identify gaps and possible breakdowns in team communication, and to ensure team members feel listened to and understood.


A Recipe for Commitment: Unlocking Staff Loyalty and Performance

Almost half the workforce is not engaged by the work they do on a daily basis. Fewer than 1 in 3 employees are fully engaged at work, and 26% are actually disengaged. Showing up is only half the battle; compliance is not commitment. Organizations with a workforce that merely “punches the clock” do not get maximum returns on their financial or time investments in their staff. By recognizing what uniquely motivates the individuals in you organization, a manager can foster an atmosphere where employees perform because they want to work for the benefit of the company – not because they have to.

Can you recognize who is engaged and committed in your organization?

Can you tell who is not?

And what do you do with each?

Attendees will learn:

1. How to identify employees with “one foot out the door”

2. What motivates high performers from the rest of the pack

3. Techniques to increase engagement and drive productivity


Retaining Your Skilled Workforce: Predicting Who Will Quit

This year marks unemployment hitting a 50 year record low, and voluntary turnover is reaching record highs across most industries. More often, it is not the low performing staff that quits, it is the top talent. Finding skilled labor like those in the manufacturing industry isn’t becoming any easier. With demand for labor high, retaining top talent is back on the forefront at most organizations. Are you finding it harder to keep your top performing workers?

No matter what is ahead for your company, it is never a good time to lose great people. This workshop will give you the tools needed to attract the right people and develop a personalized employee retention strategy.

Attendees will learn:

1. How to attract best fit employees for your company

2. Top retention tactics that can be implemented immediately

3. How to create action plans and retention tools tailored to your workplace

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 (By invitation only)

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 (By invitation only)

8:00am             BEMA Board of Directors Breakfast

8:30am             BEMA Board of Directors Meeting

10:30am           BEMA/ASB Joint Board Meeting

11:30am           BEMA/ASB Joint Luncheon