BEMA Convention 2021

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Convention 2021 has an option for everyone to network and engage!

Ready for a destination event? Join us on Marco Island June 23-26 for industry insight sessions, BEMA Connect, and many opportunities to safely network and build valuable industry connections.

More comfortable where you are? Take part in the inaugural BEMA Convention 2021: Workforce Edition, being held June 23rd, then continue along with the Convention events being shared virtually on the 24th & 25th, all from the solace of your home or office. Wednesday’s programming will bring unique and interactive professional development workshops with opportunities to learn tools and skills that you can utilize immediately, all designed specifically for the baking industry workforce.

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BEMA Convention - Workforce Edition




The full agenda for both the in-person events and the Workforce Edition is available below. Please note that the agenda is subject to change. The final agenda will be available in our mobile app prior to Convention. Make sure to check the agenda and update your calendar and travel plans!

Event Playbook: What To Wear & Who Should Attend

Event Playbook: What To Wear & Who Should Attend



BEMA Cup Golf Tournament @ The Rookery at Marco

  • Traditional golf attire
  • Registered golfers only

Kids & Teens Welcome Event

  • Resort-fun attire
  • Kids and teens; Supervision required for kids under the age of 13

Welcome Reception

  • Resort casual attire
  • All registered Members, Guests and Baker Guests (including children) are invited


Welcome Breakfast

  • Resort casual
  • All registered Members, Guests and Baker Guests (including children) are invited

Welcome & Keynote Speaker, Business Meetings

  • Resort casual
  • Members and Baker Guests

Small Group Dinners with Baker Guests

  • Refer to restaurant dress code
  • Pre-registered Members, Guests and Baker Guests (teens and children do not attend)


  • As dressed for dinner
  • Members, Guests and Baker Guests (Supervised children are welcome to attend)


Business Meetings

  • Resort Casual
  • Members and Baker Guests

Ask-A-Baker Interactive Luncheon

  • Resort Casual
  • Members and Baker Guests

Chairman’s Reception

  • Black Tie/Formal attire
  • All registered Members, Guests and Baker Guests (including children) are invited

Chairman’s Dinner & Dance

  • Black Tie/Formal attire
  • All registered Members, Guests and Baker Guests (including children) are invited


BEMA Connect

  • Resort Casual
  • Pre-Registered Members and Baker Guests (Confirmations will be sent in advance)

Family Beach Party

  • Casual/Beach attire
  • All registered Members, Guests and Baker Guests (including children) are invited

Baker Guests

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities


As a featured sponsor, your company will be prominently featured in front of key players in the industry, many of whom are customers or potential customers. We believe Convention 2021 is an outstanding opportunity to raise your brand’s awareness. For questions or more information contact Kelly Allen.

Unique Networking Events

Unique Networking Events


BEMA Connect: One Member, One Baker, Connecting

BEMA Connect introduces bakers to suppliers they aren’t currently working with and matches the baker’s needs with your specific solutions. Meet one-on-one with baker guests, speed dating style.


Small Group Dinners with Bakers

Connect with customers in a small-group setting. We’ll organize small groups of bakers and suppliers – spouses/guests included – to enjoy local restaurants.*

*An email with registration details for BEMA Connect and Small Group Dinners will be sent to registered Convention attendees on May 10, 2021.


Golf Tournament

The Rookery at Marco, is the setting for the BEMA Cup. Play your way through a golf course that both challenges and amazes. Revamped by acclaimed golf course designer Robert Cupp, Jr., The Rookery at Marco in Naples, Florida blends a resort private course atmosphere with the stunning natural surroundings of Marco Island to create a golf experience that is entirely unique.

Striking in both beauty and challenge, the surrounding lakes and ponds are home to abundant wildlife, including bald eagles, alligators, blue herons and many other types of water birds. Playing here provides a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with nature.

At more than 7,100 yards in length, the playing experience includes: fast greens, pristine turf condition, the option to play from one of five teeing locations, and a state-of-the-art GPS yardage system.


Chairman’s Dinner

Celebrate a great year as we pass the gavel to the next chairman, then dance the night away. The whole family is invited to this event. Dust off those dressy shoes, as attire for the Chairman’s festivities is black tie.

Activities & Local Attractions



Family beach party

Join us for our final afternoon of fun on the beach. All Members, Guests and Baker Guests are invited to enjoy a variety of games and outdoor entertainment. Rest your toes in the sand, soak up some sunshine or go for a splash in the ocean before we say farewell.

Local Attractions


Are you up for an adventure? When you visit Marco Island, you’ll learn that it is situated at the northern point of the Florida Gulf Coast’s Ten Thousand Islands and fronted by miles of sandy, white beaches. As a result, Marco Island offers the ideal conditions for activities that suit both nature lovers and adventurers alike. In your Convention downtime, you can experience this beautiful region of Florida with a guided excursion through one of its many attractions.

