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   NGA Announces Keynote Speaker For The 2010 Annual Convention
by Christine Cunnick, National Grocers Association
Posted: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 4:16PM EST

ARLINGTON, VA - The National Grocers Association (N.G.A.) is pleased to announce that this year’s 2010 N.G.A. Annual Convention and Supermarket Synergy Showcase (S3) Thursday General Session Speaker will be General Peter Pace, USMC (Ret.). He will headline the session titled “We All Answer to Someone: Leadership Up and Down.” The N.G.A. Annual Convention will be held February 9 -12, 2010 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. General Peter Pace's General Session will be on Thursday, February 11.

The grocery industry is in the midst of a radical transformation which requires exceptional leadership skills from today’s executives. Each of us answers to someone, even the most senior leaders. CEOs answer to stockholders, politicians answer to the electorate and soldiers answer to their superiors. With increasing financial, competitive and regulatory pressures, the independent food industry faces one of the most challenging and competitive business environments in recent memory. It is imperative that in these challenging times genuine leaders develop an abiding responsibility to mentor and motivate.

Recently the need for leadership and the difficulty of providing such a need has grown considerably because of the increased complexity of our world. With more than 40 years of military leadership experience as his guide, General Peter Pace, USMC (Ret.), will discuss the importance of answering both up and down; the need to check your own moral compass in order to make ethical decisions; and how to navigate between an organization’s vision and your own personal goals. In this session we will also recognize N.G.A. members who have served in the military as well as those who participated in this years’ Grocers Care Program. N.G.A., through its Grocers Care Program, once again partnered with the White House Commission on Remembrance to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by supporting the National Moment of Remembrance.

Entrusted with the security of the U.S. and its allies around the globe, General Pace has an expert understanding of every threat, both known and potential. He provided the President of the United States with his best military advice on how to deal with each of these threats. Pace displays his comprehensive knowledge of global security in a compelling presentation, giving audiences a picture of what America’s enemies are planning. He discusses a range of responses that reach beyond military might to leverage all aspects of America's national power, in a way that will better prepare the country for a broad spectrum of potential threats. Pace's lengthy military career includes his leadership roles as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Commander-in-Chief of the United States Southern Command and combat in Vietnam, where being under fire helped him learn valuable lessons about having a moral compass to decide on a true course of action. Suggesting you have two things no one can take away from you-your name and your integrity-Pace gives insight into how integrity and a moral code matter everywhere, on the battlefield, in the boardroom and in life.

This year's convention, "Growing Consumer Value: A Marketplace Opportunity in a Recovering Economy", will focus on looking towards the future and the many successes that are sure to be ahead of us after the tumultuous past year. We will address many concerns America's Independent Grocers, as well as give you many opportunities to network, share ideas and craft solutions with your fellow grocery industry peers. As the only industry association devoted exclusively to the independent sector, N.G.A. is here to ensure you have the opportunity to succeed and better serve your customers.

N.G.A. has developed the reputation of delivering a convention program of the highest caliber. Every year we present attendees with timely and relevant general sessions and workshops, exciting special events and numerous networking opportunities to speak with other industry executives. We welcome grocery industry executives, independent retailers and wholesalers, food manufacturers, and service providers from around the world to share fresh ideas and innovative thinking that helps strengthen the grocery industry and helps build profits.

For more information or to register online, go to or call 703-516-0700. News and announcements about other N.G.A. speakers for the 2010 N.G.A. Annual Convention and Supermarket Synergy Showcase (S3) will be made in the coming weeks.

Source: National Grocers Association

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