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2015 Outlook Leadership: Influencers & Catalysts

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. — The speakers of the 2015 Outlook Leadership conference represent a unique mix of world-renowned influencers and convenience-store industry leaders offering incredible leadership lessons to use in your business and personal life.

Winsight, formerly CSP Business Media—a leading facilitator of major convenience retailing and foodservice industry networking events—will present these speakers and more at the 21st annual Outlook Leadership conference at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, in Scottsdale, Ariz., from Nov. 14-16, 2015.

The people who attend Outlook Leadership are the right mix of more than 500 retailer and supplier trailblazers from the convenience-store and petroleum-retailing industry. This unparalleled conference offers the right face-to-face environment that stimulates conversation and creative thought toward increasing sales and profits.

Attendees will experience a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear from a 2016 presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson. Based on his 2012 book, Dr. Carson explores the critical historical characteristics of America that led to its rise to the pinnacle of nations almost overnight–the values and principles that produced outstanding characteristics like honesty, compassion, hard work, innovation and decency. Dr. Carson describes how to use our God-given talents to improve our lives, our communities, our nation and our world.

Another featured speaker will be one of the most highly decorated Navy SEAL combat veterans, Robert O’Neill. He has served America as a SEAL, team leader and senior chief petty officer at Naval Special Development Group in some of the most challenging and clandestine military roles of our time. O’Neill will share his views on the ingredients to a successful mission: the right people, preparedness, decision-making under pressure and, above all, a commitment to never quit.

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Outlook Leadership 2015 also offer a full series of leadership lessons from the most recognized retailers in the convenience-store industry. The opening general session, “The Making of a Catalyst,” will discuss the value of having a mentor and the importance of being one. Steve Sheetz, chairman of Sheetz Inc. will talk about mentors who have influenced him over the years and honor the life-changing contributions of a truly special industry mentor, Chester Cadieux. Joining Steve will be Chet Cadieux chairman, president and CEO of QuikTrip and Chester’s son.

The bookend of Outlook Leadership features a power panel of CEO’s moderated by CSP magazine’s vice president and group editor Mitch Morrison that include Jack Helmick, president of SuperAmerica and Super Mom’s Commissary and Bakery, Tony Miller, COO of Delek Retail (MAPCO); and Charles McIlvaine, chairman of Coen Oil.

A popular program, the Financial Outlook, formerly named the Capital Markets Symposium, provides a location for growth initiatives and access to financial opportunities prior to Outlook Leadership’s opening general session. C-suite executives will absorb information about capital markets, master limited partnerships (MLPs), mergers and acquisitions from notable advisors and suppliers including Jeremy Bergeron, president of CrossAmerica Partners LP; Scott Garfinkel, managing director of Raymond James & Associates Inc.; Jack Kofdarali, CEO of J&T Management and 2015-2016 NACS chairman of the board; Jeff Kramer, managing director of NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC; Ryan McNutt, CEO of the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA); David Nelson, Ph.D, professor of economics at Western Washington University; Dennis L. Ruben, executive managing director of NRC; and Roger Woodman, managing director of Raymond James & Associates Inc.

New at Outlook Leadership will be an invitation-only “Future Catalysts & Icons: Up Close & Personal” forum moderated by Ieva Grimm, president of Synerge, including icons Shawn Bhagat, chairman and CEO of American Energy Transport; Chet Cadieux; and Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter’s Farm Stores, Sonja Hubbard, CEO of E-Z Mart Stores Inc., and Steve Sheetz.

“We’re proud to bring an unprecedented mix of elite leaders who help mold us and our industry,” said Myra Kressner, senior vice president strategic development of Winsight Events’ leadership conferences. “There are many different types of leaders, but there are core qualities of leadership that transcend them all. Attendees will leave this year’s conference with enhanced relationships and leadership insights to take back to their team that can help overcome the constant challenges associated with running a business.”

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Registration for the event is available online at To attend the conference, operators can contact Mark Hatch at or (480) 337-3420. For sponsorship information, please contact Myra Kressner at or (718) 428-7655.

Winsight LLC is a market-dominant business-to-business media and information company specializing in the convenience-retailing, restaurant and noncommercial foodservice industries. It has an extensive media portfolio of four leading publications, including CSP, Restaurant Business, FoodService Director and Convenience Store Products; a suite of digital products including websites, e-newsletters (CSP Daily News) and webinars; plus video products, mobile and tablet apps, custom marketing solutions and the convenience-retailer intelligence tool, CSPedia. The Winsight Events group produces six exclusive, large-scale executive-level conferences—Restaurant Leadership Conference, FARE Conference, Outlook Leadership, Convenience Retailing University, FSTEC and MenuDirections—in addition to more than 12 major EduNetworking conferences and advisory meetings.

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