We encourage you to make a reservation that is the perfect fit for your family’s stay on the Island.


Experience the Western Everglades
A visit to Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a journey into the heart of the Everglades ecosystem. Discover the rugged beauty of this famed natural area on Corkscrew’s famous boardwalk – a 2.5-mile adventure through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, around a marsh, and finally into the largest old growth Bald Cypress forest in North America.

Located about 30 minutes east of Naples, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is home to hundreds of alligators, otters, white-tailed deer, and red-bellied turtles. A wide variety of wading birds, songbirds, raptors and the fabulous Painted Bunting can be seen throughout the year. Photo opportunities are available at every turn of the boardwalk trail.


Calusa Spirit Eco Tour
Marco Island Ski & Watersports
Phone: +1 239-642-2359


Sailing & Shelling Tours
Marriott Sailing & Shelling Excursion
Phone: +1 239-642-2740


Backwater and Off-shore Fishing Charters
Six Chuter Charters
Phone: +1 239-389-1575


Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure
Speedy Johnson’s Airboat Rides
Phone: +1 800-998-4448


Sunshine Tours
Sunshine Tours – Fishing, shelling, sightseeing
Phone: +1 239-642-5415

Hotel Information

Hotel Information


JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort
400 South Collier Boulevard
Marco Island, Florida 34145 USA
Phone: +1-239-642-2740

Marriott Marco Island
Immerse yourself in sophisticated luxury at JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. Situated along three miles of pristine private beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, the resort balances relaxation with elevated fun and entertainment on Marco Island. Sample cuisine from around the globe at this Florida resort’s 12 restaurants. Tee off from one of two championship golf courses, take a fitness class or simply enjoy family activities. Unwind in newly renovated rooms and suites, each with a private balcony.

Daily Resort Fee Includes*

  • 1 Beach Umbrella and 2 Chairs Daily
  • Morning Beach Yoga Daily
  • 2 Spa Fitness Classes (must be 16 years or older; advance reservations required, call x 2686)
  • Complimentary Golf Course Shuttle
  • Access to Resort Golf Practice Facility including Range Balls & Clubs (proper golf attire required)
  • 1 Hour Tennis Court Rental
  • In-Room Enhanced High Speed Internet Access


HOTEL RESERVATION DEADLINE: MAY 15, 2021 – After this date, BEMA cannot guarantee availability and rates.

The Hotel is pleased to offer the use of our online group reservations system powered by Passkey.
All reservations will be made, modified or canceled by individuals online HERE.

Guaranteed Reservations
All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. The hotel will not hold any unsecured reservations.

A cancellation penalty of one night’s room and tax will be assessed if your booking is cancelled up to eight days before your scheduled arrival. 100% of your expected room and tax will be charged if your booking is cancelled seven (7) or fewer days before your scheduled arrival.

Baker & Speaker Guests
Bakers are guests of BEMA and do not need to book their own hotel room. Emily Bowers will assist you in securing your reservation, as well as making any modifications.


Room Types and Rates

BEMA has reserved various room types for our group. Prices below are exclusive of tax, resort fee and parking fees.

Convention Guest Rooms:

  • King or Double Queen
  • Rates ranging from $259-$459 per night
  • Views vary
  • Connecting rooms available

Larger families are encouraged to book two connecting rooms.
BEMA has also secured a limited number of suites that will accommodate larger families. Please email Kelly Allen or call the BEMA office at 913-338-1300 for assistance booking suites or connecting rooms.

*Sleeping room rates are quoted in US Dollars exclusive of applicable taxes and resort fee. Current tax rate is 12%. A resort fee of $35 per night will be added to each room.

Valet parking is available for $30 per night, self-parking $25 plus applicable taxes.

BEMA Deadlines and Cancellation Policy

BEMA Deadlines And Cancellation Policy


Cancellations for your BEMA Convention Registration received in writing by close of business on Friday, June 4, 2021 will be refunded less a 5% cancellation charge. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after Friday, June 4, 2021.

General Information

General Information


Marco Island is on Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), 1 hour ahead of Chicago, 2 hours ahead of Denver and 3 hours ahead of the West Coast.

Name Badges
Name badges are provided for all registered attendees. Your name badge is required at all planned functions. Name badges will be included in your welcome packet.

Marco Island is warm all year long. You can expect warm temperatures with daytime highs in June of 89 degrees and evening lows of 70 degrees. Click here for current weather conditions.

For general questions regarding BEMA Convention 2021, please contact:
Emily Bowers, BEMA
Office:  913-338-1300
Cell:  816-805-9799

For questions regarding first time BEMA Member attendance or to reserve a suite, contact:
Kelly Allen, BEMA
Office:  913-338-1300
Cell:  913-424-0210

For registration questions, changes or cancellations, contact:
Andrew Garrelts, BEMA
Office: 913-338-1300
Cell: 757-675-2117