February 24-25, 2018 | Chicago, IL

As the kick off to “the best week in baking” each year, Summit provides a platform to exchange ideas, stay up to date on the industry information and seek solutions to common challenges. We encourage our members to invite your customers to attend Summit events compliments of BEMA.  You are encouraged to invite your customers to attend insight panels, BEMA-U training, business sessions and the luncheon.  Come back on December 15 for additional event information and to register for the event.

Summit Agenda

Friday, February 23

  • Board of Directors Meeting
  • Past Chairs Meeting

Saturday, February 24

  • Baking Industry Forum (BIF) working meeting
  • Committee Meetings – Your chance to contribute to the success of our association
  • BEMA-U Training

Sunday, February 25

  • General Membership Meeting
  • IBIE Exhibitor Insight – Planning your booth and IBIE booth selection update
  • Speaker Panel – Growing Internationally, Best Practices in China
  • Networking Luncheon & Awards

Tentative Schedule

Committee Meetings

Contribute to the success of our association by attending a BEMA committee meeting – where the business of BEMA gets done! Your insight and expertise are welcome at any of the standing committee meetings. Learn more about BEMA’s committees and view the process documents.

Saturday, February 24
10:00 am – 10:50 am

  • Scholarship & Professional Development Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Marketing Committee

11:00 am – 11:50 am

  • Safety & Sanitation Committee
  • International Committee
  • Convention & Programs Committee

Educational Sessions

BEMA-U | Introduction to Insights

Saturday, February 24
1:00pm – 4:00pm

Get a first-hand look at the BEMA-U Transformational Leadership Program at a mini-session on Saturday. You and your management team or up-and-coming talent will get a preview of Insights Discovery, BEMA’s best-in-class partner for training, and understand how it can impact your team. The event is free.  Space is limited to the first 50 registrants who enroll. Summit registration is not required to attend.

Growing Internationally, Best Practices in China

Sunday, February 25
9:45 am – 10:45 am

What is the fastest growing market for baked goods in the world? Is your company prepared to do business there?

Representatives from Euromonitor will share details about the current market inclusive of the demographics and the changing preferences  BEMA members, Unifiller, Foodtools, AMF, and Intralox will share their experiences and best practices with establishing their businesses in China.

IBIE Exhibitor Insight
Sunday, February 25
11:00 am – 11:45 am

It’s booth selection season and BEMA members have two advantages – 1) special pricing with priority selection and 2) insight and inspiration from the IBIE planning team.  Dennis Gunnell, IBIE Vice Chairman, and MDG, the marketing partner for IBIE, will provide insight on the new bundled booth pricing, online contracting, housing blocks and more. Then Freeman Exposition team will share innovative solutions on planning your future exhibit.

Networking Events

100th Anniversary Gala
February 24 | 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Field Museum | Chicago, IL

We look forward to celebrating our 100th Anniversary with all of our Summit guests. We’ll welcome BEMA members – past and present, as well as baker guests and colleagues from the industry.  Invitations will be mailed in January.  You won’t want to miss this special event, make sure to RSVP!

Luncheon & Awards
Sunday, February 25 | Noon – 1:45 pm

Join us for lunch to honor the Lifetime Achievement Award winners.  These individuals have made significant contributions to our association over the years. Lunch is included in Summit registration.  Additional tickets may be purchased here.

Hotel Reservations and Room Rate

Hilton Chicago

720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois  60605

Hotel Phone: (312) 922-4400
Phone Reservations: (877) 865-5320

Reservation Deadline: January 26, 2018

Online Hotel Reservations link

Room Rate: $186 single/double plus tax.  Rate includes complimentary internet.

Important Information About Your Hotel Reservation

A special rate of $186, single/double occupancy, is available to conference attendees at the Hilton.  Please make your reservation directly with the Hilton on or before January 26, 2018 by calling (877) 865-5320 or by clicking the link above.  When making your reservation please be sure to mention the group code BTM to obtain the group rate of $186.

 

The hotel will accept reservations at the reduced conference rate on a space-available basis until January 26, 2018 or until sold out, whichever comes first.  Reservations made after this date will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at the nearest rate.  Applied to the room charge will be state and local taxes (currently 17.40%).  Reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card at the time of reservation.  All cancellations must be canceled by 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid a penalty of one night’s room and tax.

 

WARNING – Unauthorized Companies Offering to Book Your Hotel Reservations.

 

All attendees should book their rooms with the Hilton Chicago directly.  DO NOT BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOMS with any company (housing company) or any caller claiming to represent ASB, the 2017 BakingTech or MarketPlace, or any current or future ASB meetings.  Such companies are as follows:  Convention Housing Services, Exhibition Housing Services, Convention Expo Travel (CET), BookMyRooms.com, Expo Housing, Global Housing Management, HDMC Group, Hotel Angels LLC, Stay Right Travel, TradeShow Housing, Trade Show Housing Inc. or Trade Show Reservations, LLC.  There are no authorized outside booking agents on behalf of the ASB.  Booking with Convention Housing Services, Exhibition Housing Services, Convention Expo Travel (CET), BookMyRooms.com, Expo Housing, Global Housing Management, HDMC Group, Hotel Angels LLC, Stay Right Travel, TradeShow Housing, Trade Show Housing Inc. and/or Trade Show Reservations, LLC costs ASB valuable resources in addition to placing ASB in jeopardy of not fulfilling our contractual obligations with the designated ASB meeting hotel.  Convention Housing Services, Exhibition Housing Services, Convention Expo Travel (CET), BookMyRooms.com, Expo Housing, Global Housing Management, HDMC Group, Hotel Angels LLC, Stay Right Travel, TradeShow Housing, Trade Show Housing Inc. and/or Trade Show Reservations, LLC may be offering hotel rates that are above/below the ASB discounted conference rates published on the ASB BakingTech 2017 website.  No one can book hotel rooms at rates lower than ASB contracted rates over ASB Annual conference dates at the ASB designated hotel(s).  Please be aware that reservations booked through Convention Housing Services, Exhibition Housing Services, Convention Expo Travel (CET), BookMyRooms.com, Expo Housing, Global Housing Management, HDMC Group, Hotel Angels LLC, Stay Right Travel, TradeShow Housing, Trade Show Housing Inc. and/or Trade Show Reservations, LLC may not be honored by the ASB contracted hotel and ASB will not guarantee these reservations.  Please also be advised that once you sign any agreements with Convention Housing Services, Exhibition Housing Services, Convention Expo Travel (CET), BookMyRooms.com, Expo Housing, Global Housing Management, HDMC Group, Hotel Angels LLC, Stay Right Travel, TradeShow Housing, Trade Show Housing Inc. and/or Trade Show Reservations, LLC (i.e., credit card authorization forms), ASB cannot guarantee that you will get your money back.  If you have been contacted by Convention Housing Services, Exhibition Housing Services, Convention Expo Travel (CET), BookMyRooms.com, Expo Housing, Global Housing Management, HDMC Group, Hotel Angels LLC, Stay Right Travel, TradeShow Housing, Trade Show Housing Inc. and/or Trade Show Reservations, LLC or any other company, or if you have any questions/concerns, please contact Tawnee Brydebell, ASB Director of Meetings & Operations, at tbrydebell@asbe.org or call Tawnee at (800) 713-0462 x2.