The 2018 YEO Conference

Download the YEO Handouts:

John McMahon, Developing a Winning Retail Culture
Jill Johnson, Enhancing Your Strategic Thinking for Young Professionals
Linda McKenna, Effectively Communicating With Store Managers and Front Line Employees
John Schaninger, How to Assess Your Competitors and Benchmark Your Foodservice Business
Jill Johnson, Compounding Your Confidence

Join us May 16-17 for the fifth annual Young Executives Organization (YEO) Conference, hosted by Cumberland Farms in Westborough, Mass.

The Young Executives Organization (YEO) is headed to Cumberland Farms!

In addition to networking and a firsthand tour of Cumberland Farms’ new headquarters, commissary, distribution center, training facilities and convenience stores, YEO members will hear how this leading convenience store chain nurtures its outstanding retail culture, tackles foodservice, staffing and developing its convenience store operations.

As an added bonus, for the second straight year, the 2018 YEO Conference will feature a team-building exercise by partnering with Habitat for Humanity on a construction project on May 15. YEO members will work with Habitat’s for Humanity’s Operation Playhouse, which builds playhouses for children of military veterans in Massachusetts. The playhouse is a complete surprise to the children, who will be presented the house by YEO members in a special presentation following the completion of its construction.

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2018 YEO Conference Agenda:

TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2018

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Habitat for Humanity’s Operation Playhouse. For the second straight year, YEO is partnering with Habitat for Humanity. This year, YEO has teamed up with Habitat for Humanity Operation Playhouse in Westborough, Mass., to build playhouses for the children of veterans and active duty military service members. This is a unique opportunity for YEO members to build strong relationships with each other while building a playhouse for the children of veterans and active duty service members. Participation is limited to the first 12 members. Visit Habitat for Humanity’s Operation Playhouse for more details.

The build will take place at Cumberland Farm’s Headquarters:
Cumberland Farms Store Support Center
165 Flanders Rd.
Westborough, MA.  01581 

8:15 AM: Cumberland Farms Headquarters Arrivals: Cumberland Farms Store Support Center, 165 Flanders Rd., Westborough, MA., 01581. Light breakfast will be served

9:00 AM: Welcome and Introductions, John Lofstock, Executive Director, National Advisory Group (NAG)

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM: Welcome/Cumberland Farms Overview, John McMahon, Chief Human Resources Officer, Cumberland Farms

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: General Session: Developing a Winning a Retail Culture, John McMahon, Chief Human Resources Officer, Cumberland Farms

10:30 AM: Break

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM: General Session: How to Effectively Communicate With Store Managers and Front Line Employees, Linda McKenna, Convenience Store Coaches, Inc.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch served on site catered by Keith Boston, Vice President of Foodservice, Cumberland Farms

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM: General Session: Enhancing Your Strategic Thinking for Young Professionals, Jill Johnson, President, Johnson Consulting

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM: General Session: The Role of Family Businesses in the C-Store Industry, Peter Tedeschi, Congressional Candidate for Massachusetts 9th Congressional district

2:30 PM -2:45 PM: Break

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM: General Session: How to Assess Your Competitors and Benchmark Your Business, John Schaninger, President and CEO, The Schaninger Group

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Tour of Cumberland Farm’s Distribution Center and Foodservice Commissary and Test Convenience Store, Thomas Cacciola, Vice President of Facilities Support and Environmental Affairs, ‎Cumberland Farms

4:30 PM: Wrap Up/Hotel Check In

Hotel Address:
Courtyard by Marriott
3 Technology Dr.
Westborough, MA.  01581

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Dinner off site at SKYBOKX 109 Sports Bar & Grill

Restaurant Address:
SKYBOKX 109 Sports Bar & Grill
319 Speen St.
Natick, MA 01760

THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018
7:45 AM: 
Shuttles depart hotel

8:00 AM: Breakfast at Cumberland Farms

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM: General Session: Compounding Your Confidence, Jill Johnson, President, Johnson Consulting

9:30 AM: Store Tours: The Best of Boston: Alltown Convenience Stores, Nouria Energy, Verc Enterprises, Stony Brook Market

1:00 PM: Return and Wrap up

1:15 PM: Depart

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