2019 BEMA Convention In Beaver Creek, Colorado

2019 Convention

June 18-22, 2019

Bring your sense of adventure to Convention 2019!

Explore new markets that need the quality equipment, ingredients and services you produce. Hear from leading bakers who share their adventures in constructing green-field facilities, and meet a new industry partner through BEMA Connect.

Adventure for the family is just outside the door in the Rocky Mountains. Enjoy hiking, white water rafting, horses, ziplines and more.


The full agenda and event information is available below.  Please note that BEMA Connect is now being held on Thursday, June 20.

Download the BEMA Convention Agenda here.

Baker Insights & Presentations

Baker Insights & Presentations

Each morning, Convention’s business meetings bring you customer presentations and Q&A panels.  Hear directly from bakers/producers and gain insights on ways you can help solve their biggest challenges.


Plant Construction: Lessons Learned

Bill Quigg, President & CEO, Richmond Baking

Mario Somoza, President & CEO, Pan Pepin

Anthony Turano, Director of Administration, Turano Baking


High SKU Bakeries & Flexibility

Jeb Sloan, Engineer, Clif Bar

Dwayne Hughes, Sr. Vice President Engineering, Hearthside Food Solutions

Joe Owad, Pepperidge Farm


Gluten-Free Baking

Josh Skow, President, Canyon Bakehouse

Jeremiah Tilghman, Vice President Operations, Canyon Bakehouse



New Customers for your products.

Cannabis & CBD Edibles

4 Front, cannabis industry regulations expert; Sweet Grass Kitchen, Love’s Oven, and more edibles producers poised for growth.

Pet Food Manufacturing

Luke Koele, Senior Vice President of Operations, Stella and Chewys

Todd Dunlop, Director of QA and R&D, Hampshire Pet Products

Michael Aden, Manager, Co-Manufacturing, Nestle/Purina

Kurt Stricker, Owner, Pedigree Ovens

John Krehbiel, Vice President of Sales, CJ Foods


The following bakers will be available for BEMA Connect and small group dinners.  They’ll also join us for tours and social events.


Baking Industry Forum Members

Nelson Boyd, Production Manager, Bimbo Bakeries USA

John Mulloy, Vice President of Operations, 151 Foods

Brandon Heiser, COO, Roskam Baking

Karl Thorson, Food Safety Sanitation Manager, General Mills


Baker Guests

Ken Farnsworth, President, Rhodes

Rich Berger, Vice President of Engineering, Food Supply, Clif Bar

Robert Young, Vice President Manufacturing/R&D, Aryzta

Keith Collier, Director of Engineering, Kings Hawaiian

Rudy Tepsic, General Manager, Lineage Baking

Brian Owens, CEO, Café Valley

Chad Larson, Vice President of Manufacturing, Palermo Villa

Brian Dwyer, Vice President Manufacturing Operations, Kroger

Sponsorship Opportunities

As a featured sponsor, your company will be prominently featured in front of key players in the industry, many of whom are part of your customers. We believe Convention 2019 is a great fit and would be 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 groups of eight bakers and suppliers – spouses/guests included – to enjoy local restaurants.*


Golf Tournament

Red Sky Ranch, is the setting for the BEMA Cup.  The courses, designed by Tom Fazio and Greg Norman, feature stunning mountain views. This scramble tournament incorporates rules that make play fun for advanced and beginner golfers alike.


Theme Dinner

Who do you cheer for?  Wear a shirt or jersey that celebrates the team whether it’s your alma mater or your kids’ little league club. Enjoy a tailgate party with tons of family-friendly activities.


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 and “Western elegance” is suggested for attire.

*Separate registration required in May 2019.

Tours and Activities

Tours and Activities


On Friday, June 21, join your BEMA friends for one of these group tours.

  • Rafting (options for all ages)
  • Naturalist Guided Nature Hike
  • RZR in Castle Peak Reserve Area
  • Bike Ride

Click here to register for activities.

Questions?  Call the BEMA office at 913-338-1300.


Vail/Epic Discovery Family Day

Saturday, June 22, is Family Day.  Start off with a full breakfast and be inspired by Markey Culver, founder of The Women’s Bakery, which employs women and brings nutritious breads to communities in East Africa. Then, spend the day in Vail and Adventure Ridge.  Vail Village features great shopping and fun restaurants. Want to try a ropes course, alpine coaster or zipline? Take the gondola to the top of the mountain for all-ages fun at Epic Discovery.

Hotel Information

Hotel Information

Please contact the BEMA offices for hotel information at 913-338-1300.

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 7th, 2019 will be refunded less a 5% cancellation charge. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after Friday, June 7th, 2019.